SL #44: Marshall Seese / Mowgli Games

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Welcome to SL #44! Yes, we know.  It has been two and half years since our last podcast.  Well, the hiatus is over … we’re back!  The other day, we sat down with Marshall Seese, founder of Mowgli Games, and had an awesome chat.  Among the many things we discussed were Mowgli’s inaugural social game (Songster), their experience in raising over $500K in angel funding here in Atlanta, and how Facebook has become a strong enabler for game developers.

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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 #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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