Two Years

Willie King over at WorthPoint reached out to me earlier this month via LinkedIn, "Congrats Lance on 2 years" he said. How time flies. He is talking about my time at Half Off Depot/nCrowd. It has been quite busy. So busy that I have not really had a chance to practice my preach of updating […]

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May 30, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Half Off Depot, nCrowd, Personal

Why Do The Deal?

One of the questions I am most often asked these days is why Half Off Depot acquired CrowdSavings. It's a fair question. To many the skyrocketing deals business now feels like a fading shooting star. The answer is really quite simple. As Sarah Lacy recently wrote: We will see another company that seeks to become […]

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March 15, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Half Off Depot

Getting Press

One of the great misperceptions that people in the startup world have when it comes to marketing is that issuing a press release will result in people writing about your news. Nothing is further from the truth. The vast majority of press releases do not result in news coverage. It takes a little more work […]

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February 19, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Half Off Depot, Marketing

Into The Priesthood

My friends over at Mail Chimp have updated their email stats. They titled the piece "Get out of the Daily Deals business and into the Priesthood." Snarky folks. We’ve updated the stats by industry and stats by business size pages, and some really interesting facts bubbled up. For example, daily deals have the lowest average campaign open rate at […]

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January 8, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Deals, Half Off Depot

Venture Atlanta Presentation

Thought it would be helpful to share my Venture Atlanta presentation. Eleven slides to tell the story in six minutes. Put this together starting with a blank in about a week. Few words. Large fonts. I wanted people to pay attention to me, not the slides. I wanted to freedom to modify the words of […]

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October 23, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Half Off Depot, Presentations, Startups, Venture Capital

Reflections on Venture Atlanta

So on Wednesday I wandered down to the big fish tank for Venture Atlanta. A fine event. One of the best of startup things a guy, or gal for that matter, can do. I was there as the non-paid entertainment, pitching Half Off Depot as we gear up for our Series B in 2013. And […]

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October 19, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Half Off Depot, Networking, Presentations, Venture Capital


When my kids were a bit younger and they brought home those straight A report cards we would always make a beeline for Jake's Ice Cream Midtown for a tasty treat. I would even indulge, which is quite the rarity.  Jake's closed their Midtown and some other locations during the recession. Jake, he is a […]

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August 31, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Fun, Half Off Depot, Personal