Recently I saw a vid on one of the only two national newspapers online news portal. It was a soft spoken Jamaican young developer speaking about a app that converts regular business cards electronically to a Windows phone with some cool features.
The product is called Grik.ly. See their press release here
Now this concept is nothing new, but it is refreshing to see after all these years and stating why after all these Imagine Cup wins for Jamaica.
That none of these students who have won these competitions for several years, have been able to code and bring to market something of value for the commercial market.
A coder / programmer(s) does not need Venture Capital to bring a product to market, a demo or working model at least to market.
A coder / programmer(s) is really nothing more than a labour who lays concrete bricks, steel, and pours cement after a designer comes up with what he wants the architecture of the building / product to look like.
However unlike the construction labour, there is no need for worrying about the cost of raw materials such as cement, steel, or concrete. Server space are no longer an issue with advent of the cloud.
The so called DBJ Venture Capital program as far as I see it will be no more than a slush fund for the politicly, gender confused, and genetically connected along with the feminist elite.
To hear the junior minister speak of Venture Capital in such a manner shows that such funds will be wasted on nonsense.
As capital should be pumped in products or start ups that have met all the criteria to attain success. And not simply because it is locally developed and appears cool.
A product has to be novel, have global appeal, have ability to solve a real world problem, and having some level of barrier to entry for competition would also be an asset. Of course being in the mobile sector which involves m-commerce, and having the ability to incorporate video would also be a step in the right direction.
Frankly the product I saw is really like all the others converting old technology into a form of social network format.
What is good, is that a team that competed in the Imagine Cup has finally brought something to market.
I suspect that after this, they like others will come up with something innovative to a specific market or market sector.
The Business Card Scan App Market Way Back When & Present
My Name is E releases iPhone app to kill the business card BY MIKE BUTCHER
“My Name is E appeared earlier this year with a product which sounded familiar to most. It enables you to collect all your social and contact accounts – on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any other network – in one spot.”
ScanBizCards: use your iPhone 3GS to organize your collection of business cards BY SCOTT MERRILL
Business cards are an anachronism. We all have them, we all pass them out to people we meet, but how many of you actually own a rolodex, or file the business cards you receive in any meaningful way?
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand BY JASON KINCAID
LinkedIn Buys Business Card Converter CardMunch, Will Offer Its Services For Free BY ALEXIA TSOTSIS
LinkedIn Matches Business Cards With Profile Data In New Version Of iOS App CardMunch BY LEENA RAO
Cardcloud wants to take business cards online by adding location and context. By Steve O’Hear.
“In addition to standard contact details, users can visually customize their cards by adding profile pictures and/or their company logo, along with linking their account to over 50 online profile or social services, such as the usual suspects LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.”
Zoho Launches Card Scanner With Direct CRM Integration
BY ALEX WILLIAMS
Zoho has a new Card Scanner app for iOS for its SaaS platform that allows a customer to take a photo of a business card and have that data stored in the Zoho CRM or as a new contact. The app scans business cards in English, French, German and Spanish. An Android app is coming soon.
CamCard, A Card-Scanning App That’s Dominating Asian Markets, Reaches 50M Users BY KIM-MAI CUTLER
While there’s a perennial debate on the West Coast about whether and when business cards might become irrelevant, they continue to be at the center of business customs in China and Japan.