startupsouth

Today I saw these related stories on the Internet. They seem to belong together under the #StartupSouth tag.

 The Atlantic is looking at technology companies innovating in the American South

That’s the big idea behind The Atlantic’s road trip through the South looking for startups and technologies below the Mason-Dixon line. Long caricatured as precisely the kind of place where tech companies could not be born, we’re betting that the territories from Richmond to New Orleans are already fertile ground for innovation. Beginning Sunday October 23, we’ll be driving through seven cities and bringing you stories from several others that highlight just how much is going on in the South. 

…while international gaming company, CCP Games, are cutting 20% of their workforce, mostly in Atlanta:

Rather than allowing this to persist, we have made the decision to sharpen our focus. Sadly, this means reducing our staff. We estimate that around twenty percent of global positions will be affected by this process. These will be predominantly in our Atlanta, GA office, although select positions in our Reykjavik, Iceland office will be affected.

Compare this to a press release from February, wherein…

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced today that CCP Games, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based digital entertainment developer, will relocate its CCP North America headquarters from Gwinnett County to the City of Decatur in DeKalb County.  This move is expected to create 150 new jobs over three years, bringing the company’s U.S. staff total to 300 by 2013.

In 2009, CCP was recognized for its remarkable year-over-year growth by being ranked on the Media Momentum’s 2009 Larger Companies List.” Today, CCP announced that three AAA titles are too many at once, writing “we have come to the conclusion that we are attempting too many things for a company our size. Developing EVE expansions, DUST 514 and World of Darkness has stretched our resources too thin.”

From the desk of Michael Gluzman:

I had the pleasure of attending Startup Drinks, a networking meetup for entrepreneurs and technology fiends, alongside Corbin Pon to rub shoulders with some of Atlanta’s fellow startups. We met Alexis Madrigal and Sarah Rich of The Atlantic Magazine who were in attendance as part of their Startup Nation special report. Here we are, photographed by Alexis in his article concluding the trip. 

While Corbin pitched our fledgling company to numerous friends and foes, I suddenly found myself cornered by a flock of entrepreneurs seeking to add designers to their team. It was obvious designers were a rarity at these events… 

But the gathering was certainly constructive for us. When you reiterate what you do and why numerous times to so many different people, you begin honing in on the things that really stand out about your company. We frequently discuss what we want to accomplish with Scholrly, but finally hearing what surfaces to the top most frequently has introduced a better sense of the most important goals we are all driven by. In that sense, all members of your team should engage in these events. It’s the friendly skirmish before the championship game.

For a designer, and for me specifically, that sharpened understanding of what we do and are passionate about helps me refine the identity, brand, and design that is always in service of our intended UX. That’s an incredibly precious awareness to possess in the development of a product.

Also, sometimes you get a friendly invitation to lunch :)

“Scholr.ly is a startup that wants to help people discover research that’s relevant to their fields of study. Think of it as a probe for the adjacent possible.”

- Alexis Madrigal, on Scholrly