Monthly Archives: June 2013

Finished up an exhilarating evening at Startup Academy over Hypepotamus. The amount of students, entrepreneurs, and overall doers in the room was inspiring to be around.

We were talking at length with students spanning Georgia Tech, Emory, GSU, to UGA about storytelling and the value it plays in a startup.

The South is rich with stories and storytelling: from Joel Chandler Harris’ Brer Rabbit (if you haven’t been to the Wren’s Nest in the WestEnd is a must!) to Outkast and Andre 3000’s Da Art of StoryTelling — we are drenched in storytelling.

However, hardly anyone is telling the South’s story of startup successes. So my question posed this evening: who is going to write our (the South’s) startup stories?

Three theories:

1) Urvaksh Karkaria – name another person more passionate about breaking a tech deal in the South. His drive and persistence to find the scoop is downright awe-worthy. But is the new school age of journalism less focuses on deal reporting? Is PandoDaily-esque reporting all the tech community needs?

Urvaksh should be the next Arrington of the South; we’re just all waiting for him to step up to the plate.

2) An Organization like Hypepotamus or SouthernAlpha – Hypepotamus is definitely one of the most connected organizations in Atlanta when it comes to tech. Their exposure to students, startups, and news is well worth the mention. I’m not sure if they’re into doing anything other than creating Connected Awesomeness…which includes storytelling, but perhaps not the way PandoDaily does. Who knows. SouthernAlpha is the closest thing I’ve seen to a Southern PandoDaily. I’ve never met the writer(s) but they have great content and solid storytelling. The big question: will they be able to cover all the news located in Nashville — let’s hope so.

3) Sleeper’s Pick/ Dark Horse – there’s a recent English grad who just graduated from Emory or UGA who wants to make a name for themselves. There’s no better way than to explore compelling stories not being told…and where’s the best place to find them? The South and in technology. Guys like Sam Solomon of Signal Tower have drive, passion, and are honing their craft with serious dedication. There are a few passionate writers looking to be to the PandoDaily of the South, perhaps one of them will break out as the go-to new source.

The South’s technology stories need to be told even more. The market and readership is there, the real question is who’s going to execute and become the Arrington/PandoDaily of the South? Only time will tell.


Atlanta Startup Village #9 is upon us!




we have a new, slick Shot Clock (pictured below)

5:00 minutes presenters

5:00 minutes, presenters

The companies involved this month are superb.

180+ people have already booked their evening to spend it with you, the Atlanta entrepreneur; and the companies have not even been announced…until now.

RSVP here.

With no further adieu, we’re pleased to announce the presenters of Atlanta Startup Village  #9:

Umenta – What’s Your Story? Tell Stories. Ask Questions. Connect Generations.
Pliant Labs – Flex your data.
Acuity Complete – Changing the face of bookkeeping.
Innovare Solutions Holodeck – The future of display systems.
Accelereyes – Fast, Simple GPU Software

Location: 5th Floor of the Atlanta Tech Village (Free Parking)
Starting Time:  Beer flows at 7:00 p.m. presentations start at 7:30 p.m.

Who: Anyone who wants to be constructive, respectful, pay it forward and learn about the Atlanta Startup Community.
When: Wednesday, June 26th.

We will have beer but no food this time, so eat before you come! 


Atlanta Tech Village is offering up their excellent space. Major major major thanks.
Hypepotamus is the eternal sponsor from their initial and continued support of Atlant Startup Village.

Atlanta Startup Village is co-hosted by Chris Beauregard of MailChimp and Jon Birdsong of WideAngle – 1 on 1 Meeting software, in coordination with the amazing staff of the Atlanta Tech Village.

See you all there!


Every now and then, an organization reaches out and shares some of the interesting initiatives they’re doing. When it so happens to include Atlanta, it’s definitely worth writing about/interviewing. Below is a brief 3-question interview with NewMe’s Accelerator’s Program Manager, X’Zavierr Garland.

1. What’s the NewMe Accelerator story and why should Atlantans care?

NewME is a nationally-recognized startup accelerator that empowers female and minority-led startups. We’ve accelerated over 30 startups who have raised almost $6 million in startup capital funding. We’re making Silicon Valley accessible. We’ve been recognized by CNN, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, and other major publications for the work we do to empower underrepresented minorities in the tech industry. Our mission is to educate, accelerate, and empower underrepresented tech entrepreneurs around the world.

NewME is a 12-week accelerator program in San Francisco that gives entrepreneurs unprecedented access to Silicon Valley through workshops, coaching, speaker series, and immersion into the program.

This year we’re taking our 12-week accelerator program on the road to 13 cities across the country for three-night PopUp events that are essentially a condensed version of our Silicon Valley accelerator.

2. How is the NewMe Accelerator different than all the other accelerators out there?

We make Silicon Valley accessible to entrepreneurs who might not have the opportunity otherwise. Our vast network of Silicon Valley talent plays a large role in empowering our startups.

We’re able to connect the everyday entrepreneur to Silicon Valley resources that wouldn’t normally be available.

3. You guys have an event coming up in July, what makes it a must-attend event?

The PopUps provide one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops from our world-class pitch coach, and the ability to pitch your idea to a panel of judges as well as local tech community leaders including VC’s. Startups have a chance to win $45,000 worth of prizes from our partners, as well as a spot in our NewME Accelerator in San Francisco.

Thanks X’Zavierr.