Week in Review: May 19, 2014

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:


New Orleans Native and Hackathon Producer Brings Expertise to Bonnaroo Once Again

Hackthons began surfacing in 1999 after a group of developers came together to avoid legal problems they were facing. The often weekend long events have since become more widespread and are applicable in a number of industries, including one that New Orleans and its natives are known for: music. Last year, New Orleanian Travis Laurendine producer the first ever hackathon at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Hackeroo, designed to bring people together to build fan-generated content applications for fans and musicians. The second annual event took place last weekend (May 10 and 11) at Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris Schultz Shares Experience on the Road with Showcasing Launch Fest Startups

The Launch Pad co-founder Chris Schultz, who is currently with seven New Orleans startups on the road showcasing their companies, writes, “I’m writing from 30k ft over “flyover country” en route from San Francisco to New York for the second stop on the New Orleans Startup Roadshow…The startups on the roadshow are hustling, over the course of three days rapidly growing their networks.  I wanted to share a few highlights for our #NOLAtech family back home…” Highlights are available here.

Next New Orleans Women in Technology Workshop Focused on LinkedIn

New Orleans Women in Technology (WIT) was started in 2013 with a goal to get more local women into higher paying jobs. In keeping with that goal, the organization has begun hosting community workshops aimed at teaching small business owners how to build their own websites and more. On June 7th, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, organizers are hosting a free LinkedIn workshop at Beta, a shared coworking space, located at 800 Common Street in New Orleans.

Research Park Corporation Grants $1.5 Million to Baton Rouge Venture Development Organization

A Baton Rouge-based venture development organization, Innovation Catalyst (formerly Step One Ventures) has just received $1.5 million from Research Park Corporation (RPC). The company will be funding seed and early-stage investments in high potential startups in Louisiana through its Catalyst Fund.

Five Things to Know About Louisiana’s Angel Investor Tax Credit

Attorneys Amy McIntire and Jonathan Brouk from Chaffe McCall LLP, which focuses on the legal needs of today’s entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses. Their first contribution to SBN shares the five things to know about Louisiana’s angel investor tax credit, including: what it is, what kind of preparation is helpful, additional steps to take, reserving credits, and where to go for more information.

IdeaMensch Founder Releases List of Top 100 Books for Entrepreneurs

Mario Schulzke is the founder of IdeaMensch, a community he started to help people bring their ideas to life. His work brings him around the world to network and empower entrepreneurs. His work also landed him in New Orleans as part of a 50 stop road trip that shared his insight with fellow entrepreneurs. On May 13th, Schulzke released the IdeaMensch list of top 100 books for entrepreneurs that can be found here.

Tech Gifts for the Graduate

Contributor Mark Lewis shares his best technology-related gifts for a recent graduate, including a Mophie phone charger, Beats headphones, a wireless camera remote, a iStabilizerMonopod, a USB utility charging tool, and a bluetooth headset.

May Net2NO Recap: The Great Hackathon Debate

Net2NO, the fourth largest Net2Local meetup group in the world, has grown from 30 members to now over 1,100 people since 2008. The New Orleans meetup Net2NO has hosted events to connect local entrepreneurs, innovators and tech people. Its May 6th meetup welcomed the theme “The Great Hackathon Debate” which brought together local hackathon producers to get their take on the events, including Matthew Tritico of BarCampNOLA,Travis Laurendine of Codemkrs, and Bryan Joseph of the upcoming OpenSourceNOLA hackathon.

New Orleans Startups Featured on Entrepreneur Magazine’s ’100 Brilliant Companies’ List

Entrepreneur Magazine compiles an annual list of ideas, companies, applications and inventions that have amazed with their unique solutions to common problems, executed in forms both high-tech and simple. “The Brilliant 100″ was host to two inventive and inspiring New Orleans Startups, Airpnp and Dinner Lab.

3 Basic Tips For Being A Healthier Entrepreneur

The weekly 52businesses post explores what it takes to not only be a successful entrepreneur, but a healthy one too. Founder Colin Grussing writes his three top tips for  being healthier, including:  1) Make time for Exercise –  Exercising doesn’t take up time, it actually creates more time; 2) Stop working while you eat – pay attention to what and how much you’re putting in your mouth; and 3) Track your progress–hold yourself accountable.

Inaugural Launch Fest Play Attracts over 60 New Orleans Area Game Developers and Fans

New Orleans-based developers and gamers Barrett Conrad and Paul Teall decided to take the NOLA Game Developer meetup to the next level, establishing Launch Fest Play, an expo of the video game development happening in and around New Orleans. Launch Fest Play coincided with the fifth annual Launch Fest, the one-day startup conference and demo day earlier this month. Conrad said that between 60 and 70 people attended for some of the event highlights, including 12 demo companies (full list below), a keynote, panel and pitch competition.