How to Get Connected to the Atlanta Startup Community Right Now

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General Assembly Atlanta asked me to give a presentation for people looking to get connected into the Atlanta startup community. So on July 31, 2014, I shared some candid views on how someone who's looking to launch a startup or already in a startup could increase their chances for success. The #1 thing you need to learn from this presentation is: The density of your shared experiences (created by places, events, and media) determines your destiny. So for the bulk of this presentation, I gave an overview of places, events, and media sources to help make it a glorious destiny.

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How to Get Connected to the Atlanta Startup Community Right Now

  1. 1. Atlanta Startup Community Scott Henderson Introduction to the
  2. 2. So now, who is Scott Henderson (@scottyhendo)?
  3. 3. #1 Thing You Need to Learn: The density of your shared experiences (created by places, events, and media) determines your destiny.
  4. 4. Atlanta is emerging as a global tech hub because of a deep university talent aquifer, giant corporate oaks, and Southern Fried culture
  5. 5. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/10/a- visual-guide-to-atlantas-startup-scene/247400 2011
  6. 6. http://pando.com/2014/07/07/hip-hop-housewives-and-hot- startups-a-guide-to-atlantas-startup-scene/ 2014
  7. 7. Talent Aquifer
  8. 8. Corporate Oaks
  9. 9. Southern Fried Culture
  10. 10. Which two words best describe Atlantaʼs past?
  11. 11. Fragmented Awesomeness
  12. 12. World class people & companies disconnected from each other.
  13. 13. Which two words best describe Atlantaʼs future?
  14. 14. Connected Awesomeness
  15. 15. World class people & companies connected with each other.
  16. 16. Density is Destiny. Density leads to serendipity. Serendipity gives people more chances to collaborate and build trust with each other. Trusted relationships are what every strong innovative community is built upon. Change your density, change your destiny.
  17. 17. Density of what? Shared experiences
  18. 18. Shared experiences thru places, media, and events
  19. 19. Shared experiences thru places, media, and events
  20. 20. Places
  21. 21. Tech Square Buckhead/Brookhaven Westside O4W Downtown Perimeter/Alpharetta Decatur/Avondale Estates East Point
  22. 22. Tech Square ATDC - VentureLab - Flashpoint AT&T Foundry and AT&T Drive Studio - Panasonic Innovation Center - Collider ATL - The Coop - Home Depot - Thryssen-Krupp - Tech Square Apartment Tower - Starbucks at 5th & Spring Cypress Street Pint & Plate - Barrel House
  23. 23. Buckhead/Brookhaven Atlanta Tech Village - Octane ATV - Chipotleʼs - Maverick House
  24. 24. Westside Octane Westside - Strongbox West - Goat Farm - Glassworks - Boneyard - BarTaco - Ameliaʼs - Factory Girls ATL
  25. 25. O4W/PCM Dancing Goats - Ponce City Market - Krog Street Market - Studioplex - Eastside Trail of BeltLine - Inman Perks - NEX - Octane Grant Park
  26. 26. Downtown Switchyards - Creative Loafing - OHub
  27. 27. Perimeter/Alpharetta roam - Emergence
  28. 28. Decatur/Avondale Estates Dancing Goats - Tudor Square - Big Nerd Ranch
  29. 29. East Point East Point Tech
  30. 30. Events/ Programs
  31. 31. Meetups Atlanta Web Design Group (2800+) Atlanta Startup Village (2700+) PyAtl: Atlanta Python (1300+) The Atlanta Javascript (1700+) Atlanta Big Data User Group (800+) Atlanta Ruby Meetup (1600+) Atlanta Scrum Users Group (1400+) Atlanta Hadoop Users Group (700+) Atlanta Game Developer Meetup Group (800+) Geek Girl Dinner Startup Lounge Startup Drinks Atlanta Startup Chowdown
  32. 32. Sources of Inspiration Creative Mornings Atlanta Forge ATL (healthcare) Foster ATL (consumer focused companies) Root City Market Hive ATL (no lonely leaders)
  33. 33. Support Associations TiE Atlanta Atlanta Tech Angels Technology Association of Georgia Metro Atlanta Chamber Atlanta CEO Council Technology Executive Roundtable Startup Chicks
  34. 34. Hackathons Hack@GT: Sept 19-22 Healthcare Hackathon by Forge: 8/22-8/24 Startup Weekend Atlanta: (EDU) 9/12; (Maker) 9/26; (Hacker) 11/21
  35. 35. Upcoming Conferences DragonCon: Aug 29 - Sept 1 Mobility Live: Sept 23-24 Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur: Oct 4-5 SouthWiRED: Oct 6-10 A3C Festival: Oct 8-12 Venture Atlanta: Oct 21-22
  36. 36. Media
  37. 37. Hypepotamus Pearʼd Atlanta Tech Blog AJC Atl Biz Chronicle Atlanta Tech Edge Startup Gossip
  38. 38. Enough of my blabbering, what questions or insights do you have?
  39. 39. Ways to find me Scott Henderson Connector of Awesomeness scott@causeshift.com @scottyhendo

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