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EXPERIENCE VENTURE ATLANTA
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 2019’s Keynote Speakers
Aaron Levie | 2019
Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005. Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.
Marc Brown | 2019
Marc Brown has been a member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development Group since joining the company in January 2000. Currently he is Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development overseeing Microsoft’s global M&A and strategic investment activities. During his Microsoft tenure he has led over 185 acquisitions with greater than $60 billion in consideration and 80+ strategic equity investments with over $2.5 billion of invested capital. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Rapid7 and SSB Info and was previously a board member of Perform Media Group plc. Prior to joining Microsoft, Marc practiced corporate law at Goodwin, Proctor in Boston; was a high school teacher and coach at both Deerfield Academy and Phillips Academy Andover; and an investment banker at UBS in New York. He holds a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA in finance from New York University and an AB in economics from Colgate University.
Murphy Clark | 2019
Murphy Clark is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and M&A at Red Ventures, a portfolio of growing digital businesses that span multiple industries and help consumers seamlessly connect with the brands or services they need. Murphy joined the Red Ventures management team in November 2018, following 20+ years in investment banking and private equity. Before joining RV, Murphy held several leadership positions at Wells Fargo Securities’ investment bank and most recently helped run the firm’s middle market financial sponsor coverage and M&A / Equity Private Placements efforts. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities in 2005, Murphy spent nearly a decade in private equity focused on growth equity and late stage venture capital investments with TL Ventures, Kitty Hawk Capital, and GE Capital. He began his investment banking career in Silicon Valley with Smith Barney's West Coast Technology group. Murphy earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduate school, Murphy was selected as a Kauffman Fellow.
Chris Hecht | 2019
Chris Hecht has served as Head of Corporate Development at Atlassian since June 2018. Prior to joining Atlassian, Chris worked at Salesforce for nearly 5 years, where he led the M&A team. Before moving into corporate development, Chris worked in investment banking, focused on tech M&A. Chris has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Colorado College.
James Loftus | 2019
James Loftus leads Global Corporate Development efforts at Square. Prior to Square, he oversaw strategy, business development, and operations for all new media initiatives at STX Digital. Earlier, James was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he advised companies on strategic planning, capital raising, business development, partnerships, and M&A; and a senior member of the M&A teams at Yahoo and Google. He began his career practicing corporate law in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Shearman & Sterling in NYC.
Matt Schweickert | 2019
Matt Schweickert is an Officer of The Home Depot and a member of the Finance Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for several enterprise-level roles (reporting to the Chairman & CEO) and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Strategic Business Development, the Head of Technology Finance & Strategy. and in an interim capacity as Chief Product & Experience Officer. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2015, Matt spent twelve years at Experian PLC, a global information services company providing data & analytic tools to clients in more than 65 countries, where he served as Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development & Strategy for North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Before that, he also worked in investment banking for Banc of America Securities and JP Morgan Chase’s M&A groups and was involved in numerous successful M&A and fund-raising transactions including the purchase of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team by Arthur Blank and the relocation of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team to New Orleans, LA. Matt earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and International Economics from Babson College and Cambridge University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Nichole, and three children.
Seksom Suriyapa | 2019
Seksom Suriyapa is the VP, Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter. He leads a team responsible for driving global corporate strategy, M&A, strategic investment and integration. His experience ranges across Consumer Internet and Cloud-focused enterprise companies, from early stage startup to mature segment leaders, and he has served at the C-level in strategic, financial and operational roles. Seksom thrives within Founder-led companies, serving iconic segment leaders such as Twitter, SuccessFactors, and Akamai, where he has driven strategic execution at critical inflection points. At SuccessFactors, he was a key leadership team member during the company’s journey from ~$100m-$1 billion in revenues, and sale to SAP. At Akamai, he was a key driver of the CDN leader’s move into cybersecurity. Seksom began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later, Morgan Stanley. He has collaborated with leading venture funds, including as an EIR at Mayfield Fund, and is actively sought as a board member, advisor, and investor in privare companies. Mr. Suriyapa holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MBA from INSEAD Business School, and a BA from Williams College.
Stephanie Cohen | 2019
Stephanie Cohen is Goldman Sachs’ Chief Strategy Officer, an Ex Officio member of the Management Committee, and a member of the Partnership Committee. In addition to running strategy and M&A for the firm, Ms. Cohen leads Firmwide initiatives like Launch With GS, a $500m commitment to narrow the investing gap for women, and GS Accelerate, Sachs’ in-house innovation engine. Ms. Cohen has been recognized as one of Crain’s 2019 Most Powerful Women, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Finance. Outside of work, Ms. Cohen is an advocate for education and literacy; she serves on the National Board of Directors of CollegeSpring and as a member of the Board of Quill.org.
Philip Kirk | 2019
Philip Kirk is a Senior Director in the Corporate Development Group at Cisco, responsible for Acquisitions and Venture Investments. Philip leads a team responsible for Collaboration, Cloud & Analytics software and also has responsibility for all of the team’s Corporate Development and venture investment activities in EMEA. Philip has been with the team for over 10 years and has led numerous small and large acquisitions for Cisco, including the $3.7B acquisition of AppDynamics. As a strategic investor, Philip works with portfolio companies including Puppet, Turbonomics, Moogsoft, and Kustomer, among others. Philip earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We are seeking companies in all stages of growth (ranging from very early to growth stage) to present on the VA stage or in our Showcase. We will have over 300 investors in attendance, and they are looking to hear from the most innovative companies across the Southeast.
These companies will have five minutes to pitch on the Venture Atlanta main stage. This is an opportunity for early to growth stage companies to raise money or scale. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Presenting Company:
The Venture Atlanta Showcase was added in 2017 to give early-stage or pre–revenue companies the opportunity to get on the radar of investors. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Showcase Company:
The companies for VA 2019 have been selected. Check them out here!
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