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Old 10-16-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Well, ATL does have GA Tech which is one piece of the puzzle.

At this point it's too late to compete with Pac NW or Silicon Valley in making software like Google, Facebook or mobile apps. That ecosystem has been in place for decades, and the network effects are too strong to overcome.

ATL could however leverage GA Tech to produce interesting startups in robotics and other next wave technologies which are a hybrid of hardware and software. Smarter cars, smarter appliances, smarter military devices, home automation, smart buildings, software controlled green building tech, factory automation. Those kind of things are still wide open at the moment, and GA Tech has strong programs in industrial, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as construction technology.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Well, ATL does have GA Tech which is one piece of the puzzle.

At this point it's too late to compete with Pac NW or Silicon Valley in making software like Google, Facebook or mobile apps. That ecosystem has been in place for decades, and the network effects are too strong to overcome.

ATL could however leverage GA Tech to produce interesting startups in robotics and other next wave technologies which are a hybrid of hardware and software. Smarter cars, smarter appliances, smarter military devices, home automation, smart buildings, software controlled green building tech, factory automation. Those kind of things are still wide open at the moment, and GA Tech has strong programs in industrial, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as construction technology.
Georgia Tech has VentureLab, and works closely with the ATDC (headquartered essentially on campus).
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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This would be a great economic addition for the city.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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What Atlanta gets most of the time is basically "IT department jobs" of larger companies. Not that there is anything wrong with it. These jobs can be done anywhere in the world, where there are some IT-capable bodies. This requires people who can write "application code".

However, today technology is trying to change the world. Apparently, people who are trying to change the world are flocking to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and I suppose some of the cities in the link provided by Mathman. These kinds of jobs requires people who can write "system code", and I think also a lot of creativity and confidence.

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Lol, dude you can write code anywhere. Companies have guys in India writing programs just like anything else.
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Atlanta lacks a CREATIVE class of IT to make it a Silicon Valley.
That's different from regular code monkeys or system/network dudes.
Anyone can write code and from anywhere.
Atlanta doesn't have the creative tech start ups and corps that innovate and create/engineer software to change the way we live.
You LOL-ed (at me ?) and wrote the same thing that I wrote!?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Well, ATL does have GA Tech which is one piece of the puzzle.

At this point it's too late to compete with Pac NW or Silicon Valley in making software like Google, Facebook or mobile apps. That ecosystem has been in place for decades, and the network effects are too strong to overcome.

ATL could however leverage GA Tech to produce interesting startups in robotics and other next wave technologies which are a hybrid of hardware and software. Smarter cars, smarter appliances, smarter military devices, home automation, smart buildings, software controlled green building tech, factory automation. Those kind of things are still wide open at the moment, and GA Tech has strong programs in industrial, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as construction technology.
I think GA Tech misses the creative component. Coming up with new reasons to use things.

Can someone confirm or debate this point?
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Atlanta has and always has had something going for it that is very lucrative, but not as well known or as 'sexy.'

Atlanta's major advantage has always been geographic positioning. This doesn't go away for the major data backbone of the internet.

Home users won't understand this, since you can move almost anywhere in the country and access anything at home speeds. However, if you're a major company sending and receiving large (huge) amounts of data, you are well aware you are paying for access to the internet backbone lines everyone uses. They are often referred to as longhaul fiber lines.

Now these backbones are all over the place and often bypass our city, however they frequently intersect here as well. The major advantage Atlanta has is we are mid-way between the major Northeastern population centers, midwestern centers, eastern Texas, and South Florida. The old flying adage for our airport... a 2 hour flight to 80% of the US population.

We are ideally positioned for any company that needs large amounts of data access to all population centers in the eastern and central US, however we are not ideally positioned for regional companies that are mainly located in some of these areas and not all. In other words... you can send larger amounts of data to most the US cheaper from here, than other places. Now companies with a national presence, but heavier on the west coasts will probably want to locate in other inland hubs like Chicago or Dallas.

We attract alot of data centers for this very reason. This tends to bring in alot of presence by finance firms, whether headquartered here or not. They need communications access to handle financial transactions. It is also partly why we have companies like Equifax here and many telecommunications companies, like AT&T wireless and Cox Communications.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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I think GA Tech misses the creative component. Coming up with new reasons to use things.

Can someone confirm or debate this point?

The creative component come from.... and I know other techies/engineer types aren't gonna like this but, HUMANITIES.

Humanities/Social Science classes studies people and the human condition in how and why we tick. In order to engineer and create the best software and technology for humans to use we have to understand how they tick and how they are going act and react, incentives and behavior.


The best tech companies combine humanities into thier research and this especially true with Apple and Google. I know STEM schools like to shun humanities/social sciences but if you are making or improving technology for people to use you gotta understand them.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Humanities is needed in technology to be creative. Sorry anti-social neckbeards.

Why humanity grads make the best technology leaders
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Atlanta lacks a CREATIVE class of IT to make it a Silicon Valley.

That's different from regular code monkeys or system/network dudes.


Anyone can write code and from anywhere.

Atlanta doesn't have the creative tech start ups and corps that innovate and create/engineer software to change the way we live.
It's true that there isn't the environment here to do it, but I suspect the metro has the talent. Most of us have to take more mundane positions to pay the mortgage.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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We've got two Atlantans on the GM board of directors, if that makes any difference.
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