It has been almost seven years since I took the helm of Atlanta Startup Drinks. In that time, the group has gone from a mailing list of 20 to almost 1,000, and the event has gone from “Startup What?” to a permanent and popular feature on the Atlanta Startup scene. And it’s been good for me, too: I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it, made a lot of great friends, and enjoyed watching the Atlanta Startup community grow and connect.

But it’s time for me to move on. My career has taken me in new directions — most notably, since becoming VP Finance at the Atlanta Community Food Bank two years ago. And I’ve found it harder to find the time and energy to devote to this group that it deserves.

So, I am very excited to announce that Michael Mealling, the CEO of Pipefish has agreed to take over the leadership of Atlanta Startup Drinks! Michael is a high profile leader in the Atlanta startup scene, and brings a wealth of knowledge, connections and energy to the role. And he’s a hell of a nice guy, too.

Don’t be mistaken: this is not goodbye. I intend to stay active in the startup community and Startup Drinks, and look forward to seeing all my Startup Drinks friends on many more First Tuesdays!

Thanks and best wishes to everyone who’s made this journey so rewarding.


One Reply to “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!”

  1. Thanks Richard! We’ll make sure there’s plenty of alcohol for Atlanta startups to soak themselves in!

    Thank you for all your hard work over the years building a local institution!


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