Networking Leads: 2/10/2006

Welcome to this week’s batch of metro Atlanta business networking leads! Here you’ll find all manners of things networking related – job leads, appointments, news, interesting Georgia-based solutions, and more. Remember, you can contribute to this list each week by contacting me!

And of course, the proverbial ground rules: For certain leads, I must be careful not to disclose too much information – I want to be respectful of the confidentiality and trust I have established with people. In those instances, I realize that I may need to act as a conduit for interested parties, in order to protect the anonymity of certain of these leads. However, I will aspire to provide as much information as possible here in the text, so that you can contact each other directly (I really *don’t* want to get into the habit of playing middleman, other than passing along contact information).

If you have something that you would feel to be of merit for this new section of the Pothole, by all means, let me know (spammers and open solicitors need not apply). And don’t forget to browse some of the past networking leads – many of them are still active!

Bill Geist, a veteran Atlanta IT/business leader is now a partner with Tatum Partners. Bill is focusing on providing his in-depth scorecard approach to evaluating and optimizing services organizations. I’ve seen his approach firsthand – it’s darn good stuff – with metrics covering everything from revenue to hiring to client satisfaction. If your firm has a services component (any industry) that could use tweaking, you need to get to know Bill Geist.

The TAG Georgia Technology Summit was a lot of fun. It is always good to hit that yearly event, if not for the great speakers, then for the opportunity to rekindle old professional acquaintances and make some new friends. Among the many talented companies and business leaders in attendance were Suzie Price, Craig Larson from VuBotics, Charlie Paparelli of Paparelli Ventures, Alan Urech of Stony River Capital, Ray Dicasali of Uniliance Health, Michael Blake from Adams Capital, and of course, the gang from TechLINKS. There were so many great companies and leaders present, it would be impossible to capture them all. Your best bet is to make sure you attend next year’s event. :)

I’ve been exchanging emails with ISS veteran Chris Klaus about his efforts with Kaneva – good stuff, folks. Chris really gets the new iteration of the web, and understands the dynamics involved with many-to-many social interactions online. Chris has invited me to take a sneak peek at their in-house demo, so I’ll hopefully be reporting on that soon. In the meantime, check out their web site if you haven’t already. And brace yourselves for what is coming.

WebMD whiz kid Jeff Arnold’s The Convex Group is hiring an Executive Vice President of Sales. This leadership position will be tasked with building and managing our outside and inside network advertising sales teams, focused on selling advertising and building compelling sponsorship programs for Fortune 2000 advertisers both directly and through agencies. The position requires an extensive background in online ad sales and proven success in growing and building world-class sales organizations. This position provides the right executive with an opportunity to couple your talents with their world-renowned and respected brands HowStuffWorks, Mobile Travel Guide and Consumer Guide. Apply online.

I spent some time with one of the guys from OpSource – these guys specialize in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). In short, they can assist you in moving your offline products into online, ASP, subscription services. Very cool stuff – check ’em out.

Several little birdies have shared with me their feeling that WIT (Women in Technology) will finally be seceding from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). I will be providing my own thoughts on TAG (including this potential fallout) in a blog entry soon.

If you are interested in any of the above leads, feel free to contact the party directly. In the case of anonymous leads, by all means contact me for more information.

Cheers, and happy networking!


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