Venture Atlanta Conference 2016
Venture Atlanta
Oct 2 /

You Made it Here. Invest it Here.

by Charlie Paparelli

Op-Ed Contributor

Pretty simple. If you made your money here in Atlanta, why not invest it here?

We are not Silicon Valley, Boston, New York or Austin. We are Southerners. Some are natural born and some of us, like me, are transplants who have bloomed here. We married here, raised families, joined a church community and built our business and fortunes here.

I’ve been here for 35 years. My wife is from Denver and I am from New Jersey. I have four children all born at Northside Hospital. I built my life and career here and found my faith in Jesus here. In the late seventies, my then co-founder, Richard Brock and I built a business here and sold it in the early eighties. I then went the corporate route with the acquirers for a few years and Richard started a company which he took public.

I came back to startups in the nineties with the sole purpose of helping people with experience achieve their dream of starting and owning their own company through my resources, experience and network. I made this decision 20 years ago and I have no regrets. During that time I have invested in over 20 deals. I am no Sig Mosley or John Imlay but I believe I helped grow the Atlanta startup community. I’ve met many great entrepreneurs and worked with some of the best. Each of them gave everything he had to the business and, if the timing was right, a great company made up of great people, blossomed.

All these people have planted roots here. They are each in their own way contributing to the Atlanta technology economy and startup community. I remain connected to all those whose companies I invested in. We celebrate the successes and learn from the failures but always together and as friends. This is what makes community.

In the eighties and nineties, the Atlanta startup investors were those who made their wealth in the real estate sector. This source of funding evaporated after the internet bubble burst. These high network individuals went back to what they know and left the responsibility of growing the Atlanta technology sector to you and I.

Many of our community leaders bang the drum for more VC money to come to Atlanta. They want these firms to open offices here, live here and become a part of the community. They believe that if this happens, the community will flourish. I don’t disagree, but I believe outside money will not appear until we Atlantans invest in Atlanta startups. The “we” includes, first and foremost, the people who made their fortune in the Atlanta technology industry.

We are all so proud of John Imlay and the impact he had on the Atlanta startup community. He, along with the limitless energy of Sig Mosley, built a legacy for all of us to admire and build upon. And it all began with John giving Sig $3 million and a mission to invest in the Atlanta technology community. These two men changed lives in this city.

For those of you who have made your fortune in the technology sector, and especially those who went to school here, married here, had kids here, what legacy will you have to look back on in twenty years?

The next generation of entrepreneurs need your time and your money in a startup market that continues to expand. This is an incredible time to invest in startups and invest in Atlanta. Be the architect of your unique legacy. Get started now.


 Charlie is President and founder of Paparelli Ventures, a pre-formation investment company focused on entrepreneurs in the Atlanta technology market. PV has funded over 16 Atlanta startups in the last 15 years. Currently he is the managing partner of his two active investments, iPartners, LLC and Torad Engineering, LLC.


Now, let’s move to our entertainment group replica oakleys results on slide 7. As a reminder, our entertainment group provides video, broadband, and phone services to residential customers. On a reported basis, entertainment group revenues showed strong growth due to our acquisition of DIRECTV. However, if you look at results adjusted to include prior year DIRECTV on a comparative basis, revenue still grew by more than 3% as IP, video, and advertising revenue growth outpaced legacy service declines.Me, it was something that I couldn see another Sandra Bland, hashtag Tamir Rice, hashtag Walter Scott, hashtag Eric Garner, the list goes on and on and on, Kaepernick told ESPN back in September. what point do we do something about it? At what point do we take a stand and as a people say this isn right? You have a badge, yes. You supposed to be protecting us, not murdering us, and that what the issue really is and we need to change that.GOLDMAN: They will start unannounced random blood testing during the regular season for human growth hormone, HGH. It can help build muscle and help an athlete recover quicker from intensive workouts. Last year, baseball OK ed blood testing for HGH in the majors in spring training in the cheap jerseys off season. But now it’ll be in season as well. Meaning, you know, there’s no safe time to use for players who want to do that.Williams agrees. ‘Reading have some quality players but they were underachieving. Stam needed to come in and kick them up the backside. He’s got steel and determination. I’ve been to training and seen him there, getting involved. When your manager is Fake Oakleys Cheap Jaap Stam you listen. He was world class and defensively now we look cheap football jerseys great.”They shouldn’t have missed that. I didn’t realize it was that bad.”On the other end of the room, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison ranted that Wholesale China Jerseys he’s “sick and tired of the reffing in this league right now” and singled out the hit on Bradford, who could be seen asking referee Tony Corrente for a flag after a play that all but Cheap NFL Jerseys sealed the Cowboys’ 17 15 win.What was Corrente’s explanation?”He told me that I did not get hit in the facemask,” Bradford said, making a face that conveyed his incredulity at the answer.USA TODAYNFL playoff picture: Packers Lions showdown could be play in gameAnd this is where the question needs to be asked, again:How much longer can the NFL push back at the idea of allowing plays like this specifically, called or uncalled penalties at critical junctures of the game to be subject to replay review, allowing officials and the league office to get it right based on the same video 66,860 fans in the stadium and millions more at home get to see almost instantly?Officials’ jobs are only getting tougher in the world of high definition television.

Comments are closed.