Tech incubators are so popular these days that they’re practically passe. With more than 800 of them, they’re just “too common” — to steal the words of one uppity boutique owner who once sneered at me when I asked for Calvin Klein sunglasses. But there’s a new class of company emerging that’s part incubator, mixed with a pinch of holding company, and a dash of venture capital. True, these companies bare many of the same marks
Doug Miles, who owns and manages an apartment house in Ellensburg,
Washington, uses his computer system to create attractive, professional
signs like “Out of Order” and “Don’t Slam the Laundry Room Door,” as well
as rental applications, agreements, notices and building rules. He also
generates large type templates for professional sign makers to use as style
guides when they produce more permanent signage for the property.
Binnie Perper, owner of Writing By Design, a copywriting and
You still insist on using the phone or a fax when electronic mail
would be more efficient. You still journey to the library to
conduct research when you could do it on-line from your desk. You
still confer with colleagues only at annual conventions instead
of keeping up with them every few days.
Perhaps this approach works for you, but chances are that
your competitors, customers and colleagues are making use of the
information superhighway’s vast
Step 1: Making the Investment Worthwhile
Going online can be absurdly simple – some Internet service providers even insert disks with the software you need into business or computer magazines. But to make the investment worthwhile, you must have a purpose in mind. Understanding the Internet, setting realistic goals for your enterprise, recognizing the commitment entailed, and maximizing your efforts are four key steps your small business must take to ensure your Internet venture will be
Security on the Internet is a big issue but, at least for a small business, perhaps not as big an issue as it may seem.
Large companies, which have their own computers to electronically coordinate information with offices around the world, have plenty to worry about with so many users in so many places. Because they have to make their machines easily accessible to their own personnel, unauthorized users have ample opportunity to try to break
You’ve heard plenty about the burgeoning growth of the Internet, and know that big corporations are sparing no expense to jump on line. After all, not a day goes by without the media trumpeting a new cyberspace alliance, or plans to extend the reach of this much-hyped medium. But learning about an Internet news network under development, or an imminent virtual video games arcade or personalized electronic newspapers doesn’t answer the basic question small business owners