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Intro to ATL Startups

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An overview of Atlanta's startup ecosystem. The spaces, people, events, and opportunities as of 11/10/14.

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Intro to ATL Startups

  1. 1. Intro to the ATL startup community Trish Whitlock
  2. 2. What is a startup? “A startup is not a smaller version of a large company. It’s a temporary organization designed to search for a scalable business model.” –STEVE BLANK (VC that came up with Customer Discovery best practices) @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  3. 3. Why Atlanta ● FINTECH- 60% of all the fintech companies in the U.S. are in GA & we process 70% of all U.S. payments annually. ● SECURITY- GA ranked 3rd for with 115+ companies generating 25% global revenue share of the market. ● GAMING- GA ranked 3rd in volume for video game planning activity & 4th in industry compensation. ● Local colleges & universities graduate over 2,400 engineers every year. ● 11,000+ job openings for software developers in Metro Atlanta over the last 6 months. ● 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies ● Focus on STEM ● Airport ● Cheap @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  4. 4. Great Timing ● Atlanta’s startup community is still young and growing. ● The traditions, culture and precedents we set now will have an impact in the long-term. ● Celebrate the positive & crowd out the negative. ● We all have a lot to learn from each other. @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  5. 5. What is in the ecosystem? ● Startups ● Investors ● Talent ● Mentors ● Partners ● Service Providers @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  6. 6. Startups to Know ● MailChimp ● BitPay ● Cardlytics ● EcommHub ● UserIQ ● Kabbage ● PartPic ● Kanga ● Scoutmob @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  7. 7. Startup Spaces Atlanta Tech Village StrongBox West ATDC OHUB Collider The Co-op Decatur CoWorks ROAM Industrious Office Atlanta Technology Center NEX The Goat Farm C4 Factory Girls The Work Spot (Duluth) The Station Loft Works (douglasville) Polygon @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  8. 8. Accelerators/Incubators Atlanta Ventures Flashpoint Points of Light ATDC LaunchPad2X Greenhouse Accelerator NeuroLaunch Startup Summer Global Center Medical Innovation Tech Square Labs @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  9. 9. Funding Funds/ Groups (ATA-Ritz) / Individuals @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  10. 10. Online Resources ● Venture Atlanta ● Startup Genome ● Start-Opia ● Atlanta Tech Blogs ● Hypepotamus @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  11. 11. Events Conferences Demos Networking Hackathons Pitches Classes/Workshops Meetups @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  12. 12. Meetups http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Startup-Village/ http://www.atlsuds.com http://www.meetup.com/Data-Science-ATL/ http://www.meetup.com/Georgia-Crowdfunding/ http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Content- Strategy/events/144551132/ http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Mornings/ http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Google-Apps-Meetup/ http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Xamarin-Users-Group/ http://www.meetup.com/atlantawebdesign/ http://www.meetup.com/ixdaatlanta/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaHTML5/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-User-Experience-Group/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/BarCamp-Atlanta/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/Open-Atlanta/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/TechieChic/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Atlanta/#calendar http://www.meetup.com/Bitcoin-Atlanta/events/160322322 /http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaMobileMarketing/ http://www.meetup.com/Technologists http://www.meetup.com/ATL-Digital-Rendezvous/events/161081602/ www.AtlantaJavaScript.com http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Atlanta/events/168154922/ http://www.meetup.com/CrowdFundingAtlanta/ http://www.ajug.org/calendar/upcoming-meetings http://www.meetup.com/Unicorn-Invasion/events/194844342/ http://www.meetup.com/python-atlanta/?scroll=true http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Mobile-Developers-Group/?scroll=true http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Titanium-Developers http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Atlanta/ http://www.meetup.com/eastpointmakers/ http://www.meetup.com/MaptimeATL/ http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Startup-Founder-101/events/216460212/ @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  13. 13. Jobs/Internships Job boards Meetups AngelList (34) ATV Internships http://www.internnavigator.com/students.html All job postings are forwarded directly to the Career Services office at each school for vetting and approval. @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  14. 14. Get Involved ● Sign up for events newsletters ● Attend meetups, happy hours, and demo days ● Take classes and workshops to develop your skills ● Learn how to code/design — and then create something ● Participate in hackathons and Startup Weekends ● Ask for help, guidance, advice, and introductions ● Take interesting people you meet out for coffee ● Give constructive feedback @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  15. 15. Get Involved ● Make (useful) introductions to help people you meet ● Meet new people and develop personal (not just professional) relationships with them ● Blog about your experiences ● Teach a class — find a way to share with others ● Bring new people from other industries into the fold ● Be open-minded to new approaches and new ideas @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  16. 16. Learn, practice, participate Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills. Try your hand at building something — anything — and share it with people. Think about how to best position your abilities & interests. Try to become a creator, not just a thinker. @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com
  17. 17. What do you really want? There’s no “one size fits all” experience in startup world. Think hard about what kinds of environments suit you. Consider- vertical, company size, team culture, role, time commitment, product @hypepotamus trish@hypepotamus.com

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