Networking Leads: 3/31/2006

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!

Despite my recent rant on the venture capital scene in Georgia, this week contains a bevvy of startup and early-stage news.

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 as needed).

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). Remember that the idea here is to provide visibility into “hidden” opportunities or news that is not widely known already – so don’t send press releases! And don’t forget to browse some of the past networking leads – many of them are still active!

First and foremost, a reminder that yours truly is seeking a new opportunity. While I am always open to new ideas, I am currently focusing my search for a CIO/CTO/Tech VP opportunity within either a well-capitalized startup or a mid-size firm. I invite you to visit my online bio and if you have any leads, I would welcome an intro!

A large publicly-traded company is looking to hire a Director of e-Commerce Software Development. Superstars only, with heavy B2C experience. Let me know if you are interested in an intro.

Atlanta hasn’t been completely void of startups lately. A very unique play within the human resources segment of the trucking industry is now in motion in “stealth” mode. I know, I know. It doesn’t sounds sexy, but I’ve heard their pitch – it has promise – their target market seems very lucrative. They are currently on the prowl for a $1M seed round. They have a great deal of interest in Atlanta as well as Chattanooga. If you are interested in an intro, let me know.

An Atlanta-based technology startup firm playing in the Web 2.0 sandbox is seeking some seed investors. This is a play within the business intelligence and business networking spaces. Let me know if you’d like an intro.

Remember that little bird that has a nasty habit of flying into my window? He told me that Atlanta-based retail-tech play, Quantisense, recently covertly raised a round of funding.

Speaking of retail-technology plays, another Atlanta-based retail tech play is seeking to close out a bridge round of $1-2M. Great technology – I’ve seen their pitch as well. Some great marquis initial clients as well (Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Polo/Ralph Lauren, etc.) Again, let me know if you’d like an intro.

Word on the street has it that Proctor and Gamble is potentially investing in several Atlanta-area startups. This has to do with their “Tremor” operation, which has something to do with “teen word-of-marketing.”

Finally, as a reminder, if your Atlanta-based firm is in need of executive talent, let me know. I routinely am in contact with many talented executives (C-level, VPs, Directors) that are in transition and are anxious to dig into new and exciting opportunities. I am always happy to send referrals your way.

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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