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Drinks On Fifth: Vivek Wadhwa, Act II

During our second session, Vivek and I talked at-length about how to improve the entrepreneur ecosystems of the South’s biggest cities – whether that is Atlanta, Charlotte or Dallas. While funding is certainly part of the solution, he contends (and I agree 100%) that it’s all about the people. Successful entrepreneurs need to find a way to give back to the next generation of startup founders – not purely based on altruism, but as investors and mentors.

His prescription for any metro area is find a way to lure 10 successful startup veterans to your town, and that will change the dynamic in a very short period of time. Vivek says it best of all: “You don’t need billions of dollars, you need seasoned, successful, good human beings who are ready to help other human beings.”

(Watch: Part One | Part Three)

Stay tuned for our final episode on Friday. Enjoy the video interview below:

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0 # om 2010-07-22 13:42
Awesome!!!! really inspiring!!!
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0 # Feb0zdou1 2010-07-23 15:19
Georgia has loads of Kauffman FastTrac programs: www.fasttrac.org/My-Fasttrac/Jump-Links/Program-Locator.aspx but I personally haven't heard much about them. I think Kauffman may be an underutilized resource for entrepreneurs here...
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