The May blog interview is with Rented.com CEO and Founder and Endeavor Entrepreneur, Andrew McConnell. Rented.com helps owners make the most of their vacation properties by combining guaranteed income with certified local property care. Andrew sat down with Alaysia from the Endeavor team to talk about why he participated in the Endeavor selection process, previous roles in his career that shaped the leader he is today, and philosophies that he lives by. Check out the conversation below.
The rash of recent tech IPOs — Lyft going first last month, then PagerDuty, Zoom, Pinterest, and more to come— has startup enthusiasts and investors eagerly watching the markets. But beyond the headlines and listing prices, the road to an IPO is a long and laborious one. “Arduous,” is how Lynne Laube, co-founder and COO of Atlanta-based adtech company Cardlytics, describes the IPO process. One year ago, Laube and her partner, CEO Scott Grimes, rang the Nasdaq bell in the first tech IPO of 2018. Cardlytics sold 5.4 million shares for $13 a share, raising $70 million.
Last month Endeavor Atlanta celebrated its second year of operation. We are grateful for the support from our board, entrepreneurs, mentors, and financial supporters for helping make the last 24 months such a success.
Endeavor Atlanta held a Scale-Up Breakfast moderated by David Cummings in conversation with Mark Gilreath. During the Scale-Up Breakfast, Gilreath spoke with a group of entrepreneurs about his career, entrepreneurial journey and the lessons learned from his experiences scaling Given Imaging and EndoChoice. Below are highlights from the conversation and some of Mark’s biggest learnings as an entrepreneur.
2018 has been an exciting year of growth for Endeavor Atlanta. In our second year of operations we added 5 high-impact entrepreneurs to the portfolio, screened dozens of others and began building a strong community of scale-stage founders through quarterly breakfasts and monthly interviews. We thought it would be fun to grab our favorite snippets of information from each of our previous blogs and events and share them in a single post.
The October blog interview is with Endeavor Entrepreneur's and LeaseQuery co-founders, George Azih and Chris Ramsey. LeaseQuery is a cloud-based lease accounting software that enables businesses to simplify accounting for leases and easily comply with the new GAAP lease accounting guidelines. In the last 12 months, LeaseQuery has grown from 8 employees to almost 90 and recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Atlanta — all of this without raising any outside capital.
We continue our interview series with Endeavor Entrepreneur, Stephen Pair. Stephen is the co-founder and CEO of BitPay, the world's leading blockchain payment processor. BitPay has raised over $72M from leading venture capital firms and operates in one of the most exciting industries in the world. We dive into cryptocurrency, the importance of blockchain and why Stephen decided to join Endeavor.
We sat down with serial entrepreneur and Endeavor Atlanta board member David Cummings. He founded the Atlanta Tech Village, Atlanta Ventures, and bootstrapped Pardot which he eventually sold for $95 Million. David shares insights about his entrepreneurial journey, the Atlanta ecosystem, and why he joined Endeavor Atlanta.
On March 30th Endeavor Atlanta held its first Scale-Up Breakfast, an intimate gathering for high-growth entrepreneurs focused on learning from successful founders. Serial entrepreneur and Endeavor Atlanta Co-Chairman Jeff Arnold took the stage to talk about scaling culture and talent in high growth companies.
Dave Keil, CEO of QASymphony and Endeavor Entrepreneur, kicks off our interview series. Dave has a diverse background leading early stage companies as well as large enterprises (e.g., ChoicePoint). Under his leadership, QASymphony has grown from a few employees in 2014 to a team of 100 generating significant revenue. In 2017 alone they opened a European office, grew revenue by 113% and raised a $40M Series C from Insight Venture Partners.