Shotput Ventures 2010

We’re excited to start talking about Shotput Ventures 2010. After reviewing last year we decided to make a few tweaks for our next class of companies. Here are some of the changes: Investing $6,000 per co-founder (like TechStars) instead of $5,000 per team and $5,000 per co-founder (like Y Combinator) due to our great low cost…

Atlanta $100k Startup Challenge

After reflecting on Startup Riot this morning, and discussing it at lunch with a friend today, I realized there was an attribute most startups were seriously lacking: revenue. I don’t mean revenue like a few hundred or a few thousand per month, but rather, at least $100,000 in revenue. Yes, this isn’t a goal of…

Startup Riot 2010 – Another Success

Today I had the opportunity to attend the third annual Startup Riot at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Shotput Ventures partner Sanjay Parekh puts on the annual event which drew over 400 attendees and provided a platform for 50 startups (yes, 50 startups!) to give a three minute pitch with four slides. To learn…

Competitive Differentiation

One of the more exciting, and challenging, aspects of being an entrepreneur in a new, fast-growth market is the constant stream of changing competitors. New markets are very different from established markets in that they typically innovate faster and have lower barriers to entry (the technology doesn’t have to be as fully baked to be…

Doing vs Talking

One of the most striking features of an entrepreneur is that he/she is the doer type instead of the talker type. You know what I mean — the person who is always getting things done and loves diving in and taking on projects. I think there’s a tendency, and this is partly driven by society,…

Part-Time Entrepreneurs

I’ve heard the same question many times asking “can I start a venture part-time, on the side?” My advice is always the same: you can, but of the hundreds of entrepreneurs I’ve talked to, only one was successful (defined as built a multi-million dollar revenue company) doing the business part-time for the first few years.…

Internal vs Outsourced Software Development

One of the core challenges with building a web-based company is developing the software. Naturally, there are many debates between developing the software with an internal engineering team vs outsourcing the development to a firm, onshore or offshore. Let’s look at a few issues to consider: Is the product central to the company’s success or…