Notes on the ShopVisible Exit

Atlanta-based ShopVisible announced yesterday that they are being acquired by Epicor (public filings but privately held) in their press release Epicor to Acquire Industry Leading Cloud Digital Commerce and Order Management Solution Provider – ShopVisible. Epicor has 4,600 employees and is owned by private equity firm Apax Partners. ShopVisible is a specialized ecommerce Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company…

Atlanta Startup Village #23

Tomorrow night is Atlanta Startup Village #23 at the Atlanta Tech Village. With over 500 people already signed up, it’s the largest monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Here are the presenting startups: Terminus – Display advertising for B2B lead generation and nurturing ROAR App – Social engagement app centered around events Predikto – Predictive analytics for industrial equipment…

Construction Lessons Learned from the Atlanta Tech Village

Now that construction is finished at the Atlanta Tech Village, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the construction lessons learned. As our team didn’t have any prior commercial construction experience, we learned a ton and made a number of mistakes. Many entrepreneurs will have an analogous experience when doing a customized build-out of…

Atlanta Tech Village Stats

It’s official! Construction is done at the Atlanta Tech Village (see our press release). While we have a few punch list items left, all the primary work is done. After 15 months of nonstop construction, we have one of the coolest tech startup buildings I’ve ever seen. Here are some stats about the Tech Village: 103,000 square…

Community Building Adds Value to Entrepreneurs

Two years ago I gave a talk about the Pardot experience to a group of entrepreneurs in Atlanta. After the event, an entrepreneur approached me saying he was looking for his next opportunity. Immediately, I put him in touch with another entrepreneur that was looking for a co-founder with his skillset, and they hit it off. Now, they have…

3 Ideas to Grow the Atlanta Startup Community

Earlier today I was talking with a few civic leaders in Atlanta on the topic of how to grow the region’s startup community. We discussed several of the current trends, including the rise of entrepreneurship centers around town (e.g. the Atlanta Tech Village), more focus on creative space by local commercial real estate firms, and general…

10 Atlanta Tech Village Frequently Asked Questions

Earlier today I gave a tour of the Atlanta Tech Village to a group of CMOs from large companies in Atlanta. Naturally, the CMOs asked a number of great questions as we walked around the community. After finishing the tour, I realized I needed to write down the most frequently asked questions. Here we go:…