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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