[US] Startup Atlanta Looks To Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystem With New Online Presence

YoungUpstarts

If you’re an entrepreneur based in Atlanta, you may want to check out Startup Atlanta , a non-profit dedicated to making the A known nationally and internationally for entrepreneurship. The new website features a resource map, interactive events calendar and a blog, which will showcase best practices and ideas from well-known Atlanta entrepreneurs and thought leaders. “Great ideas come out of Atlanta.

Atlanta’s 6th Annual Startup Riot Throws Up Three Winners

YoungUpstarts

Held as part of Atlanta’s Tech & Startup Week , the 6th Annual Startup Riot featured 30 local entrepreneurs pitching their ideas for a chance to win huge cash prizes, thousands of dollars in professional services and meetings with top venture capitalists and investors. Startup Riot , initially founded by Atlanta-based entrepreneur Sanjay Parekh as a way to give back to the city’s burgeoning technology community, saw T.A.

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Rediscovering Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

I’ve lived in Atlanta since I was about five years old. Seeing the old buildings was unique given that not many buildings in Atlanta are older than Sherman’s pyrotechnics display back in 1864. But my entire life and career have been in Atlanta and over time I’ve really come to love this city. The Leadership Atlanta program, of which we’re currently about a month in, is going to open my eyes to the past, present and future of Atlanta.

48in48 2018: Atlanta and New York

Jeff Hilimire

We pulled off our 4th Atlanta 48in48 event and our 3rd New York event…on the same weekend! Once again, I was incredibly moved watching the hundreds of volunteers in Atlanta working tirelessly (well, maybe tired-ly) for 48 straight hours to pull off this amazing feat.

Man I love Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

I’ll be posting a recap shortly (similar to the 48in48 Atlanta recap ,) but if you’re super eager to see how it went, you can check out the hashtag. But this post is about Atlanta. I love many cities, with London and Chicago being at the top, but Atlanta is the place for me. “We would make it well worth your while, and you’d only have to be there for a few years and then you could move back to Atlanta.

48in48 Atlanta Super Service Event (in Pictures)

Jeff Hilimire

The Atlanta Tech Village was a sponsor and let us use their space all weekend! The post 48in48 Atlanta Super Service Event (in Pictures) appeared first on Begin the Begin. I always love filling out my name tag as a 48in48 event kicks off… Adam and I started this about five years ago…I couldn’t ask for a better partner to build this organization with! Adam and I with the 48in48 staff…this small, dedicated, passionate team is simply incredible.

48in48 Atlanta 2016 in photos

Jeff Hilimire

million in services for Atlanta’s nonprofits!!! Here is snapshot of the event in photos (and one video): Ponce City Market, not sure there is a better place in Atlanta to host an event like this… We had pins for all of the volunteers, both for this year and a 2015 one if they helped last year. Atlanta Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore came and gave an inspirational talk to the 200+ volunteers. Just, wow. We did it again!

Atlanta Showcases its Tech Community at SXSW

SiliconHills

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Community leaders from the heart of Atlanta’s tech scene had a chance to strut their city’s entrepreneurial spirit at ChooseATL’s Tech Square Takeover event on Monday. The free SXSW event was open to the public, and was one of many events hosted at the ChooseATL House at […] The post Atlanta Showcases its Tech Community at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills.

Atlanta Angel Group Makes First Investment Outside Atlanta

Austin Startup

Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA) today announced it has joined Cowtown Angel Network, Central Texas Angel Network and Golden Seeds in a $3 million investment in Austin-based Wisegate. Enterprise ATA CTAN wisegate

Introducing Atlanta Stacks!

Jeff Hilimire

A good buddy of mine started a new kind of curated newsletter, Atlanta Stacks , and I wanted to a) figure out why he created it and b) spread the word, because I think it’s terrific. Wow, better you than me ;) So what is Atlanta Stacks and why did you create it? One of the most helpful things for me in coming up with ways around and through these obstacle has been comparing notes with other innovator here in Atlanta.

Please Join Me at Growth 2011 in Atlanta Jan. 20

Up and Running

I’m looking forward to a January 20 date in Atlanta at Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth 2011 Conference. events startup advice Atlanta Entrepreneur.com Growth Conference January 20 2011

Zoo Atlanta: I’m a huge fan

Jeff Hilimire

If you haven’t been to Zoo Atlanta in a while, you really should make the trip. It’s a phenomenal zoo and, as I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the CEO, Raymond King , I’ve learned from him that the most important aspect of Zoo Atlanta is their focus on saving and protecting animals. Some facts that I pulled on Zoo Atlanta: - Zoo Atlanta is the oldest cultural destination in Atlanta, serving the city since 1889. - Atlanta

Today marks the 4th Atlanta 48in48 event! WHAT?!

Jeff Hilimire

To bring you up to speed, here’s the history: 2015: Atlanta. 2016: Atlanta and New York. 2017: Atlanta , New York , Boston , and Minneapolis. 2018: Atlanta and New York this weekend, and London on Nov 2nd. Today’s Atlanta event will be extra special for me.

Consider these two Atlanta nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

Jeff Hilimire

On this #GivingTuesday 2017, I’d love for you to consider two Atlanta nonprofits that are close to my heart. Central OAC is an Atlanta nonprofit located in downtown Atlanta with a mission to open doors out of homelessness. This year we had events in Boston, Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta. The post Consider these two Atlanta nonprofits on #GivingTuesday appeared first on Begin the Begin.

The Atlanta Tech Village, NPR and Serendipity

Jeff Hilimire

This morning I was lucky enough to be interviewed on NPR talking about Dragon Army, the Atlanta Tech Village and Atlanta’s technology scene. I’ve talked ad nauseam on this blog about how much I love working at the Village, and people probably think I’m on the payroll (I’m not), but working here for two months has made me realize what a great place this is for entrepreneurs and the Atlanta’s tech reputation. Atlanta Entrepreneurship Start-ups

Instacart is in Atlanta!

Jeff Hilimire

Instacart is in Atlanta and I’m already their biggest fan. Yes, yes, we all know that Webvan is known to be the “largest dot-com bust in history” However, I’ve always thought the idea was needed if someone could just pull it off. Ahead of its time, like most great things. And now, perhaps, the future is here. They describe themselves as: Instacart is a grocery delivery service that delivers in as little as an hour!

Advice for the incoming class of Leadership Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

Yesterday I was an alumni volunteer at the 2014 Leadership Atlanta class orientation at Coca-Cola headquarters. Watching the 80 new class members get their badges for the first time, unsure of where the next ten months would take them, brought me back to my first day of Leadership Atlanta. I’ve shared my Leadership Atlanta experience with anyone that would listen and of course, on this blog. Leadership Atlanta is a big commitment. Leadership leadership atlanta

Scott Dorsey’s Attributes of Great SaaS Leaders

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day and the Venture Atlanta Conference. I had a great time and it’s fun to see the vibrancy of the Atlanta startup community. My brother Daniel came with me and we had dinner with our cousin Kenny, who lives in Atlanta, so we got some nice, quiet, emotionally intimate family time. My favorite keynote at Venture Atlanta was from Scott Dorsey.

Standing vs sitting: a startup lesson from Atlanta United

Jeff Hilimire

” The first event was a discussion between Highwire CEO, Alex Gonzalez , and Darren Eales , President of Atlanta United. If you weren’t aware, Atlanta United has been a city-wide phenomenon in Atlanta for quite some time, and the team racked up numerous records for Major League Soccer (MLS). As Darren told his story, and the journey of Atlanta United, it was very apparent that this was a true startup story.

48in48 Atlanta 2017 – 3rd time’s a charm!

Jeff Hilimire

For the 3rd straight year we pulled off a 48in48 event in Atlanta, and it just keeps getting better. million in donated services to Atlanta’s nonprofits. With their help, we’ll pull of four 48in48 events across the country this year (Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, and New York), and next year we’ll be adding London to the list!!! We held the opening kick-off at Underground Atlanta with Moe’s providing the dinner. Once again, we did it!

Coats for people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta – a guest post by Joe Koufman

Jeff Hilimire

Joe Koufman recently shared with me an initiative he’s spearheading to provide coats for people in Atlanta experiencing homelessness. The first place we visited was the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women just off of Northside Drive on the Westside. The post Coats for people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta – a guest post by Joe Koufman appeared first on Begin the Begin.

And the hits keep coming at the Atlanta Tech Village as Jason Carter came to visit

Jeff Hilimire

On Wednesday we (those of us at the Atlanta Tech Village) were honored to have Mayor Kasim Reed come and speak to us in the morning and Brad Feld in the afternoon. Atlanta Culture More on that. Then yesterday, Jason Carter (running for governor) came and spent several hours at the Village. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Jason several times and I’m a HUGE fan.

Darren Eales of Atlanta United visited Dragon Army, and here’s what I learned

Jeff Hilimire

Darren Eales , President of a little team called Atlanta United, gave a talk to Dragon Army recently. Atlanta United shares their core values with the companies in Arthur Blank’s portfolio. The post Darren Eales of Atlanta United visited Dragon Army, and here’s what I learned appeared first on Begin the Begin. He came as part of a series we produce called, Inside the Lair , where I invite a leader to come share with our team their leadership journey.

I asked 17 of Atlanta’s most successful entrepreneurs what it means to be an entrepreneur…

Jeff Hilimire

So I decided to do an experiment this past weekend and I reached out to 17 of my friends in Atlanta who happen to be very successful entrepreneurs to see how they would complete the sentence: “To be an entrepreneur is to…” Oh, and help share these great quotes by tweeting your favorite. Atlanta Entrepreneurship I think – and write – about what it means to be an entrepreneur all the time.

Putting an end to the Atlanta Tech Village debate with Tavani

Jeff Hilimire

A little while back, my friend Michael Tavani let loose on the Atlanta Tech Village in a Creative Loafing piece. Then to Michael’s credit, he decided to come to the Atlanta Tech Village and host his next On Doers video with myself, Jon Birdsong and TJ Muehleman and talk it all out. Episode 007 / Atlanta Startup CEOs from On Doers on Vimeo. Atlanta Start-ups

Engauge has a new Atlanta office

Jeff Hilimire

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new Engauge office in Atlanta. An office environment is incredibly important to the culture of a company. Just ask Fred Wilson. Why do I love our new space? Well, for starters… It’s open as a mofo.

Two weeks in, here are the 10 things I love about working in the Atlanta Tech Village

Jeff Hilimire

The Atlanta Tech Village is the brain child of David Cummings , a friend of mine and co-founder of my new company, Dragon Army. He purchased a 5-story building in Buckhead (corner of Piedmont and Lenox) with the idea of getting 600+ entrepreneurs in Atlanta stuffed into the same location and let the magic happen. 10 Reasons I Love the Atlanta Tech Village. Atlanta has more startups than you realize. It’s building some major startup momentum in Atlanta.

5 questions for an Atlanta Tech Village CEO: Jon Birdsong, Rivalry

Jeff Hilimire

If you had time to watch the video where Jon Birdsong (CEO of Rivalry ) and I talked to Michael Tavani, Rob Kischuk and TJ Muehleman, you’ll know that one of the points the group made to Jon and I was that there is a lot of publicity about the Atlanta Tech Village but very little about the startups in the building. Why are you in the Atlanta Tech Village? Spent one year at the fastest growing startup in Atlanta, SalesLoft. Atlanta Entrepreneurship Start-ups

A Dragon Army field trip to Zoo Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

Yesterday, thanks to my good friend Raymond King , CEO of Zoo Atlanta, the Dragon Army team was given an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of Zoo Atlanta. Standard Zoo Atlanta panda shot. Because we were on a tour with the CEO, we were allowed to go super “behind the scenes”… …and get up close and personal with the animals. We had to put on masks when we went to see how the orangutans use computers and play games. badass. superbehindthescenes.

Great (and free) opportunity for Atlanta startups from Stanford Business School

Jeff Hilimire

I’m excited to announce that he’s holding a free workshop for Atlanta startups next week! We would like to invite you to take advantage of a free one hour workshop on team effectiveness offered by Professor Lindred Greer of Stanford Business School at the Atlanta Tech Village. Atlanta Entrepreneurship Start-ups I have written about my new friend, Huggy (Stanford Business School), on this blog before: Think of your startup like a beach volleyball team.

The community effect at the Atlanta Tech Village

Jeff Hilimire

For those that haven’t visited the Atlanta Tech Village – David Cummings ‘ tech/startup building in Buckhead – you’re really missing out. It’s incredible (here’s a look at the new first floor via David’s blog ) and it just keeps getting better as more floors are completed. I set up shop in the Village back in September and quickly fell in love with it, blogging about the 10 things I loved the most.

Come hang with me while I interview Atlanta startup legend Charles Brewer!

Jeff Hilimire

Charles, as many of you know, is one of the first startup successes in Atlanta, founding MindSpring in 1994. And we’ll be hosting the event at one of my favorite Atlanta venues, the Center for Civic Innovation. Mr. Brewer is one of Atlanta’s first startup success stories, bringing to life one of the largest ISP’s in the country from his Midtown Atlanta apartment in 1994. I’m so excited about this!

Ha, Atlanta by Sturgess Fillmore

Jeff Hilimire

Thanks to @angela_ann for alerting me to this. Very funny. Humor

5 Questions for a CEO: Raymond King, Zoo Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

I love Zoo Atlanta and am currently on the marketing advisory council where I meet quarterly to help the marketing team plan their strategy. Raymond and I are also both on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board and at the last meeting I was asking him about his process for staying productive and thought, I need to blog about this! Raymond King, CEO of Zoo Atlanta. Give a brief description of your responsibilities as the head of Zoo Atlanta.

What I learned from Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer (via Leadership Atlanta)

Jeff Hilimire

That my experience with Leadership Atlanta can’t get any better. We’ve moved into the portion of our schedule where we get a chance to interview CEO’s in Atlanta. Again, I want to thank Leadership Atlanta for giving me opportunities such as this. Inspiration Leadership leadership atlantaIt can’t keep getting better. That’s what I keep telling myself. But it does.

On The Road Again

Feld Thoughts

I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. I like Atlanta. Places atlantaRule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel. I’m being a lot more deliberate about my travel these days. I’m also being more careful about how I do it.

Great interview with one of my favorite Atlanta leaders, Steve Koonin

Jeff Hilimire

Switchyards Downtown Club (of which I’m a proud card-carrying member) founder Michael Tavani continues his stretch of great interviews on the On Doers series with this one with Steve Kooning, CEO of the Atlanta Hawks. Pay particular attention to what Steve feels is his super power, and why he’s as big a believer in Atlanta as both Tavani and me.

I’m excited to announce that Dragon Army is one of the fastest growing companies in Atlanta!

Jeff Hilimire

The Atlanta Business Chronicle lists the to 100 fastest growing private companies in Atlanta each year in their annual Pacesetter Awards. Due to Dragon Army ‘s rapid growth over the last two years – including tripling over the last 12 months – we ended up being the 42nd fastest growing company in all of Atlanta, and the #1 fastest growing agency in Atlanta.

Hope you’re coming to Social Media Atlanta this week!

Jeff Hilimire

Just making sure everyone is aware that this week is THE week of the year in Atlanta for social. It’s called Social Media Atlanta and you guys better be attending some sessions. Learn more on the Social Media Atlanta Facebook page , duh. The first is Social Fresh Atlanta happening the first morning of this conference (the 8th, Monday). Tags: Agency Life Social Marketing/Media social fresh social media atlanta

Why I’m not scared of Amazon HQ2 coming to Atlanta

Jeff Hilimire

Reading that headline, you might think, “Wait, why would you be scared of Amazon setting up its second HQ in Atlanta?” And Atlanta is now among the 20 finalists , and is the betting favorite in many cases. So, back to the headline of this post, why would I be scared of Amazon coming to Atlanta? But a lot of my peers in the Atlanta tech community are. The post Why I’m not scared of Amazon HQ2 coming to Atlanta appeared first on Begin the Begin.

The advice I give to anyone that lives in Atlanta to do every year until they retire

Jeff Hilimire

Everyone I meet now – that lives in Atlanta – I tell them the same thing: Apply to Leadership Atlanta or Leadership Atlanta’s LEAD program. Atlanta Leadership Do it every year until you retire or get in, whichever comes first. I’m working on a post about just how significantly this program changed my life over the last nine months. Its a hard thing to capture in words, so its taking some time get my thoughts together.

Southern Innovation: I’ll be in Miami and Atlanta in the next few weeks

This is going to be BIG.

As much as I trumpet New York City as *the* place to build a company nowadays, I’m a full supporter of the meme of building where you are and what suits your company best. There are lots of places that successful companies grow up—and as more cities develop critical masses of technical and entrepreneurial talent, you’re going to see a lot more dispersion of startup success. In the next two weeks, I’ll be touring the southeast.

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So I was speaking at a Metro Atlanta Chamber this week…

Jeff Hilimire

This week I hosted my first Technology Talk event from the Metro Atlanta Chamber. We’ll be doing these quarterly and the next one is in June on Social Media. The topic this time was Mobile and the panel I had was excellent: Donovan Panone of Sandbox Digital , Danny Davis of Proving Ground and Del Ross formerly of IHG.