SBN Week In Review: October 10th, 2011

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. A few weeks ago SBN announced a call for nominations for the Silicon Bayou 100, a list of the “coolest people in tech and entrepreneurship.” The public is encouraged to nominate active participants and leaders in the local tech, entrepreneurship, and digital and social media world by this Saturday, October 15th, 2011. Don’t delay; get your nominations in today!

Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

Conversations with Megan- To Automate or not to Automate: Social Media Automation (loosely defined for the purposes of this article) is when you batch update a social media account (like Twitter or Facebook) by lining up a bunch of posts in advance, scheduled out to appear over a certain period of time. Sounds really convenient, right? Well it is. But it’s sort of lacking in that whole “real-time nowness” that most people love about social media.

Steve Jobs was inspiration for many in the New Orleans start-up community: The death of iconic Apple CEO Steve Jobs was felt by many local entrepreneurs. WWLTV reporter Scott Satchfield aired a story on Steve Job’s impact on the local New Orleans tech/startup community last week on WWLTV.

The Well grabs first place at the 2011 PitchNOLA elevator pitch competition: The annual PitchNOLA elevator pitch competition was held Thursday evening, October 6th, 2011, at Tulane University. The event, presented by Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO) and Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business attracted a packed house of local entrepreneurs, funders, and a wide range of supporters from the community. Competition winners, The Well, took home the $3,500 prize.

LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute partners with LED on Economic Development certification: Economic development efforts in Louisiana have been growing exponentially in recent years. Last week, the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute announced a partnership with LED to provide LSU’s Economic Development Certification Program. LSU Executive Education will administer the initiative as one of its open enrollment programs, similar to the longstanding Executive Development Program.

Injecting awesomeness into your work environment: October Net2NO recap: The improvisational comedy troupe The New Movement (TNM) brought humor and valuable principles for working in teams to Tuesday’s Net-Squared New Orleans monthly meet-up. Derek Dupuy, Mike Spara, and C.J. Hunt preached TNM’s gospel to transform you from a boring worker squirrel into a superman.

NOLA Fashion Week opens economic doors for local fashion designers:  NOLA Fashion Week founders Nicholas Landry and Andi Eaton provide Southern designers with a platform to share their work with the community, media, and buyers. After the success of their first fashion week in March, Landry and Eaton say they saw the value of a week-long event as a way to help the progress of the fashion industry itself, rather than just a fun way to showcase local designers.

Local start-up Schedulist receives funding from New Orleans-based Abstraction Ventures:, a developer of leading edge staff retention technology for healthcare facilities, closed an investment by Abstraction Ventures, a New Orleans based private investment fund that invests in early stage companies. The investment brings growth capital and Abstraction’s expertise in growing technology companies to Schedulist.