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my slides from socon09 keynote on february 7, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia at Kennesaw State University

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  • 1. Experiences from the Valley (Nine tips to survive the current crisis) Jeff Haynie
  • 2.
    • JEFF HAYNIE
    • CEO, Appcelerator
    • Serial Entrepreneur
    Twitter: jhaynie Blog: blog.jeffhaynie.us
  • 3. Houston, we’ve got a problem
  • 4. 1. Location. Location. Location.
  • 5. 1. Location.
    • What are these cities known for?
        • D.C.
        • Nashville
        • NYC
        • LA
  • 6. 1. Location.
    • What is ATLANTA known for?
        • Old Media
        • Hip Hop
        • Bio Med
        • Security
  • 7. 1. Location.
    • MSA
    • Adam Software
    • Mindspring
    • ISS
    • JBoss
    • Apple
    • Yahoo
    • eBay
    • Google
    • Facebook
    Does location really matter?
  • 8. 2. Hire the best, fire the rest.
  • 9. 2. Hire the best.
    • Hiring the wrong people cost:
        • Time
        • Money
        • Culture
  • 10. 2. Hire the best. Does the crisis offer opportunity? Surround yourself with challengers.
  • 11. 3. Measure. Analyze. Confirm.
  • 12. 3. Measure.
    • To win the game, you have to know where the goal line is:
        • Use quantifiable data
        • A/B test your theories
        • Don’t be afraid to refine
  • 13. 3. Measure. Venture backed business must think about “enterprise value creation”
  • 14. 4. Cash is King.
  • 15. 4. Cash in King.
    • Startups are largely a survival game:
        • Survival requires capital
        • Reduce your burn by 15%
        • Get more money (if you can)
  • 16. 4. Cash in King.
    • Let me say this again:
        • Conserve your cash
        • Generate more cash
        • Cut expenses
        • Raise money if you can
  • 17. 5. Collaborate with your Community.
  • 18. 5. Take care of your community.
    • Your community is your lifeline:
        • Ask questions
        • Engage through conversations
        • Show your love
        • Communication is key
  • 19. 5. Take care of your community.
    • Your community will listen:
        • Most times, communities tell you what they want even if they don’t know they are
  • 20. 6. Think Global, Act Local.
  • 21. 6. Think Global. Act Local.
    • Lots of great local activities:
        • Jelly / Co-Working
        • Startup Riot / Startup Gauntlet
        • Atlanta Web Entrepreneurs
  • 22. 6. Think Global. Act Local.
    • Exciting new funding opportunities:
        • Angel Lounge
        • Shotput Ventures
        • Tech Operators
        • ATDC Edison Fund
        • Atlanta Seed Fund
  • 23. 7. Have a Plan B & C. (You’re going to need it)
  • 24. 7. Have a Plan B & C.
    • What’s that saying about best laid plans?
        • You’ll end up in a different place than you began - guaranteed
  • 25. 7. Have a Plan B & C.
    • Entrepreneurs:
        • Classically over-optimistic
        • Terrible planners
        • Stubborn
  • 26. 8. Build your network.
  • 27. 8. Build your network.
    • In the end, the world is about relationships.
        • LinkedIn
        • Facebook
  • 28. 9. Ideas are worthless. Execute.
  • 29. 9. Ideas are worthless. Execute. Your idea sucks.
        • Get heads down and execute
        • Tell the world through success
  • 30. The long road ahead
  • 31.
    • Shotput Ventures:
        • technology startup accelerator fund that focuses on capital-light web services companies and assists in the conception phase.
  • 32.
    • Shotput Ventures:
        • David Cummings
        • Mitch Free
        • Wayt King
        • Sanjay Parekh
        • Allen Graber
        • Suleman Ali
        • Dave Wright
        • Jeff Hilimire
  • 33.
    • Shotput Ventures:
    • $5,000/team - $5,000/founder
    • 8 companies
        • March 6 – accepting apps
        • May 18 – program starts
        • Aug 10 – program completes
    • http://www.shotputventures.com
  • 34. Nothing stands between you and your success. (well, except maybe you)
  • 35. Flickr Photo Shoutouts
    • http://flickr.com/shutterhack
    • http://flickr.com/psd
    • http://flickr.com/cayusa
    • http://flickr.com/sigalakos
    • http://flickr.com/two-wrongs
    • http://flickr.com/chavals
    • http://flickr.com/stewf
    • http://flickr.com/actiondatsun
    • http://flickr.com/tyrussmalley
    • http://flickr.com/clompers
    • http://flickr.com/trucolorsfly
    • http://flickr.com/markknol
    • http://flickr.com/dan_h
    • http://flickr.com/cvanfleteren
    • http://flickr.com/stevenerat
    • http://flickr.com/carrierdetect
    • http://flickr.com/jazzmasterson
    • http://flickr.com/re-ality
    • http://flickr.com/bluesmuse
    • http://flickr.com/niallkennedy