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…

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…

Video of the Week: Randy Pausch Last Lecture

Hanging out with the family over a long July 4th weekend is always a good time to reflect. When thinking of a video for the week, one immediately came to mind – Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. From YouTube: Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his…

Talent Recombination in a Startup Community

One of the ideas with the Atlanta Tech Village is that is would help increase talent recombination in startups. Meaning, more people in startups, especially ones that fail, would join other startups that are succeeding, such that the ones that are doing well would do even better (finding great talent is always one of the…

Atlanta Tech Village Prioritizing Local Startups

When we started the Atlanta Tech Village, the thinking was that 80% of the building would be for tech startups (defined as having a proprietary tech product) and no more than 20% for tech related service providers. Quickly, we realized there was more demand than expected from tech startups, thus we limited the number of…