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Startup Ecosystem Sept 08

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This is a first stab at mapping the eco-system and by no means comprehensive yet.  Inspired by the wiki maintained by Ruby on Rails to map the community, I encourage you to add yourself to this list and I will be continuing to add people, startups and organizations as well.


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The first draft below comes from this blog post.


  • Brent McCrossen was in town last week and has secured office space open a branch of his startup, Audiosocket, right here in NOLA.
  • Kenneth Purcell moved his company, iSeatz back to New Orleans from New York after Katrina.  In August iSeatz was named to the Inc 500 and is the only Louisiana firm ranked in the top 500.
  • Nic Perkins of The Receivables Exchange and the rest of the team at StartupNewOrleans have started to reach out to expat New Orleanian entrepreneurs in an effort to get them to relocate their business back here.
  • Will Donaldson and the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association have put together a fantastic speaker series featuring some incredible entreprenuers that is open to the public.
  • The Idea Village is launching the 504Ward initiative to to connect entreprenuers with talent and peers with some exciting things to come.
  • Zach Kupperman recently launched PolicyPitch, a community powered platform for sharing public policy ideas.  It’s in the running for a $10,000 grant from Advanta, so go vote for it now.
  • Jessica Roloff (and many more) have gotten Net2NO launched.  We had a first meetup last week and another is coming up in October.  There’s a lot of energy in the group, so you should join.
  • Jonathan Joseph, a Tulane grad, launched the Ultimate Football Network, a social media resource for fantasy football, at TechCrunch50 last week.  Loren Feldman selected him as best of show.
  • Eric Marcoullier, another Tulane grad and founder of MyBlogLog and GNIP has generously offered to come speak to the New Orleans tech community next April.  We’ll be putting a BarCamp together around it.  Details to come.
  • Blake Burris, a Shreveport native has raised funding for a new Facebook app called Challenge which helps users create a support system for training.  He’s also considering a move back to Shreveport to take advantage of the angel investor tax credits.
  • Ben Reece, an techie and filmaker produced a short called Fifty People One Question that went viral on Vimeo.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.  Even Barrack Obama’s campaign dug it.
  • Blake Killian now has 4 brands under his BlakeMakes empire.  His videoblogging effort is taking off over at BlakeTakes.
  • Jeffrey Lyons and his team are putting the finishing touches on IdeaBreaker, their Louisiana-born project management app that will be launching soon.
  • Yours truly, Chris Schultz, was invited to the TechCrunch 50 conference to launch the new Flatsourcing Dashboard in the demo pit out there.  It was an incredible experience.
  • Tom Martin of Zehnder Communications and Brandmarken has launched NOLAdeals connecting locals with local businesses through a insiders membership discount program with no coupons.
  • Neel Sus is in talks with several hospitals to implement his mobile patient data platform, eLYMPUS.  His company’s website, Susco, was recently relaunched by Matt Wang of Good Work Marketing, a rockin local marketing and branding firm.
  • Michael Karnjanaprakorn of AllDayBuffett in New York compiled a list of 100 great things going on in New Orleans and took the web by storm with the New Orleans 100.
  • Catherine Markel alerted me to a great looking new hiring management web app called HireFly that she and her Metairie-based firm EmployApp has launched.  It’s in beta right now and really looks impressive.
  • Blake Haney and his crew have a new home called The Canary Collective on Julia street.  It’s is an open gallery / workspace / screening room / party space.  He’s also gathering some of the best and brightest above for a new effort he’s launching through Humid Beings.
  • Samuel "Sam" Prokop is the CEO & Founder of HitPath.com, an affiliate marketing data tracking platform, with an office on Prytania across from Zara's. 
  • Dukky is a New Orleans startup that is going to revolutionize the direct mail industry by making it as easy to buy space on a demographically targeted mailer as it is a Google Adwords ad.  Founded by Trumpet and other local partners.


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