Blog Profile / Force of Good

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Archived Since:August 20, 2008

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Advice For Good

Today Jeff Hilimire introduced Advice For Good, an idea that blossomed out of the time demands of offering coaching and counseling to budding entrepreneurs. Interesting concept. Pretty simple too. You donate at least an hour of yourShow More Summary

TechSquare Labs

So the big news last week in Atlanta was the launch of TechSquare Labs. Artfully announced in the Atlanta Business Chronicle TechFlash the day before one of it's founders (Paul Judge) gave the keynote during the VIP lunch at the ATDC Startup Showcase, the new effort became quite the buzz. Show More Summary

MBAs and Startups

From time to time the subject of MBAs and startups seems to raise its head and did so again recently by a few of my fellow inhabitants of Atlanta Startup Village. First John Melonakos mentioned how Business School is not Street Cred for Startups and then Kevin Sandlin followed on with why Getting an MBA is Stupid. Show More Summary

How To Pitch Workbook

A while back I wrote an article inspired by a Canaan Partners SlideShare deck on how to pitch. Having recently been asked to help out a few startups in the TAG/Venture Atlanta Business Launch Competition, I revisited the article only to discover that the embed was bad. Show More Summary

Startup Genome Survey

Today in the Atlanta Tech Village newsletter (sign up here) the Startup Genome Survey was mentioned. Startup Genome and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to conduct research on the Atlanta startup community. Taking the survey is quick and easy. Show More Summary

Startup Defined

Google "what is a technology startup." When you do this article I wrote back in 2009 will most likely show up as the second result right below the Wikipedia entry. This is what that Wikipedia entry says: "A startup company or startup is a company, a partnership or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Show More Summary

Update: Most Interesting Atlanta Startups of 2010

Yesterday Micheal Tavani started a conversation on Twitter about this list of 20 most interesting Atlanta startups. The list is over three years old. I thought it would be interesting to go in and provide an update. Here it is. BLiNQ Media Sold to Gannett. Show More Summary

More Is Good

If you have been reading FoG for a while you know that I firmly believe that density matters. Denisty is extremely important for startup communities. And with all its sprawl Atlanta has a startup density issue. The reason I bring this...Show More Summary

Takeaways From Georgia Angels Meeting

Yesterday I walked down the hall at Tech Square to sit in on a few sessions of the Georgia Angels Meetup. I had a particular interest in the deal flow panel that included Stephen Fleming, Jennifer Sherer, Jennifer Bonnett, Michael Blake, Sanjay Parekh, Katie Elizabeth, and Allyson Eman. Show More Summary

Time For A Facelift

Force of Good has been an active blog going on eight years. It started off using a standard Typepad template. In 2008 Paul Stamatiou moved the design from three to two columns and Blake Perdue created the custom design template that is currently being used. Show More Summary

Do Your Own PR

So I am spending more and more time these days advising concept stage and seed stage startups. And I had an interesting conversation with a pair of entrepreneurs the other day about press releases and marketing. They had reached a significant milestone and put a release on the wire. Show More Summary

Sources of Startup Ideas

I have been reading and thinking a bit these days about the sources of startup ideas. How ideas that are worth turning into technology startups come to life. The best work I have found on this is by Daniel Gulati who actually conducted some primary research on the matter and wrote it up for the Havard Business Review. Show More Summary

Lens For Evaluating Startup Ideas

One of the things that I have been pondering lately is how I can evaluate startups and startup ideas more systemically. There is good reason for this; I am looking for my next venture. And as I was contemplating how to go about this a thought popped into my head. Show More Summary

Startup Naming

Tonight I am giving a presentation on naming and positioning at Founders Institute Atlanta. In prepping for it I uncovered an old draft article on the subject of naming. It was part of a series of posts on startup marketing that I published back in the summer of 2009. Show More Summary

Road Trip Musings

On Tuesday night I made my way to Athens to the Four Athens open house at the invite of Jacqui Chew. Mark Dewey came along for the ride. It was a fun night. First and foremost Jim Flannery is doing a bang up job of building a startup community in Athens. Show More Summary


So the number one question that I seem to be getting these days is "what are you going to do next?" My three word answer, and I really like three or four words, is "I don't know." What I am really most likely to do is do what I do best, and a better four words, I build Internet companies. Show More Summary

Have A Marketing Manifesto

So the other day in response to my post on the money comes last a guy named Micheal Lang had an interesting comment. "I as read this, I was recalling that these words sounded a lot like the MindSpring manifesto (I was one of the very early MindSpring subscribers) and then I saw who wrote this and laughed." First of all I love any early customer. Show More Summary

How I Work

A couple of months ago the good folks at Hypepotamus asked if if I would participate in their "How I Work" series in which people share their daily routines. I was flattered and of course accepted. I am republishing the full text here with their permission. Show More Summary

The Money Comes Last

Back in December I wrote an article called All About The Money. My basic point was that many great entrepreneurs are money motivated. And I have no problem admitting that I am money motivated as well. The day after I wrote this DaveShow More Summary

Improving Email Productivity

Over on A VC today Fred Wilson shared that he was basically starting over on email in 2014. Archiving everything. Starting from scratch. Given his position and popularity I am sure that Fred gets quite a bit of email much more then me. Show More Summary

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