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Startup stories from the heart of the hustle--Atlanta.

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Startup stories from the heart of the hustle--Atlanta.

    The Path from LP to GP with Kevin Moore of Serac Ventures

    The Path from LP to GP with Kevin Moore of Serac Ventures

    On today's episode, we sit down with Kevin Moore to explore his journey from Limited Partner to General Partner and ultimately the inception of Serac Ventures. Kevin shares the strategic timing behind launching Serac in 2023, offering a glimpse into his unique perspective shaped by his LP experience and how it influences his role and decision-making as a GP. The episode then transitions to the topic of AI, where Kevin provides his take on the valuation frenzy and the impact of AI on VC fund ops. We also unpack Serac's investment thesis, highlighting some exciting early deals that underscore the fund's direction and the types of founders Kevin is excited about backing.

    • 31 min
    Flipping “Simping” into a Positive with Gera Baano-Stewart II of Simp Now

    Flipping “Simping” into a Positive with Gera Baano-Stewart II of Simp Now

    Founder of Simp Now, Gera Baano-Stewart II shares his entrepreneurial journey on the Atlanta Startup Podcast hosted by Nwanyinma Dike. From learning to code at a young age to launching Simp Now, Gera discusses the inspiration behind the dating app and its viral success on TikTok. He emphasizes the importance of a can-do attitude and effective time management, especially while juggling entrepreneurship with being a student. Gera also highlights the benefits of showcasing startups at events like Startup Runway Foundation, Inc. and offers advice to aspiring founders: aim high, focus on honing key skills, and embrace opportunities.

    • 26 min
    Pinnacle Bank, City of Atlanta, & State of Georgia Reveal 2024 VC Trends

    Pinnacle Bank, City of Atlanta, & State of Georgia Reveal 2024 VC Trends

    The Outlook for Tech Growth in the Southeast is more optimistic than ever. Tune into our latest episode of the Atlanta Startup Podcast which outlines insights from boots-on-the-ground insiders: Bryan Bean from Pinnacle Bank, Atlanta's own Donnie Beamer, Jr., Jamal Lewis of PIN Georgia, Tech Executive David Evans, and William Leonard of Valor. We're not just talking high-level tech trends; we're getting into the nitty-gritty of how collaboration across regional, state, and city partnerships sparks real growth in the nation's fastest-growing region, the South. From cutting-edge strategies to the pulse of the startup ecosystem, our panelists are sharing real insights. You'll hear firsthand about the innovative strategies making the South a robust startup ecosystem. So, whether you're an entrepreneur, investor, or just tech-enthusiast, this is your chance to get the lowdown from those impacting positive change across the early-stage capital landscape.

    • 20 min
    Growth tactics from CPG Sales Pacesetter Jennifer Silverberg, CEO SmartCommerce

    Growth tactics from CPG Sales Pacesetter Jennifer Silverberg, CEO SmartCommerce

    In this episode of the Atlanta Startup Podcast, host Lisa Calhoun interviews Jennifer Silverberg, CEO of SmartCommerce. They discuss Jennifer's journey of scaling SmartCommerce from a startup to a global player, focusing on the lessons learned during rapid growth. Highlights include SmartCommerce's innovative approach in the CPG sector, its evolution in response to market changes, and Jennifer's personal growth as a leader. Jennifer shares insights on hiring effectively, adapting strategies, and the importance of vision, courage, and tenacity for founders. A candid reflection on the startup journey, this episode is a must-listen for entrepreneurs seeking practical advice and inspiration.

    • 19 min
    Fresh Perspectives on How Corporate Strategics Invest in AI

    Fresh Perspectives on How Corporate Strategics Invest in AI

    Join us for an engaging podcast where leading corporate innovators take the spotlight. Discover the strategies behind technology investments, particularly in AI, from top decision-makers Angie Brown of Home Depot, Leigh Gaffney at Assurant Ventures, Mike Mahan from Stanley Black & Decker, and Michelle Mason of Exxon Mobil.

    • 21 min
    Pre-seed conviction, early-stage board dynamics, and SaaS in the South with Blaine Davis of Outlander VC

    Pre-seed conviction, early-stage board dynamics, and SaaS in the South with Blaine Davis of Outlander VC

    Join William Leonard on the Atlanta Startup podcast for an intriguing conversation with Blaine Davis, a Partner at Outlander VC. Blaine reveals Outlander's unique early-stage investment approach, centered on their exclusive founder framework evaluating 38 character attributes. Discover Outlander's emphasis on backing teams over ideas, and their interest in transforming traditional industries through vertical SaaS, AI, workspace tech, and low-cost robotics with strong software components. Blaine also highlights the importance of early-stage boards in setting a growth trajectory for startups. Tune in for insights into early-stage investments, conviction-building, and the future of innovation.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

jlvanh ,

The real deal

Covers a lot of terrain, literally and figuratively speaking. Atlanta startups but also investors that invest in Atlanta. Truly diverse and to the point.

podVest ,

Quality Ecosystem Insights

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!

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