the speaker lineup:
Our Fireside Chat with David Cummings and Rob Frohwein
Our fireside chat is between David Cummings and Rob Frohwein, the CEO and Co-Founder of Kabbage. Kabbage is a fintech and data company pioneering a new, automated way for small businesses to access working capital based in Atlanta. Kabbage holds the record for the largest ever venture round in the southeast and a total funding amount of $1.6B.
Lessons for Startup Investors & Founders with Michael Cohn and Jared Belsky
Michael Cohn will interview his longtime friend, co-investor, and CEO of 360i, Jared Belsky, about his new book, "The Great Client Partner." Many of Jared's lessons learned in the agency world are applicable to startup investors and Founders, starting with the importance of understanding one another's point of view. The interview will explore servant leadership, running effective meetings, talent evaluation/hiring and the importance of clear communication. Investors and CEO's spend a huge amount of time grilling each other on facts, figures, and hard-skills, yet the best CEO/Investor partnerships seem to thrive based on something far more nuanced....soft-skills.
An All- Star Panel on Scaling in Atlanta
Moderated by Dr. Paul Judge who is an investor, entrepreneur and computer science Ph.D. who got his start as a spam email blocker. He was the co-Founder and CTO of CipherTrust, and the cofounder of Pindrop Security, led Wi-Fi device maker Luma—and invests in startups like Amazon-backed data shielder Ionic Security. He is also the Co-Founder of Tech Square Labs. Through Tech Square Labs and Judge Ventures, Paul is spending his time solving hard problems and building companies to make the world better.
Kyle Porter is the founder and CEO of SalesLoft. SalesLoft generated over 330% explosive growth in the last two years, recognized as the 7th Fastest-Growing technology company in North America by Deloitte and now employs more than 350 across its Atlanta headquarters, San Francisco, New York, and global offices. The company was also recently named the #1 Sales Engagement Platform by G2Crowd and Atlanta’s #1 best place to work by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SalesLoft has raised over $75 million from top-tier global investors.
Andy Powell is the co-founder and CEO of CallRail. CallRail provides call attribution software to more than 100,000 businesses and marketing agencies. Launched in 2011, CallRail has grown profitably since inception, raised $75 million of growth financing in 2017, and employs 200 people in downtown Atlanta. CallRail has been recognized as a Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine, ranked the #1 Inbound Call Tracking Software on G2Crowd, and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for three years consecutively. Andy rides his bike to work and wishes more people would do the same.
Kathryn Petralia the co-founder and COO of Kabbage. Kabbage focuses on lines up credit up to $250,000, formerly a black hole in lending too small for major institutions to bother with, but too large for a personal loan for most business owners. With their recent $250 million fundraise led by Softbank Group Corp, the company is a “unicorn,” with a valuation over $1 billion. In November 2017, Kathryn was assessed by Forbes as being the 98th most powerful woman in the world. In December 2017, she was listed in a TechCrunch feature on 42 women succeeding in tech that year.
Tope Awotona is the CEO and Founder of Calendly. Calendly is a beautiful, simple scheduling tool that in less than 5 years has served close to 30 million people worldwide and is currently growing 100% year over year. It is the fastest growing company in scheduling automation, serving millions with simple, yet powerful software to schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails. Their users range from individuals to mid-sized businesses, and even large enterprises like Zillow, Marketo, Uber and Zendesk.