Posts on May 2018

511 startups map

Mapping the global tech – where are the most important startup players located?

It all started with one of our collegues being curious about startups, unicorns, the most important players in the field and their geographical location.

As we live in an age where you can find something about anything online (unless you need to dig deeper, and find some unique research data), we Googled it.


The Startup Blink map


We found a website that maps the global startup ecosystem. Their research center provides all the data needed “to draw comparisons, view rankings, and make better informed business decisions”.

The startup ecosystem rankings here feature the strongest startup hubs in the world, but also show the smaller cities and countries the chance that are significant in the global picture.

Not all features are accessible without registration, but, for a quick glance, this platform is satisfactory enough. You may check it out here.


Segmented startup maps


Segmented can be local, as in concerning specific world regions – we ran a search by this criteria, too.

Here is a Canadian startups map, a “crowdsourced map of the emerging technology scene in Canada”, where community members can edit and claim places.

It can also be by type of startups. CBInsights features this type of maps – here is a “state of US insurance tech startups”, while on this page you may find out which are the “top travel tech startups around the globe”.

If you have in mind a certain location and search for it, you may find specific startups maps. For example, such a map is available for Raleigh.

For those of you interested in the highest values and performance, you can go back to CBInsights and see this beginning of 2018 map focused on the most funded VC-backed tech startups (the map featured at the beginning of our article).


Is your tech business part of any of these maps? Do you have any other examples of tech startup maps? (Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a comprehensive online map for our region.As startups are gaining traction here, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.)


Canvy phone manners courtesy

Vintage rules of business etiquette – an interesting perspective

From the times when getting along with people was so important that it got dedicated instructional materials, we found and watched a couple of videos depicting the office etiquette and telephone courtesy. It proved quite an exercise. Comparing manners, habits and expectations throughout the ages never gets old.

So, what were the rules of business communications in the 50’s?


The office etiquette video

Oh my, those times do seem much simpler, in some ways. Of course, people are still people, whatever the times. Not everybody would have looked or behaved as in instructional videos back then. Important issues were not part of the picture, either.

But hearing someone talk about “enjoying your work” or “enjoying the people you are working with” does make a lot of sense, in a comforting manner. While some may see such materials as cliché-istic or narrow-minded, they provided an image of what was considered of common sense in the society at the time.

The rules, or rather recommendations, provided in the video are meant to serve as a starting point. Each could choose to go his (in this case, more like “hers”) direction from there on.

You can watch it with amusement, nostalgia or criticism, but the office etiquette video is still interesting to see.

For example, the instructor opens up the office job course with this: “You’re starting a new career. It can be fun, or it can be hard. It all depends on the way you look at things”.


The telephone courtesy video

In a more theatrical style, the second instructional video set out to show what is right and wrong in phone-based business communications.

As in the first video, one may find it hard not to think about how the employees look like superheroes. Always neat, polite, fresh, un-stressed, calm and generally happy about their lives. They all look like A-grade adults who are willing to focus on their job-related activities and who always find the energy and even the initiative to do it.

Compared with the current state of affairs, the people depicted in these videos all look like as if someone was taking care of them. Meaning that they needn’t worry about how they need to shop, cook, clean, pay bills and generally run around stressed before or after work.

In this context, the characters that yelled, were impolite, incompetent or offensive (the bad examples) were quickly tackled by the majority of professional, polite, in-control employees.

To quote the video: “Good manners please our customers. Bad manners only irritate them” or “The telephone is meant to work for us. The important thing is how to put it to work properly. God telephone manners aren’t difficult, they are easy, natural”


A contemporary exercise

You may look at the way you interact on the phone, after having browsed these videos above. Do you have good telephone manners, or bad ones, for example?

Contemplate and compare. What great things have we added and what did we lose in the process of evolving along quite a few decades?

If you were to merge the best of the present and the past – as seen in the videos, what would that image look like?