I just spent several hours reading through blog posts at an unassuming little Wordpress site, compiling a list of all the companies who have pitched at Atlanta Startup Village since its inception in 2012. It's impressive to track the evolution of ATLSV from #1 to #44; watching the total people attending climb from around 100 to 400-plus; seeing the move from hosting at Hypepotamus (that's right, they used to have co-working space) to Atlanta Tech Village; and even the shift from, and to, and back from serving food. (They've always had beer, though, don't worry. Startup priorities.)
Why was I doing all of this research, other than my well-documented obsession with data, startups and pitches? Well ... I've been tapped to take over hosting duties for ATLSV! Yes, you heard that right, I'll be onsite at the Consumer Show and Atlanta Startup Village each month!
The redoubtable Jon Birdsong is spending more time focused on his own startup, WideAngle, and was kind enough to ask me to consider taking the position. Of course, I said yes, both because I adore ATLSV and also because of the awesome logistics and coordination capabilities of the Atlanta Tech Village community team.
There's more to come on this move and I don't have all the details yet (hence the frantic list-making), but first thing's first — if you're an Atlanta-based startup looking to broaden your exposure, please reach out to me! We're lining up February and March rosters now; there's already several companies in the funnel, and I'd love yours to be one of them!