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About the Episode
Are you thinking about leaving corporate to do your own thing? Well today’s guest talks about his first failed start-up, working for Microsoft and then starting his own company. Also, listen to the part of the show where he talks about using topology to solve complex business problems.
His Entrepreneurial Journey Thus Far
Dave used to work at Apple and after five and half years, he and a friend started a children’s software company and did well for a couple of years as there were not a lot of competition in that market at that time. When Disney and Microsoft entered the scene though, it ended their venture and they have moved on to online web-based games. They ended up selling this off and Dave worked with Microsoft where he had the chance to work in China to start the Interaction Research Design center there.He made a decision to get back to being an entrepreneur again after Microsoft ceased to work on a health care project that he was working on.
Applying Topology in Business
Topology is the study of shapes and is all about how you can change and distort a shape without fundamentally altering its true nature. A lot of times, people are trying to eliminate a problem but their technique is to completely distort things. Example, people are getting uncomfortable with the amount of information that Facebook is sharing, so they will go with sites which are the total opposite, sites like Whisper wherein they share no information at all. So it ends up that they are veering away with the main issue at hand instead of closing the gap. To approach it effectively, they can take these different facets of people’s identity into one place where it is relevant. We should not get rid of their identities altogether but should take advantage of the aggregate and relevance of each.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to build a mobile app?
Just build it, don’t worry about it too much. There are a lot of easy-to-use app tools and they can speed up your time so fast.
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