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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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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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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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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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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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Tech Square Entrepreneurs : Facebook Group
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Tech Square Entrepreneurs is an open community group for startups, entrepreneurs, founders, and investors that have a passion for Atlanta, Georgia Tech and Tech Square. Consider this a community venue to share startup news, startup jobs, community events and anything else useful to the startup and Tech Square community. Have you joined the group yet? Click Here. Technology Square The name Tech Square is...

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8 Dimensions of Leadership
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8 Dimensions of Leadership – which are you? Ping me and let me know.  Oh, my fault, your first thought was where the “f” has Allen been – no blogging?  Well, true, I haven’t been blogging.  I’ve been working like I bounced a check, and I just haven’t had the mental space and I’ve been fully committed to not blogging crap, so I’ve been...

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Relaunch Your Blog with a Super Bowl Ad
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Relaunch your blog with a super bowl ad?  How cool would that be…admit it, you thought for a quick second that I was running a super bowl ad.  Well, not exactly but I have been humbled by all the inquires as to “where is your blog?”  Great question.  When I launched this blog in June of last year I was fully committed to being...

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