My Talks at DragonCon 2015

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My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Renovate. Rebrand. Refine.

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Six years ago this month, we made the biggest membership change in ATDC's history by opening the doors to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia. (You can read about it here.) We've tweaked the model since then (most notably by adding the "Select" program in 2013). And we've graduated dozens of companies and helped hundreds of … [Read more...]

Desdemona

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I'm frequently reminded that I lead an interesting life. I got a particularly strong reminder last month, when I got to experience one of the world's most advanced motion simulators -- Desdemona. Desdemona is a unique asset operated by TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research in Soesterberg, southeast of Amsterdam. In a somewhat … [Read more...]

ATLanta: Access. Talent. Lifestyle.

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The Guardian, a British newspaper, is hosting a trade mission to Atlanta this week. They were kind enough to invite me to write 800 words on why British tech companies should set up shop in Atlanta, and you can read the edited version here. It's received some approving comments but, honestly, I like my original version better. So I'm going to give … [Read more...]

I-485

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Sorting through some of my Mom's old paperwork this weekend, I found a streetmap of Atlanta. There's no copyright date, but I think it's from the late 1970s. Of course, I looked up my own neighborhood... which actually hasn't changed much. But then I noticed an Interstate highway shield for I-485. Here's a reduced version to fit on your screen, … [Read more...]

Triple Crown

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It's been quite a ninety days for EI2. APLU In November, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named Georgia Institute of Technology the winner of its 2014 "Innovation" award for our statewide economic development efforts in a number of sectors. Read more. AURP In December, the Association of University Research … [Read more...]

Atlanta Tech Edge Interview

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Angel Maldonado interviewed me last week for Atlanta Tech Edge, the local technology community show broadcast on 11Alive. We had fun talking about ATDC, Georgia Tech's Technology Square, and rocketships (XCOR Aerospace). Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Top Ten Technologies for 2015

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Once again, to kick off the new year, I prepared a list of the Top Ten Technologies for our friends at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The limitations of smearing ink on dead trees forced the newspaper to cut the list down a bit. But electrons are cheap. Just for completeness, here’s my original Top Ten, with special attention to how they’ll … [Read more...]

Twenty Years in the Atlanta Tech Community

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Twenty years ago today, I left a fast track position in corporate America and moved back to my hometown of Atlanta to help launch an early-stage venture capital firm. Ever since, my passion and my profession and my personal wealth have all been tied to the local technology community. It's been quite a ride. A few people have been on this ride … [Read more...]

Tom Noonan on Entrepreneurship

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Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a private dinner with senior executives of a number of leading research universities who were visiting campus. The dinner speaker was Tom Noonan -- a Georgia Tech classmate of mine (1983) who has succeeded in multiple careers: as a software executive, then serial entrepreneur, angel investor, … [Read more...]