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
I know I focus a lot on the tech and startup scene, but like it says in the tagline, we're also "all things Southern" over here. So when I read Donna Weber's lovely Instagram post on the anniversary of her move to Atlanta, I knew I had to share it. She kindly consented to letting me cross-post it here; enjoy! ~ Aly Read More
If you follow startups in Atlanta at all on social, you might have seen a few, oh, eleventy-hundred or so tweets and posts about the 2017 Startup Awards recently. (Probably a lot of them from, um, me.)
If it started to feel a bit like pledge drive week on NPR, I'm not surprised: Let me tell you, it is hard to get visibility in our very saturated startup space. It requires dedication, perseverance, and a sublime level of obliviousness to being a nuisance. Read More
You've probably heard of co-working spaces, and maybe you've heard of co-living spaces, but John Whatley believes in getting the best of both worlds — so with DreamHouse, his team has combined the two into one concept he calls "co-existing."
DreamHouse is the first of a planned network of locations where entrepreneurs can not only live affordably while sharing common expenses, but also work side-by-side either from the home itself or at one of the many co-working spaces DreamHouse has access to. Read More