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The Web Based Supply Chain

UTSA / MOT 5253 - Starting the High Tech Firm

               March 23, 2010
Growth consumes cash.
Fast growth consumes cash -
            fast
In start up mode...

• keep overhead low
• buy as you need
• go virtual as possible without having it
  affect productivit...
Today

• You are in a unique position to focus
  your resources on brains, will and
  executing your business plan without...
Before
• Office
• Furniture
• PBX - with
• Staff
• Computers
• Wired network
• Software
Office

• Rent
• Lease
• Does not allow room for rapid growth
• Fixed cost
• Hard to break a lease
Furniture

• Expensive
• Not flexible
• “Make a good impression”
• Sunk cost - you can recover 10% of what
  you spent
PBX

• Sunk cost
• Even IP PBX systems can run 3- 10K
• Wiring additional cost unless your office
  is wired
• Expensive ad...
Permanent Staff


• Salary = x
• Benefits + 30%x
• Expensive to terminate
Today

• Virtual
 • work from home, coffee shops, co-
   working
 • cell phone
 • lease your hardware
Wired Network

• Glue the office together
• Expensive to build out
• Even small business need external
  consultant to confi...
Software
• Beyond “Office,”
 • accounting
 • invoicing
 • email
 • desktop publishing
 • license
 • upgrades
Budget for...



 Rent         =
 Salaries     =
 Hardware     =
 PBX          =
Software      =
Phone Service =
IT Consul...
New way to work


• Free Apps
• SaaS Apps
“Free” Apps


• Google Apps - $50 per user per year
 • http://www.google.com/apps/
SaaS Providers


• The Small Business Web
 • http://www.thesmallbusinessweb.com
Build Your Own



• http://thesmallbusinessweb.com/
  directory
Build Your Supply Chain




Hosting      Acct         POS            Mktg




     e              CRM              Forms
 ...
What do you need?

• Make a list
• Build a budget
• Lease the hardware
• Switch to Mac (if you can)
• Get an iPhone / Blac...
Scenario
• Build a budget -
• 4 person company
 • computers
 • cell phones
 • service providers
 • apps
Thank You!


• Alan Weinkrantz
• 210-410-3075
• alan@weinkrantz.com




             photos (c) 2010
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    1. 1. The Web Based Supply Chain UTSA / MOT 5253 - Starting the High Tech Firm March 23, 2010
    2. 2. Growth consumes cash. Fast growth consumes cash - fast
    3. 3. In start up mode... • keep overhead low • buy as you need • go virtual as possible without having it affect productivity • show your investors that you spend / invest their money wisely
    4. 4. Today • You are in a unique position to focus your resources on brains, will and executing your business plan without a huge amount of overhead to run and maintain your business.
    5. 5. Before • Office • Furniture • PBX - with • Staff • Computers • Wired network • Software
    6. 6. Office • Rent • Lease • Does not allow room for rapid growth • Fixed cost • Hard to break a lease
    7. 7. Furniture • Expensive • Not flexible • “Make a good impression” • Sunk cost - you can recover 10% of what you spent
    8. 8. PBX • Sunk cost • Even IP PBX systems can run 3- 10K • Wiring additional cost unless your office is wired • Expensive add-ons
    9. 9. Permanent Staff • Salary = x • Benefits + 30%x • Expensive to terminate
    10. 10. Today • Virtual • work from home, coffee shops, co- working • cell phone • lease your hardware
    11. 11. Wired Network • Glue the office together • Expensive to build out • Even small business need external consultant to configure and maintain
    12. 12. Software • Beyond “Office,” • accounting • invoicing • email • desktop publishing • license • upgrades
    13. 13. Budget for... Rent = Salaries = Hardware = PBX = Software = Phone Service = IT Consultant =
    14. 14. New way to work • Free Apps • SaaS Apps
    15. 15. “Free” Apps • Google Apps - $50 per user per year • http://www.google.com/apps/
    16. 16. SaaS Providers • The Small Business Web • http://www.thesmallbusinessweb.com
    17. 17. Build Your Own • http://thesmallbusinessweb.com/ directory
    18. 18. Build Your Supply Chain Hosting Acct POS Mktg e CRM Forms Mail
    19. 19. What do you need? • Make a list • Build a budget • Lease the hardware • Switch to Mac (if you can) • Get an iPhone / Blackberry
    20. 20. Scenario • Build a budget - • 4 person company • computers • cell phones • service providers • apps
    21. 21. Thank You! • Alan Weinkrantz • 210-410-3075 • alan@weinkrantz.com photos (c) 2010
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