Today, most companies can't be managed well without software. And we are not talking about buying new soft for laptops that employees can use at the office. In case you own a business that works on the Internet, you have to update your software strategies and tactics on a regular basis. Otherwise, technologies change literally every day, and your company risks to lag behind other, more innovative competitors. So, it is necessary to keep an eye on where the industry moves.
If you can follow the trends, you will not waste your time and money using outdated programs or approach, the best option is to pay for enterprise software development that will provide you with modern tools, to boost the development of your business. How to do that? Well, you have to watch where we are moving in terms of technology, and what works in a best way. Check out the trends that are predicted by experts in the field in 2019.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
AI gets more and more complicated, and more and more intelligent. While some programs are already able to imitate intelligence, the main breakthrough has not been made yet. Still, if you are working with technologies, or apply complex digital technologies in your work, keep this trend in mind. It seems to boom soon.
Machine learning is more practically applicable today. The point is that a lot of tasks are impossible to be completed by humans, so it is easier to make the machine remember all the options and variations - this is learning. Machines do a huge chunk of the job when it comes to the digital field. So make sure you watch the trend and follow it for the benefit of your company.
This is a trend that everybody discusses, and many already use. In addition to its numerous features, one of the most discussed aspects is total security and anonymity, combined with full transparency. For now, experts claim that blockchain is the safest system of transmitting the data. In case your company works with sensitive data like personal data, or financial transfers, using blockchain guarantees you not only the increase of security in operation but more clients and more investments.
Design gets more and more intuitive. Instead of making the website “beautiful", complex, or “looking expensive", make it functional. Navigation should be totally intuitive and all aspects should be user-friendly. Check the design of websites of the most famous companies and you will notice a smart and sleek design. Make it your priority and your advantage in 2019.
Smartphones are everywhere, and people spend more time using their phone than their laptop unless they have to work. So, each and every business is looking forward to develop their own app, to reach out the potential customers at any time. Figure out whether your company can benefit from this trend, too. Keep those trends in mind to be successful in 2019!
We're here. We're queer. Now that it's pride month, it feels like every store and corporation is flooding us with their best rainbow merchandise, capitalizing on a $917 billion dollar consumer market.
The rainbow flags are out. The mannequins are sporting pride tees. And corporate newsletters are full of interviews showcasing all their queer employees ("Look, we have a gay person here! We GET you!").
To me, this is blatant evidence that the future is queer.
These corporations follow the money, and with 20% of millennials and 31% of Gen Z openly identifying as queer, these businesses have to capitalize on the growing purchasing power of LGBTQIA+ consumers. With a recorded market size of $917 billion dollars in 2016, and a growing interest in socially conscious brands among young consumers, this is clearly a market opportunity that corporations cannot afford to ignore.
However, I'm always surprised by how little attention investors and the entrepreneurial community devotes to this undeniable trend, despite being constantly inundated with overwhelming statistics proving the importance of diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Only 2.2% of venture capital funding went to women in 2018, less than .1% of funding has been allocated to black women since 2009, and only about 1% of venture-backed companies have a black founder or Latinx founder. These statistics are over-quoted but underacted upon.
This gender and diversity inequality significantly hinders economic growth, since 85% of all consumer purchases are controlled by women, and startups with higher ethnic diversity tend to produce financial returns above their industry norm.
The data is clearly leading to one direction: investing in women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, immigrants, and other minority groups in entrepreneurship leads to higher revenue and better business results.
As data-driven and forward-thinking as this industry claims to be, we haven't caught up to the queer founders, particularly queer women, who are rethinking the future. These founders understand and speak to a generation of increasing numbers of LGBTQIA+ people whose market share will only continue to grow exponentially. VCs and investors are already behind the curve.
SoGal Foundation, a non-profit on a mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship, is helping bridge this divide between queer women founders and investors with the launch of applications for the second annual Global Pitch Competition for diverse entrepreneurs. Hosted in 25+ cities across five continents, and culminating in a final global pitch competition and 3-day immersive educational bootcamp in Silicon Valley, this is the first and only globally-focused pitch opportunity for diverse entrepreneurs.
Startups that are pre-Series A (raised less than $3M) with at least one woman or diverse founder, apply here to pitch! The top teams selected from each regional round will join SoGal's final global pitch competition and bootcamp in Silicon Valley for guaranteed face time with dozens of top Silicon Valley investors, curated educational programming, unparalleled 1:1 mentorship, press exposure, and a chance to win investment capital.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ founders: what's the best way to kick off pride? Apply to pitch!
Regional pitch rounds will be held August-November 2019; final pitch competition in Silicon Valley in February 2020. Details and additional cities to be announced.
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