10 Critical Lessons Before Writing the Check

Blake Patton’s Insights for Early Stage Investors

I am a fan of Blake Patton. I respect him as a husband, father, community leader and friend. He is also this year’s local keynote speaker for the October 6th Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Blake started Tech Square Ventures three years ago. In this short time he has: Raised Tech Square’s initial fund Tapped […]

It’s All About Family

And Family Is About Faith

“You’re getting married in the midst of this job search?” I was talking to a recent Georgia Tech MBA graduate. He had offers to become a consultant but came to me for advice on startup opportunities. After getting into his background a bit, I understood why. He’s smart and ambitious and has always been drawn […]

How a Judgmental Spirit Wounds Your Marriage

And How I've Vowed to Change

Joel Weldon, a motivational speaker, was giving his talk “Jet Pilots Don’t Have Rearview Mirrors.” He was sporting an Arizona tan, but his accent gave him away. He was a New Yorker. It was 1984, and I was in Maui, Hawaii at the annual sales awards for the public company where I ran one of […]

I’ve Been Robbed!

“Watch out for the gypsies. They are great pickpockets,” I was warned by my friend Josh. We were walking through Florence, Italy, and Josh and Kerry were about to leave us. They were headed to join a tour, while Kathy and I were going to explore and shop. I immediately thought of the 250 euros […]

3 Characteristics of Servant Leadership

Kathy and I are on an eight-day motorcycle journey through Tuscany, Italy with a group of riders. Here’s how the servant heart of one of our fellow riders convicted and inspired me. A group of us were getting our motorcycles ready for the trip. We had to become acquainted with our rental bikes—figure out the […]

All You Can Do Is All You Can Do

But All You Can Do Is Enough

The other night over dinner, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, CEO of Compassion International, told me a compelling story of how he was raised in a poor family with a mom and dad who were sold-out for Jesus. Grabbed by a Stranger “I was walking through the plaza in my small town in Mexico on a very […]

The Single Most Important Factor in Choosing Investors

I was talking to Michael (not his real name), an entrepreneur who is interested in raising money. He is likable and capable, and people with money are recognizing him for it. He has recently been letting people know he is interested in expanding his business and will need to raise money. He is surprised by […]

How Wisdom Seekers Bless Their Mentors

A 32-Year-Old’s Sage Advice

“I have some great mentors I meet with on an irregular basis,” he said. I was talking to Noah (not his real name), a very successful entrepreneur who is also a seeker of advice. He has collected an impressive group of experienced businessmen. When he began listing the names of these people, I was jealous. He […]