Author: Alex Paretski

Alex Paretski is Knowledge Manager at Itransition, Denver-based software development company.

Just by tapping on a smartphone today you can summon a home cleaner via Handy, order groceries via Instacart, wash your clothes via Rinse and get flowers via The Bouqs. Fancy Hands will send personal assistants your way. TaskRabbit will pick up a gift, and Postmates will deliver it. There is a large variety of custom apps for different purposes. The obvious inspiration for all these is Uber, whose strategy is deemed innovative and disruptive. Applying the ‘Uber for X’ model has become remarkably popular during the past years. Although the model might have seemed simple, it turned out rather…

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Generating profit from startups is not as easy as it might seem. Too many entrepreneurs make the mistake of resorting to wishful thinking and over-optimistic predictions, creating copies of existing products or assuming their idea is feasible without testing it or placing enough emphasis on the role of technology consulting in the project. Making money is about being able to predict market performance and staying focused and driven. And of course, in the cut-throat startup market, survival is impossible without a competitive advantage. Basic idea Every startup begins with an idea. The more original the idea, the better. Your first…

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