5 Technology Observations: 8 April 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology updates, insights, rumors, gossip, chatter, and unsubstantiated claims to start your day for Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves seven items.

7. Apple Watch Reviews: Take a look at recent reviews for the new smartwatch and they're mostly positive. The Wall Street Journal and Re/code have generally positive views on Apple Watch. Re/code also looks at early third-party Apple Watch apps. But just about everyone is still asking the obvious question: How many people really "need" a smartwatch? An early look at Apple Watch sales forecasts provides some clues.

6. Google Goes Local (On Services): Looks like Angie's List has awoken multiple giants. First, Amazon Home Services launched in March 2015. Now, Google is preparing a home services platform of its own -- potentially allowing you to search for local plumbers, electricians and more. The big question: Will Google or Amazon ever counter Work Market and other online communities that connect customers with freelance and/or local IT support services.

5. Entrepreneur Reality Check: In several recent blogs, I've mentioned that starting a business isn't always glamorous. It sounds like startup stress levels are especially high in the financial services market -- where entrepreneurs must compete with Wall Street giants while also adapting to robo investor services like Wealthfront. The big question facing all startups: How are you going to highly automate your new business while offering deeply personal customer-obsessed services? Memo to aspiring entrepreneurs: Answer that question before you quit your day job.

4. How to Build Your Board... And Business: If you're looking to build your first board of directors, Board Guru Tracy Houston offers some timely advice in Podcast Episode 29. And if you're looking to start or expand a business in New York City, check out Silicon Harlem for potential mentoring help (Podcast Episode 30).

3. They're Back: Several Kaseya veterans have surfaced at Pilixo -- which emerged from stealth mode today with a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) management platform. We've got the exclusive details directly from Pilixo's leaders.

2. Amazon's Next Cloud Moves: They'll surface tomorrow (Thursday, April 9) during an Amazon Web Services event in San Francisco. You can register here to see the AWS Summit Live Stream.

1. When The Music (Isn't) Over: I'm dragging a bit today -- but for good reason. I caught Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and his band last night at the Huntington Paramount -- one of the best venues in the nation for live music in a midsize club. Krieger -- like the rest of us -- has certainly aged. But his guitar work remains timeless. Here's a sampling...

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