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Monday, 23 August 2010 07:42

KillHB173: Are You In The Crosshairs?

Written by Dave Walters
So let’s start the week off looking at who is specifically targeted by the Georgia Restrictive Covenant Act (HB173) – and the answer is virtually anyone who works in the tech field. It focuses most clearly on salespeople – who, in theory, should be most effective at convincing friends and colleagues to vote NO. In fact, this sentence actually exists in the bill: “In addition, non-solicitation covenants could permissibly restrict a former employee from merely accepting business from customers.” Wow! Before we get too deep into the implications, take a quick read on this excerpt from the legislation itself: The Act expressly authorizes non-compete covenants in employment agreements, if reasonable in terms of time, geographic area, and scope of activity.  However, such covenants may only be enforced against employees who meet one or more of the following tests: (a) customarily and regularly solicit customers or prospects; (b) customarily and regularly…
If there’s one guy who epitomizes the startup life, it’s Scott Burkett. He carves enough hours to kill his day job (COO of StarPound), mentor entrepreneurs and connect them with investors via StartupLounge, and take on the occasional social injustice in the case of the Roberts Family from Lithonia, GA. And he pulls it off with insane energy and a wicked sense of humor. But guess what? He’s human (gasp!), and has found his own personal maximum. As a result, Scott is passing his StartupLounge torch to Josh Watts. He’ll be missed sorely, but our entire town is better for the effort he’s given over the last five years. The great news is StartupLounge will continue unabated under the watchful eye of the other half of the original dream team: Mike Blake. Together, these two guys have filled a huge gap over in connecting investors to entrepreneurs, and providing hands-on startup…
So what happens when a video game theory professor from Georgia Tech decides to put his theories to the public test? Simple: CowClicker. But don't be too quick to indict Ian Bogost for adding to the fodder that is Facebook gaming – there are actually many reasons for creating this latest craze (insert Chick-Fil-A style joke here). For some percentage of Facebook's half-a-billion users, the prospect of playing the latest goofy game will be motivation enough. But for those thinking more deeply about video game theory, there's an entire back-story you'll want to consume. But first of all, get your cow clicking on by signing up for CowClicker on Facebook. Once you've settled into the every-six-hours clicking to accumulate points (and realize it's just not fast enough), you can purchase 'mooney' at the rate of 10 for $.50 all the way up to 1,000 for $10. And therein lies the…
I’m reminded this week of my favorite musical duet of all-time: Curtis Mayfield and Taylor Dayne doing ‘People Get Ready’. The lyrics of that song kept ringing in my head as I read and listened to Ron Conway, Dave McClure, Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Mike Arrington and others on the state of entrepreneurship. The quote goes: “People get ready, there’s a train a-comin’; you don’t need no baggage, you just get on board.” As usual, Silicon Valley is leading the way... But, guess what? Chasing the right boarding station or destination ain't the problem. The solution starts by knowing that train is you. That's right, take the red pill, as I'm about to show you how deep the rabbit hole goes... No matter who says what, the winds of change are blowing. The seed stage environment is improving every day. Even the money guys are in on it. The advent of the…
Having spent years in loyalty marketing, I’ve been a Scoutmob fan since Day One. I love the idea of group buying power driving great deals at great merchants. I love the idea of being incented to try new local businesses – and yes, I’ve become a regular customer of some based on my trial experience. And I ultimately love it when a service like Scoutmob intersects with a local boutique where our family spends a decent chunk of money. This was exactly the case on Saturday when one little iPhone app saved me $75 in a single shot at B. Braithwaite. The entire experience got me thinking about why two specific brands I interact with daily aren’t a single company. Yep, I’ll say it: Foursquare needs to buy Scoutmob right now! For those not familiar, let’s look in-depth at Scoutmob, which will further explain my rationale for this being the…
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