Last week I was talking to a local technology executive that wanted to start a new software company at the beginning of 2014. During the conversation, he volunteered that six months ago he was all ready to move his family to California to start the business, but with the advent of the Atlanta Tech Village, he felt Atlanta finally had the critical mass of entrepreneurs and community he desired to help his startup be successful. Thinking more about it, there’s a real desire to be in a community that has enough scale and density such that there’s peace of mind that if a startup doesn’t work out that there are other jobs in the area.
Several startups in the Atlanta Tech Village moved to Atlanta in 2013 to be a part of the Atlanta community. BitPay moved to Atlanta from Orlando. CheckAction moved to Atlanta from New Orleans. Over the next few years, I expect to see many more startups move to Atlanta to take advantage of all the great resources and community.
I knew the Atlanta Tech Village would help with recruiting but talent retention didn’t cross my mind. Now, I’ll add it to the list of Village benefits.
What else? What are your thoughts on the Atlanta Tech Village for talent retention and recruiting?