What Distinguishes a Startup from a Traditional Business

September 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

What does it to take to make or call a startup a successful one? Is it only the financial goals, if met, will be instrumental in making a startup successful or are there any other measures or parameters that should be considered?

If finance is the only thing, then why it is anyway different from a traditional business? Why give it a fancy name and worry about analyzing it?

If finance is not the only thing, then what else could be considered worthy enough to be considered?

On a simple but a bit deeper analysis, we will find few things that distinguish a startup from a traditional business:

  1. One of the broader definitions of a ‘startup’ includes the impact that it should have on the world rather than simply making money. You check out any founder or co-founder of a successful startup across the world, they will aver that their first ambition was to do something that could change the world.
  2. The startup works on the motive and objective of keeping their customers happy—the customer always is the priority, while for a traditional business this may not be true.
  3. For a lot of the entrepreneurs, a successful startup means that they get to spend time with their family members and friends. The ability to have the ‘me-time’ or ‘we-time’ is all they count as currency.
  4. Freedom of time, freedom of location, financial freedom, and even creative freedom often counts as a success for a lot of entrepreneurs when they plan to build a startup.

Now, if you look at a traditional business unit, you will notice that all the above things may be lacking or ignored for the sake of making money alone. In a traditional business unit, money, profits, financial gains are everything and there hardly any room for innovation and creativity.

Popular Apps On React Native That Will Interest You

December 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

Designed as a JavaScript framework, React Native helps build authentically native apps for popular platforms like Android and iOS. As React Native can very well correspond to the needs of today’s mobile app development market, the most popular platforms find them very useful. By accelerating the app building processes across diverse kinds of platforms, React Native has carved a niche for itself in the industry today. Here are some popular apps depending on React Native.


React Native is in fact the project developed by Facebook for its own needs. The development of React Native follows Facebook’s vision to pool up all the advantages of web development to mobile. This is how React Native was brought to life. Originally developed for iOS, Facebook eventually stretched react Native’s capabilities to support the Android operating systems. Now the library can provide mobile UIs for both the platforms. Presently Facebook is using react Native to develop its Ads Manager app and is seen creating both the iOS and Android versions of them.


Walmart has revised its mobile app into React Native. This initiative has helped the company significantly improve the performance of its apps on iOS and Android. The advantages are the optimum use of resources ensuring economy and quick development. Walmart could leverage the skills of the developers across both the platforms by sharing more than 96% of the codes. With its drive to become the world’s number one retailer, the company has initiated a high-risk move hoping to gain a competitive advantage.


Bloomberg’s latest consumer mobile app for Android and iOS provide a well-structured and highly engaging experience to the users enabling a personalized content, live feeds and videos that are featured across Bloomberg. The user access is also highly simplified now. In order to develop this app, Bloomberg deployed a strategic mobile app development framework. React Native technology promises them the luxury of cross-platform native app development.


In a challenging move, Instagram integrated React Native into their existing native app starting with the simplest view you can think of. For example, the push notification view was implemented as the Web view. This process did not need a navigation infrastructure since the UI was very simple. During a tough process, Instagram could significantly improve the developer velocity. Depending on products, about 85% of the codes were shared between the Android and iOS apps thereby delivering the app much faster than how they would have done it with their native solution.


The way Townske works is by connecting you with locals to gather a list of their favorite places. This helps in creating a curated list of places to experience like the locals do it. The users need not have an account and this is a great news. This helps in quickly finding the next location you want to visit. Especially when you are running out of battery power or Wi-Fi connectivity, this is a cool feature to come to your rescue. Townske finds React Native highly useful since it is UI focused that makes it more like a JavaScript library rather than just a framework.

5 Tips To Make User Interviews More Effective and Productive

May 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Deemed as the most common user research strategy, user interviews can bring more value to your discovery phase. While many user interviewers can go wrong, here are a few tips to get the best from them.

5 Tips To Make User Interviews More Effective and Productive

Tips to get the best from user interviews

  • Prepare a set of well-crafted interview questions

Open-ended questions will help avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses and draw more from your users. Though short and vague answers are not much welcomed in user interviews, the fault here is with the interviewer who does not frame the questions well. For instance, instead of asking, “Do you like to use the product X?”, it is better to ask, “What do you like about using product X?” a still better way of framing this question is “Tell me how you feel about using product X?” 

  • Right follow-up questions help dig deeper

When you find the interviewee talking about something relevant to your research, find ways to make them expand on that. 

  • Avoid jargons

When you work in a field for so long, you catch up a lot of jargons that become a common component of your communications and understanding. Nevertheless, understand that most users need not be familiar with those jargons and hence you must ensure your conversation is free of any jargons. 

  • Learn to tackle awkward silence

Learn to embrace awkward moments of silence since some best answers can always come after a pause. The pause can be a moment of reflection or the interviewee might need some time to think. Sometimes they might even provide more information to fill the space as they are equally uncomfortable with the silence.

  • Neutralize your reactions

Researchers must be highly conscious of the effects of your behavior on the interviewee. Never react strongly to people’s answers as such reactions can change the way they respond to the next question. Also, if they find some answers pleasing you, they are most likely to think of exciting you with answers in the similar vein. This will make you forgo the chances to find out the truth.

A Cultivated Mindset & Charlotte Mayor congratulate Charlotte Lab School students for creating and developing start-ups

January 18, 2017 in Community, Education, Stem, Uncategorized

[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]If you didn’t know by now, ACM loves helping out in the community. This past August we started an after school program called Tech All-Stars an elementary education program focused on STEM education, at Charlotte Lab School, a new charter school located in uptown Charlotte. In the program third through fifth grade students receive a Chromebook, learn the skills needed to create a business, and then start a business of their own. Not only did the students develop concepts for their own businesses, they also created websites to brand their services.

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