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Crowdfunding or Crowdfailing

By Bernie Dixon on May 25, 2016 in Education tags: , ,

Photo Credit – Crowdfunding – I want to like it and support it. I really do. The Securities and Exchange Commission is finally allowing anyone (not just the rich angel investors with their private stash of capital and Venture Capitalists who invest other peoples’…

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Raising Capital? Get Ready to Return to the Basics.

By Bernie Dixon on March 7, 2016 in Education

With the sharp decline in seed, venture and growth capital in Q4 2015, most entrepreneurs now recognize the increased difficulty of raising capital. Unfortunately, indicators also suggest a re-pricing of the startup market. In the last two years we have seen startup valuations climb…

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StartUp Land, LLC is having a down round

By Bernie Dixon on February 12, 2016 in Misc

Pressure from the public markets is forcing startup valuations to dive. What started as a slow decline in software forward multiples in the public markets has now been characterized as a 57% dive from the high mark of March 2014.  LinkedIn declined more than…

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What’s Going on in Startup Land?

By Bernie Dixon on October 19, 2015 in Education

It seems the overall sentiment is changing.  In the past few days, I have read numerous headlines and wary blogs: Fear and Sadness in Silicon Valley, Somewhere Over the Brainbow: The Unicorn Window is Closing.  What is going on to punctuate the perceived somber…

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Flatiron City Presses Atlanta’s Tech Boundaries

By Bernie Dixon on August 27, 2015 in Misc

I couldn’t help but be captured by Arun Nijhawan during my initial meeting at the site of his visionary Flatiron City. Perhaps it was the way he realistically dives into and manages plans or his humble approach to running successful projects or his…

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Bolstering Confidence: The LaunchPad2X Secret Sauce

By Bernie Dixon on August 13, 2015 in Education

Competence vs. confidence:  Which is more important for women’s success? Women’s competence and abilities have grown more and more obvious over the last few decades.  Women athletes are breaking barriers and demonstrating skill never before imagined.  Women scientists are now being recognized more and more…

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Why Join an Angel Network?

By Bernie Dixon on June 25, 2015 in Education

A question that surfaces regularly when I address potential investors is, “Why should I join an angel network?”  After all, accredited investors are high net worth, accomplished, confident individuals.  After achieving success in their careers, why wouldn’t an angel investor set out on her…

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    We are one of the nation’s top angel investing networks.  This includes members and VC affiliates in Atlanta and across Georgia that work together to evaluate and fund early-stage companies.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for members to invest in top tier early-stage companies in the Southeast.  ATA members provide seed and early-stage capital between $150K-$2M, an investment range not generally served by venture capital funds.  This serves as a catalyst that helps to build Georgia’s economy into a thriving center of technology and entrepreneurship.  Alongside financial support, we provide mentorship, industry expertise and valuable contacts.  We are looking to invest in high growth technology companies from numerous industries.  Atlanta Technology Angels & Gwinnett Angels screen Hardware, Software, Digital Media, Consumer Products and Services, Financial Services, Life Science, Healthcare, CleanTech and Industrial technologies.