Week in Review: November 12, 2012

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

VoteIt Announces Staff’s Last Day, Looks for New Home for Technology

News recently broke that VoteIt is winding down. It appears, after discussing with stakeholders and the team, the consensus was that it would be best to move on because of disagreements about potential investors and the overall strategy and growth of the company. The staff’s last day was on October 31st, 2012. “While we’re obviously proud of the technology and the concept, and early adopters did a great job sharing the product, the sharing down the line as people got farther away from the company wasn’t strong enough to maintain a real viral effect,” said Wisdom.

Essential Reading for Anyone Building a Startup

Jason Nicosia, founder of Connect for a Cause, recently published a listof his five essential books for anyone building a startup, including: Rework by Jason Fried and Heinemeir Hansson, Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, Lean Startup by Eric Ries, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, and Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk.

NOLA Meetup Preview: IDEAxcelerator Class Pitches Hit the Stage

As the third NOLA Meetup rolls around, hosted at Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar next Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 pm, we can again get excited about the speakers at the event. Three companies from the Idea Village IDEAxcelerator class will be gracing the stage for “Pitch Fest” at the next NOLA Meetup: Education EverytimeClothesline Software, and Traverst. Each company will pitch their idea to a panel of judges, just as they will be doing throughout entrepreneur season.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Recognizes Top Louisiana Talent at National Conference

Louisiana, LSU, and more specifically Kenny Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Big Fish Presentations, are at it again. Nguyen spent the weekend in Chicago at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (CEO) National Conference and took home the honor of 2012 College Entrepreneur of the year, brining more recognition to the university and the state for its outstanding entrepreneurial initiatives. Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization does not only help students expand possibilities, but also already successful entrepreneurs like Nguyen.