Category Archives: Venture Capital

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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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The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

Every few months or so, various Atlanta startup thought leaders are corralled together on a panel or round-table to discuss what can be done to improve our startup ecosystem.  Invariably, the outcome is the same: a regurgitated list of things we already know all too well. Examples: Lack of local funding sources for early-stage companies …

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Calacanis on Paying-to-Pitch

Jason Calacanis has a new cause.  He is railing against the so-called “pay-to-pitch” phenomenon.  A good read – check it out here. Update: Scoble, Fred, and Lance have since commented on it as well. My views on the pay-to-pitch thing are pretty well known, as I’ve written about it a ton in the past, and …

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Last One Off the Clue Train is a Rotten Peach!

Urvaksh over at the Atlanta Business Chronicle recently published an article providing some coverage of the new $250M fund being launched by the State of Florida.  After reading it, I became engulfed in a sea of emotions, ranging from frustration to anger, finally settling on a mix of sadness and reflection. The short version: This …

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A Dozen Ways to get Rejected from CapitalLounge

We get a TON of applications every time we put together a CapitalLounge event. While most of the applications have some degree of merit, and eventually get accepted, there are many that don’t.  Historically, we have a non-invitation rate of anywhere from 20-30%.   Despite the enormous level of detail that we’ve published as to our …

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Captain Anonymous and His View of Atlanta’s Startup Scene

Lately I’ve been getting some blog comments and Skribit “suggestions” from an anonymous visitor.  Let’s just say the comments haven’t been terribly “engaging” – some of them have actually been quite nasty. And look, I’ll be the first to admit this – I cuss like a sailor (well, a former soldier), and believe me, I …

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VC Outlook from Draper Portage

Matt McCall (Draper Portage Ventures) wrote a very interesting post yesterday. In it, he describes the current venture capital landscape as having “flatlined”. Matt is an ultra bright, fairly conservative venture capitalist (at least he was way back when Portage was a key investor in one of my past lives – MetalMaker). A good read …

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PitchCamp Update

We had a great time at the recent PitchCamp session. If you haven’t heard of PitchCamp, it is a free workshop that we offer to entrepreneurs to help them better refine their pitch. We also get into some adjacent areas, such as the ins and outs of investor networking, and how to maximize the value …

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Calling All Georgia Cleantech Startups!

Building upon the success of last year’s event, Cleantech Georgia 2008 is gearing up to be even better! The date is fast approaching (May 14th) Attendees will have an opportunity to: Discover the many exciting Georgia innovations that are happening in the cleantech space Listen to venture capitalists, cleantech entrepreneurs, and other subject matter experts …

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Who’s Your Daddy? Unscrupulous Investors!

Who’s Your Daddy? Spotting The Unscrupulous Investors That Linger in the Shadows and What To Do When Dad’s A Deadbeat By Stacy A. Williams It is a sad comment on our times that we still have not eradicated the plague of the unscrupulous investor from the world of entrepreneurship. Amongst the many earnest and upright …

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