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Atlanta: Why no Early Stage Venture Capital?
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Are you an entrepreneur?  Are you building your business in Atlanta, GA?  If so, at least once recently you have made a comment about “Atlanta doesn’t have any early stage technology Venture Capital”.  True or False.  As I have been blogging about, I am on a journey to understand why all the “big, transformational companies” come from just a couple of places and it...

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Can I perform Surgery on You?  Please.
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Today’s post is a direct result of 3 specific meetings I’ve had in the last 8 days.  In just 8 days, I had two meetings and one phone that added up to $2,500,000 of angel money that had been invested in 4 different companies.  The companies – don’t worry – doesn’t matter – I would just be wasting your time.  The point of today’s...

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Can you teach Entrepreneurship?
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Bueller.  Bueller.  Bueller. Let’s debate.  Can you or can you not teach entrepreneurship?  Is it a skill reserved for a select few or is their a process, system, and method that can be repeated.  Imagine you are sitting in class and I am taking roll call!  I feel you laughing, stop it.  I get this question all the time.  I get it about any...

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Does Atlanta Technology have a Color problem?
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Did you just open this post ready to do battle over race relations, equal opportunity, and minority involvement in the entrepreneurial eco-system?  Sorry, that’s not today’s post.  I am happy to write about that sometime, and will, but today, I want to open a different kind of Color debate.  Can the Atlanta Technology sector create a transformational technology company (or companies) without spectacular failure?...

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Atlanta: Marketing Technology Startups Review
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Sorry for the delay.  Yesterday got away from me.  On Wednesday evening I got to pinch-hit for Brooks Robinson (CEO) of Springbot at the recent Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association #StartupSlam.  The event was held at the Atlanta Technology Village, MCed by one of my favorite people in world Dave Favero, and David Cummings provided the opening remarks.  The only way it could have been...

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Do you have a Board of Friends, Celebrities or Directors?
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Today I spent a little time thinking about Board of Directors (structure).  My personal experience with boards has actually evolved a lot over the last three years.  For the first 8 years of WhatCounts we had a Board of Friends.  What is a Board of Friends?  You assemble your board based on who you know.  You simply ask, who do I like, who do...

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Do you have a Two-sided Laminate? #Lamigraphic
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Today’s post is old school!  I’m talking 1999 old school.  Are you kidding me, that was 14 years ago.  That is nuts.  I can’t believe I was 6 years old when I started my first company (just go with me).  Local Atlanta leader Jamie Bardin suggested that I blog about the infamous “two-sided laminate”.  It is humbling that people remember my tactics.  It got...

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Business Idea: Personal Digital Data Manager?
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Today’s post was a challenge from Johnson Cook.  “If you had to start the next company today that doesn’t do what current one does, what are the top ideas?” – good question, I always keep a running list.  Instead of just sharing the list, I decided to start a category called “Business Idea”.  I will blog about one at a time and share them....

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Was your first idea HAM or SPAM?
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Today’s post touches on one of the ideas from yesterday, “celebrate the beginning more than the end”.  It got me thinking about my own entrepreneurial beginning – you know the bad idea part.  I found myself thinking what was the first “startup” I was involved with.  My first job following college graduation was that of a political research analyst for a “Guy” running for...

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Atlanta Startup Community: Big Ideas Only?
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It’s raining, it’s raining, it’s raining.  No, I am not talking about water from the sky, I am talking about the Atlanta (technology) Startup Community.  Yep, it is raining new ideas, new energy, new talent, and it is flush full of cash from recent exits as well as a host of multi-million dollar rounds of financing ranging from mobile, to security, to yes good...

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Is Tech the New Hollywood? Celeb?
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Listen, 6 AM is 6 AM, and it is early.  I got up this morning, jumped on my bike (day two), and headed to breakfast with Daniel Caplin (I get to call him Dan).  This guy is smart, energetic, and dresses well.  We start pinging around ideas and catching up – we start talking about clothes designers (we aren’t that cool, it relates to...

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Are you a Developer, Engineer, or Coder? Regardless.  Call me.
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This is the first time I have solicited a question via Twitter to blog about.  I am going to start doing that more.  Gets my mind running in all kinds of different directions.  So today someone asked me, “how about candid advice/resources for attracting programmers?”.  This one came to me from @WandaExplores. I am not sure what she is talking about, it is easy...

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