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StartupLounge Savannah – Nov. 2

Hello Savannah!

StartupLounge is taking the party on the road to Savannah, Georgia on November 2. The best and brightest in the Creative Coast entrepreneurial world will join investors for cocktails, gourmet food, and engaging discussions. Our hope is that those engaging discussions, especially amongst the entrepreneurs, are continued in the months to come.

For those new to StartupLounge, this event is absolutely 100% free to attend and always will be. Only vetted entrepreneurs and investors can attend so you’ll need to register and be approved. Here’s what to do:

  • visit StartupLounge.com (hey, you’re already here!)
  • Create an account if you don’t have one (big blue “Join Today” button on your right)
  • Log in and create a profile (this information is given to investors prior to the event)
  • Apply to StartupLounge Savannah (hint: the link is on the left)
  • If approved, you’ll get an email with the event location
  • Tell all the entrepreneurs and investors you know to attend

If you’re a student, you can still apply to attend though we have a limited number of spots; when applying, select “Observer”.

If you have any problems with the above, please send an email to josh@startuplounge.com – while we have many talents, psychic ability isn’t one of them – and we’ll help you.

If you’re a service provider and would like to attend, the only way you’ll get in the door is to sponsor StartupLounge Savannah. If you’re interested, send an email to savannah@startuplounge.com and we’ll get back to you with more information as quick as possible.

StartupLounge Savannah is organized by a wonderful group of people from Savannah’s startup community and wouldn’t have happened without them. Mike and I are merely providing guidance that’s of questionable value. These are the people making it happen and if you see them, make sure to say thanks and buy them a cup of coffee.

  • Jake Hodesh
  • Jamie Wolf
  • Orjan Isacson
  • Page Siplon
  • Raymond Wenig
  • Mary Ellen McClanahan

If you have any questions, email savannah@startuplounge.com and we’ll get it answered.


StartupLounge Changes for 2010

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Crossposted from Unblakeable.com

2010 marks a new direction for StartupLounge.  We are shifting our conversation away from funding businesses to building businesses.  This doesn’t mean that we think that funding businesses is unimportant.  However, other grassroots organizations are picking up that banner and our voice, frankly, is no longer needed in that particular discussion.  For any organization to remain relevant, it must evolve.

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SL #43: Atlanta Technology Angels (Live at 151 Locust)

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Gordon Rogers, Atlanta Technology AngelsWelcome to SL #43! Recently, we got together with Gordon Rogers, the new President of the Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA), and had a great discussion about the current state of the Atlanta startup ecosystem, the angel investing landscape, and the merits of eating potato chips while trying to interview someone for a podcast.  This was our first ever “live” podcast, recorded on-location at 151 Locust, a hip new startup incubator here in Atlanta.

In addition to consuming copious amounts of “adult beverages” during the session (wheee!), we also discussed the now infamous Bresnitz paper, as well facilitating a lively Q&A session with the audience.

Banks go under the bus, and @Unblakeable comes with the smiley face on for a “Look Who Gets It” segment.  Another great selection of listener emails and a dash of StartupLounge humor to top it all off. Enjoy!
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SL #42: ATDC Now Rebooting … Please Wait

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Welcome to SL #42! Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks, you are no doubt aware that change is in the air down at the ATDC.  Stephen Fleming, recently promoted from his post overseeing Georgia Tech’s VentureLab is now the Vice Provost of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, and has folded VentureLab and the SBIR program into the new ATDC. Additionally, they’ve implemented a billion changes … and man, they’re good.  Stephen stopped by along with David Sung, who runs the ATDC Seed Fund, and we had a blast.  If you are an entrepreneur in Georgia, an investor that would like to gain a deeper understanding of these changes, you won’t want to miss this podcast.

We also dug up some old incriminating tape of Stephen sharing his true feelings on running VentureLab … a rare moment for sure – definitely tune in for that.  We also discussed the upcoming Venture Atlanta 2009 conference, and some of the new opportunities (and focus) on true early-stage companies.  Good stuff.

The good Mr. Blake suits up, takes the mound, and throws heaters at a a group of folks in Atlanta that just can’t seem to get with the program.  Another great selection of listener emails and a dash of StartupLounge humor to top it all off. Enjoy!

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SL #41: AWE – June 2009 – Atlanta Startup Cloud

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Welcome to SL #41! Mike Schinkel was kind enough to ask us down to speak at the monthly gathering of the Atlanta Web Entrepreneurs (AWE) group.  Initially, we were going to host a panel on raising capital (or something similar), but after a few conversations, the three of us decided to change it up a bit.  We presented our view of the current state of the Atlanta startup scene, how far we’ve come in just a few short years, and where we think it is going.  We also issues a call to action to members of the Atlanta startup community to help us build what we call the “Atlanta Startup Cloud” – a virtual incubator.

Apologies to everyone for us going over our time limit.  We quite literally threw the presentation together a day or two before the event.  In retrospect, we probably could have done a better job in marrying our content to Schinkel’s schedule.  We will most likely have an initial meeting with all the volunteers, then have another community meeting which will be a *very brief* presentation of where the group is, and to solicit additional ideas and direction.  As Schink points out in his opening remarks, this particular meeting was just the first meeting of many, and will eventually involve a lot of other groups within the community (not just AWE). Read the rest of this entry »


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