How Startups Can Utilize Innovative New Technology
September 20, 2013
Using the appropriate types
of technology is very often a key factor in the success of a small
startup business, whether it’s based entirely on the internet or is
traditional bricks-and-mortar. A new company has to make sure that it is
getting things right from the very beginning. If inappropriate
technology is being used the consequences of taking the wrong route here
will simply snowball and it will usually prove very difficult and
certainly very expensive to make a recovery.
A brave new world of gadgets
From the customer point of view, also, the use of
technology is important. No potential client will be impressed by an
organization that is effectively still living back in the Stone Age.
There are literally thousands of mobile gadgets now on the market that
small businesses can use to optimize their workflow.
With flexibility, efficiency and speed always the
watchwords in the business world, thanks to modern technology there has
never been a better time for
increasing all three. Here are just a few ideas of modern innovations
that will help any business, already established or completely new on
the block, run more smoothly and efficiently.
Touch screens may be the latest craze but there are still
people who feel more comfortable with a traditional keyboard. Laptops
are portable but can be unwieldy and ultrabooks make
a great alternative. Being thin and light they are a dream to carry
around. In terms of performance, they are just as functional and
powerful as a laptop and make an ideal piece of kit for the traveling
A mobile printer can be a great boon for the traveling
professional. These are small and inexpensive and simply plug into the
USB port of a laptop or ultrabook to
obtain a hard copy of a text document or spreadsheet. Even in the
regular office environment using a small mobile printer that can be
easily stashed away will free up valuable space. Individual employees
can have their own printers to promote workflow efficiency and obviate
the need to prioritize different printer jobs in a single queue.
Data storage solutions
With cloud storage, distributed networks of computer
servers store company data, rather than having it all stored on a single
device. As the files of many organizations, even smaller ones, can be
substantial, cloud storage allows for these to be easily accessed and
shared over fast internet connections. Instant access to crucial
business files without the need for separate backup storage on site
greatly simplifies a small business’s workflow.
Another storage solution which is so neat that the staff will
be clamoring to have one of their own is the portable flash or hard
drive. These sleek and elegant devices were, like the original ‘mobile’
phones, once so bulky that they needed a case to carry them
about in. As the march of technology continues, however, vast amounts of
data can now be safely stored away on devices that slip neatly into a
coat pocket and weigh next to nothing. They can also automatically make
separate backups of all the data on whatever device they happen to be
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A mini-projector is the ideal solution for personnel who
need visual aids to reinforce a business meeting presentation. These are
extremely portable devices, usually no bigger or heavier than a small
digital camera, and the images they’re loaded with can be screened onto
almost any type of flat surface.
These are handy devices that use the services of 3G or 4G
phone carriers to provide high-speed Wi-Fi when traveling, rather than
having to rely on the frequently slow and usually expensive hotel
connections. Some carriers allow their usage on an as-required basis,
which costs less than a contract.
In a hectic startup environment, with paperwork flying
around and priorities changing by the minute, important documents can
get lost. The paperwork can in any case become quite overwhelming as it
accumulates, and a lost receipt is tantamount to lost cash because of
the time reimbursement usually takes. A mislaid business card can even
make a deal fall through. The remedy for all this is a mini-scanner
which can take copies of business contacts, expense reports, receipts
and anything else that has to be kept safely stored away in the one
A speakerphone is invaluable for impromptu team meetings
to address critical business issues and make decisions when team members
may be dispersed. Its small size and ready portability means that all
employees can be issued with one and enables a group conference to be
held at a moment’s notice.