October 21-22, 2020
Venture Atlanta brings together the most innovative companies, technologies, and investors for the region’s leading venture capital conference. This year, we’ll be fully digital — streaming to you live for two days of immersive experiences and opportunities to connect. Join us October 21-22, 2020, as we network with key leaders, hear from innovative companies, and chart the latest venture capital trends with Venture Atlanta Live Online.
What Venture Atlanta Live Online Is...And What It Isn’t
Venture Atlanta Live Online is not a webinar or the millionth video call you’ll be expected to be on this year. It’s a full conference brought to you in a virtual format.
- Think of your favorite morning show where you tune in with a cup of coffee, are greeted by an entertaining host, consume the latest news, and watch interviews with top guests
- Think of your favorite standup comedy special on Netflix coming to you LIVE in the comfort of your own home or office
- Think of the Apple’s live product releases that generate news stories across different beats and ignite conversations on social media
- Think of a tentpole event where teams gather together and watch in real-time from various corners of the globe
- This is Venture Atlanta Live Online
Venture Atlanta Live Online Keynote Speakers
We've already secured all of our speakers for this year's event! Stay tuned as we reveal more names in the coming weeks!
Arianna Huffington | 2020
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team.
Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Dharmesh Shah | 2020
Dharmesh Shah is the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot [NYSE:HUBS], a marketing, sales and CRM software company headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
He is the co-author of the book "Inbound Marketing" and writes OnStartups.com -- a top-ranking startup blog and community with more than 700,000 members.
In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, which has garnered over 5 million views. He is an active member of the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 70 startups.
Dug Song | 2020
Dug Song is Co-founder and General Manager of Duo Security, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity providers in the world. In 2018, Duo was acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion, making it the largest exit ever for a Michigan-based software company.
Founded in 2010, Duo protects more than 20,000 organizations against data breach by making security easy and effective. Duo’s Zero Trust security products verify the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to applications - helping prevent breach and account takeover.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Duo has more than 800 employees with offices in Austin, Texas; Detroit, London and San Francisco. Prior to its acquisition by Cisco, Duo raised $119 million intotal capital, backed by Benchmark, Geodesic Capital, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures, True Ventures and Workday.
Dug is a renowned hacker and leading voice in the information security industry. He is often quoted on cybersecurity issues by international media, and appears onstage at industry events around the world.
Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers, and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.
Dug is heavily involved in mentorship and fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan. He is co-founder of the Ann Arbor’s Entrepreneurs Fund, which enables local entrepreneurs to turn business success into positive community impact. Dug is also a board member of Ann Arbor-based security startup Censys, a founding member of a2newtech and an active participant in Tech Brewery, a2skatepark and the Entrepreneurs' Foundation of Ann Arbor.
In 2019, Dug and his wife Linh founded the Song Foundation, which invests in innovative people and organizations who are improving the quality of life for all in Southeast Michigan, and helping to build a more just and equitable world. Among its contributions, the Song Foundation committed $1 million in emergency relief for small businesses in Washtenaw County amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Dug also serves on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Venture for America in Detroit, and Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home of the Knight-Wallace fellowships for journalists.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from UofM.
Rachel Holt | 2020
Rachel is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Construct Capital, a Seed/Series A fund that invests in technology builders who are connecting, automating, and transforming foundational industries – such as manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, food – that power half of our country’s GDP but have been underinvested from a venture perspective for decades. Before Construct, Rachel spent nearly 8.5 years at Uber, joining as one of the company's earliest employees and a long time member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Rachel led the company's New Mobility organization, which includes the eBike and eScooter businesses as well as running Uber's Incubator which funds and develops new products and services on Uber platform. Previously, Rachel ran the US & Canada Rides business which represented nearly half of Uber's bookings and revenue.
Rachel began her career at Bain & Company, advising companies in the private equity, financial services and healthcare industries. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and earned her MBA from Stanford University, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Karim Faris | 2020
Karim leads GV's investments in enterprise software, data analytics, and security. He brings over a decade of operational and investment experience to his role. He initially joined Google’s corporate development team in 2008, the group responsible for all mergers and acquisitions and has been at GV since inception.
Prior to Google, Karim was a venture capitalist at Atlas Venture, where he worked on investments in software and Internet infrastructure. Previously, he was director of New Ventures at Level 3 Communications, responsible for evaluating new business opportunities and has led product development for the company’s voice services. Earlier in his career, Karim held various product and marketing roles at Intel, initially on the i486:tm:, and later as product manager for the Pentium:registered: Processor. He started his career at Siemens as a software engineer working on the first vehicle navigation system for BMW.
Karim holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in computer engineering from Brown University where he published several papers on neural networks.
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WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We are seeking companies in all stages of growth (ranging from very early to growth stage) from across the Southeast to present live on our studio stage or in our virtual Showcase.
These companies will pitch on the Venture Atlanta studio stage in a live broadcast to thousands of viewers across the world. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Live Online Presenting Company:
The Venture Atlanta Showcase gives early-stage or pre–revenue companies the opportunity to get on the radar of investors. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Live Online Showcase Company:
Company applications for Venture Atlanta Live Online are now open!
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