StartupLounge ATL March 20th!

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Greetings StartupLoungers! StartupLounge is back and our first event of the year is on March 20th, 2012. The investment scene in Atlanta has been hot for awhile so if you’re looking for capital get out there! We’ve also got some cool surprises that we think will make the event just a little more fun. Apply today!


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 #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 »


SL #40: Value Plus Ventures

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Welcome to SL #40! There have been a number of new venture funds cropping up in Atlanta lately, which is helping to propel Atlanta’s early stage scene.¬† One of those funds, Value Plus Ventures (co-founded by former Noro-Moseley partner Steve Nusrallah), has entered the market with a very unique, hybrid venture model.¬† There have been a lot of questions floating around about the viability and credibility of their model, so we invited VPV partner Lee Provow to come on and share their story.¬† We’re not big fans of the “consultative” venture model, but I’ll tell you, we were pleasantly surprised with what we learned.

Unblakeable brings the heat behind the wheel of the bus, this time knocking some pretenders silly.  And, to commemorate Memorial Day, Scott spontaneously bursts into song with an acappella stadium rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (yes, lol Рthat is really Scott singing Рyour call as to whether it is comedy, tragedy, or both). Another great selection of listener emails and a dash of StartupLounge humor to top it all off. Enjoy!

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SL #37: Shotput Ventures

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Welcome to SL #37! There has been quite a bit of discussion over the past year or so about the possibilities of a Y-Combinator type venture fund here in the Southeast. After a few failed efforts (notably Boostphase), we finally have one off the ground here in Atlanta.  David Cummings and Sanjay Parekh, two of the founders of Shotput Ventures join us for a chat about this new venture model, the Atlanta early-stage scene, and other things that melt in the sun.

Mike brings the heat and rolls the bus over a group of entrepreneurs that just can’t seem to understand the value of someone else’s time. Another great selection of listener emails and a dash of StartupLounge humor to top it all off. Enjoy!

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