Observations from the Mobile World Congress 2011 Part 1

Will Wireless Payments Help you Sleep at Night?

Fira de Barcelona Site of 2011 Mobile World Congress
Fira de Barcelona Site of 2011 Mobile World Congress

I was not alone, over 60,000 people attended this years mobile congress held at the Fira de Barcelona in Spain. With over 1300 exhibitors and 40+ keynotes, panels and awards held over four days, this was full immersion experience into the global world of mobility with all its players.

Walking through the gates of the Fira with its two towers, I felt a happy rush of excitement as I left the fair city of Barcelona behind and joined the global mobile ant colony.  Continue reading “Observations from the Mobile World Congress 2011 Part 1”

How Cell Phones Can Democratize Banking for the Underserved

The Vision Behind Obopay.com from Carol Realini Speaking at Women 2.0 Founder Labs

10 – 5 – 3 – 1  is Carol Realini’s Law for raising capital, a skill she has in spades. Carol is an entrepreneur who “eats nails for lunch”  starts companies and raises capital to fund them. After retiring she became intrigued by the work of an NGO group teaching peace to war torn parts of the world. This led her to Africa, Congo and Burundi where she witnessed that everything was broken except for cell phones that worked brilliantly.  If pre paid cell phone minutes could be converted to currency,  people could send or receive payments through their mobile phones.  Continue reading “How Cell Phones Can Democratize Banking for the Underserved”

Results from Customer Development and Learning to Pivot

Sally Grisedale Interviewing the Concierge at the Fairmont San Jose
Concierge Interview : The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose

Week 3 of Women 2.0 Founders Lab Mobile Edition

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about “Pivoting” for Women 2.0. Pivoting describes what entrepreneurs do when they get stuck.  It involves recognizing your business idea is failing and making a radical change.

In week three, our team objective was to interview 20 concierge at four star hotels in the Bay Area and get four to test our prototype on a free trial basis. Through customer development interviews, we hoped to validate our business idea for “GuidePad”.  Continue reading “Results from Customer Development and Learning to Pivot”