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from http://www.fastcompany.com/ 769 days ago

The best Southern startups value company culture, organic growth, and work-life balance over fast exits and gaudy IPOs--and that's exactly why they succeed, argues David Cummings, CEO of the Atlanta-based marketing software firm Pardot.

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Southern tech founders don’t necessarily wake up every day looking at the balance sheet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t attracted to growth. Far from the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley, companies like MailChimp, Scoutmob, and my company Pardot represent a Southern type of startup based on organic development, company culture, and stability. This “yeoman’s culture” values independence and work-life balance over get-rich-quick growth. Consider MailChimp ...

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