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Startup Spotlight: StoryCall

Startup Spotlight: StoryCall | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
People always want to know their family history. StoryCall is an Atlanta
consumer startup dedicated to making it easier for families to capture
their stories. StoryCall has recently opened their beta, allowing users to
capture stories from elders in their family through a series of
professionally-guided biography sessions.
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Innovation Study confirms Intrapreneuring Increases Innovative Mindset

Innovation Study confirms Intrapreneuring Increases Innovative Mindset | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

German researchers Philipp Gellert and Martin Müller of the Business Innovation and Change Management Dept. of the University of Applied Science in Munich, Germany (Hochschule München) published their international business consulting study “Konzept für Führungskräfte zur Implementierung einer Innovationsstrategie” (in German language only) in summer 2014.


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Non-Profit Spotlight: CCT Atlanta

Non-Profit Spotlight: CCT Atlanta | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Community Consulting Teams is an entirely volunteer run non-profit
dedicated to supporting other non-profit organization. CCT-Atlanta has
served almost 200 non-profits in the Atlanta community and, with the 2014
season just successfully ended, CCT is looking to serve 20 more non-profits
in their upcoming season. Steve Greenfield, Susan Baxley, and Carrie
Montagna are all members of CCT’s executive team, dedicated growing
CCT-Atlanta and strengthening the Atlanta non-profit community as a whole.
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The hype cycle of emerging technologies

The hype cycle of emerging technologies | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

The Gartner Hype Cycle tracks emerging technologies from the "peak of inflated expectations" to the "trough of disillusionment" and beyond.


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Finding the Perfect Mentor: Stories from 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

Finding the Perfect Mentor: Stories from 4 Successful Entrepreneurs | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Finding a mentor can be a challenge, but these four entrepreneurs all found mentors that helped business grow. Learn from them!
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The Aha Moment - How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life

The Aha Moment - How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

About 2200 years ago Archimedes stepped into his bath and exclaimed, “Eureka!”

 

It was a moment of sudden discovery. The eureka effect. A moment of deep insight. It’s an epiphany which translates as “striking appearance.” In that moment a previously unsolvable problem becomes suddenly clear and obvious.


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Barbara Alevras, PMP's curator insight, August 1, 2014 9:40 AM

I think this is kinda fascinating. Have you had your "Eureka Moment" or are you still waiting? 

Bruno A Levy's curator insight, December 31, 2014 4:48 AM

the infographic is fun and informative

Nancy Barnett's curator insight, March 12, 2015 10:49 AM

Seeing a problem and solving it is the "root" of true entrepreneurship.

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Avondale/Decatur Bootstrappers and Startups.

Avondale/Decatur Bootstrappers and Startups.

Avondale Estates, GA
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A group dedicated to building the startup/bootstrapping/coworking community in and around Decatur, Avondale Estates, and the rest of metro Atlanta. Our regular meetup space is...

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ATDC/151 Locust – Mobile Technology Startup Circle

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014, 12:00 PM
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A group dedicated to building the startup/bootstrapping/coworking community in and around Decatur, Avondale Estates, and the rest of metro Atlanta.
Our regular meetup space is at 151 Locust.
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POINTGUARD VENTURES LEADS $13M FINANCING ROUND FOR MOVIUS GLOBAL EXPANSION OF COVERGED MESSAGING AND MOBILE IDENTITIES

PointGuard Ventures a new Silicon Valley venture capital firm, leads a $13M financing round for Movius Interactive Corporation, the Atlanta based global leader in mobile identities and converged messaging solutions, it was announced today.
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Advisor Spotlight: Sharron Battle

Advisor Spotlight: Sharron Battle | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Sharron Battle is an Atlanta and Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a drive
for helping entrepreneurs succeed. She has a diverse background ranging
from mechanical and nuclear engineering to graphic design to strategy and
finance. Sharron has also worked with several Fortune 500 companies, before
deciding to move into consulting and then launching her startup Derbywire
in 2009.
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Atlanta funds innovative dormitory that’s to help entrepreneurs succeed

Atlanta funds innovative dormitory that’s to help entrepreneurs succeed | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A dormitory that’s designed to give a leg up to budding entrepreneurs is to be built at Technology Square, in Midtown, with financial aid from Atlanta’s development arm.

Invest Atlanta has agree...
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New web-based test can predict Alzheimer's | Emory Medicine Magazine | Emory University

New web-based test can predict Alzheimer's | Emory Medicine Magazine | Emory University | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
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Cissé Trading Co. does good with cocoa | Westfair Communications

Cissé Trading Co. does good with cocoa | Westfair Communications | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Diana Lovett has rapidly grown her company’s shelf space while partnering with cocoa growers in the Dominican Republic.
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The 'Purpose Economy' Is Changing the Way New Businesses Are Created and Women Are Leading the Way

The 'Purpose Economy' Is Changing the Way New Businesses Are Created and Women Are Leading the Way | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
As if there was any doubt women would change the world.
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The growth of women social entrepreneurs

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Startups Vs. Fortune 100: Keep Thinking Like a Startup

Startups Vs. Fortune 100: Keep Thinking Like a Startup | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

Thinking Like A Startup
Startups have to be innovative and nimble. This post from FoxBusiness suggests continuing to "think like a startup" is a good idea no matter what stage of Biz Dev you are in.

The tendency, the post explains, is to bring in a "professional management" layer too early. That layer is used to the big budgets of the Fortune 1000 and can't thrive in startup land.

I have an interesting perspective since I left a Fortune 1000 company to start FoundObjects.com. Here is what was difficult about that transitions:

* Was used to legitimacy being granted automatically.
* Had to train & develop new muscles because we had NO MONEY.
* Had to solve problems differently because we had NO MONEY.

* Planning cycle shortened and became more about MONEY today instead of market domination tomorrow.
* Tactics changed because low hanging less expensive to develop fruit had to come to the top.
* Partnerships changed because we had to trade things other than money and that usually meant looking for partners in similar stages of development.

That last bullet is a key. Don't try and pitch a Fortune 1000 when you are a startup unless you are trying to sell them something and only do that when invited. You can't crack those vaults, tempting as it may seem, unless they are already interested.

This means you have to create alliances with companies in similar stages of development or maybe one or two steps up the ladder. Hit singles to learn how to hit homers.

QUANTITY in startups is often more important than quality and it RARELY is when working for a giant. Giants can afford to be snobs, startups can't. Why I like startups :).M

 


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Getting Things Done: 4 Ways to Rethink the To-Do List

Getting Things Done: 4 Ways to Rethink the To-Do List | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
As an entrepreneur your time tends to be your most valuable commodity. To
build a great team, to get funding, to find customers, to find
advocates--that requires an endless amount of dedication and a just a few
more hours added to the day. 
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Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups?

Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups? | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups?
Biggest startup haters? Answer: Other Startups. To be fair the VAST majority of fellow startups at the American Tobacco Campus and American Underground are AWESOME and HELPFUL.

Some have been abusive and mean. We got to thinking about what might be making some fellow #startups so snarky and angry. We think it may be the process.

 

This post shares the strange WALK THIS WAY undercurrent inside the startup ecosysem and wonders if David Amerland's New Value System might "beat the dogs" less and accomplish more.

We've been down this road so many times in life. Going to football camp as a kid first thing everyone had to know was if you could get hit. The next thing everyone wanted to know was could YOU hit. So much testosterone so little time (lol).

Why do you think people love or hate startups? Share your experiences and I will curate into the post. Thanks and have a great weekend. Marty


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Entrepreneurial Support

Running and building a startup is hard. It takes effort and dedication to
get your startup off the ground, but just focusing on the business needs
for your startup can quickly lead to burnout. You and your team are what
make your business a success. Entrepreneurs tend to put themselves on the
back burner. Not taking the the time to craft and map out a support network
for yourself and your team can mark disaster. 
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Advisor Spotlight: Sue Malone

Advisor Spotlight: Sue Malone | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Sue Malone has spent the past 12 years nurturing her passion for small
businesses through her company, Strategies For Small Business. Sue is the
#1 SBA lender in the United States, alongside her extensive history as a
serial entrepreneur actively working to encourage the growth of
entrepreneurship across the country.
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Advisor Spotlight: Mike Green

Advisor Spotlight: Mike Green | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Mike Green is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background ranging from
the Navy propulsion engineering to tech-entrepreneurship to journalism and
digital media innovation strategies. He is motivated by his desire to
connect disconnected communities nationwide to opportunities in the
innovation economy.
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Bill Nussey Navigates Silverpop's Future With IBM

Bill Nussey Navigates Silverpop's Future With IBM | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Bill Nussey, CEO Silverpop… Bill Nussey started his first software company at age 15. Now, he’s CEO of Silverpop, an Atlanta-based digital marketing company that was just acquired by IBM. Silverpop’s cloud-based platform gives marketers insights into their customers [...]
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Meet James Dabbs, Atlanta’s New Rails Instructor!

Meet James Dabbs, Atlanta’s New Rails Instructor! | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
We’re so excited to welcome James Dabbs as the latest addition to The Iron Yard – Atlanta team. He’s diving in full force to teach Rails Engineering, and he can’t wait to get back into education:






Hey gang, take a knee. My name is James, and I’ll be your new Rails instructor.


Backstory: I have always been fascinated by structure. As a kid I was big in to Legos. As a gawky teen, I got hooked on math. My first real exposure to software was when my Dad showed me how to hex-edit my Sim City 2000 save file to give myself FFFFFFF dollars. I also learned about integer overflows and teachable moments that day. (Sidenote: if that story doesn’t make sense, come grab me next time you have 15 minutes; I’d love to explain.)


I ended up getting pretty serious about math (even have the tattoo to prove it), spending three years teaching everything from Intro Algebra to Diff EQ while working on my master’s research (applications of monads to topology – cool brag, I know). Two important things happened during that time: I learned how rewarding it is to engage students and help them grapple with a new challenge; and I started an extended yak shaving project to modernize a classic math text, Counterexamples in Topology, into a web app with a searchable database.


Somewhere in the process of seriously learning to code for that project, I fell head-over-heels in love with programming. Since finishing up my degree, I’ve done some freelance web development, worked on a Rails project for Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal (today … tomorrow, the world), and got my topology database up and running (http://topology.jdabbs.com/ - though, spoiler alert: this version is in Haskell). For the last two years, I’ve been engineering at Emcien where I worked on the pattern detection engine and got to learn a ton about a lot of technologies – Ruby, Rails, C FFI, Node, and more. I’ve also been fairly involved with the Atlanta Ruby group; you can see some of those talks on my blog @ http://jdabbs.com/talks.


When I’m not working on or talking about software (which, admittedly, is infrequently), I’m probably doing something musical – practicing drums, noodling around with Overtone, or catching a show somewhere. Next up: Iron Lung and Ceremony at the Mammal Gallery, if anyone wants to tag along. Recommendations always welcome; anything with some interesting structure will get a listen.


I’m super excited about coming to The Iron Yard and getting back to teaching. The people I’ve met so far have been flabbergastingly awesome, and (no pressure but) I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone else in the coming weeks. Writing software is a special kind of rewarding – both problem solving and craftsmanship, equal parts art and science. I hope to be able to share some of that joy with my students and help them take their first steps towards a long and fulfilling career.
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10 reasons it's never been a better time to be a startup entrepreneur

10 reasons it's never been a better time to be a startup entrepreneur | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

here is additional encouraging news for aspiring entrepreneurs on many fronts, just in case you are thinking about joining the existing ranks.

Since the recent recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. 


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dan's curator insight, December 26, 2013 1:35 PM

Why Not Start Now Then!

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:57 PM

Entrepreneurs/Startups are the engine of the economy. Be part of it. Create your own business, be your own boss. It's never been easier, so many tools, so much information...

Sabra Kay's curator insight, March 3, 2014 6:16 PM

I wholeheartedly agree, and adding to that, I think now is a great time to start something small. To work for yourself, in any niche you choose and to make something of it. It doesn't have to be a high-tech, VC funded startup, it can just be your "thing." If there was ever a time to do it, it's now.

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Advisor Spotlight: Manish Shah

Advisor Spotlight: Manish Shah | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
As an entrepreneur with a robust background in strategy and innovation,
Manish A. Shah is driven by his enthusiasm for consulting and helping
people make data-driven decisions. He has over 10 years of experience in
analytics and sales and marketing strategy in the travel industry. Manish
is an expert problem solver, using analytical approaches to help people
craft resolutions and grow their business top lines.
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Startups need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upend the workplace

Startups need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upend the workplace | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Two words can make a startup executive's eyes glaze over faster than any others: human resources.Yet startups need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upend the workplace.
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NBA's @CarmeloAnthony Gets in Seed Investing Game, Launches M7 Tech Partners with @StuartGoldfarb - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

NBA's @CarmeloAnthony Gets in Seed Investing Game, Launches M7 Tech Partners with @StuartGoldfarb - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ | Startups and Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
NBA's Carmelo Anthony and media entrepreneur Stuart Goldfarb have formed a seed fund, M7 Tech Partners, to back early-stage startups.
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