Scholarships at the Atlanta Tech Village

One of the first things we did after opening up the doors of the Atlanta Tech Village is setup a scholarship program for startups that don’t have the means to pay yet, social enterprises, and student entrepreneurs. In fact, our most famous startup to start and graduate from the Tech Village, Yik Yak, came in on a…

Entrepreneur Roundtables

One of the most important accelerants for my entrepreneurial career was my Entrepreneurs’ Organization forum. Forum, in the EO and YPO parlance, is a small group of 8-10 entrepreneurs/CEOs that meet on a monthly basis and share all aspects of their business and life in a private and confidential setting. As an entrepreneur, there are…

Video of the Week – Peter Thiel on Zero to One

After reading Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One I was interested in hearing him talk and his presentation at UT Austin doesn’t disappoint.  From YouTube: Thiel is hailed as one of the most successful investors in the world. After co-founding PayPal, he went on to co-found Palantir Technologies and invest in Facebook, where he still serves…

Start Small and Start Now

Over the course of this summer, three different high school students reached out asking for help on their entrepreneurial venture. In each case, they had an idea laid out in a document and were trying to figure out the next step. With no prototype and no prospects, it was clear what to do next.  Entrepreneurs…

Financial Projections for Startups

Recently I saw another one of the dreaded financial charts in a startup’s executive summary: $0 revenue today and $25 million in revenue in year three. Whenever I see this, I immediately know that the CEO either a) doesn’t have any startup experience or b) hasn’t done the appropriate homework. Can a company go from…

Board Decks Even Without Board Meetings 

Over the last few years a dozen different entrepreneurs have asked me if they should put together a formal board for their startup. My response is that they don’t need a formal board but it’s still good to go through the exercise of putting together a board deck on a quarterly basis. Much like regular…