Venture Atlanta 2014 Takeaways

Today wrapped up the 2014 Venture Atlanta conference at the amazing Georgia Aquarium. With 30 startups and 700 attendees, it’s one of the largest venture conferences in the country. The presenting companies did a great job and should be commended for their excellent work. Here are a few takeaways from the event: Big data and predictive…

7 Tips for Startup Community Building

Earlier today I had the opportunity to talk to a group of business leaders that were in town as part of the Cincinnati Leadership Exchange to learn about Atlanta and recent city initiatives. I was asked to talk about the Atlanta Tech Village and ways to grow a startup community. Of course, we had several lessons…

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…

Community Engagement as an Entrepreneur

As long as I can remember I’ve felt driven to get involved with the community and give back. My amount of civic involvement would ebb and flow based on the various stages of the startups. Over the past two years I’ve gotten even more involved in civic organizations as a representative of the Atlanta tech entrepreneurship…

10 Community Learnings from the Atlanta Tech Village

Over the past 21 months we’ve learned a tremendous amount building the Atlanta Tech Village. With 200+ startups and 650+ members, we have a critical mass of entrepreneurs, events, and energy. Of course, everything hasn’t gone according to plan, but it’s been a great experience nonetheless. Here are 10 community learnings from the Atlanta Tech Village: Startup…

2014 Inc. 500 Atlanta Companies

Inc. magazine just released the 2014 Inc. 500 and there are several Atlanta companies on the list. As covered in 2013 and 2012, it’s great to see so many fast-growing firms in the area. Here are the Atlanta companies on the 2014 Inc. 500 list: 147 – Residential Capital Management, 2,626% growth, $30.2m revenue 178 – Apex Controls,…