Startup Roundup 10.22.13

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.

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Invests in 15 Startups Working to Improve Communities. The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today the 15 startups selected to participate in its third round. The innovative program and investment fund, with founding support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, and in partnership with Village Capital, includes 50 percent more participants and double the number of mentors than the accelerator’s first round a year ago. Find out more here.

Top 5 Lessons From Startup School As an entrepreneur building a company, you should always be focused on learning from those who came before you. With that goal in mind, here are five lessons from five entrepreneurs who shared their wisdom at Startup School. Find all five lessons at Huffington Post. 

How I Did It: From 15 Years In Corporate To Startup CEO Not every startup CEO is 21 years old, fresh out of college, and eating ramen. There are those who spend years – even decades – biding their time in the corporate world, before at last taking a leap of faith and founding their own company. Forbes has the rest of the story.

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week. Get the 411 on crowdfunding from General Assembly. Denver’s Galvanize wants you to code for a cause. Get educated at Business Insider’s Startup University. Nashville gets KEEN on entrepreneurship. TechCrunch brings the Startup Battlefield to Berlin at Disrupt Europe. Get all of the details from Entrepreneur.

Prescription lens tech maker QSpex raises $8M Prescription lens technology company QSpex Technologies Inc. has raised $8 million, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. Alpharetta-based QSpex has developed a process that involves a liquid plastic that, when exposed to certain wavelengths of light, is converted into a hard plastic lens. Using its technology, QSpex claims eye-care specialists can make high-quality lenses in about 35 minutes, versus the typical three- to seven-day turnaround. Find out more here. 

 

Startup Roundup 10.15.13

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 chases its Silicon Valley dreams Atlanta’s startup community has come a long way since David Cummings moved to the city 11 years ago. The Buckhead serial entrepreneur, considered one of the most important leaders in the city’s tech scene today, struggled to find a community of like-minded businesspeople back in 2002. Find out more about how things have changed in the last decade.
From the same issue of Creative Loafing, be sure to check out the Q&A articles from David Cummings, Michael Tavani, Startup Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed.

‘Choose ATL’ campaign to market metro Atlanta as ‘digital hub’ A collection of some of metro Atlanta’s largest companies and business groups is launching a campaign to promote the area as a “digital hub” to attract high-tech minded newcomers and prospective entrepreneurs. Read more in the AJC.

Mobile startup rings up $2.5M from Valley, Atlanta VCs Mobile software startup StarMobile has raised $2.5 million from West Coast and Atlanta investors.
The Georgia Tech spinoff says its technology can convert desktop enterprise software, such as Salesforce.com, Oracle and SAP, into mobile applications for 80 percent less than third-party mobile platforms. Read more at Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Crowdfunding Atlanta Style For those still not in the know,crowdfunding is a way for people looking to raise money, primarily through the Internet, from a broad audience interested in the company’s project or cause.  Generally there is no financial return for the donor on the money raised during a crowdfunding effort. It should be noted the crowdfunding industry, as is the case here in Georgia, is evolving and investing terms in the future may change. Find out more here.

Vonage picks up Atlanta’s Vocalocity for $130M Atlanta’s tech industry M&A truck barrels forward, delivering a pay day for several local venture capital firms.
Holmdel, N.J.-based telecommunications provider Vonage Holdings Corp. said Thursday it will acquire Atlanta-based Vocalocity for $130 million.
Check out the story here.