All posts by bowersm1

Does Eating Together Improve Negotiations?

Researchers have recently started to examine the act of eating together while negotiating and its impact on the final deal. While most of us would expect that sharing a meal would positively affect our negotiation outcomes, the findings point to a more nuanced and strategic choice. Indeed, the effect of food and its presentation on negotiation outcomes can vary depending on individual circumstances.
Read more>>

This Founder Says To Not Be Afraid To Pivot Your Startup

Customer support is a critical, yet tricky function for an enterprise company to perform well at scale. Sinan Ozdemir, 26, and Jamasen Rodriguez, 25, saw an opportunity to use artificial intelligence (AI) to automate communications, Kylie.ai. Kylie.ai uses AI to help train and support customer support agents, as well as automate communications on their behalf to quickly assist consumers in need of help. Read more>>

Boeing leads $10 million funding round for BridgeSat laser communications venture

BridgeSat ground stationBoeing HorizonX Ventures is leading a $10 million investment round to boost BridgeSat, a Denver-based satellite communications company that aims to use laser technology for ground-to-space data connectivity. Founded in 2015, BridgeSat is developing a network of optical ground stations and proprietary space terminals for use with satellites in low Earth orbit and geostationary orbit. Read more>>

Vtrus launches drones to inspect and protect your warehouses and factories

ABI Taking off From BaseStationKnowing what’s going on in your warehouses and facilities is of course critical to many industries, but regular inspections take time, money, and personnel. Why not use drones? Vtrus uses computer vision to let a compact drone not just safely navigate indoor environments but create detailed 3D maps of them for inspectors and workers to consult, autonomously and in real time. Read more>>

After Their Own Manufacturer Betrayed Them With a Copycat Product, These Founders Fought Back

Chuck Shirley and Relina DeDios-Shirley were recruiters when they started HIDEit Mounts, a company that designs and sells device mounts that camouflage game consoles and cable boxes. Their online business was growing steadily, but when they did some detective work on a competitor, they discovered they were being copycatted–by one of their own manufacturers. Read more>>

Pinterest and Grubhub’s Former Growth Lead on Building Content Loops

Hockey stick growth. Word-of-mouth. Going viral. Look beyond the jargon and find the stuff of founders’ dreams: the type of explosive growth startups covet. The most celebrated companies are lauded for swift, exponential user growth — a reality that most startups fail to replicate. But the good news is that it’s not the only path. And according to scaling and growth advisor Casey Winters, it’s not even the best one. Read more>>