Startup Grind: Allen Nance @ATLTechVillage
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. They host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. I had the opportunity to participate recently in a Startup Grind Atlanta event. I wanted to share the video recording and also a few key takeaways I had from the evening:
1. Startup Grind is an appropriate name: starting, building, and nurturing a business is extremely difficult — it really is a grind, but the opportunity to create a job and opportunity for someone is well worth the effort.
2. There is a lot of startup events and conversations happening around Atlanta, it is exciting to see, but I am wondering: “is it really helping, honestly, is it helping create better entrepreneurs and more awesome businesses?”
3. The same speakers keep showing up at the same events – again, just being honest. We have some amazing leaders in our city and although I am happy to share whatever lessons I have learned, I am starting to think, what speakers could present that I would happily sit in the audience and learn from? Let’s go find those people and get them to share their stories on building large transformational businesses.
4. Luck is a big part of any startup company building story; however the old saying, “the harder I work the luckier I get” is still true. Luck doesn’t see an opportunity, luck doesn’t build a team, luck doesn’t deliver value to a customer, and luck has never taken a risk: people do.
You can watch the video recording here. Please let me know your thoughts. #AskAllen a question and I will make sure I spend time researching it and will blog about it.