Tonight over 800 people turned out for the TechCrunch meetup at the The Fabulous Fox Theatre. While there were some sound difficulties, overall the event was a big hit with a ton of networking, pitching, and excitement around startups. After talking with a number of entrepreneurs and people in the local community, I left with four takeaways:
- Atlantans love the city and truly want to put our region on the map for tech startups and entrepreneurship
- Startups and entrepreneurship are slowly making progress towards mainstream adoption as a viable career path
- Pitches need to highlight some progress and execution as most ideas tonight sounded far-fetched
- Human relationships matter even more in the age of pervasive technology, and the entrepreneurs that get the most value from the writers and editors are the ones that connect on a personal level
TechCrunch has such a broad reach that it helps bring people together that don’t normally attend the startup events in town, and that’s a good thing. I look forward to future events.
What else? What are some other takeaways from the Atlanta TechCrunch meetup?