Guest post from Bay Area Startup Directory portfolio company NiceMeeting.
NiceMeeting has introduced the concept of Second Screen Technology for Live Events, elevating attendee experience far beyond simple access to content on mobile devices, and enabling real-time event engagement and personalized experiences.
Consultiq welcomes Invoicera to the Bay Area Startup Directory. Invoicera provides cloud-based invoicing solutions.
Invoicera lets you send invoices to your clients in their chosen language and currency – you can generate invoices in as many as eleven languages and there are more than 120 currency options available. The solutions also provides 20 payment gateway options.
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Technologists routinely assure me that their latest product innovation is unparalleled, and has no competition. That statement, apart from being wrong on its face – “do nothing” is always a competitive option – reflects the wrong approach, as illustrated by a common summer pastime.
Here’s an article from Nice Meeting, a company in our Bay Area Startup Directory portfolio. Nice Meeting provides live event technology that pushes hard-to-see Powerpoint slides to mobile devices, so everyone can see the slides, and for more interactive presentations.
The JOBS Act good news: SEC has ended the ban on general solicitation of capital for startup securities.
…and the bad news: SEC replaced self-certification with a financial disclosure scheme that requires would-be angels to disclose sensitive financial information.
Before the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) act, angels went to pitch contests, met startup entrepreneurs through their networks, and made their own individual decisions to invest or not invest in companies. Imagine the barrier that ensues when you, Mr. Angel, have to give each entrepreneur that would like to receive your money your full financial disclosure showing that you are a accredited investor before they can purchase equity or debt in their venture.
Imagine indeed. Very few angels I know would divulge the details of their finances to startup entrepreneurs in order to continue investing in startups’ private securities.
A few words to the wise: If the SEC wants to kill the nearly US$23 billion-per-year angel investor engine that launched companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and EBay—and which keep our economy moving—this is exactly the way to do it.
Are you listening regulators? How about you, Congress?
The court ruling on July 10 that Apple colluded with five major publishers boggles my mind, and I don’t quite know how to reconcile it with the many new businesses and product lines I have rolled out in my career. Ever mindful of the Robinson-Patman Act, I routinely advised my clients not to meet with, confer, or share any aspect of their pricing or marketing plans with anyone remotely a competitor.
Now, it seems, it would be a violation to simply set those ground rules in the interest of having a level playing field. What’s next: a blind auction? Oh, that’s right, that would also be in violation.
There seems to be a fundamental disconnect (unless you are Jeff Bezos, who coldheartedly rams terms down his suppliers’ throats) when the judge took Apple to the woodshed for not wanting “to begin a business in which it would sustain losses” and hoping “to launch a new content store that was both profitable and popular.” Take that, consumer-electronics scum!
And what of all those other industries that have settled on a commission structure of payment for services rendered—say magazine rack jobbers, real-estate salespersons, credit-card companies…—the list goes on. Will they have the U.S. Justice Department asking what they told their agents and representatives, and when?
This ruling cannot stand. One can only hope that cooler heads at the Second District or, the deity forbid, the U.S. Supreme Court, will overturn this miscarriage of justice.
New data from Kantar Media shows that total advertising expenditures in the first quarter of this year were down 0.1 percent from a year ago, clocking in at $30.2 billion.
We’ve added ContractIQ and Jellynote to our Bay Area Startup Directory.
ContractIQ bills itself as an online marketplace for startups to find mobile application development companies.
Jellynote says it’s a new social platform about music creation and performance.
Welcome to both!
New research from Silverpop, working with Forrester Consulting shows that buyers today control the buying process more than vendors control the selling process. And that’s try in both B2B and B2C segments.