Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Well, after three amazing years as the Chief Technology Officer at Apto Solutions, I find myself with the startup bug again. It was bound to happen again, right? :) Over the past three years I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing folks at Apto, and we collectively accomplished a great number of things. Now, I am gently transitioning out of my day-to-day role there, and I’ve started something new – something a little “different”. I hope you will agree!

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Startup Lessons from CCP – EVE Online Style

About five or six years ago, when I was running PlayMotion, the good folks at IBM hosted a really cool dinner for a handful of gaming-industry CEOs here in Atlanta.  It was a fairly intimate evening, with about 6 or 7 of us.   What wasn’t to like?  A swanky free meal, and a chance to …

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Failplans Stop Here – Part 5: Elevator Pitch

In the last installment, we covered deal tags. Now, moving up a level, we’re going to visit our old friend, the elevator pitch. Ah yes, the proverbial elevator pitch. Despite the name, elevator pitches are generally not delivered in an elevator. Frankly, let’s be honest here. It would be pretty damned weird to be on an elevator with someone and have them just start randomly pitching you on their deal.

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Failplans Stop Here – Part 4: Deal Tags

This is Part 4 of the “Failplans Stop Here” series. or are something I created a few years back.  The thought behind it is quite simple: apply the principles of content tagging to a business plan, pitch, etc. I’ve always appreciated those situations in which a really strong marketing tagline on the cover of a …

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Failplans Stop Here – Part 3: The Top, er, Bottom, of the Pyramid

This is Part 3 of the “Failplans Stop Here” series. So now that you’ve suffered through my ramblings about how most business plans suck, and we’ve introduced the fictitious company we’ll be working with in our exercise, it’s time to begin digging into the process of creating our doc set. I hereby name this methodology …

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Frobozz: Mobile Magic!

Failplans Stop Here – Part 2: Introducing Frobozz!

This is Part 2 of the “Failplans Stop Here” series. Introducing Frobozz, Inc., Our Fictitious Company As I mentioned in the introductory post, we are going to not only talk the talk in this series, we’re going to walk-the-walk as well.  Instead of regurgitating tomes of “best practices”, we’re going to create a fictitious company …

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Failplans Stop Here!

Failplans Stop Here – Part 1: Introduction

If you know me through the startup scene in Atlanta, you know that I am involved in quite a number of different business plan competitions, entrepreneur-mentoring circles, and investor happenings. Frankly, as much as I enjoy it all, I’m simply tired of seeing Failplan after Failplan and Failpitch after Failpitch out there. And it stops …

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Cultural Ramblings – Ten Observations on Company Culture

In cleaning out the more than 200 old draft blog posts I’ve started, I’ve identified a handful that I think are worth finishing – this is one of them, started over two years ago.  Enjoy, or not. The other day I was having a chat with a fellow entrepreneur here in town, and one of …

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Bootstrapping Infographic

Well, more like a wallpaper.  Something we whipped for for lols and grins. Enjoy. Click on the image for the larger version.  Feel free to share. Cheers.

200 Pitches From Atlanta Startups

Enjoy this tag cloud, created from 200 random startup pitches submitted for StartupLounge and/or AngelLounge. These were all pitches submitted in the past few years. These pitches were all of the single sentence (or paragraph form), and all had common “stop” words removed for clarity.  This cloud is the top 150 terms. Click for a …

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