Around Atlanta: A Weekly Roundup July 20 – July 26, 2013

Plenty of s’mores and fried chicken for everybody this week. Another terrific week for the Atlanta startup community is once again coming to a close. The Connected Awesomeness seems to only keep getting stronger. Here’s a look at what happened this week.

  • The Venture Capital market for Q2 was hot – surpassing $133 million this year as compared to just under $55 million for the same period last year. This total includes the recent investment rounds for Cardlytics, Movius, AirWatch, Pindrop, and Ionic Security. Read more about it here.
  • SolidFire, a next-generation cloud computing platform originally from Atlanta, now residing in Boulder, CO, just raised $31 million from Samsung Ventures. This will help them speed up private and public clouds. Read the full write up about the investment over at VentureBeat.
  • The AJC has a new Tech writer and wants to know where you work. Georgia Tech’s VentureLab ranks second among university-based incubators worldwide. You can read more about both right here.
  • The next Georgia Crowdfunding Meetup is coming up Tuesday, July, 30 at 6:00 PM at Atlanta Tech Village. Find out more about them here.
  • John Saddington built something awesome, again, called He even did a Kickstater for it. Learn more about it here and see what the press has been talking about.
  • Atlanta based Vir2o has launched and aims to be the local pub and community and are taking on Facebook, Google+, and Path to help combat internet loneliness. VentureBeat wrote a great post about them this week.
  • ProductCamp Atlanta is coming August 17, 2013 to the GTRI Conference Center. Make sure you register for this collaborative, user organized unconference focused on Product Management, Development, UX and Marketing topics. Register here.
  • David Cummings and Jamie Hamliton have joined force to help launch the next generation of technology companies through the Atlanta Ventures Accelerator, which is modeled around the TechStars accelerator program. Read more about his new venture here.

With so much going on, we’re always looking for your news – just shoot us an email and us know what stories you see happening in the tech startup community in Atlanta.