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,…

The 7 Figure Club

One of the initiatives we’re working on at the Atlanta Tech Village is bringing together different groups within the community to build relationships and help each other. Today we launched our newest group, the 7 Figure Club, for entrepreneurs within the Village that have either a million in revenue or have raised a million from…

The Joy of Providing Great Experiences to Others

Last week I was walking down the hall at the Atlanta Tech Village and an excited entrepreneur I didn’t know came up to me and profusely thanked me for the impact the Village had had on his startup. Not knowing him, I introduced myself and thanked him for his kind words. This interaction got me…

The Impact Continuum

Recently a friend was sharing with me about a YPO University that he attended last year. One of his favorite talks at the event was on the subject of making an impact on the universe. The speaker shared a framework that he uses to help someone evaluate where they are on their journey. As a framework, it’s pretty straightforward with…

Atlanta Startup Village #20

Last night 350+ people descended on the Atlanta Tech Village for the 20th Atlanta Startup Village. The Atlanta Startup Village is the largest monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast with five startups presenting for five minutes followed by five minutes of Q & A. Here were last night’s presenters: Hux – Book a house…

City Leaders and Tech Entrepreneurship

Nationwide there’s a real push right now among city leaders to brand their region as a tech entrepreneurship hub. Tech has been hot for several years and every city can point to a local success story within the past 24 months. As tech becomes more pervasive and more industries are affected by it, it only…

Breaking the Minor League of Startups Mentality

OK, I admit it. Tech entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley often have a chip on their shoulder. There’s this pervasive idea that if you’re in the Valley you’re competing in the Major Leagues, otherwise you’re playing in the Minors. The majority of the press is about startups in Silicon Valley, the majority of the unicorns (companies…

A Guide to Atlanta’s Startup Scene

Paul Judge has a great guest post on PandoDaily titled Hip-hop, housewives and hot startups: A guide to Atlanta’s startup scene. He lays out the standard talking points around Georgia Tech talent, large number of Fortune 500 companies, recent exits like AirWatch to VMware for $1.4 billion, and hot startups like BitPay and Yik Yak. Beyond…