The Unacknowledged Legacy of MSA on Atlanta

Management Science America (MSA) was the largest software company in the world a few decades ago and headquartered right here in Atlanta. It’s legacy profoundly impacted the Atlanta technology community through alumni of the company that started some of the most successful startups, invested millions of dollars as angels and VCs, and helped in the…

A Startup is More Valuable on Day 1 than Day 100

There’s an interesting phenomenon that takes places with startups looking to raise money: the startup is more valuable on day one than on day 100. Naturally, you’d think that working over three months on a business would make it more valuable, but for startups with no operating history a clean slate makes it easier to…

The Startup Progression

This afternoon I met with a local startup founded by two recent UGA grads. Impressively, they’ve had a great startup progression so far. Here’s what they told me: Spent three months working on a business plan only to realize it was a waste of time Spent the last three months building a fully functioning web…

14 Trout or a Giant Marlin Startup

    A few nights ago we saw the movie The Social Network and really enjoyed it. One of my favorite anecdotes came when the characters were debating the potential of Facebook. I’ll paraphrase the story without giving away too many details of the movie. One of the main characters poses a question to the founder…