2019 Venture Atlanta Conference: October 16 – 17, Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree



October 16-17, 2019 // Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree

2019-10-16 12:00:00 2019-10-17 18:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Conference Southern Exchange Ballrooms at 200 Peachtree Venture Atlanta

Join more 1,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, premiere investors and key executives from across the country at the 2019 Venture Atlanta Conference.

It all goes down on October 16-17, 2019 at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree! Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. We will be back with great speakers and new opportunities for sponsors and attendees. We sell out every year - so don’t wait to grab your tickets.


We will open registration for VA 2019 in the spring. Stay tuned for the official kickoff date. In the meantime, you can check out our VA 2018 conference details below to get an idea of what to expect for next year!



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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Dave Dewalt

Arun Mathew | 2018

Fireside Chat

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.

Arun Matthew | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

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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Zach Nelson | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

Deborah Farrington | 2018

Fireside Chat

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.

Deborah Farrington

Frank Bisignano | 2018

Fireside Chat

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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Frank Bisignano | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

Hala Moddelmog | 2018

Fireside Chat

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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Hala Moddelmog | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

Ross Mason | 2018

Fireside Chat

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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Ross Mason | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

Kyle Porter | 2018

Fireside Chat

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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Kyle Porter | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

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.

Phyllis | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

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.

Kathryn Petralia | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

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.

Wendi Sturgis | Speaker at Venture Atlanta

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.

Holly Maloney | Speaker at Venture Atlanta


For your convenience, we have negotiated room blocks at two nearby hotels from Tuesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 17. The rooms will fill up quickly, so we recommend that you make your reservation far in advance. Please use the booking information below.

181 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Discounted Group Rate:

$229 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online by selecting appropriate dates, using promo code VNTVNTA and clicking "find" to complete the reservation process or simply call 1-800-241-3333 and reference the Venture Atlanta Room Block.

210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Discounted Group Rate:

$219 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online or simply call 1-800-937-8461 and reference the Venture Atlanta Room Block

176 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Discounted Group Rate:

$179 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online.


The 2018 Schedule is posted below! Speakers will be announced as they are secured.

Monday, October 15th

  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Techstars Atlanta Demo Day
    The Tabernacle
    152 Luckie Street,
    Atlanta, GA
    RSVP is necessary

  • 7:30pm

    Venture Atlanta Alumni Dinner
    Terminus 330 in Downtown Atlanta

    Invitation Only

Tuesday, October 16th

  • 8:00am - 10:00am

    Entrepreneur and Investor Only Private Breakfast
    Location: Metro Atlanta Chamber, 191 Peachtree Street
    Invitation Only

  • 10:00am

    New Venue!

    Registration Opens to All Attendees at Southern Exchange Ballrooms @ 200 Peachtree

  • 10:00am – 6:00pm

    Exhibition Area Open in Main Networking Room

  • 11:00am

    Opening Remarks and Conference Kick Off

    We are starting early this year! Make sure to be in your seats by 11am or you will miss out on the fun.

  • 11:05am - 11:40am

    Opening Fireside Chat

    Dave DeWalt, Managing Director of AllegisCyber and former CEO of FireEye and McAfee and

    Arun Mathew, Partner at Accel

  • 11:45am – 12:25pm

    Lessons in Leadership Panel

    Kathryn Petrailia, Co-Founder of Kabbage
    Phyllis Newhouse, CEO of XTreme Solutions/Managing Partner at Legend52 Ventures
    Wendi Sturgis, Chief Client Officer at Yext
    Holly Maloney, Managing Director at General Catalyst

  • 12:25pm – 1:35pm

    Lunch and Networking Break

  • 1:40pm – 2:50pm

    Company Presentations
    12 Early Stage Companies Present

  • 2:50pm – 3:15pm

    Networking Break

  • 3:20pm – 4:30pm

    Company Presentations
    11 Venture Spotlight Companies Present

  • 4:30pm – 5:10pm

    Fireside Chat

    Frank Bisignano, CEO, First Data

    Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber

  • 5:15pm – 7:15pm

    Startup Showcase featuring 30+ companies and a Cocktail Party
    Join us for the best networking event of the entire conference. This is a 'can't miss' opportunity!

  • 7:30pm – 10:00pm

    Investor Dinner
    Location: Ponce City Market Rooftop
    Transportation provided for out of town guests / Invitation only

Wednesday, October 17th

  • 7:30am - 9:00am

    VIP Breakfast
    Invitation only

  • 9:00am – 9:30am

    Conference Opens to All Attendees

    Continental breakfast and gourmet coffee bar for all attendees

  • 9:30am – 9:40am

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:45am - 10:30am

    From 0 to 6.5B: lessons learned from the lifecycle of a great cloud company.

    Ross Mason, Founder of MuleSoft which recently sold to Salesforce, valued at $6.5billion
    Kyle Porter, Founder and CEO of SalesLoft

  • 10:30am – 11:40am

    11 Early and Venture Stage Companies Present

  • 11:45am – 12:20pm

    Closing Fireside Chat

    Zach Nelson, former CEO of Netsuite (sold to Oracle) and

    Deborah Farrington, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, StarVest Partners

  • 12:20pm

    Closing Remarks

  • 12:30pm

    Lunch for all attendees

Company applications are now closed.


How do I register multiple people?

You may register more than one person at one time. Simply register one main contact and then as many guests as you’d like. This will allow you to input your billing and credit card information only once. All major credit cards are accepted at the time of registration. There is no option to pay by check online. Please note that you will see the payment on your credit card as STRIPE – Venture Atlanta. Please do not refute this charge.

Can I cancel my registration?

Due to pre-registration costs and guarantees, refunds or credits are not extended for this event.  However, registrations are transferable. On the day of the event, the substitute attendee must present a copy of the registration receipt or email verification to be admitted to the event.

Can I register the day of the event?

If space is available, we will allow walk–up registrations. The price will be $695 with no exceptions (so try to get your tickets early!). If a discounted price was given out for this event, it is no longer valid by the day of the event.

Can I register for a one day pass or for one section of the event?

No, we do not sell partial tickets.

What type of payment do you accept for Venture Atlanta registration?

We accept all major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX), checks are not accepted. Please note that we use STRIPE as our payment processor.

Who do I contact if I have a question or problem during registration?

Contact Allyson Eman at 770-298-4202

Do you have a block of rooms at a hotel nearby for the event?

Yes, simply refer to the Hotel Information section for blocks at the Ritz Carlton and Omni Hotel at CNN Center. These are small blocks and once they are full, we can provide other nearby hotels for your convenience.

How do I receive access to your mobile app?

You will set up a profile for the mobile app as part of your registration process. You will then receive automatic access to our mobile app and will receive email confirmation when the app is live and ready to go.