Startup Roundup 11.5.13

We know you’re busy running your startup. You don’t have time to search for all of the relevant content out there for entrepreneurs and small businesses. But we do. Each Tuesday, in Startup Roundup, we compile smart stuff we’ve seen. If we leave out something good, post a link at the bottom for others. This is a community, and Atlanta will keep thriving if we keep sharing. 

Brooks Robinson: Why choosing the entrepreneurial path can lead to happiness
A rather gruesome quote has been attributed to Sean Parker, entrepreneur and Facebook’s first president: “Running a startup is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.” Read the rest at Smart Business. might be unsexy, but their success sure isn’t
They are a 500 Startups company, an ATDC Selects company, and they recently won the title of unsexiest startup at the Unsexy Conference. Who are they? This is, a startup dedicated to working with email senders and service providers to keep their email lists compliant with deliverability best practices. Oh, and their team consists of five women, three males, and one literal rocket scientist. Find out about’s success here.

3 Ways Cisco and JouleX are pushing the envelope on green IT
Earlier this year, Cisco announced it was spending $107 million to buy JouleX, a startup with technology to reach out and measure, monitor and manage energy use for all manner of IT equipment. That’s a pretty hefty premium on the $17.2 million in VC raised by the Atlanta-based startup with big corporate clients including Sony, Coca-Cola, Equifax, Nestle Water, Schneider Electric, Danske Bank, and Deutsche Telekom — and it raises a couple of key questions for industry observers. Read the story here.

Survey: small businesses frustrated with congress
While the latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index showed that newly minted entrepreneurs aren’t taking Washington’s troubles to heart, SurePayroll’s latest Small Business Scorecard shows a different picture when it comes to the nation’s smallest companies. Get the details here. 

Gilt Founder’s New Wedding Registry Startup Zola Raises $3.25M From Thrive Capital
Zola, the new wedding registry startup emerging from Gilt And AlleyCorp founder Kevin Ryan and a group of former Gilt employees, has raised $3.25 million in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital. Joshua Kushner, founder and managing partner of Thrive Capital, will join Zola’s Board of Directors. Ryan, who led the seed funding for the startup, is also contributing to the A round, we are told. Tech Crunch article here.


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