Notes on the ShopVisible Exit

Atlanta-based ShopVisible announced yesterday that they are being acquired by Epicor (public filings but privately held) in their press release Epicor to Acquire Industry Leading Cloud Digital Commerce and Order Management Solution Provider – ShopVisible. Epicor has 4,600 employees and is owned by private equity firm Apax Partners. ShopVisible is a specialized ecommerce Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company…

Awkward Transition Period During a Pivot

We’re going through a small pivot right now and it helped me realize that pivots result in an awkward transition period. Internally, we know the direction to go, yet we still have a number of responsibilities and relationships that we need to continue to honor, making progress more difficult. Balancing new and old is a challenge. Here…

Big Mo in Startups

In sports, there’s this concept of “big momentum”, or “Big Mo”, as it is fondly called. Similar to the idea of being in the zone, Big Mo happens when the last few shots turned out well and now there’s more confidence for the next shots. Just like with sports, Big Mo has a presence in the startup world. A few big…

7 Criteria for Effective Feedback

Buffer has a great post up titled How to Give and Receive Feedback at Work. The idea is that feedback is incredibly important, yet many people don’t give or receive it well. Over the years, I’ve had many feedback related conversations and can attest to its inherent challenges. Here are 7 criteria for effective feedback…

Product Focus

One of the areas most first-time entrepreneurs struggle with is product focus. Whenever a new startup gets going, there’s a completely clean slate with which to build the application. As more early adopters and customers use the product, more ideas and feedback come in on how to enhance it. Entrepreneurs love selling and building things, so when a customer makes a…

Atlanta Startup Village #23

Tomorrow night is Atlanta Startup Village #23 at the Atlanta Tech Village. With over 500 people already signed up, it’s the largest monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Here are the presenting startups: Terminus – Display advertising for B2B lead generation and nurturing ROAR App – Social engagement app centered around events Predikto – Predictive analytics for industrial equipment…