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About Wed's #OnStage: Venue Update, Volunteers Needed and more

From: user 8.
Sent on: Monday, March 1, 2010 11:06 PM
Hi Everyone,

We're getting really excited about this Wednesday's second #OnStage where we're going to get to see five (5) great local startups demo their wares. Each startup demoing will get exactly five (5) minutes to demo followed by ten (10) minutes of Q&A for each startup.

New Venue

For our 2nd meetup we have a new venue for #OnStage since we were bursting at the seams at our first #OnStage at Ignition Alley. We'll be hosting #OnStage this month at GTRI Conference Center on 14th Street less than 1/4 mile west of I75/85 in Midtown:

Participating Startups

This month we've got another great lineup of five (5) Atlanta-based startups presenting (note these descriptions are mine and not necessarily provided by the companies themselves):

Rude Q&A

Inspired by the excellent post of Austin's startup savant Jason Cohen we are inviting attendees to ask the hard questions that our startup entrepreneurs will need to answer for themselves and others to better prepared their startups for success in the long run:

Special thanks to Ed Rieker of ATDC and 151 Locust for starting last month what we hope will become an #OnStage trend. Immediately following their demo Ed asked every startup last month the following question: "So how you gonna make money?!?"

Twitter Voting

Attendees will be voting for "Crowd Favorite" via Twitter so be sure to bring your Twitter-enabled laptop or mobile device. You'll be able to vote by either publicly tweeting or by discretely sending a direct message (DM) to @StartupAtlanta.

If you'll want to DM be sure to follow @StartupAtlanta in advance (so we can follow you back.) We'll also have some invited startup gurus on hand (serial entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, etc.) who'll be voting for the "Most Viable" startup.

To the Winner go the Spoils!

For this month's #OnStage both Crowd Favorite (CF) and Most Viable (MV) winners get the following (except where noted):

  • Invited to November's #OnStage for our "Best Of" event
  • Invited to be interviewed by Gravity Free Radio,
  • Focused advice in PR, legal, funding, HR and more at June's Start-Up Council (MV only.)

If you represent or know a company that has products, services or other things you'd like to offer to #OnStage winners, this month or for future #OnStage events please email [address removed] and if appropriate we'll make your contributions known to event attendees and to those on our mailing list.

Video Production

This month FriendlyHuman has offered to handle video production services to capture videos for each of the startups demoing for the evening.

Call for Volunteers

To ensure our #OnStage events are run as professionally as possible we're recruiting volunteers for the following roles for this and future months:

  • Emcee: We need someone to open the event and introduce the presenters. Volunteer should have experience speaking in front of a professional group.
  • Envoy: We need someone to meet and great our experts, tutor them on "Most Viable" voting and ensure their needs are met.
  • Greeters: We'd like to have three (3) people help with check-in to ensure we always have two (2).
  • Icebreaker: We need some to purchase{*} then print nametags on the afternoon of each #OnStage. Volunteer will ideally have access to a color printer.
  • Marketer: We need someone to manage our Twitter stream during the event, ideally via laptop. They'll announce the beginning, tweet at least one per startup presenting, and then tweet the results. Volunteer should have what they need to be able to take and post photos to our Twitter account too. Volunteer will ideally help us establish and promote via a Facebook account too.
  • Photographers: We need one or more people to take photographs and then post them online. Volunteer(s) should have a semi-pro level Nikon, Canon or similar. (Matt Smith is handling it this month but be may not always be available.)
  • Producer: We need someone to work with the presenters, answer all their questions and ensure their needs are met so they are fully prepared to present on time in their allotted time.
  • Sustainer: we need someone to purchase{*} and bring water bottles and ice for the event and to store any unused water from the prior month.
  • Timekeeper: We need someone to keep time and display flip-cards to the presenters at 3 minutes, at 1 minute, at 15 seconds then at Stop. Volunteer should have something like a iPhone with a countdown app to keep them on track and remember to charge it beforehand.
  • Videographer: Lastly we need one of more people to take videos of startup demoing and answering Q&A, and then edit and post them online next day. Volunteer(s) can use one of our video cameras or ideally they will have their own prosumer level camera (FriendlyHuman is handling it this month but be may not always be available.)

{*} If you have out of pocket expenses (i.e. nametags, water) we'll reimburse you with receipts.

Ideally we'll get a different volunteer for each role so that nobody needs to take on multiple roles. Volunteers will have their event fee waived and will be expected to arrive by 6pm day of the event and/or meet or do some legwork prior to each event, as applicable for the role.

If you'd like to volunteer please list the role(s) you'd like in an email to [address removed] and include "VOLUNTEER" in the subject line. If you've previously let me know you are interested in helping please email again so I can make sure we have you on our list.

Please RSVP

So if you plan to attend please RSVP to help us know how many people to plan for:

See You There!

Thanks in advance to everyone, and again we're really looking forward to seeing what they great startups have to show us. I hope to see as many of you there as possible!

-Mike Schinkel
Executive Director; Startup Atlanta

P.S. Want to Demo?

Want to be considered to demo your startup at a future #OnStage? Please attend an #OnStage and introduce yourself to both myself and Jenny Trautman and also fill out the following web form:

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