Central Non-Profit for Entrepreneurs

Back in college I’d routinely jump in my old Jeep Wrangler and make the 10 mile drive down the Durham Freeway to RTP for events and programs at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). CED bills itself as “the network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build successful companies” and has 700+ member companies with 4,000 members. In…

2015 Atlanta Companies on the Inc. 500

Every year I love digging into the Inc. 500, especially Software-as-a-Service companies and general Atlanta-area companies. The Inc. 500 is one of the few places where you can see real revenue numbers for private, high-growth companies. Often, revenue can be roughly computed based on employee count, but for venture-backed companies, this becomes much more difficult. With Inc.…

Atlanta Startup Community Panel Takeaways

Earlier today I had the opportunity to moderate a panel for our downtown Atlanta Rotary club (see Panel Moderator Preparation). Collectively, the three entrepreneurs have raised $250 million for their current ventures, have hundreds of employees, and represent three major areas for Atlanta: FinTech, Health IT, and Mobility. Here are a few takeaways from the…

Panel Moderator Preparation

Tomorrow I have the opportunity to moderate a panel on the Atlanta startup ecosystem with three great entrepreneurs including Lynn Laube, Greg Foster, and Tyler Droll at the Rotary Club of Atlanta. As moderator, I like to go through a few simple preparation steps: Develop 5 standard questions Develop 2 panelist-specific questions (e.g. a question directed…

Most Popular Blog Posts

A couple times per year I like to jump into the WordPress stats and review the most popular blog posts. Generally, the popular posts are split between high SEO rankings and large numbers of social shares. Here are the top 15 blogs for this year to date: The 9 Best Startup Blogs for Entrepreneurs How Much is Enough: A…

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…