Technology Innovation Scale

Phone Number Portability System is Changing Without a Contingency Plan – Consumers and Retailers Could Pay the Price

The introduction of number portability was a huge win for consumers and retailers. But in just a few weeks, perhaps the single largest change in the past 20 years is coming to the system that enables consumers to keep their phone number, even when switching carriers. But on April 8, 2018 a transition to a completely new infrastructure begins with no contingency plan in place to roll back to the existing system if the transition isn’t seamless. …Read the rest

CES 2018

CES 2018: The Missing Link for Retailers

As the Sprosty Network team walked the floor of CES 2018 last month, it was crystal clear that the industry has truly embraced the IoT—virtually every consumer device in every aisle was “connected” in some way. The show also provided some keen insight into how much retailers stand to lose if they don’t change the strategy behind how they’re selling the consumer IoT. …Read the rest

Bridging the Gap between Smart Home / IoT Startups and Major Retail: A Win-Win for Scaleup Growth

It’s been a big couple weeks at Sprosty Network: Our vision to move promising startups to scale with major retailers is ramping up dramatically, as we launched our first RetailXelerator (RX) class. Eight startups, selected from a pool of more than 700 applications and all focused on Smart Home technologies, are in our virtual weekly course to get smart on retail best practices, and prepare to pitch their products in 12 short weeks to the buying decision-makers at Walmart, Amazon, Verizon, and Sears.  …Read the rest

Scaleup Lessons from the Microsoft Accelerator: Advice for Scaleups Pitching Critical Enterprise Clients

We at Sprosty Network recently co-hosted our third scaleup event with the Microsoft Accelerator. If you’re not familiar, this accelerator is a Seattle-based, 16-week program that works to provide tech startups – after a rigorous vetting process – with the industry connections and support needed to scale their business. It’s one of the few scaleup accelerators …Read the rest