Play To Win

As a have said before I got pulled into the Switchyards accelerator weekend which was followed by the Switchyards demo night, which resulted in VacayWay, a team I played on, winning the audience choice award. We learned about the award on demo night. It was simple enough. Most retweets of a tweet by @switchyards announcing […]

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June 26, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Accelerators, Entrepreneurship, Marketing

My Switchyards Weekend

This weekend I felt a bit like Michael Corleone. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. I got pulled into another hackathon. This one the Switchyards accelerator weekend. It started innocently enough. With Michael Tavani asking if I would help organize. Easy enough. I know how to run these things. Then […]

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June 9, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Accelerators, Entrepreneurship

Shot Stats

About three years ago I took up tennis. I did it so I could play with my kids who were playing in junior leagues. They have put their racquets down but I continue to play about three times a week. I play out of the Piedmont Park Tennis Center. One of the pros there, Lavie Sak […]

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May 17, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Sports, Startups

Consumer + Design Weekend Accelerator

Not too long ago Michael Tavani of Scoutmob fame announced that he was leaving his day to day role there. Shortly thereafter he launched Switchyards, a consumer brand incubator focused on design and based in Atlanta. On June 6 Switchyards will be hosting a consumer design weekend accelerator event at Scoutmob.  Given my experience running […]

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May 10, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Fun, Networking, Startups

Lessons From Reggie Aggarwal

The 8th annual SEVC rolled through Atlanta this week at the swank downtown Ritz Carlton. Put on by TechMedia, SEVC events average over $80 billion in private/venture capital in attendance. All that capital attracts entrepreneurs looking for funding and 48 companies pitched to packed rooms of investors. One of the most interesting presentations to me was not a […]

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May 8, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Management

Atlanta Startup Weekend Spring 2014

Atlanta Startup Weekend is back this weekend.  This 54 hours of organized chaos take place May 2 through May 4 at ATDC. Entrepreneurs show up on Friday night, pitch their ideas, form teams, and code away. This hackathon has been around in some form or the other since 2007. The focus has morphed from pitching and hacking […]

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April 28, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Networking, Startups, Uncategorized

How To Pitch Workbook

A while back I wrote an article inspired by a Canaan Partners SlideShare deck on how to pitch. Having recently been asked to help out a few startups in the TAG/Venture Atlanta Business Launch Competition, I revisited the article only to discover that the embed was bad.  Seems Canaan updated the deck. It is below.  Once […]

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March 25, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Presentations, Venture Capital