Common Complaints in Atlanta’s Startup Community

David Cummings on Startups

Yesterday I was talking with a visitor at the Atlanta Tech Village who moved to Atlanta recently. After covering a number of subjects, he brought up several common complaints he’d heard about Atlanta’s startup community. We spent 10 minutes talking through them and I offered up an insider’s perspective.

Here are some common complaints about Atlanta’s startup community and ideas about them:

  • Lack of Talent – With Georgia Tech (one of the largest engineering schools in the country and top five academically), there’s a tremendous amount of technical talent in town. When large companies complain about a lack of talent, it’s a function of culture and desirability of work environment (large companies find it easier to open an innovation office in a different city as opposed to making the harder changes at their headquarters).
  • Dearth of Capital – Capital is still scarce but the cost of building a product and signing the first 10…

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