Top 50 Start-ups

Great Linkedin article on top 50.

Why this list of companies is better than other lists of upcoming companies? Because the data Linkedin has available makes for a more clear sense of reality. At least, that’s what they say.

I’m building the office back-room for a Start-up on my current project and I’ve done Start-ups before. It’s fun to see what’s possible.

2018 Top 25 Startups

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-top-startups-2018-50-most-sought-after-us-daniel-roth/

My favorite 3 companies and their industry disruption:
– Puls, Puls sends a technician to a customer’s door within an hour to fix a broken phone screen or hook up that Nest thermostat.
– InVision, focusing on gaps in the product design workflow, like reliance on tools and lack of real-time collaboration, it has garnered 4 million users.
– Coinbase, bitcoin frenzy catapulted 6 year old wallet and cryptocurrency has 500 employees and 20 million accounts.

My observation of the 2018 Top 25 Startups is the number of financial service and HR disrupters this year. Again, like last year, no healthcare disrupters in the list. A final thought, Industry 4.0 is here and this list is evidence that every company owner needs to pay attention to the rate of change and what it means for their business.

2017 Top 50

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-top-companies-startups-50-industry-disruptors-daniel-roth

My favorite companies and their industry disruption:
– Aryaka Networks, your Verizon and Comcast bills will go down.
– Pinterest, gone hightech is tackling machine learning and AI. I didn’t see that coming.
– GRAIL, Bio-technology with $1 Billion of Bill Gates’ money, that has to be on the list.
– CourseRA, providing education to get underemployed back in the game. Nice.
– Uptake, using sensor data to make decisions, this is coming age of internet connectivity, everything and everyone will be connected.
– Wish, direct access to product manufacturers (many in China), if Americans are the low cost consumers they’ve proven to be this will do well.

There were no healthcare disrupters, hmmmmm.

What companies are your favorite?

LEAN Process Product Dev

Rapidly innovating for customer value is happening now. The old way of management by shoot from the hip, command and control, top down management is out.

Using LEAN basics and integrating LPPD as the latest new shiny new tool small business owners must adopt a way to answer the tough customer market questions more quickly.

Check out this LEAN Enterprise Institute video:

Enjoy,

Hello, WordCamp Detroit

Message to WordCamp Detroit

Okay, I’ve never been at a WordCamp but I am a weekly WPTavern listener. I feel plugged in even if I’m not really connected to other WordPress users.

Financial Service Industry Process Discussion

I’m a veteran of the processes used in the financial services industry, from payroll to pension. As I follow blockchain closely I see an opportunity to copy how WordPress has used open-source to further the democracy of publication and copy/paste for Blockchains future. That is, Blockchain must be in the public domain as open-source processes.

Today, financial service firms own the exchange of assets, but the democratization of asset exchange for consumers will happen when open-source does hit financial services.

Blockchain is Democratization of Asset Exchange


I’d be happy and eager to produce a short talk generating interest in pushing this idea into developer land. This moves asset exchange into the hands of individuals.

Future State Includes WP


I’d be offering how financial service organizations use processes and workflows today, how economics and currency underpin these transactions. Then, show one version of the future state of those flows under a democratized asset exchange world with WordPress developers in charge.

This discussion is necessary and a perfect fit for the ecosystem of WordPress. I’d love to do a talk at WordCamp Detroit.

LEAN; Scientific Thinking

There are many ways to think, and thinking has been around as long as us humans have been around. But, has our thinking improved? I’m seeing hope in watching teams who are dedicated to LEAN and improved thinking. These teams are using KATA as a method to learn to think scientifically, differently, unemotionally. KATA is how to learn scientific thinking.

Ways To Think

There are many ways to think. The range spans quiet reflection to the imagination and even letting our minds wander. But, if thinking is what humans are able to do, and if we see ourselves as enlightened why is there such acrimony on youtube? It appears to me that we are thinking less. The lack of conversation, and so much yelling, it appears, at least to me, emotions dominate our thinking.

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Lean Respects all [email protected]

“Always-On” Helping Your Humanity?

Let me connect a collection of thoughts about Catholic, Lean, workplace violence, faith, respect for all people, economics, and the triple “P” I call it “Lean respects all [email protected]”. It is related to this Wall Street Journal Article about “always on”. https://www.donwatza.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/How-to-Disconnect-From-‘Always-On’-Work-Culture-WSJ.pdf

This is a great article and ever so true about the differences between Americans and Europeans. A Belgium customer said to me, “Americans live to work and Europeans work to live,” this has stuck with me.

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