If what he’s written is true, isn’t it entirely probable that they’re now looking into every faucet of his life, including trying to find out who leaked the information to him? Unless, of course, whoever leaked it to him did so using entirely offline methods. I imagine that it would have been a small bit difficult to coordinate all his research without a single form of electronic communication.
Keep in mind that they shuttered Launchpad Ignition (a primarily tech incubator/accelerator) in favor of partnering with Idea Village. People have told me that the decision was made mostly because there wasn’t a steady stream of tech companies that could participate in Ignition, so they felt it would be better just to help out companies through Idea Village. Sadly, NOLA needs more Launchpads and Schutlzs more than it needs more Idea Villages.
I lived in New Orleans and worked for an IdeaVillage startup for a summer, and I just have to say, absolutely great article.
There are a few things I take issue with, however. For one, IdeaVillage is not solely a “tech” incubator as mentioned in the article. In fact, out of the 13 companies currently in the accelerator, only two thirds could be considered tech startups. This isn’t meant to demean the quality of IdeaVillage, but just to point out that their primary mission is “to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans,” regardless of the industry. (In fact, two of their biggest success stories are Naked Pizza and Cordina Frozen Cocktails.)