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How Does The Technology Hype Cycle Impact Investor Perception?

A Discussion about technology trend hype and it's impact on investorsAt Web Joint Ventures (WJV) we take a grassroots approach to emerging trends by curating the dialog that rises to the surface when diverse people, with equally diverse backgrounds and outlooks weigh in on the viability of a given emerging product, trend or industry.  When you’re talking about the future performance of any  emerging trend you’re guessing, granted they may be educated guesses or guesses based on empirical and well referenced data, but they are all guesses none the less. To that end, when we discuss the future, there really is no such thing as right or wrong around here.

Being right or wrong about the viability of an emerging trend isn’t really the point of this community anyway. It’s a platform for sharing concepts and a platform for the forward thinking to express opinions and add value based on personal and professional experience with those concepts. WJV is also a platform for connection, because no matter what, after all the reports have been read and opinions have been examined, it’s about the vibe you get when you hear a great idea from a highly committed and capable person whose dedicated to bringing that great idea to life in some way, shape or form. And at the end of the day, it’s that vibe that drives many of our personal and business decisions. We know this ‘trust your gut’ approach to forming business ventures is not for everyone and we’re not advocating a throw it it against the wall and see if it sticks approach either, but simply want to acknowledge that even the highest powered analysts and advisors can’t make success or failure of an emerging technology trend a mathematical certainty. There’s tons of websites for that and as we get traction we’ll be referencing and linking to them often.

Our goal here is to try and bring it all together via open communication, confidence in past experiences and knowledge coupled with valid and reliable data and an ability to Hack Through The Hype and arrive at a decision to engage in an investment or venture relationship or not, without ignoring that gut feeling that tends to lead in the right direction for you more often than not.

Do Sharks Show Emotions?

If you want to get a feel for what we’re talking about here, check out the trailer from this season’s Shark Tank from abc.com. Listen for terms like “I LOVE it” and “That’s so cool” and many more emotional as opposed to empirical references used to determine if an investment opportunity is deemed a good one or not.  By the way, some love it, some hate it, but we actually like Shark Tank a lot and will probably reference it form time to time in the future. We get it, it’s a T.V. show and drama is the name of the game But … how far off from reality is this emotional / gut check approach to making investment decision? If you haven’t seen it you may want to check it out. Friday’s at 8pm on ABC.

 

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