News Reports of Second Birmingham Startup

16 May 2008

Both local newspapers have articles today about the recent Birmingam Startup effort.  The Birmingham News had a quick blurb about the winner of Monday night’s vote and listed the other finalists.  The Birmingham Business Journal article includes a quote from Travis Bryant, concentrating more on the winner.  Thanks to Travis for the kind words about the Birmingham Startup process…

    Thursday, May 15, 2008 – 2:18 PM CDT

    Idea to sell books via cell phone wins Birmingham Startup contest

    Birmingham Business Journal – by Jimmy DeButts Staff

    A Birmingham entrepreneur’s plan to make books available via mobile phone was selected as the top business idea introduced in the second installment of Birmingham Startup.

    Travis Bryant’s vision to provide small and medium-sized publishers with an alternate avenue for distribution beat four other entrepreneurs who competed over two weekends to launch their own business. His company is called GalleyPro. Bryant, who works for Birmingham’s Menasha Ridge Press, said making novels available digitally was inspired by seeing publishers holding onto manuscripts with no quick way to distribute them.

    “I’ve been looking for a print-to-digital option,” Bryant said. “This will be the first solution. Birmingham Startup helped me craft a business-to-business mindset. We’re sitting on the content. We can respect the authors and publishers and get it out there.”

    Birmingham Startup is a collection of professionals who gathered over consecutive weekends listening to business proposals, helping entrepreneurs shape their business model and exiting the second weekend with a new company. The first Startup was held last fall.

    Finalists presentations were held at Burr & Forman LLP on May 12 and were judged by Innovation Depot CEO Susan Matlock, Jemison Investments CEO Grey Wood and DAXKO CEO David Gray.


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