October 21-22, 2020

2020-10-21 11:00:00 2020-10-22 16:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Conference Virtual Conference Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta Live Online is a brand-new, digital experience designed to hold true to Venture Atlanta’s mission of connecting companies to capital — online and year-round. VA Live Online will bring you panels, pitches, world-renowned speakers, interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and one-on-one meetings live during our two-day streaming event and on-demand in the full year to follow. We are committed to bringing together great ideas and great people — no matter the format — in a time when we need this more than ever.


Don't miss out on the event that everyone in the industry will be talking about. Registration for Venture Atlanta Live Online is now open!


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 -- 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.

Jean-Michel Lemieux | 2020

Jean-Michel Lemieux is the Chief Technology Officer at Shopify and joined the company in 2015. Prior to joining Shopify, he served as the Vice President of Engineering at Atlassian and as the Chief Architect for Rational Team Concert, a division of IBM. Jean-Michel co-authored the book, Eclipse Rich Client Platform and has filed two U.S. patents on software configuration management.

Jean-Michel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene | 2020

Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with over 19 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels) and PopCom after identifying a need develop a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent.

Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Black Enterprise, Fortune, Fast Company, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch. Dawn has an expertise in raising traditional and non-traditional business capita, having raised millions of dollars for her ventures since 2001l. In 2019, Dawn became the first female CEO globally to raise a secure token offering (STO) over $1 million using equity crowdfunding under Reg CF the JOBS Act.

A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and digital marketing, Dawn was featured on the cover of the June 2018 Black Enterprise Magazine, was honored as one of the National Urban League Young Professionals ‘Heroes in the Movement’, featured as INC Magazine Top 100 Female Founders, featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch’ by Innov8tiv Magazine.

Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and studied technology at DeVry University. Additionally, Dawn is the host of the BARS! Podcast on Apple and Spotify where she shares her key learning as an entrepreneur over a hip-hop soundtrack. Dawn is a seasoned professional speaker and continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top retail tech entrepreneurs.

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.

David Cummings | 2020

David Cummings is an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies collectively valued at nearly $1 billion, including Pardot, SalesLoft, and Terminus. David is also the founder of the Atlanta Tech Village — the United States’ 4th largest tech hub — and the largest investor in Calendly, the world’s most popular scheduling app. After selling Pardot, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

David is a member of YPO Southern 7, Atlanta Rotary, on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and on the board of the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University. David blogs regularly at and tweets at @davidcummings.

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.

Alex Estevez | 2020

Mr. Estevez is a Venture Partner with Accel Partners, a global leader in venture capital with past investments in top companies such as Atlassian, Dropbox, Facebook,,, Qualtrics, Slack, Squarespace and Spotify. As Venture Partner, Mr. Estevez helps existing portfolio companies based outside of Silicon Valley with their growth opportunities and scale challenges. Mr. Estevez is also a personal investor in leading U.S. software companies based outside of Silicon Valley, including BetterCloud, FullStory, Pindrop and UIPath. In 2019 he was Chairman of the Board for Venture Atlanta, one of the top venture tech conferences in the country, and now serves as a Board Member.

Prior to Accel, Mr. Estevez worked in San Francisco as CFO of Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM), a global leader in team collaboration software. During these three years, Mr. Estevez helped triple bookings to a $300 million runrate, and he helped grow shareholder value from $400 million to $3.3 billion via minority investment with T. Rowe Price.

Prior to Atlassian, Mr. Estevez served as CFO of Silicon Valley-based BigFix from 2007 to 2010. During this time, Mr. Estevez helped triple revenues for the company, resulting in the successful sale of BigFix to IBM (NYSE: IBM) in what became the largest private software M&A transaction of 2010. This event also represented a 5x increase in shareholder value during his three year tenure.

Marty Flanagan | 2020

Martin L. Flanagan is president and CEO of Invesco, a position he has held since August 2005. He is also a member of the board of directors of Invesco and serves as a trustee and vice chairman of the Invesco Funds.

Mr. Flanagan joined Invesco from Franklin Resources, Inc., where he was president and co-chief executive officer from January 2004 to July 2005. Previously he had been Franklin’s copresident from May 2003 to January 2004, chief operating officer and chief financial officer from November 1999 to May 2003, and senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1993 until November 1999. Mr. Flanagan served as director, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger, Ltd. before its acquisition by Franklin in 1992. Before joining Templeton in 1983, he worked with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Flanagan earned a BA and BBA from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant. He serves on the Board of Governors and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Investment Company Institute, and is a former chairman. He serves as a member of the Executive Board at the SMU Cox School of Business and 2020 Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He is also involved with a number of civic
activities in Atlanta.

Venture Atlanta Live Online Schedule

The event will run from 11am to 4pm Eastern on 10/21 and 10/22. The full schedule will be posted soon!

Wednesday, October 21st

Thursday, October 22nd


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.

Refunds or credits are not extended for this event.  However, registrations are transferable.


No, we do not sell partial tickets.

We accept all major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX). Checks are not accepted.

Contact Allyson Eman at 770-298-4202