Never get between a business and its money. The announcements about Apple's Passbook and Microsoft's Wallet make me worried new obstacles to getting paid by customers are building up.
From bits-and-bytes to brick-and-mortar, entrepreneur Howard Lo looks at how tech impacts a small business.
Howard spent 14 years in the tech industry working as a programmer, evangelist, and community manager for Microsoft. In 2009, he had lived his "dream" of middle-management long enough and opened a Japanese restaurant called Standing Sushi Bar. Trading in stock grants and software licenses for raw fish and cash, he enjoys mixing his passion for technology into the daily hustle of small business.
Imagine a group of squabbling children, clamoring for the teacher to pay attention to them. The teacher gives them a project: "Draw me a picture of a desert.
In these heady days of tech, an entrepreneur is portrayed as a late 20-something, hoodie-wearing, SXSW-attending idea man on a path towards changing the world through an iOS app.I didn't invent a social network, I have yet to create a cloud application, and I have no idea how to make colorful filters that transform ugly pictures into art.