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Two Lessons in Two Years
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Two Lessons in Two Years.  Hard to believe that TechSquare Labs is two years old.  Does time fly?  That is a serious question.  I am not sure if time flies but it is amazing what time allows.  Given enough time and effort vision becomes reality.  Over the last two years I have learned hundreds of lessons.  As I have blogged before I believe strongly in...

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Raising and Investing Emotional Capital
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The other day I tweeted a lesson of the day: Emotional Capital matters more. People wanting you to be successful because of the person you are.  It was interesting to hear people’s point of view on this topic.  The recent news about technology fundraising (venture capital): we are in a bubble, we are not in a bubble (hold on: which is it?), got me thinking...

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2015 Lessons Learned
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It is December 31, and we all know what that means, 2015 lessons learned and resolutions.  Yes, everything we did wrong this year all goes away in the morning when we wake up with a hangover committed to eating better, exercising more, being a better friend, working smarter, writing a book (maybe about yoga or morning meditation) oh, and never drinking again. Instead of...

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Storm Brewing over the SaaS Greenfield?
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Is there a storm brewing over the SaaS greenfield?  What am I talking about, the SaaS game is all the rage.  You build an MVP, you buy the book Predictable Revenue, hire some sales development team members, and boom! Magic. This topic has been on my list for about a year, and I have only grown more concerned in recent meetings.  Is SaaS sales...

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Literally the Springbot Napkin
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Been a while since I blogged.  Who am I kidding you didn’t even notice.  Thought I would take this opportunity to share some thoughts related to the recent announcement that Springbot has raised an additional $6 Million in financing to accelerate growth after growing their customer base 500%. Building Something from Nothing is hard, but everyone around the technology (startup) eco-system seems hell bent...

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Happy Birthday TechSquare Labs
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Happy Birthday TechSquare Labs.  Amazing its been a year.  A year of dreaming big, working hard, learning constantly, and enjoying life.  I hate “Year in Review” formats, they are entirely about looking backwards, and feel like a pat on the back or drinking your own kool-aid.  I am not flexbile enough to pat my back, and I don’t like kool-aid.  Yep you read it...

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REscour : Startup Review and Opportunity
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“REscour, a commercial real estate data visualization and intelligence platform, today announced the close of a $1.3 million seed investment round. Led by Jason Calacanis’s Launch Fund and AngelList syndicate, and TechSquare Labs, the round also included Mosley Ventures, Tom Cousins’ Nonami Investments, President of ARA Blake Okland, and former CEO of AutoTrader.com Chip Perry. The capital will be used to expand REscour’s engineering...

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YP: Billion Dollar Marketing Technology Leader
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Atlanta’s billion dollar marketing technology leader.  Paint this town Yellow and Black.  Please.  Not only because it would go nicely with my beloved Georgia Tech, but also because we need to celebrate this company, partner with them, and let them lead. So who is this billion dollar marketing technology leader?  Well, it isn’t your grandparents Yellow Pages, its a reborn, getting cooler by the...

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Capital, Competition, Culture, Change
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The entrepreneurial journey, have you noticed no one is talking about it.  I don’t get it, why are more people not talking about entrepreneurship, or raising money, or starting a business, or opening real estate to support entrepreneurs?  Of course I am kidding, Atlanta is now officially a GIANT INCUBATOR! That is not a bad thing.  I am all for more.  This week I...

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In Relationships : Do you Add or Subtract?
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In relationships : do you add or subtract?  Today’s blog post comes from several interactions I’ve had recently where people have commented both negatively and positively on my business methods.  OK, maybe business methods isn’t the right statement, honestly, it is difficult to separate my business and personal styles.  For better or worse (as they say) to me they are one in the same....

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Unicorn Sighting in Technology Square
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Unicorn sighting in Technology Square.  For one of the most blogging towns in America I have been surprised to not see 10 blog posts from the technology leaders in Atlanta about the recent news regarding Technology Square.  Every time someone asks me what is missing in Atlanta’s technology eco-system I always have the same answer, “a billion dollar technology company as the anchor, with...

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Old Tricks New Dog
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Old Tricks New Dog, or Old Dog New Tricks?  Happy holidays from the coast of South Georgia.  As I spend time relaxing and enjoying being disconnected from the hustle of my normal days I did what it seems we all do – reflect, measure, and ponder.  I do love this time of year – not because of the excessive purchasing but because I seem...

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Should Everyone Learn to Code
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Should everyone learn to code?  I have shared that I am making a concentrated effort to become more technical, yes, part of that is taking Code Academy classes online.  Am I planning to build a product, no I am not.  So, why am I learning to code, simple, I am convinced it is the “language of the future” (actually, today).  Have you ever wondered,...

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A Look Inside TechSquare Labs
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Do you want a look inside TechSquare Labs?  Lets call this an update post.  Lots of progress has been made since my last post about TechSquare Labs in Atlanta.  I have personally loved the learning process.  I already blogged about what I have learned in the process, so this post will be more update and thoughts. Atlanta has all the Ingredients: I can’t go...

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Employees Acting Like Owners
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Employees acting like owners?  Who doesn’t want a team of entrepreneurs who are driven, motivated, focused, and acting like owners?  This was a recent discussion I found myself in with a group of investors.  It was actually a simple question I asked, why doesn’t everyone act like an owner, and I got a really simple answer back (honestly, it was kind of a back...

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Lessons from 6 Weeks of Angel Investing
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Lessons from 6 weeks of Angel Investing.  Interesting question from Mr. Cummings.  I was up the other night straight hating on my own blog and this question popped through.  It is a good question, but I’m still trying to rethink my blog and would appreciate any thoughts on that.  It’s not just the writing – I enjoy that, it is getting bored with it,...

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TechSquare Labs review of HackGT
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TechSquare Labs review of HackGT.  So, this weekend I had a chance to take my newly honed Code Academy skills down to Georgia Tech and watch in amazement as a group of students at Georgia Tech played host to 800+ hackers from 40 different universities.  As I have shared over the last year all of this is Adam Ghetti’s fault.  Not really but I...

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Bobby Hornsby Gatorade “Win From Within”
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Bobby Hornsby and Gatorade campaign “Win From Within”.  This is my first blog post since breaking my hand surfing, it is a pecking effort, lets just say that.  Blogging with 7 fingers, 10 is better, but I felt inspired to share.  I have blogged about my love of boxing and I have also shared the story of Bobby Hornsby “The Kid Bam”.   Gatorade...

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8 Lessons from Ben Horowitz Hard Things
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8 Lessons from Ben Horowitz Hard Things!  I have now read the book two times, why, honestly it is that damn good.  (Insert Rap Verse).  I know, I know, who isn’t a fan of Ben Horowitz?  The guy has mad swag, loves rap music as much as I do, writes all the stuff no one else will say, and oh, he happens to be...

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Our Family Business is Entrepreneurship
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Our family business is entrepreneurship?  I couldn’t get this statement out of my head while on my health walk tonight.  The walk took place just outside of Nemo, South Dakota.  The Nances have our own little Griswold Family Vacation happening.  First trip to South Dakota and I have to say, it is really beautiful.  Today’s blog post was a bit of a twisted road...

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