Venture Atlanta 2011: Early Stage Pitches in the Real Shark Tank
Over the course of this year I’ve seen early stage presentation venues ranging from Launch in San Francisco, Startup Riot in Atlanta, Demo Day here in Austin, and many recurring angel forums in between in Austin and Atlanta. It’s good to see now that Venture Atlanta has added an early stage segment to its agenda. This fall institution, held in the Georgia Aquarium, is one around which all the local sponsor dollars have coalesced, and it draws investors from across the country. It’s got that good old-fashioned Georgia boosterism, as you can easily see on the Twitter stream #VA2011. (Caution, there’s a Fairfax County, VA ballot initiative that seems to be using the same hash tag.) But, that’s the style that secured the 1996 Olympics and has paid great dividends for the city over many decades.