Incubating the Iron Man of Automated Migration

At the beginning of 2015, I wrote a blog post, “Get Jack’ed in 2015.” Drawing from my experience and from the inspiration of wanting to create an incubator for tech startups, I went on to discuss what I believed to be the Top 3 keys to success for businesses to not only survive, but thrive, in the upcoming year – Be Nimble, Be Quick, Jump Over the Candlestick.
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Final Four – Who wins: Experience, Education, Attitude or Aptitude?

With the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament decided, everyone is analyzing all aspects of the remaining four teams.    No one is looking closer than the odds-makers in Vegas.     Legacies will be decided, fortunes in wagers will be made or lost, and office pools around the country will be awarded to those who accurately filled in their brackets.   From 68 teams, only 4 remain, with the final two games to decide a champion.

Like many others, I picked Kentucky to win it all.   But, I only accurately picked 2 of the final four.   It is hard to know how a young athlete will perform in stressful situations.   It is even harder to predict how they will play against teams and defenses they have never seen.   For this reason, having a perfect bracket is nearly impossible, with odds of picking every winner at almost one in a billion!

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Swimmers are Nerds!

While in college, my career aspirations ranged from physician, lawyer, teacher or swim coach.   Likewise, my roommate was considering sales or marketing careers.   Years later, it seems statistically impossible that both of us would own technology companies.    While in school, neither one of us wanted to be in an IT field, and we both would have debated anyone labeling us as nerds.   Yet, here we are in the ultimate nerd job – both running companies that sell computers. I decided to conduct a “scientific study” to see if this was really such a coincidence.   My roommate and I were both college swimmers, and maybe our unique personalities are more drawn to technology than others.   I embarked on trying to prove my hypothesis – collegiate level swimmers are nerds.

To prove my point, I did some massive searches of thousands of people on LinkedIn.    I found all the people who have “NCAA Swimmer” in their profile, and calculated the percentage of those who are in Information Technology industries vs other industries.    I then calculated the same percentages for other LinkedIn search terms – NCAA baseball, NCAA basketball, NCAA football, NCAA gymnastics, and NCAA Tennis.    Obviously, this analysis is not 100% accurate, but it is as close as I could get to figuring out who on LinkedIn was a college athlete in a particular sport.   And obviously there are numerous other technical careers, but I wanted to focus on information technology in particular – my industry. (more…)

Sonline is Always Online at the New Peachtree Corners Incubator

Sonline, the fourth startup to launch business in the Peachtree Corners incubator, provides IT Solutions & Services to US customers 24/7 by leveraging the global workforce. Suri Anantharama, Founder and CEO of Sonline, has over 20 years of experience in designing and promoting Enterprise IT solutions to over 300 customers. This will certainly come to play while working with Peachtree Corners Technology Incubator (PCTI) startups; by leveraging their global resources, Sonline can help the organizations build their solutions quickly and focus on their Go-To-Market.

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3rd Tenant to Move in to Peachtree Corners Technology Incubator

PCTI has landed its 3rd tenant, Novarata. Novarata builds apps for mobile workforces such as sales people, store associates, technicians and engineers at companies all over the world, and it is constantly growing every day. They create B2B and internal workforce applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android. They put key business processes on mobile devices and integrate them with cloud systems like Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Amazon Web Services. Novarata’s apps use a mix of native iOS applications and proprietary frameworks for data collection, image capture, e-commerce, and security. They can deploy apps through the App Store, Apple Enterprise, and Google Play or implement MDM in solutions like AirWatch and SureMDM.

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Incubator in Peachtree Corners Announces Second Tenant – Motivdeals!

We haven’t officially opened yet, but the need for a local business accelerator seems obvious, and companies are already moving in. Small companies in Gwinnett and the surrounding area are looking for all of the advantages of an incubator, but without the commute to Midtown. With growing interest and excitement of the possibility of a local incubator, we are proud to be able to house these entrepreneurs. Peachtree Corners Technology Incubator, PCTI, is located right off Peachtree Industrial and is dedicating over 20,000 square feet of space for qualifying start-up companies.
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The Age of Innovation

On Friday, I had the pleasure of presenting to Tech Mahindra’s Innovation Day event at Georgia State.    In preparing for this meeting, I researched the massive change that has occurred in technology over the past 25 years – in hopes to shed some insight on what I think will be the future for innovation. My conclusion: everything is now aligned for disruption in every industry. Nearly all of the traditional barriers have been eliminated. Disruption and innovation are inevitable now, and your company will likely be innovating and changing your industry—or a competitor will do it for you!

I advised CEOs and CIOs to totally rethink their mindsets around IT. In the past, all innovation involved large capital outlays, and obvious limits existed on creating value with existing technologies.  Let’s look at the traditional barriers one by one:

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