Startup Strategy: Bribe the Chicken

Recently I was talking to an entrepreneur that was recounting the challenges he had with his mobile-first consumer startup. Like many ideas, there was a chicken and egg problem whereby there wasn’t much reason to use his app if there weren’t already a good number of people using it, and he didn’t have many users.…

Core Values for Atlanta Tech Village

Core values are an important part of any business. For me personally, I like to approach them slightly differently than other companies by having two simple ideas. For the overarching idea, I like “be the best place to work and the best place to be a customer.” For the people values, which are the most…

Challenges of a Parallel Entrepreneur

The term serial entrepreneur is fairly common in describing an entrepreneur that successively starts one business after the other. There’s another less common term, parallel entrepreneur, that describes an entrepreneur creating multiple businesses at the same time. If making one company successful is difficult, what are the odds of┬ásimultaneously┬ámaking two or more successful? For many…

Ways to Grow a Startup Community

So, I’m on a mission to help grow the Atlanta startup community into one of the top 10 in the country. Much like Austin and Boulder are mentioned as two up-and-comers, my goal is for Atlanta to be mentioned in the breath. Atlanta has all the natural resources to be a major player, including an…