Networking Leads: 2/24/2006

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!

Aside from being a great gal, Toby Bloomberg, is an incredibly talented marketing guru that really gets the concepts of social media and how they tie into the larger marketing picture. After seeing Toby speak at the MIT Enterprise Forum, she and I spent some time over a cup of coffee discussing social media in-depth. If your firm is serious about leveraging blogs to get closer to your customers, and monitoring the blogosphere for competitive intelligence, you owe it to yourself to bring in the best thought leader Atlanta has to offer. You can contact her through And don’t forget to check out her own top-tier blog (Diva Marketing Blog) where she publishes her daily thoughts on the newest innovations in marketing.

I spent some time this week with Gene Pease (CEO) and Roland Smith (VP, Sales) of Capital Analytics. These guys have put together a fantastic product called Procourse ROI. Essentially, it is a tool that utilizes a complex modelling process to calculate the ROI of your investments in human capital. Using human capital metrics such as salary grade change, merit raise, promotions, tenure, and investments in training & development, they can zero in on precisely what that ROI is for your firm. Finally, someone is focusing on providing ROI visibility into the human capital space. You really have to see this thing to believe it. They are based out of Raleigh, NC, but don’t hold that against them, fellow Atlantans! They are currently seeking to establish key strategic partnerships, channel partners, and other arrangements.

If you or your firm are in the market for a serious (and I mean serious) Chief Security Officer, I have a fellow you need to meet. One of the most accomplished computer and information security experts in the industry sat down with me for a quick bite and shared his desire to dig into something new. Let me know if you’d like an intro.

My pal Jon Baker over at U.S. Planning Group provides a fantastic service for executives in transition. Connect up with Jon to learn more about how to protect your assets (e.g. stocks, warrants, options, 401K, etc.) if you are in, or anticipating being in, a state of transition. Don’t wait until it is too late – get your financial ducks in a row.

Das Rumor Mill: A little bird flew in this week and told me that INTENT Media Works, Inc. silently raised another round of funding (in the $3-5M range). This is a digital media firm owned by Lee Ottolenghi, the original founder/CEO of AgentWare.

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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