Kevin Stevens

Can startup ecosystems be manufactured?

If I had the answer to the question above, I'd likely have a different career.  However, this question seems to be at the top of my network's mind as evidenced by a few articles that recently appeared in the Houston Chronicle being shared across email...

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Death of the MVP

It’s possible I exaggerated a bit on the title above, while the Death of the MVP might be extreme, the days of the “minimum” (i.e. move fast and break things) approach to building high-growth software are long gone and we're now in the golden age...

Kevin Stevens

Digitizing Industry

Often, when we're talking about our thesis at Intelis we describe it as "the digitization of analog industries" or "the digital revolution for analog industries". But what does that look like in practice? For simplicity's sake, we think of analog as not using software or technology...

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2019 Electricity Themes I’m Tracking

Like most, I figured I would write some form of recap or prediction post(s) at year's end and this one is the first of what might be a few different articles to come over the next few days.  They'll be a mix of industry, regional,...

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True or False: 8 Bets for the Future

Like many, I listen to podcasts on my commute to and from work.  Yesterday, I came across this podcast from Greentech Media featuring Shayle Kann, SVP of Research and Strategy at Energy Impact Partners.  Shayle had written an article about the future of energy and tied...

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Surface Go

It's been almost a month since I've posted, having a newborn will do that to you.  But I'm back and hoping to continue writing regularly from here until the end of the year. During my time away, I traded-in an old MacBook Pro and iPad mini...

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Bitcoin and Regulated Industries

Recently, Jonathan coined the phrase "the drag of orthodoxy" as it relates to regulated industries and their inability to quickly adopt new technologies even when they provide the best use cases.  Often, this is due to both the inability to implement new technology (easier to...

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CBI Insights Innovation Summit Day 1 Recap

Jonathan and I are at the CBI Insights Innovation Summit in Santa Barbara this week. Below are a few quick takeaways from yesterday's panels and discussions.  Enjoy. As can be expected, voice and text will be the biggest winners at the intersection of UI and...

Kevin Stevens

The Apps I’ll Be Using More Of in 2017

A few days ago I read M.G. Siegler's Medium post on his 2016 Homescreen which provoked me to think about the apps I use on a daily basis.  Siegler does a really great job explaining not only how his workflows have changed but how the changes...

Kevin Stevens

Saving Time with the Smart Home

Recently on the "This Week in Startups" podcast Silicon Valley investor and CEO of Vayner Media, Gary Vaynerchuk was the featured guest and one of his insights added a unique dimension to the way I think about product development.  Gary asserted that all great products are...