Startup stories from the heart of the hustle--Atlanta.
Why Akshita Iyer Turned Down $800K For Her Shark-Tank-Famous Startup Ome and Moved to Atlanta
Founder Akshita Iyer is rethinking the kitchen, and it's an exciting journey. This Duke University founder took her startup onto Shark Tank, turned down $800K in early stage investment, and made the tough decision to move to Atlanta. Find out how Akshita is thinking about building smart, interactive cooking appliances. You'll also learn where Valor is this week, including a few days in Tulsa, OK and here in Atlanta, the Dell for Startups pitch event at our headquarters at Atlanta Tech Park. Listen now and get involved with Atlanta's fast paced founder community.
How Nick Santora Sold Cybersecurity Platform Curricula for $22M to Huntress
Nick Santora just sold his cybersecurity training platform Curricula to Huntress for $22M. Get his impressions of the journey and lessons learned while bootstrapping. Nick dives into how he got here and how he evaluated acquisition offers. If you're building software in the South, this is a must-listen deep dive with host William Leonard.
Raising Money and Solving the Future of Events with Chris Cherian of Gatherly
Founder Chris Cherian of Gatherly credits his girlfriend, who set up a Zoom birthday party for him during the pandemic, with inspiring the product that became Gatherly. Since then, the Georgia Tech Create-X startup Gatherly has raised its seed round from Knoll Ventures. Join this episode to hear the inside story of an Atlanta startup that leaped out of the pandemic to solve a big problem.
Is ATDC, Atlanta's Most Famous Accelerator, a Fit For Your Startup?
ATDC is one of Georgia’s critical startup ecosystem drivers and one of the leading accelerators in the nation. Founded in 1980, ATDC has a global reputation for fostering technological entrepreneurship. Forbes named ATDC to its list of “Incubators Changing the World” in 2010 and 2013, alongside Y Combinator and the Palo Alto Research Center. Get to know Director John Avery. We dive into the various stages of membership at the ATDC and which level may be most appropriate for your startup. John shares some of the ways the ATDC has positively impacted the burgeoning Georgia ecosystem and some ways you can help support innovation in our state.
Is Venture Atlanta the Top Investor Conference for Startups? Find out from Allyson Eman.
By any criteria, Venture Atlanta, led by Allyson Eman, is a contender for the best place in the country to pitch your startup. Hear why, learn about their successes getting capital to startup outside of the Valley, and how you can get involved in this coming October's conference. This ep is full of insider tidbits that if you're investing OR raising capital, you don't want to miss. (Disclosure: Valor Ventures, which founded and underwrites this podcast, is a proud sponsor of Venture Atlanta.)
The Largest Education Investor in the U.S. Is In Atlanta: Meet University Growth Fund
Meet new Atlanta neighbor Rakesh Nankani, principal with University Growth Fund, one of the largest pure education investors in the country. University Growth Fund is a $54M second fund that trains students on how to manage deals. It is based in Salt Lake City and now has its sights set on Atlanta. Local principal Rakesh explains how he works with college students from public institutions who are doing hands on robust deal experience.
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Covers a lot of terrain, literally and figuratively speaking. Atlanta startups but also investors that invest in Atlanta. Truly diverse and to the point.
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This podcast is amazing! So many investors are totally unaware of the opportunities outside of the traditional “Silicon Valley” markets. The host is deliberate in asking questions that help the listener uncover knowledge about market dynamics and opportunities not widely discussed. This podcast is succinct, informative and helpful!