Mayor, mentor, founder, angel investor, and a gentleman. These are only a few of the many ways to describe Atlanta’s own Ed Rieker. Having co-founded or founded 4 successful software companies, the 151 Locust founder brings experience and insight to the topic of startup engineering.
His involvement in the Atlanta community goes hand-in-hand with his ongoing entrepreneurship. Ed is a former Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) staff leader and currently serves as a Flashpoint mentor. As resident Mayor of the City of Avondale Estates, it’s no surprise that Mayor Rieker’s presence in the Atlanta community is significant. With that said, let’s take a in-depth look into Ed’s conversation from the June 4 Startup Day ATL.
Here are my top 5 takeaways:
- Atlanta is the hub for startup engineering.
- The difference is in the details. The distinction between short startup incubator programs and startup engineering lies in startup engineering’s more detailed approach.
- Ice cream samples are to startup incubators as ice cream factories are to startup engineering.
- Startup engineering is a derivative of the lean startup. Identifying your risks can gain you %5-10 advantage on the competition The question is are you going to jump on the opportunity?
- Customer discovery is critical. Before even building the product, each Flashpoint startup speaks with hundreds of customers.
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