On The CallRail Team

Once again I am taking my own advice. I am joining a startup. I am joining the CallRail team. CallRail offers phone call tracking and analytics for online and offline marketing campaigns. Their tagline says it all. Know what makes your phone ring. Something that is becoming increasingly important with the shift to mobile and online advertising. […]

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April 14, 2015  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in CallRail, Personal, SaaS, Startups, Uncategorized

Atlanta Cracks The Top Ten

When David Cummings started Atlanta Tech Village his stated vision was to help make Atlanta a top ten tech startup city. We may be well on our way. Ian Hathaway of the Brookings Institution recently published an article entitled “Early-stage venture capital: More regions get in on the action“. Interesting summary of what Ian calls […]

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March 11, 2015  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Atlanta, Startups, Venture Capital

On Overcapitalization

Mark Suster recently put up a video of a discussion that he had with Jeff Clavier on the lessons learned from Fab. It is embedded below. Jeff Clavier and Mark Suster discuss lessons learned from Fab In a nutshell they believe Fab paid too much attention to competition and did not stay focused on their […]

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March 9, 2015  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Startups, Venture Capital

Good Startup Ideas

Fred Wilson went on a little tweetstorm yesterday on the subject of startup ideas and if he thought they were good. It was something that I could really relate to from my days at ATDC. Entrepreneurs always wanted to know what I thought of their idea. I agree with Fred’s premise that “it doesn’t matter […]

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February 25, 2015  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Marketing, Startups

VC Competition Index

Interesting analysis by CB Insights on which markets are easiest to raise venture capital. They divided the number of venture capitalists investing in tech companies in specific geographies by the number of venture capital backed tech startup companies which raised funding in that same market and came up with what they call the VC Competition […]

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December 23, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Startups, Venture Capital

Atlanta Startups & Economic Development

This week I was interviewed for an upcoming article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on the subject of how innovation is driving economic development (job growth in layman’s terms) and what needs to be done to continue to attract and foster startup companies. This led me to think about the subject a bit and this […]

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October 23, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in atdc, Business, Film, Politics, Startups

Build A Real Business Now

Highly respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley sounded the alarm about a month ago in an interview in the Wall Street Journal about the amount of risk VCs and startup employees are taking on these days. Very specifically he is worried about burn rates. To quote: And I guarantee you two things: One, the average burn […]

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October 9, 2014  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Business, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurship, Startups