Brand Differentiation In The QC Industry 

Creativity in branding sometimes has a lot to be desired. We look now at the good and bad in QC and how being unique could play an advantage in the coming years 

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The Letter Q

What do all of the following startups have in common:

Q&I

Q-CTRL

Q-Lion

Qasky

QbitLogic

Qblox

QC Ware

QEYnet

Qilimanjaro Quantum Hub

Qindom

Qnami

Qrithm

Qrypt

Qu & Co

Quandela

Quantastica

QuantFi

QuantiCor Security

Quantika

Quantopo

Quantum Benchmark Inc.

Quantum Circuits, Inc.

Quantum Computing & AI Research (QCAR)

Quantum Factory

Quantum Impenetrable

Quantum Machines

Quantum Microwave

Quantum Motion Technologies

Quantum Phi

Quantum Thought

Quantum Xchange

QuantumCTek

QuantumX

Quantumz.io

QuBalt GmbH

Qubitekk

Qubit Engineering

Qubit Reset LLC

Qubitor

QuDot

QuEra Computing

Quintessence Labs

QuiX

Qulab

QunaSys

Qunnect

QuNu Labs

QURECA

QuSecure

Quside

QxBranch

Okay, you guessed it, clever clogs — they all begin with the letter ‘Q’.

And I suppose, as you’re a reader of the TQD (don’t target our name for scorn, as we have the definite article ‘The’ before ‘Quantum’), you’ve sussed they’re all QC startups, too.

But don’t you think there’s something wrong?

Maybe not seriously wrong but wrong all the same?

Business Cards

Imagine going to a QC conference as a VC investor. Potential clients, ie. the startups, present themselves to you, hand you out their business cards, smile professionally, tell you who they are, what they do and how they do it.

That’s great.

After an hour or so of chit-chat, after conference drinks, you go back to the hotel, take your shoes off, switch on the TV and relax. You then take a shower. After you’ve dried yourself off you remember about the nice day you’ve had with a smile and all the valuable contacts in the QC industry you’ve made. That makes you go to your jacket pocket which full to the brim with business cards.

You take them out and peruse them one after another. They’re all professionally cut. But there’s one problem:

The ‘Qs’ are hurting you. There are too many of them. You can’t remember that Q from this Q. The Qs are everywhere.

Distinguishing is impossible.

But there are few in the pack, interesting ones, that not only catch your eye visually but also aurally — you remember the impressibly young CEO with a Ph.D. in quantum physics from MIT not because of those facts or his outrageous bravado but for what his startup was called:

Atom Computing

Black Brane Systems

Boxcat

Elyah

H-Bar Consultants

IonQ

Low Noise Factory

ORCA Computing

Rigetti Computing

Riverlane

Strangeworks

Turing

Xanadu

Zapata Computing

Notwithstanding the boringly sounding ‘computing’ that finishes four of the companies’ names (all’s forgiven), they hit you like a soft rock. You won’t forget them in a hurry, that’s for certain.

Didn’t Shakespeare say:

What’s in a name?

Maybe it’s nothing.

Yet maybe everything.

Look at Apple, it’s a classic. Coca Cola, too. Even Pepsi, for that matter. Kangaroos. Nike. Adidas. The Boring Company — ‘far from’. Brandless. Starbucks. Lego. Virgin and Toyota.

Let’s get some style in QC, guys. Stop branding the obvious. Release the Qs from their jail.

What I’m saying is that the QC industry is in its early days, its branding too, so there will obviously be some mistakes in not only targeting but also how we want customers to see our companies. That doesn’t mean you have to hire an expensive brand man from Saatchi & Saatchi or even a marketing-savvy new recruit.

No.

Just get the branding right at the very beginning because it could make all the difference in the end.

Adopt Q-less startup names with a bit of creativity!

James Dargan
James Dargan
James Dargan is a contributor at The Quantum Daily. His focus is on the QC startup ecosystem and he writes articles on the space that have a tone accessible to the average reader

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