We’ve bred “serial pitchers” who hit every contest in the Southeast circuit from Nashville to Atlanta. They’ve honed their presentations to a high level, sound like the next big thing – and usually come away with some cash. But beyond a well-rehearsed pitch, they’ve got a weak product – one whose weaknesses are not readily exposed in a five-minute demo presentation.
In this 17th episode of Rich Conte’s TechLife Podcast, Rich and Paul discuss the rapid expansion of Charleston as hub for emerging businesses and tech ventures. Paul also offers his unique take on what makes Charleston a boom versus bust in the making.
The crash course in coding is pretty cool. We saw the “graduation” of more than two dozen old and young coders a few months ago. Watching the presentations we found it almost impossible to believe the zero-to-hero transformation these folks had achieved. Sally Kingston and her gang here in Charleston deserve a lot of credit – or a beer if you run into them out on the town.
Emerging companies and entrepreneurs: They are the future of Charleston – especially tech-related ventures. They have the power to diversify the economy of Charleston, to make us more than just a tourism/hospitality hub (that could be devastated for years from a hurricane or earthquake). Diversifying our economy also makes us less reliable on Joint Base Charleston, Boeing or similar large entities that could vanish overnight given the wrong set of circumstances.
If we choose to forget or ignore the lessons of Detroit… If we fail to offer incentives for entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies… If we simply rely on what has been instead of what is to come… The fall will be quick, merciless and perhaps fatal.