Straight from College to Startup CEO

One of the most popular questions at the Atlanta Tech Village is if our community is comprised of early twenty-somethings that are fresh out of college. While we do have several of those, our average age is around 30 with plenty of entrepreneurs in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. While there are outlier success stories of…

Employee Turnover in a Startup

With all the talk about recruiting and finding talent, it’s easy to forget that employee turnover is a real challenge and that strong employees always have multiple job offers. Of course, the best thing to do is create a great culture that not only attracts awesome people but also retains them. Here are a few thoughts on…

Favorite General Conversation Question

Continuing with the topic Favorite Question to Ask Entrepreneurs, I have another favorite question I like to ask during conversations: how so? It’s so simple — just two short words. Yet, during a conversation, it keeps things flowing, shows that you’re interested, and is easy to incorporate. Sales Rep: This deal is going to close…

Rolling into a Crowded Market

Recently I was talking to an entrepreneur that was launching a new product and wanted to talk through a few ideas. As we drilled into his product it was clear that there were a number of well-funded competitors already in the market. When I mentioned this, he didn’t seem phased and said that they are…

Favorite Question to Ask Entrepreneurs

Every day I get the opportunity to interact with a number of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are great in that they’re always dreaming and seeking the next great idea to improve their business. After hundreds of these conversations, I’ve found one question that continues to be my favorite: what have you learned recently? Entrepreneur: We’re working hard to improve our…

Nice Chairs and Cheap Desks

Recently I was over at a friend’s new office. As expected, the office had fresh paint, carpet, and new furniture. Only there was a common, and serious, furniture mistake: nice desks and cheap chairs. Wrong. Chairs should be nice and desks should be cheap. Whether it’s an old door turned into a desk (Amazon.com style) or…