Creative Monopolies on the Mind

Last week I started reading Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero to One (as an aside, I’m good at starting books but bad at finishing them, inline with my Leadership Weaknesses). Peter does a great job offering up theories on a number of topics from capitalism to startups to the future. One idea that really resonated with…

Ideal Entrepreneur Bootcamp Program

While an undergraduate in college in 2002 I participated in the Kauffman FastTrac program at North Carolina’s Council for Entrepreneurial Development. We’d meet on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm for eight weeks. As for the agenda, each week had a different speaker (including Scot Wingo from ChannelAdvisor), followed by an instructor that would go over a section of a standard business…

Venture Atlanta 2014 Presenting Companies

Venture Atlanta 2014 is next month at the Georgia Aquarium. Last week the presenting companies were announced in two categories: Early Stage and Venture Spotlight. While there’s not a hard and fast delineation, the Early Stage category is typically under $1 million in revenue and the Venture Spotlight category is typically over $1 million revenue or…

Build Investor Relationships Before You Need Them

There’s an old adage that the best time for entrepreneurs to raise money is when they don’t need it. If an entrepreneur does need to raise money, and doesn’t already have relationships with investors, it’s often too late. Investors would much rather build relationships with entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs without the undercurrent that the only reason…