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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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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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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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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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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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The Guide to the Atlanta Startup Scene
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The Guide to the Atlanta Startup Scene.  Have you seen it yet?  Get real, yes you have and so has 8,000+ other people.  Like pound for pound king Floyd Money Mayweather says, “hate it or love it, you going to respect it”.  Of course he is talking about his boxing skills, and what I am referring to is Paul Judge’s article and guide that...

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TechSquare Labs : What Have I Learned
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TechSquare Labs : What have I learned?  So, it’s been about 2 1/2 months since the announcement (here are some clicks for Urvaksh) that I would be organizing all my early stage investing and company building activities into a new partnership with The Doctor.  Yesterday David Cummings asked me to share what I have learned so far from TechSquare Labs.  It has certainly been an...

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Startup Grind: Allen Nance @ATLTechVillage
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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...

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What is a Venture Creation Fund?
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Today’s post is something I’ve been thinking about for over a year and continues to evolve as I have conversations with entrepreneurs, investors of all kinds including angels and venture capitalists, as well as a continuing exploration of my own experiences.  The process of starting up a new venture is difficult, and we can all say Lean Startup 1000 times and it is still...

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Atlanta: Who is Going Big? #GoBig
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Happy Monday!  I want to formally apologize for your lack of sleep last night…I understand that seeing me on camera can be a scary proposition.  On Sunday, the ATL Tech Edge show on 11 Alive aired an interview where of course I gave the WhatCounts pitch as well as shared my views on Atlanta’s technology eco-system and my personal desire to see a “transformational technology...

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