Hey everyone, welcome back to Osborn in the ATL! Your one-and-only source for The Consumer Show recaps when Aly decides to leave the city of newfound startups and crumbling infrastructure.Read More
Once again, my schedule collided with that of The Consumer Show, and I had to find someone to guest post for the city's best B2C and design pitch event. But don't be sad — my guest poster is Switchyards member Andrew Osborn! (You may remember him from my last Consumer Show guest post back in May. He inexplicably sounds just like me when he writes (?), so he won the toss for "person at the top of Aly's list to bother." This is a dubious honor but he did gamely respond to me so I guess it's okay with him?)Read More
Aaaand we are back, for the twenty-first edition of The Consumer Show! That's 107 B2C companies which have come through Switchyards, y'all, how cool is that?
You know what else is cool? SWAGLANTA.com.
No, I am not making that up, that is a real site, made to share "swag for people who ❤ Atlanta."Read More
This is gonna be a little different today, y’all.
I've been struggling with how to do the last episode of The Consumer Show justice in my usual 4,500-word epics, and I finally gave it up. Because I wrote up the Techstars Demo Day piece, and TCS #20 was all TechStars, and it was also several (amazing) companies I've covered before, and I ran out of the words. (Clearly, since then I didn't say anything for the last two weeks! Yes, Tavani, you may now make fun of me for being very very very late on my recap.)Read More
There's nothing I love more than a pitch event (as y'all well know), and it crushed me last year when I had to miss the inaugural Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. So when Mia Jones-Walker with TAG reached out to me about attending this year, I leapt at the chance to come support some pretty awesome startups, several of them local! (Also, she said the words "open bar." Startups and drinks? Yes, please!)Read More
It appears The Consumer Show crowd is one of moderation — in really good weather or really bad weather, the turnout is so-so, but it takes in-between weather to get standing room only. With a hurricane in the wings, last Thursday erred on the "really bad weather" side. (Also, it was the week after Labor Day, so we could blame three-day weekends too, I suppose.) At any rate, the crowd was still on-hand to check out the five presenting companies, and to eat some wings.Read More
We are somehow already to the eighteenth edition of The Consumer Show! And a year and a half in, one thing remains the same: People are still loud in the back of the room.
Seriously, y'all, were you raised in barns? Don't come out to see these brave people and then gab through their presentations, that's not cool.Read More
Whew, life really happened in the past week (more on all of that soon)! So I'm really behind but the recap is here nonetheless — better late than never, right?
We're at 17 episodes of The Consumer Show, y'all! And the Switchyards team apparently didn't think they were doing enough, so they've created a new resource called Switchyards Design & Development, they started a new tradition of Switchyards Field Day (thanks to Tallia Deljou for organizing all the crazy teams!), they resuscitated Friends of Switchyards, and Michael Tavani says there's more to come so keep an eye out!Read More
Last weekend, I did two things I've never done before: (1) I spoke at a tech conference, where (2) the attendees were 90 percent women.
I know, I was shocked too. But, y'all, the inaugural WeRISE Women in Tech Conference from Women Who Code Atlanta was amazing. Being surrounded by so many women doing great things was inspiring, motivating and just plain fun.Read More
Wow, y'all ... between conferences and allergies, I missed two different Switchyards events in May! Shout-out to The Consumer Show #15 guest-post from Andrew with Landing Lion, who somehow managed to write so much like me that Switchyards even accidentally credited me instead in the members' email (don't worry, I made sure he got proper recognition). Andrew, just so you know, you're now top of the guest-post list moving forward. Pro/con there.Read More