2018 Venture Atlanta Conference: October 16 – 17, Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree


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October 16-17, 2018 // Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree

2018-10-16 12:00:00 2018-10-17 18:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Conference College Football Hall of Fame" Venture Atlanta

Join more 900 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, premiere investors and key executives from across the country at the 2018 Venture Atlanta Conference.

It all goes down on October 16-17, 2018 at our new venue 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.


Early Bird registration begins April 2, 2018.



Mark Cuban

Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University - where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town - Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe.

In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com - streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.

Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 - and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes' most valuable franchises in sports.

In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC's "Sharks" on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.

Ernie Garcia

Ernie Garcia, III co-founded Carvana and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since the inception in 2012. Mr. Garcia is also Chairman of the Carvana Co. Board. Prior to founding Carvana, Mr. Garcia held various roles at the DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. from January 2007 to January 2013. From January 2007 to December 2008, he served as a financial strategist. He was a managing director of corporate finance from December 2008 to November 2009. From November 2009 until January 2013, he served as a Vice President and Treasurer and Director of Quantitative Analytics. As Director of Quantitative Analytics, Mr. Garcia was responsible for the firm’s ongoing development of consumer credit scoring models, and its utilization of those tools in retail vehicle sales deal structuring and vehicle price optimization. Prior to DriveTime, Mr. Garcia was an associate in the Principal Transactions Group at RBS Greenwich Capital from 2005 to 2006, where he focused on consumer credit based investments. Mr. Garcia holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Scott Dorsey

Scott Dorsey is a highly admired entrepreneur, speaker and innovator. He was the co-founder and CEO of ExactTarget, which was acquired by Salesorce for $2.5 billion in 2013. He is now the co-founder and managing partner at High Alpha – a venture studio that conceives, launches and scales enterprise technology companies. Join us at Venture Atlanta to hear more about Dorsey’s story and how innovation is shaping our future.

Our Host | Tripp Crosby

He’s most widely known as the director and taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo whose shorts have amassed over 60 million views and made headlines on some the world's largest publications (Today Show, Late Show, CNN Headline News, Huffington Post, Mashable). You might be familiar with their most popular sketch A Conference Call in Real Life, which is arguably the most influential workplace comedy short in internet history. In 2016, Tripp directed and appeared with Tyler in four episodes of TruTV’s Late Night Snack, and they are currently developing their own unscripted travel related television show. Most of their time is spent working on digital content campaigns for a number of major brands like Fuze Ice Tea, Ford Mustang, Constant Contact, GoDaddy, and Zoom just to name a few.


For your convenience, we have negotiated room blocks at two nearby hotels from Monday, October 15 through Wednesday, 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:

$219 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.


2018 Schedule will be posted in early September and keynotes will be announced as they are secured.

Tuesday, October 10th

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

  • 6:30pm

    Venture Atlanta Alumni Dinner
    College Football Hall of Fame
    250 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA

    For Registered Investors and Venture Atlanta Alumni Companies Only

Wednesday, October 11th

  • 8:30am - 10:30am

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

    For Entrepreneurs and Investors interested in attending this breakfast, please contact Christian Devlin at Christian.Devlin@cbre.com

  • 10:30am

    Registration Opens to All Attendees

  • 10:30am – 6:00pm

    Exhibition Area Open in Quad Area
    Startup Showcase is OPEN on 2nd Floor

  • 11:30am

    Opening Remarks and Conference Kick Off
    Tripp Crosby – Host

  • 11:45am – 12:30pm

    Seated Lunch and Opening Keynote Speaker
    Scott Dorsey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, High Alpha. Former Co-Founder and CEO of ExactTarget
    Joined by Stacey Bishop, Scale Venture Partners

  • 12:30pm – 1:15pm

    Networking Break
    Startup Showcase is OPEN

  • 1:20pm – 2:35pm

    Company Presentations
    12 Early Stage Companies Present

  • 2:40pm – 3:25pm

    Entrepreneur Panel “Lessons Learned” Featuring:
    Kyle Porter, SalesLoft,
    Kelly Gay, Numerex,
    Mark Wilson, Chime Solutions
    Braxton Jarratt, IBM Cloud Video.
    Moderated by: Jeff Leavitt, Partner at DLA Piper.

  • 3:25pm – 4:05pm

    Networking Break
    Startup Showcase is OPEN

  • 4:10pm – 5:20pm

    Company Presentations
    11 Venture Spotlight Companies Present

  • 5:30pm – 6:05pm

    Brad Feld, Foundry Group and Michael Cohn, Techstars Atlanta
    Fireside Chat

  • 6:10pm – 7:30pm

    Cocktail Party
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm

    Investor Dinner
    Location: Ponce City Market Rooftop
    Invitation only

Thursday, October 12th

  • 7:30am - 9:00am

    VIP Breakfast
    Invitation only

  • 9:00am – 9:30am

    Conference Opens
  • 9:45am – 10:30am

    Fireside Chat
    Ernie Garcia, Chairman and CEO, Carvana and Alex Estevez, Accel

  • 10:35am - 11:50am

    12 Early and Venture Stage Companies Present
  • 11:50am – 12:30pm

    Startup Showcase is OPEN

  • 12:35pm – 1:15pm

    Keynote Presentation - Mark Cuban
    Owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, AXS TV and one of the shark’s on ABC’s Shark Tank

  • 1:20pm

    Conference Concludes
    Stay until the end for a chance to win a driving experience package from Porsche!

If your company is looking to present, please apply here.

Registration opens April 2, 2018.


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.