Startup Roundup 11.19.13

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. 

Govathon II: Civic hackers come back to City Hall for more techno troubleshooting For 24 hours this weekend, an army of programmers, designers, and students took over City Hall for the second time in nine months for Govathon. The 24-hour City Hall-sponsored hackathon brings together Atlanta’s tech-savvy set and tasks them with finding modern solutions to the city’s woes. Read the story here. 

Sensor startup Lumense raises $2.65M in Coca-Cola led Series B Atlanta-based sensor technology startup Lumense has raised a reported $2.65 million from the GRA Venture Fund and The Coca-Cola Company.
Formed in June 2011, Lumense offers chemical and biological sensors targeted for use in the poultry, food and beverage, and water quality industry. Read the story here. 

BofA: Atlanta small biz owners optimistic, but concerned about ’14  Small business owners in Atlanta feel optimistic about the future of their business, but Washington bickering and gridlock have them a bit spooked about 2014, according to Bank of America Corp.’s fall 2013 Small Business Owner Report. Read the story here.

How One Small Business Got Big  At the most recent She Owns It business group meeting, the owners were joined by a guest, Rebecca Cenni, who founded Atrium Staffing in 1995. Atrium is a staffing and payroll firm with about 130 employees, $140 million in annual sales, and offices in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and four cities in New Jersey. Ms. Cenni talked about the challenges of growing and managing her business, offering insights she has gained since starting Atrium at age 23. Read the full New York Times story here. 

Kabbage Brings Its Small Business Lending Service To Mobile  Kabbage, the Atlanta-based company offering working capital to online merchants and sellers on marketplaces like Etsy, eBay and Amazon who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get a bank loan, is today expanding its business to mobile. The company is officially introducing its new apps for both iOS and Android, which will enable Kabbage users to quickly add funds to their associated bank or PayPal account while on the go. Read the story here.

 

Startup Roundup 10.29.13

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. 

Atlanta NEXT scheduled for next month. The NEXT program helps startup founders build successful startups. The NEXT program consists of three-hour weekly working sessions with other attendees and mentors, and is being brought to Atlanta by Google. For more info check here.

Prominent Tech Investor Says Atlanta a Top 5 Market For Startups. AJC Tech Biz writer, Rick Hancock reviews his first visit to Venture Atlanta. The rest of the story here.

2013 set to be best year for VC since recession. This should be the strongest year for venture investments in Georgia since the end of the Great Recession. About $374 million has been invested in Georgia companies in the first nine months of 2013, versus $262 million for all of 2012, according to the MoneyTree report, published by Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Get the rest of story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Raising start-up cash in the 21st century. A report on new potential uses of ‘crowdfunding’ – raising a large pool of money from many small contributions online. Thanks to the bipartisan JOBS Act entrepreneurs will soon be able to use this method. Supporters think the it could be a key to spurring economic growth and job creation. But is it a good idea for investors? PBS story here.

The Ingredients of a Great Entrepreneur: Inside the Mind of Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton knows better than most what it takes to succeed in a competitive arena. As one of the NFL’s all-time great competitors, he was inducted into the National Football League and Collegiate Football Halls of Fame and was an All- American athlete at the University of Georgia. Since 1996, Fran has been a trusted advocate for small business as the founder and CEO of Tarkenton Companies, whose offerings include small business consulting, coaching and software, telecommunications services and insurance-based retirement planning. Read the full Q&A on Huffington Post.