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How the journeys of four much-hyped Atlanta startups stack up

For those feeling inspired by stories in this package and drafting their resignation letters, a cruel dose of reality from the Harvard Business Review: “If you’re launching a business, the odds are against you: Two-thirds of startups never show a positive return.” Striking startup gold is incredibly rare, but it does happen. Here are a few much-hyped startups and their (sometimes short) journeys, alongside onetime Atlanta darling Mailchimp.
Atlanta Magazine Groundbreakers 2018

Venture Atlanta

The annual Venture Atlanta conference is basically our city’s version of ABC’s Shark Tank, where fledgling entrepreneurs pitch their concepts to investors from across the nation. In fact, “Shark” Mark Cuban delivered last year’s closing keynote address.

Waffle House creates a pickup depot for Roadie couriers

App-based shipping startup Roadie, which will send your package with a driver already headed toward its destination, recently signed a deal to make the Norcross-based diner chain an official (read, brightly lit and public) depot for its civilian couriers to deliver goods to patrons around the clock—even during calamitous weather events.

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