Founder’s Gratitude

13 November 2007

James Sutton, founder of CrossConneXion, just sent the organizers the following email:

I just wanted to email you guys and say thank you for EVERYTHING over the past two weekends. We learned sooo much and got so much out of the experience, namely a live Web site. Everybody worked so hard and took time away from their own businesses and families to help build this site. That was a huge commitment and we will never forget it. We appreciate and value all the time and feedback from you as well as Shawn, Brian, Jeff, Richard, Brian, Henry, Elena, Panzer and everyone else that participated.

This is a story that our family will tell for generations to come. Thanks for your personal help and guidance. I hope we can continue communicating as the site continues to develop and more features and functions are added. I will be meeting with comframe sometime this week as well. Thanks for making that connection. Also, when you all get ready to do the next Birmingham Startup, please let us know how we can help. We might not be able to write code, but we can get a story in the paper or on TV. That will save you some time.

Thanks again,

James and Marie

It was OUR pleasure, James and Marie!! The startup weekends may be over, but we’re not done with you just yet. Birmingham has got a great startup community all around you to encourage CrossConneXion and cheer your success.


Nine local business teams have made the cut for a one-of-a-kind event that kicks off at the Innovation Depot 6pm this Friday, November 2nd. The Birmingham Startup event ( has selected a handful of Birmingham based entrepreneurs to participate in the first of two back-to-back weekends that will culminate in the launch of a brand new Internet-based company.

This Friday, the nine teams will bring their Internet-based business ideas to the Innovation Depot in downtown Birmingham, ready to work through an intense round-the-clock business boot camp. By Sunday afternoon, investors and analysts will have selected the three most promising concepts. The three finalists will go on to formally present or “pitch” their company to a panel of judges Sunday evening, after which a vote will be taken and a winner will be announced.

The winning business team will participate in part-two of the event that takes place the following weekend beginning on Friday, November 9th. During the second weekend Birmingham’s best software developers, graphic artists, and project managers will join in the effort and converge on the Innovation Depot campus to slingshot the winning concept into reality with two days and nights of massive action!

The lead entrepreneurs chosen for the event and their business/product ideas are as follows:

  1. Dannielle Branam / Pleasant Grove – Party-Extras
  2. Allan Branch / Helena – LessTimeSpent
  3. Chris Freeman / Vestavia Hills – social network analysis
  4. Craig Huggart / Birmingham – web-based speaker bureau
  5. Duncan Lamb / Vestavia Hills – Sous Chef
  6. George Mizzell / Vestavia Hills – web-based instructional materials
  7. Harris Reynolds / Helena – NimbleLabs
  8. Jim Sutton / Birmingham – CrossConneXion
  9. Andy Tillman / Hoover – LeagueDepot

Each entrepreneur is bringing a small team to run through the weekend process. The organizers of the event will surround the entrepreneur teams with additional resources and provide specific training in topics important to the success of the endeavors, regardless of whether they are chosen to participate in the implementation weekend.

There is still time for developers, graphic artist, etc. to sign-up to participate in the second weekend. Those who register by this Friday morning will be invited to the Sunday night presentations and will cast a vote for the winning team.