What Do Atlanta Startups Need?

At 22TechPark, we are working to build an incubator that will help companies successfully launch their business. While we provide a place for entrepreneurs to flourish within an environment that is conducive to teamwork, sharing, and execution, there come many questions and needs. Among these concerns, investment, connections, space to work, customers, and marketing prove to be the most prevalent.

Many inventors have great ideas- they have spent long, strenuous hours researching and developing their initial idea, and now they think it’s time to discuss with an engineer, developer, or customer. But, what’s next? Should you disclose or protect your idea first?  What can you do to protect your idea so that it cannot be stolen? Is a patent or trademark in your company’s near future? The process of getting trademarks or patents can be confusing and expensive. When should you file your patent applications? Is patent protection even necessary for your startup? How does one come up with a trademark? Find out these answers and more-Join us at 22TechPark this Thursday, August 13th at 12pm as our three expert panelists answer any looming questions you may have about IP and patents, and learn what it takes to become a success story in the startup world.
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Startups Ready to Pitch Their Ideas at 22TechPark

22TechPark is North Atlanta’s new premiere tech incubator- a catalyst for technology companies to grow in the area.   We focus on fostering the growth of technology start-ups.  Incubators are a great way to form connections with people of similar interests.  Startups need to know about customers, vendors, and investors; they need mentors to help them figure out which pitfalls to avoid – all services provided by 22TechPark.

Located in Peachtree Corners, 22TechPark hopes to help the city benefit with new high-paying jobs when these companies succeed and grow.  22TechPark has the potential to start a revitalization of Technology Park, which will then obviously benefit all the local businesses, restaurants, and  residential real estate.

While our previous Pitch Offs have been successful, this 3rd Pitch event promises to be our best one yet.  With a variety of companies pitching, your interest is sure to be piqued.  Given only 5 minutes to present their company, these entrepreneurs will not only try to dazzle the audience, but will also receive constructive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their pitches.

Hear from these entrepreneurs:

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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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