Startup Theatre

Over the past four days I’ve attended three different startup events. Each event served a slightly different purpose and had overlap in attendees. One of the benefits of a medium-sized tech startup community, like what’s found in Atlanta, is that there are a tremendous number of events and get togethers. Only, there’s a real risk in…

Atlanta’s Silverpop Acquired by IBM

Yesterday Silverpop announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by IBM (press release). This is great news for Atlanta and helps cement Atlanta’s role as one of the largest digital marketing software hubs in the world. With great local brands like MailChimp, IgnitionOne, WhatCounts, Pardot, Silverpop, and more, there are thousands…

Make the ‘Ask’ at the End of a Presentation

Earlier today we had a great “Show and Tell” event at the Atlanta Tech Village where four entrepreneurs gave a five minute update on their startup followed by five minutes of Q&A: Thanks to @getVergilis @MaaSive Cmerics and Mirsani for great presentations today in our Members Only Show and Tell! #VillagePerks— Atlanta Tech Village (@ATLTechVillage) April…

Atlanta Startup Village March 2014

Tonight we have the monthly Atlanta Startup Village at the all new Atlanta Tech Village conference center. With 450+ people already signed up, it’s easily the largest monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Here are tonight’s presenters: Yik Yak - Location-oriented mobile messaging app that’s super popular on college campuses (see the TechCrunch write up) Siftit - Marketplace connecting restaurants…

One Way Government Can Help the Startup Community

One of the regularly debated topics is government’s role in the startup community. According to the Bolder Thesis, successful startup communities have to be entrepreneur-led, and not government- or nonprofit-led. A common government initiative is to try and help with capital (see the Invest Georgia Fund). Except more capital doesn’t create more investable opportunities. More successful startups creates…

Power of Scale: Internship Fair at Atlanta Tech Village

Tonight we had our largest college internship fair yet called Startup + Student Connection: Spring 2014. Over 300 students signed up to attend from all over Atlanta, including a number from Georgia State and Georgia Tech. When thinking about the program, it occurred to me that this exemplifies one of the major benefits of having…

Tech Square Labs: Billion Dollar Startups

Paul Judge set the stage earlier this week with Unicorns in Atlanta: A Look at Atlanta’s Billion Dollar Exits and Current Promising Startups. Atlanta has had a number of billion dollar exits over the years but there’s a desire to have more. Many more. Today, Urvaksh announced that Paul Judge and Allen Nance are launching Tech Square Labs…

Walkthrough of the 1st Floor at the Atlanta Tech Village

Today we received our certificate of occupancy and opened the 1st floor at the Atlanta Tech Village. Now, the 1st floor is very different from the other floors (standard floor, 2nd floor) in that it is primarily amenities. From a buildout and design perspective, the 1st floor was much more complicated due to the hardwood…

Event Space for Community Building and Recruiting

One of the best decisions at the Atlanta Tech Village was knocking down walls in prime office space and creating a 4,000 square foot event space. Over the past year, we’ve hosted hundreds of events from small 15-person meet ups to a number of large, 250-person gatherings (see the Atlanta Startup Village at the Atlanta…