2018 Venture Atlanta Conference: October 16 – 17, Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree
We will open registration for VA 2019 in the spring. Stay tuned for the official kickoff date!
VA 2018 had 33 Presenting Companies and 35 Showcase Companies.
Join more than 160 funds at this year’s conference and meet the most innovative companies with remarkable technologies.
See what you missed in 2018
October 16-17, 2019 | Located at Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree
Venture Atlanta gathers together the most innovative companies, disruptive technologies and top tier investors for the region’s leading venture capital conference.
Join more than 1000 fellow game-changers as we network with key leaders, hear from the most impressive startups and get inspired by what’s happening in the tech industry.
VA 2018’s Keynote Speakers
Dave DeWalt | 2018
Opening Keynote Speaker
Dave DeWalt is a veteran CEO, advisor, and investor who has led companies, from startup to the Fortune 500, on a transformational journey of success. Focused on technology and cybersecurity, Dave helped create more than $20 billion of shareholder value during his 15 plus years as president and CEO of three major companies. That includes driving the most successful cybersecurity IPO ever in 2013, and leading the largest all-cash deal in technology history in 2010. Today he serves as the chairman of Momentum Cyber, the managing director of Allegis Cyber, founder of NightDragon, as well as an investor and board member in the world’s most innovative companies such as Delta Airlines, Five9, ForeScout, Phantom Cyber, CallSign, Claroty, Team8, DataTribe, Illusive Networks, and Optiv.
Dave has substantial expertise in the information technology security industry and, with his strategic and operational experience, provides counsel to some of the leading companies in the space. Dave was named one of the 25 most influential executives in high technology by the readers of the industry publication CRN. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum on the issue of cybersecurity and keynoted at several technology industry conferences including Interop and Software 2008 and RSA. He is an alumnus of the University of Delaware.
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Arun Mathew | 2018
Arun Mathew joined Accel in 2009 and leads growth investments in the enterprise, security and infrastructure markets.
Arun works closely with Bettercloud, Code42, Dealer.com (acquired by DealerTrack), Forgerock, G2 Crowd, PagerDuty, Qualtrics, ServiceChannel, Squarespace, Tenable and Yapstone. Arun also leads the firm's Tech Council initiatives and spends time in India, where he is active with Accel's investments in Flipkart, BookMyShow, Ola, Freshworks and Portea.
Arun is from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Zach Nelson | 2018
Closing Keynote Speaker
Zach Nelson is the former CEO of NetSuite and one of the most successful software CEOs in Silicon Valley history. During his tenure at NetSuite, the company grew from a start-up with annual sales of $1 million to revenue of $1 billion in 2017 with a global customer base of some 24,000 mid-size and enterprise companies and 5,000 employees. NetSuite was ultimately acquired by Oracle for $9.3 billion, making it the largest SaaS acquisition in history and the third largest software company acquisition by enterprise value in the industry. Currently, Nelson is an active and successful investor in the technology, media, entertainment, and hospitality sectors.
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Deborah Farrington | 2018
Deborah Farrington is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of StarVest Partners LP, a New York City based venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled business services with a focus on software-as-a-service, data & analytics and internet marketing founded in 1998. She has been named to the Forbes Midas 100 List of top venture capitalists multiple times and twice was top woman on the list.
StarVest was an early investor in software-as-a-service as the only venture investor in NetSuite in 2000. Ms. Farrington was Lead Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of NetSuite, Inc. (NYSE: N) until its acquisition by Oracle in November 2016 for $9.4 billion. Additional notable StarVest investments include in human capital management - Fieldglass (sold to SAP) and Snag, Inc. (the leading platform for hourly workers in service industries); in security – Veracode (sold to CA Technologies); in payments – Transactis; in internet marketing – iCrossing (sold to Hearst), MessageOne (sold to Dell) and CrowdTwist (loyalty); in cloud brokerage services – AppDirect; and in logistics – Newgistics (sold to PE firm). Representing StarVest, she is a board member of CrowdTwist, ConveyIQ, Host Analytics, Snag Holdings and Xignite.
Frank Bisignano | 2018
Frank Bisignano joined First Data as CEO in 2013 and became chairman of its board in 2014. Bisignano is credited with transforming the 46-year-old company into a 21st Century technology innovator, industry collaborator and commerce enabler. In June 2014, First Data announced a historic $3.5 billion private placement of equity which was followed in 2015 by the largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of that year at $2.6 billion. Prior to First Data, Bisignano was the co-chief operating officer for J.P. Morgan Chase as well as CEO of its mortgage banking unit. He is a member of the board of directors of Humana, Inc. and serves on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, the Mount Sinai Health System, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the Metro Atlanta Chamber and The Commerce Club of Atlanta.
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Hala Moddelmog | 2018
A business and civic leader with more than 20 years in executive leadership roles, Hala Moddelmog is the first female president and CEO of the nearly 160-year-old Metro Atlanta Chamber where she works on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and small and medium-sized enterprises in the country’s ninth largest metro region. She also serves as a board member of several blue-chip nonprofit organizations and as a corporate director for two NYSE companies, FLEETCOR Technologies and Lamb Weston. Prior to joining the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Moddelmog was president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the first woman to lead an international restaurant company as president of Church’s Chicken. Moddelmog serves on nonprofit boards for Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Woodruff Arts Center and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, and is a co-chair for 2017-2019 for the Alliance Theatre.
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Ross Mason | 2018
Ross Mason founded MuleSoft in 2006. The company provides one of the world's leading platforms for building application networks that connects any enterprise app, data and device across cloud and on-premises. In May 2018, MuleSoft was acquired by Salesforce in one of this year’s largest SaaS acquisitions. Prior to MuleSoft, Mason served as CEO of SymphonySoft, an EU-based provider of services and support for large-scale integration projects. Earlier in his career, he was also the lead architect for Rabobank and worked with NatWest Bank, Credit Suisse and Swiss Re.
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Kyle Porter | 2018
Kyle Porter is the founder and CEO of SalesLoft. SalesLoft generated explosive growth over the past three years, recognized as the 7th Fastest-Growing technology company in North America by Deloitte. SalesLoft now employs more than 300 across its Atlanta headquarters, San Francisco and New York offices, and the company was also named Atlanta’s #1 best place to work in 2018 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SalesLoft has raised over $75 million from top-tier global investors, including Insight Venture Partners, Emergence Capital, and LinkedIn and was awarded the fastest-growing technology company in Atlanta in multiple years. Kyle was also nominated for Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2017. He is a champion for organizational health and the Atlanta technology ecosystem and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on the topics of leadership, fostering culture in a dynamic market, and modern sales.
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Phyllis Newhouse | 2018
Phyllis W. Newhouse is the Chief Executive Officer of Xtreme Solutions, Inc., an end-to-end IT services and solutions provider, with offerings that range from IT business consulting to state-of-the-art cyber security consulting and forensic analysis. Phyllis co-founded Xtreme Solutions in 2002 upon retiring from the United States Army as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. Phyllis is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, and worldwide motivational speaker in business. Her company, Xtreme Solutions, has been recognized as being one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in the United States consecutively for the past six years. Phyllis, now one of the most influential women in technology, was admitted into the 2013 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ and was most recently recognized for her accomplishments as the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 National Technology Award winner.
Kathryn Petralia | 2018
Kathryn has spent the past 20 years working with startups and established companies focused on credit, payments, technology and ecommerce. Kathryn co-founded Kabbage in 2009, and Kabbage has since provided more than $5 billion to SMBs through a fully-automated platform that allows customers to apply in minutes. Kabbage also partners with global financial institutions to provide that same experience worldwide. Prior to Kabbage, Kathryn was with Revolution Money, an Internet-based credit card, where she was Vice President of Strategy. Before Revolution, Kathryn was a corporate development executive with CompuCredit Corporation. She spent the early dotcom years with several Internet startups. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Furman University.
Wendi Sturgis | 2018
Wendi has spent the last twenty years working in the tech, media and Internet space. She is currently the Chief Client Officer at Yext. Prior to her role as the Chief Client Officer, she was the EVP of Sales and Services. She has held executive positions at Oracle, Gartner, Right Media and Yahoo!, where she was Vice President of Account Management for North America where she managed a 1.4B dollar P/L. Wendi previously served on the Student Transportation, Inc. board as an independent director and the chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee. She has served on the Step Up Women’s Network board for the past ten years, and she was previously on the Dailyworth.com and Taproot boards.
Holly Maloney McConnell | 2018
Holly began her career as an investor at Guidepost Growth Equity (FKA: North Bridge Growth Equity) several years ago. She worked hard to build a foundation for what she hoped to be a long-term career: sourcing and executing investments in software-based companies; and cultivating trusted relationships with entrepreneurs and industry executives. While there, she worked closely with companies such as Dyn, Erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine and was focused on infrastructure, communications, human capital management, marketplaces, manufacturing, and digital media. At General Catalyst, she focuses on later-stage companies that have already achieved some success, and have demonstrated capital efficiency prior to our involvement.
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Congratulations on yet another fantastic conference! The content, audience, and conversations were incredible.
You guys do it better every year! Venture Atlanta is the only regional event I attend with any regularity, in large part because of the quality of the event you and your team put on.
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A great event, end to end! We really enjoyed meeting so many folks from the community. It was an impressively organized, and highly enjoyable two days for us.
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