On today’s show, we’re here with Mark Buffington, CEO and Co-Founder of BIP Capital, one of the Southeast’s most active venture capital firms.
Mark’s background is in mathematics and econometrics which came in handy during his time on the west coast working in the hedge fund space. Living around the Bay area, Mark found it difficult to not start investing in ventures and after experiencing quick success, he knew this was the career for him. About 14 years ago, Mark moved operations to Atlanta due to its potential to be a big fish in a small pond.
Recently, BIP Capital released its 3rd annual State of Startups in the Southeast 2019 report which indexes venture activity in the nine southeastern states, looks at valuations in the different ecosystems, and measures the maturity and competitiveness of the area.
Certain cities do things well and Atlanta happens to do several things well including FinTech, healthcare IT, software tools, and sales automation. Georgia is also the Southeast’s SaaS innovation leader and is on track to have another strong year of VC funding.
To find out more about BIP Capital’s State of Startups in the Southeast and other investing insights, be sure to watch our entire interview above.
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