2013 is the Year of the StartupBy Joshua Mango on November 25th, 2012 /
Growing trends in crowd and cloud everything, shared entrepreneurial environments, and next-to-nothing costs of starting a technology company are trends to look out for in 2013. Thanks for the insights, Mark Cuban.
The Impact of the Cloud
It’s never been easier to share information with your team. Cloud softwares like Basecamp, Dropbox, and Google Apps make managing projects and sharing files simple.
The Benefits of the Crowd
Crowdfunding gives startups an alternative funding source, along with an easy way to leverage PR and proof of concept while early in development. For a more detailed list of benefits, see Forbe’s recent list of the Top 10 Benefits of Crowdfunding. Also check out our free guide, Crowdfunding 101.
The idea of crowdsourcing services is likely to continue to be a growing trend for 2013. For a fee, anything from logos to baby names can be thrown out there and dozens of ideas will come back for you to decide on.
For thriving startup communities like Detroit, shared working environments mean the world. Get the right mix of right and left brains in a room and great things happen. Detroit’s Madison Building and the Green Garage are excellent examples of these communities.
Low Barriers to Entry
In communities like Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, there has never been a better time to start a technology company. Cloud software gives you the ability to work from anywhere, with anyone allowing you to work very inexpensively. Open source software and themed websites make it easy to have a website up and running for less than $100. Meet the right person, with the skills you’re lacking in, and presto, you’ll have a MVP up and running in a month.
A good idea, a little tech-savvy, and the ability to make connections are the skills that will ultimately lead you to success.
Just let the crowds and clouds pave the way for you!
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