Intro to the ATL
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
(VC that came up with Customer Discovery best practices)
● FINTECH- 60% of all the fintech companies in the U.S. are in GA & we process 70% of all U.S.
● SECURITY- GA ranked 3rd for with 115+ companies generating 25% global revenue share of
● GAMING- GA ranked 3rd in volume for video game planning activity & 4th in industry
● 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
● 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.
What is in the ecosystem?
● Service Providers
Atlanta Tech Village
Atlanta Technology Center
The Goat Farm
The Work Spot (Duluth)
The Station Loft Works (douglasville)
Points of Light
Global Center Medical Innovation
Tech Square Labs @hypepotamus
Funds/ Groups (ATA-Ritz) / Individuals
● Venture Atlanta
● Startup Genome
● Atlanta Tech Blogs
All job postings are forwarded directly to
the Career Services office at each school for vetting and
● 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
● 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
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.
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