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.

Alan Dabbiere on building and sticking with your startup

One of the biggest lessons Airwatch co-founder and chairman Alan Dabbiere has learned is the importance of people — who you work with, what their passions are and how they can help a startup grow.

“People really make the difference,” said Dabbiere. “One of the secrets of recruiting is finding people who are passionate about what they do. People are really great at doing what they love to do.”

Aside from finding the perfect people to build your startup team, Dabbiere says the most important quality an entrepreneur must have is tenacity and patience.

Before he saw success at Manhattan Associates, his first Atlanta company, it took him five years to grow from a startup to a company of 30—and from there, three years to get to a staff of 800.

“Your first idea doesn’t have to be your only or your last idea, you just stick with it,” he said.

Meet John McSwain, Atlanta freelance mobile technology architect

John McSwain, a mobile architect based in Atlanta, likes participating in hackathons because they “are a great way to create whatever you want.”

McSwain was a member of the winning team at Invest Atlanta’s city-run hackathon, Govathon. McSwain’s team built Crime Blotter, a mobile app that would allow the Atlanta Police Department and citizens to easily track and access incident reports, which won first place.

McSwain said he particularly enjoyed Govathon because “I was excited to be able to give back to the community and positively impact Atlanta in a technological way.”

McSwain, part designer and part programmer, makes his living as a freelance mobile architect. He designs screen flows, creates user interfaces and discovers improvements and features for mobile software. McSwain got his start at NBA Digital group, a division of Turner Sports.

McSwain has worked for Verizon, Intercontinental Hotel Group and more. Among his many projects is mbrace, an app by Mercedes Benz that connects driver and vehicle.