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

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
  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
  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
  5. 5. What is in the ecosystem? ● Startups ● Investors ● Talent ● Mentors ● Partners ● Service Providers @hypepotamus
  6. 6. Startups to Know ● MailChimp ● BitPay ● Cardlytics ● EcommHub ● UserIQ ● Kabbage ● PartPic ● Kanga ● Scoutmob @hypepotamus
  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
  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
  9. 9. Funding Funds/ Groups (ATA-Ritz) / Individuals @hypepotamus
  10. 10. Online Resources ● Venture Atlanta ● Startup Genome ● Start-Opia ● Atlanta Tech Blogs ● Hypepotamus @hypepotamus
  11. 11. Events Conferences Demos Networking Hackathons Pitches Classes/Workshops Meetups @hypepotamus
  12. 12. Meetups Strategy/events/144551132/ / @hypepotamus
  13. 13. Jobs/Internships Job boards Meetups AngelList (34) ATV Internships All job postings are forwarded directly to the Career Services office at each school for vetting and approval. @hypepotamus
  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
  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
  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
  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
  • RiverPlacid

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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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