Atlanta Startup Village #8
Tonight more than 200 people attended the 8th Atlanta Startup Village here at ATV! For those of you who don't know, Atlanta Startup Village is an incredible forum for folks to come be a part of the startup community, hear new ideas and give entrepreneurs an opportunity to discuss roadblocks and moving forward in a fun, inclusive environment often involving food and beer. Did I mention it's fun?This expression of ideas and business takes place with 5 companies giving a quick 5 minute pitch followed by a short Q&A. There were some great folks pitching tonight, and I am proud to mention that several of them call ATV home. Here's a recap of the night:First up was Kevin Sandlin, founder of Deductmor. Deductmor kicked off with a fun video made by Friendly Human that shared their story. Deductmor creates a very simple way to capture, store, and organize all your tax deductible expense receipts: take a picture of each receipt. "Deductmor and pay less." Kevin gave a simple example of how the app works. And that was the key: simplicity. Self-employed? You should check them out.Second was Greg Benoit founder and CEO of QGenda. QGenda is an on-call physician scheduling software that offers automated rule based scheduling, easy-to-use drag & drop interface and automatically syncs to any device. From hospitals to individual practices, QGenda is a great solution.Ed Trimble was next up, founder and CEO of Kevy. Kevy’s plug-and-play Cloud Connectors make it fast and easy to integrate and sync your cloud apps in less than 10 minutes, without writing a single line of code. Ed kicked off his pitch by introducing his engineering team and introducing the Kevy Kid through their new video sharing what Kevy does before his brief demo.Next was Hadi Irvani founder of PeachDish. PeachDish utilizes Amazon Payments to send you fresh ingredients delivered to your home every week. $20 gets you a dinner for two delivered. If you don't like it you can cancel and get that week refunded, or you can wait to try next week's meal. They hope to make the food industry more efficient and reduce food waste by leveraging Amazon-like technology. Anyone hungry?Rounding out the night was Tony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO of BitPay. If you have been following the bitcoin saga, BitPay is in the midst of it. Bitcoin is the most popular peer-to-peer digital currency, and is available anywhere there is internet access. BitPay operates as an internet payment platform using bitcoins. Tony made some great points about the perks of payment gateway using bitcoins and the flexibility of accepting payments in real time with less than 1% fees. There was a lot of talent in this room tonight. Miss it? Don't worry, there is one every month. See you next time!