Where Do Entrepreneurs Need Help?

Last week, I was asked if I knew of entrepreneurs in town that had already raised some money and were having difficultly raising a second round of financing. The idea was to try and focus on this subset of entrepreneurs since they had already been vetted by investors and should have something to show. My response:…

More At-Bats for B2C Startups in the Community

An entrepreneur recently asked me why we don’t have more B2C startups in town. Consumer startups, as opposed to business ones, have a lower success rate. Much like the movie business, even experts have a hard time telling what’s going to do well financially and what isn’t — it’s a “hits” business. With the continued success of…

More Ideas to Help Entrepreneurs

After giving a tour of the Atlanta Tech Village last week to a C-level executive of a local Fortune 500 company, he asked, enthusiastically, how he could help out. I cited the normal ways like mentoring, hearing curated pitches from startups (see One Way Government Can Help Startups), and spreading the word about the innovation taking place…

Atlanta Startup Village #27

Atlanta Startup Village (ASV) #27 will be held this Monday night at the Atlanta Tech Village. The Startup Village is a monthly event where five entrepreneurs give five minute pitches followed by five minutes of audience Q&A. Overall, the goal is to bring the community together and share what’s going on with fellow entrepreneurs in the area.…

Pooled Angel Investor Liquidity Fund Idea

One of the biggest problems as an angel investor is the lack of liquidity due to long time horizons and so few exits outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Meaning, if you invest $25k in a startup today, and follow on with another $50k or $75k over the years, there’s a good chance you won’t…

When to Pitch at Startup Events

With a number of startup pitch events scheduled over the next few weeks, it’s a good time to think through when it’s best to go on the pitching tour. Most events have an element of startup theatre, so the first thing to do is to evaluate the opportunity cost of attending another event vs. making…