If you are a VC and you are unclear where to invest, then this post might be of interest to you.
Some Disruptive Technologies and ideas that start-ups might be working on or for which you might want to assemble a team include:
WiFi and 3/4/5G have their limitations. Any alternative networking technology that can change complete industries is probably a good pick. An example would be LiFi.
This area is very hot at the moment. Today’s networks are very hard to configure and manage, they are very tightly coupled with hardware, and they cannot be extended easily. Think:
Mobile PaaS = mobile GUI drag-and-drop designer + no-programming back-end systems like Usergrid + plug-and-play integration with external and enterprise APIs + enterprise mobile app / SaaS stores + BYOD-made-easy solutions (some elements are optional).
Visual data miner as a service
Big Data PaaS (easy tools/APIs for complex big data operations like mood analysis, natural language processing, etc.)
Kaggle type of services but for other domains e.g. competition to create the easiest/best mobile interface or API.
Kaggle + Kickstarter => competition together with crowdfunding. Who can build the best solution for this problem gets their venture funded.
Nail-it-then-scale-it/Lean Startup type of crowdsourcing in which ideas get tested (e.g. paper prototypes, business model discovery, etc. before actual prototype) and funding is delivered bit by bit. Ideally with stock options of the funders in the new venture.
Managed enterprise software-defined networks or BYOD – services that help enterprises to maintain their networks or devices that employees bring along in a managed way, hence no experts need to be hired and the service is pay-as-you-go instead of CAPEX.
Cloud + Set-up Boxes – Appstores for ADSL/Cable Modem set-up boxes, SDKs to manage large sets of consumer’s set-up boxes, etc.
These are just a handful of ideas. If you want more or need more detail, let me know at maarten at telruptive dot com. Also, if you are in need of an external adviser or executive in a new venture, let me know…
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[This post originally appeared on Telruptive and is republished with permission.]