Considering all the uncertainties, the global pandemic seems to be the wrong time to pursue new entrepreneurial ideas, but in many ways, the timing couldn’t be better.
This is one of the insights from our GeekWire podcast conversation with entrepreneurs and investors in the Seattle area this week Shirish Nadkani, The author of this book From launch to exit: An insider’s guide to launching and expanding a technology business.
The changes in user behavior and technological platform changes caused by the pandemic coincide with one of the lessons Nadkarni hopes to convey to entrepreneurs.
“Look for opportunities where there are major technological changes or macro trends that either surface or are old problems, or enable you to build solutions that were previously impossible in a unique way,” Nadkarni said. “I think these are the best opportunities for creative success.”
We also discussed entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning; the impact of the IPO and SPAC boom on entrepreneurial psychology; and the impact of remote work on investment and recruitment.
Nadkarni founded TeamOn Systems, a pioneer of mobile wireless email, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2002, and co-founded the language learning website Livemocha in 2013, which was acquired by RosettaStone. , And led Microsoft to acquire Hotmail.
In this week’s news…
In our last paragraph, we heard a loyal listener say, Steve Keys (No, not the founder of AOL), about Our latest behind-the-scenes About the audio technology we use in the show.I have something important to say Blue snowman microphone In the show, Steve gave this response:
I like and use Blue Yeti (with external pop-up filter). When I do some voiceovers and think about podcasts, this is a logical choice. Yeti is very suitable for podcasting, because it has three condenser poles and four modes, so it is very suitable for a person (heart-shaped mode) or to interview someone in person (two-way mode). Of course, that was in the days before the quarantine, when we might actually be sitting on the other side of the microphone and talking to people outside of our family.
Many people who use these for podcasts, YouTube videos, etc. don’t seem to understand these patterns—or even which party to talk to. This is a side-pointing microphone, but I have seen people talking to the end of it when using the cardioid pointing mode, and even to the back. Then people are too close to the microphone, there is no body armor, and the gain is set to full. The built-in gain control is a great feature, but as the microphone gain changes, it is the responsibility to set it appropriately.
famous! Thanks Steve for the insight. You can contact us at [email protected] to express your views on microphone technology or any other content we discuss in the show.
Listen to the above episodes of this week, or subscribe in any podcasting app.
Audio editing by Curt Milton. The theme music of Daniel LK Caldwell.