Startup Theatre

Over the past four days I’ve attended three different startup events. Each event served a slightly different purpose and had overlap in attendees. One of the benefits of a medium-sized tech startup community, like what’s found in Atlanta, is that there are a tremendous number of events and get togethers. Only, there’s a real risk in…

Loss of Control of Personal Schedule

Earlier this week I was talking to a successful entrepreneur that had recently sold his company. After the normal conversation topics I asked, “What’s changed the most for you after selling your business?” Without missing a beat he said it was loss of control of his personal schedule. Before, he set the agenda and dictated…

Culture Drives How You Feel

Tonight we had a Technology Executive Roundtable event in the new Atlanta Tech Village conference center. Tom Noonan, one of the panelists, made several excellent remarks (as well as memorable ones — ask about the purple shoe). One of his comments really stood out to me: corporate culture drives how you feel. Think about the…

Notes from the Zendesk IPO Filing

Zendesk, one of the hottest and fastest growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies just filed their S-1 to go public. Zendesk makes help desk software for support teams to interface with customers in an efficient manner. Zendesk started at the same time as Pardot back in 2007, so I have a sense of nostalgia watching our respective…