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So glad to meet Anoop Warrier and chat about startups and tech. Humbled by how small the ATL tech ecosystem is and how willing senior leaders are to help startups. Thanks to the Atlanta CEO Council for the intro.Shauvik Roy Choudhary, CEO. MoQuality
So glad to meet Anoop Warrier and chat about startups and tech. Humbled by how small the ATL tech ecosystem is and how willing senior leaders are to help startups. Thanks to the Atlanta CEO Council for the intro.Shauvik Roy Choudhary, CEO. MoQuality
Extensive operational experience in general management, product planning, technology solution delivery and customer relationship management. Very good knowledge and experience in executing a strategic vision – led cross-functional teams in supply chain, marketing, manufacturing and production planning groups. Experience delivering technology solutions and transforming behind advanced planning and operational business processes to increase revenues, reduce costs and improve margins. MBA in Finance, Global Business and Law from New York University with experience in Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, Retail, Automotive, Media and Travel industries. Excellent people management and team management skills with experience working in an international setting. Exceptional communication and presentation skills with ability to work across all levels of an organization
Seasoned technology leader and founder of a group of 4 companies that operate in 6 countries. My ventures include: GICSOFT – software development company with the focus on complex software platform development and business process integration; Mindshine Technologies – educational technology company that specializes in predictive analytics and adaptive learning, Collective Vision – innovative computer visual platform for social and business information sharing and Evocado Ventures – venture fund with the focus on sustainability and meaningful growth.
Specialties: innovation, international business, product design, strategic management, business transformation, value driven marketing, strategic relations.
I am a lifelong entrepreneur with boundless curiosity and drive to learn. An engineer at heart, I love solving business, technical, financial and organizational problems – the more complex and greater the reward, the greater the enjoyment in attacking the problem. I am fiercely focused on TEAM building with a mission to support individuals and TEAMs in reaching their full potential. A former college athlete and current wannabe athlete, I am in constant quest of TEAM victories that raise expectations of where our collective potential can take us.
I gravitate to businesses that have traction but need TEAMs, systems and processes that scale. I believe the core VALUEs of honesty, integrity, humility, clarity, respect and accountability are pre-requisites for success. My TEAMs have consistently been honored with numerous awards on local, national and international levels for growth, respect of employees, philanthropic work and innovation.
Kabir is the Founder, President, and CEO of OneTrust. In five years, Kabir has grown the company into the #1 fastest growing company on the 2020 Inc. 500 and the category-defining enterprise SaaS platform for Trust Management.
Kabir oversees all aspects of OneTrust’s product development, operations, and sales internationally. Kabir holds a Fellow of Information Privacy with the IAPP, the highest designation of a privacy professional, and sits on the advisory boards for the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the Center of Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and Shared Assessments (known for the SIG third-party risk standard). He has spoken at hundreds of leading industry events globally including Gartner Symposium, Gartner Security & Risk, IAPP Global Privacy Summit, RSA Conference and Infosecurity Europe.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside many talented, dedicated people while leading and growing technology businesses. As CEO of MessageGears, my focus each day is on how to marry our long-term vision for growth with an eye toward ensuring our clients’ satisfaction and success. Being CEO of a growing technology company requires boundless energy and the ability to be your company’s biggest, most visible advocate, but it’s also essential to surround yourself with exceptional people who can carry your vision through the day-to-day reality required to make any business a success. MessageGears is ranked as one of Atlanta’s best places to work and is ranked by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.
Prior to MessageGears, I was President of IgnitionOne, a company formerly named SearchIgnite that I founded. I grew that business from inception to one of the world’s largest digital media platforms. It was ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Some of my previous growth leadership positions included Biltmore Communications (acquired by DIRECTV) and eTour (acquired by Ask.com).
I’ve received numerous awards, including Atlanta Internet Marketer of The Year and Emory’s Goizueta Business School Outstanding Recent Alumni award. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council, a member of YPO — Southern 7 Chapter and a mentor at Techstars Atlanta. I’m a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences and have been regularly cited in major media outlets. I earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina.
In addition to Cooleaf work, spent a considerable amount of time with a great co-Director (Praveen Ghanta) to start an Atlanta chapter of the world’s largest business accelerator (Founder Institute). Responsibilities included securing Mentors (local CEOs generally), recruiting candidates, and securing sponsors for Founder Institute’s Atlanta Chapter. Successfully ran the first semester and ended up with a graduating class (Jan 2014) of 11 fantastic startup founders.
Each day I am privileged to lead the startup I co-founded, dedicated to the shifting the paradigm for B2B salespeople and marketers. As a career salesperson at AT&T I became passionate about new communication models afforded by the rise of social media.
We founded and created Ready For Social powered by Thought Horizon with a mission to:
• Empower salespeople to regularly share content to engage with prospects online without wasting valuable time
• Help marketers create great content at scale and measure the impact of that content on social media
• Educate salespeople on how to effectively use social media to engage with and sell to their prospects and buyers
• Bring social media for B2B into the mainstream by empowering the people who sell in those markets
I am passionate about sales after falling into a career selling. My first real job was selling subscriptions to waste services door-to-door. I love meeting new people which has fueled my interest in travel, diverse cultures and languages. While an expert in none of these things, my super-power is my curiosity.
Natalie is a seasoned software veteran with 20+ years of SaaS experience. Prior to joining MemberSuite, she was instrumental in growing several other Saas businesses including Constructware (Acquired by Autodesk) and Compliance 360 (Acquired by SAI global). Natalie started as COO/CRO of MemberSuite in 2013. By implementing the right processes and focusing on driving revenue, she succeeded in growing MemberSuite into a trusted membership management platform. Since becoming CEO in 2017, she has grown the company both by implementing a customer-centric approach that focuses on delivering innovative products and services and through the acquisition of event marketing and engagement software company, Event Farm. Her mission is to enable for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with technology that empowers people to interact in more meaningful and engaging ways.
Entrepreneur. CEO and founder of Voxie. Previously founded Menguin (CMO/CTO) – grew business by 10,500% from 2014-2017 before acquisition by George Zimmer’s Generation Tux.
Now building the next big thing with Voxie – the future of brand to customer interactions.
Welcome to the revolution.
Experienced public and PE backed private company President, CEO and GM with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Operations, Sales, Go-to-market Strategy, IT Strategy, and Professional Services. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Accounting and Computer Science from Boston College.
As an Internet ideologue and community organizer at heart, I’m attracted to decentralized technologies that open access for all to previously closed markets. I enjoy instigating and capitalizing on changes to legal frameworks and social psychology to create value at mass market scale.
Anindya Datta, the CEO and Chairman of Mobilewalla, is widely regarded as a front-running technologist, leader and innovator, with core contributions to the state of the art in large-scale data management and Internet technologies. Mobilewalla is a global leader in consumer intelligence solutions, leveraging the industry’s most robust data set and deep artificial intelligence expertise to better understand, model and predict customer behavior. Prior to Mobilewalla, Anindya founded and ran Chutney Technologies, where he was backed by Kleiner Perkins and evolved into one of the earliest entrants in the application virtualization area. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005. Anindya has also been on the faculties of major research universities and institutes in the United States and abroad, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona, the National University of Singapore and Bell Laboratories.
Anindya obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.
I inspire, teach and build tools to help main street families get on track with their money.
70% of families live paycheck to paycheck. Few states require financial education to graduate from high school. Few financial advisors focus on the blue collar world.
We don’t teach people how to play the game and it’s the greatest injustice in capitalism.
I’m working with a team to solve that at scale.
Jeremy is a software craftsman with a decade of experience building and advising others on how to build rugged, performant, and beautiful software in nearly every industry. He currently serves as an engineering advisor to executives and engineers across the United States focused on subjects ranging from continuous delivery implementations to scalable, distributed cloud architectures utilizing best of class open source software. Hailing from a small town in north Georgia, he immigrated to Atlanta to seek a BS and MS in computer science from Georgia Tech (go jackets) and has since adopted sandy springs as his hometown along with his wife and Wiemaraner. In his spare time he’s often found covering his favorite bands (Foo Fighters, Zeppelin, and Floyd to name a few) with his best friends.
Mitch Free is the founder, and CEO of ZYCI CNC Machining (www.zyci.com). ZYCI is AS9100 Rev D and ISO 9001 certified and provides CNC machining, additive manufacturing and injection molding services. Mitch also founded MFG.com in 2000 and served as CEO and Chairman until 2013.
Mitch began his career as an apprentice machinist and developed a passion for applying advanced manufacturing technologies. Northwest Airlines recruited him to develop methods to reverse engineer and produce aircraft parts. Holder of multiple patents, his track record of innovation and leadership quickly led to senior management positions where he oversaw aircraft acquisition and commissioning projects worldwide. The vision for MFG.com propelled Mitch into the world of digital manufacturing where his pioneering work quickly established him as an industry leader.
A dynamic and sought-after presenter, Mr. Free has spoken at Northwestern University, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Fudan University in China, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and appears regularly on various NBC and Fox outlets including CNBC and Fox Business.
Mitch is a previous winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been featured in Start Up Playbook and Makers, the New Industrial Revolution. In 2016 Mitch co-authored a book on additive manufacturing titled The Great Disruption
-Vice-Chairman of Research Emory Otolaryngology growing the departmental research portfolio.
-Experienced Surgeon and Division Director of a large, multi-site ENT surgical practice: delivering business growth, innovative care delivery, and quality improvement.
-CEO/Founder of Dr. Noze Best, a content-forward company focused on delivery the best education and novel product solutions to improve upper respiratory tract health in children.
– NIH-funded (R01 and R21) lab harnessing the body’s natural regenerative capabilities to improve wound healing in children.
Rural Sourcing is the leading domestic IT outsourcing provider with a cost-effective, agile approach to software development, support, and maintenance. By providing an alternative to offshore outsourcing, Rural Sourcing eliminates the obstacles of time zones, distance, language, and geopolitical risks. With a mission to create 1000’s of technology jobs for U.S. citizens, Rural Sourcing. places development centers strategically located throughout the United States, to leverage untapped, highly skilled IT resources in smaller cities to provide world-class solutions for our clients.
Over the next few years, RSI intends to create 3,000 new technology jobs in the US by establishing centers of excellence in rural, low cost of living cities across the United States.
A Serial Entrepreneur and driven Chief Executive with 20 years of leading industry expertise in founding numerous companies in domestic and international marketplaces. Facilitator and builder of successful world-class businesses ranging from Manufacturing to IT Services to Business School to 3D Printing to Angel Investments to Dental Aligners, specializing in start-up and scaled growth stages. Proven fundraising and networking skills, building fruitful partnerships with hundreds of clients, and delivering multimillion-dollar bottom-line growth.
Mallu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SDM College of Engineering, Karnataka, India, and has also attended the Professional Education Short Programs – Additive Manufacturing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A.
Over the past decades, have helped acquire, restructure, and scale stagnant ventures in their management strategy, business process automation, back office automation, and capital solutions.
Invested and advised fast growth ventures and lecture Cyber Security, Agent Based Modeling, and on Quantitative Computational Finance, and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech’s College of Management & School of Industrial Engineering
Katz is Founder & Managing Partner of VA². VA²is the latest chapter of his widely-respected career accelerating and transforming businesses in a range of industries to realize billions in revenue and shareholder value. VA²s model draws from those experiences and is specifically crafted to capitalize on paradigm shifts and turn nascent companies into global leaders of their sector. His thesis is backed by Family Offices and PE/VC firms.
Favorite Quote: “To lead people, walk behind them.” -Tzu
Entrepreneur, environmentalist, coach and mentor.
Global business leader with over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales & general management across industries in emerging & developed markets. Strong grounding in finance & operations. Launched products in 45 countries, participated in M&A deals worth over $ 5 billion from negotiation to integration, led significant innovations from concept to execution.
CEO & Founder of Converge (funded by Mark Cuban and some awesome local angel investors) – Automating Digital Marketing Reporting for Digital Marketing Agencies and Brands.
Worked on Product at Air2Web (acquired by Velti)
Led Engineering at Proficient Systems (acquired by LivePerson)
I love building communities, teams, products, and companies.
CEO of CoreView, the leader in SaaS Management for enterprises with Microsoft 365 at the core of their SaaS stack. Shawn is focused on customers, partners, teams, and growth. Engineer at heart, Co-Founder of McKinsey’s Growth Stage Tech practice, habitual builder, and constantly pushing to go faster.
With a talented global team serving the world’s leading companies, governments, and universities, CoreView is pushing hard to make IT work better. Our team is made up of empathetic experts with a drive to help our customers succeed. Come join us! We’re building something awesome and having fun doing it.
As co-founder of SymTrain & FRONTLINE Selling, Dan is a start-up and growth leader often rolling up his sleeves in support of customers.
As part of that support, Dan created SymTrain to help clients assess and train employees by performing actual job functions with safe simulated conversations combined with desktop activity and video. By automating the repetition, feedback and reinforcement needed to build confidence and capabilities customers are developing employees faster and better than ever before. Real cool stuff!!
Apply Knowledge to Transform Operations through employee success to drive Revenue, Compliance, Satisfaction, Scale, Retention, Speed, & Proficiency
Specialties: eLearning; Simulation; Experiential Learning; Training & Coaching; Applied Knowledge; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Prospecting Cycle Management; Sales Lead Management; New Business Development; Lead to Deal Lifecycle; Operational Systems; Speaking Engagements.
Lead Quisitive’s global Payments Solutions business, which delivers innovative payments solutions and services to customers by leveraging our cloud-based payment processing and Payments IntelligenceTM platform, LedgerPay. Responsible for leading strategic payments initiatives, including full commercialization of LedgerPay, ongoing management of BankCard USA, and the build-out of the merchant services group.
Chief Executive Officer of KServicing, the Atlanta-based financial technology company managing more than 300,000 outstanding Kabbage Funding™ and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
A 20-plus-year veteran of the tech sector with a track record of success driving sales growth. I am a multidimensional leader who understands changing business dynamics and who finds innovative ways to add value, focusing on people, processes and technology. My transformative approach to value creation is balanced by a commitment to integrity and principal in the achievement of business outcomes.
Mistry is Managing Partner of BLH Venture Partners, a private investment firm specializing in early-stage companies. Mistry’s experience includes leadership roles with high-growth companies in technology-enabled services, information security and e-commerce/consumer markets. Mistry has advised early-stage companies across the state with Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
Mistry serves as a board director for Venture Atlanta and the Atlanta CEO Council.
As founder and managing partner of Zane Venture Fund, Shila leads with the experience, empathy and energy to inspire both first time founders and seasoned investors alike. With decades of experience at the forefront of organizations championing the human rights of people of color, Shila has seen firsthand the cracks in our system where underrepresented founders often get overlooked.
To fill those cracks, Shila independently built an ecosystem of education, access, mentorship and investment in human capital- Zane Venture Fund and Zane Access. Zane Access is an entrepreneurial support organization that exists to break down systemic barriers for underrepresented founders which, in tandem, provides Zane Venture Fund with opportunities to invest in the best and the brightest founders of the future.
– 17 yrs global experience in oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals and manufacturing industries across North America, Middle east GCC, Asia, Europe, Australia and South Africa
– Developed and licensed novel technology and solution to capture and remove 99.999% of Volatile/hazardous and dissolved organic compounds to ppb ( parts per billion levels) from water and air streams from petroleum manufacturing processes
-Held various engineering and management roles with hands on experience in process design, product development, engineering, technical sales, project implementation and management, start up and commissioning, financial strategy and operations management
– Specializing in innovative and Out Of Box solutions to implement and expediently solve problems faced by customers to reduce business risks, reduce losses, enhance throughput, improve product specs and enable compliance with environmental regulations
– Built new, managed and grew diverse cultural teams and successful businesses into attractive and challenging new markets globally
Parth Patel is a dedicated entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder, and CEO of Six Consulting, Inc., an Atlanta based Salesforce Consulting firm.
Parth is an active member of multiple technology associations and serves on several committees and boards such as TAG. He is an acknowledged speaker and he is engaged in several events where he shares his business insights related to best practices and technology amongst entrepreneurs as well as in the Salesforce community.
As a philanthropist, he is engaged with developing a STEAM training program for local schools in Atlanta. In addition, he is also personally involved with the “Shine On” team, a project initiated by the University of Minnesota geared towards veterinary cancer research.
Samir is an engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Moonlight Therapeutics. Moonlight Therapeutics is focused on improving the quality of life for people with food allergies by providing patient-friendly treatments. Prior to Moonlight Therapeutics, Samir was a co-founder of Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ: CLSD). Clearside is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company developing targeted therapies for ocular diseases. He invented the suprachoroidal technology that lead to the creation of Clearside Biomedical and served as Director of Research from inception to the end of 2016. The company is currently in late-stage clinical trials in multiple indications and completed an IPO in 2016. Prior to that he was at Georgia Institute of Technology where he obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering and focused on research using microneedles for ocular drug delivery. He worked for Alza Corporation (A J&J company) on controlled release oral drug products between his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Samir obtained a dual B.S. degree in Chemical and Material Science Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.
An established entrepreneur and proven leader in the sales and technology industry, Christian Ries does what he says he’s going to do.
Driven by original thought, interpersonal skills, and technology orientation, and with an extensive background in marketing, sales, and project management, Christian possesses a unique talent for integrated marketing and brand voice development. He devises strategic initiatives, builds efficient and cohesive teams, and inspires progress using a modern, hands-off leadership style.
Accomplished entrepreneur and chief executive officer of multiple high-growth technology and media companies with a record of innovative business strategy, sales and profit growth and financial discipline, leading to successful exits. With experience spanning startups to large organizations, demonstrated success in building great teams with a common culture that create successful outcomes.
Core strength in developing a vision and then recruiting, motivating, and retaining talented individuals to work together as a high performing team. Excel at analyzing markets, identifying new business opportunities and enhancing competitiveness through creative business solutions.
Co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, a creative studio changing the way stories are told. IU creates unforgettable branded content, events, campaigns, and original content for premier brands, universities, and nonprofits around the globe while leveraging the best of the next generation of storytellers. Ideas United also created and runs Campus Movie Fest, the world’s largest student film festival, to discover top emerging talent, connect brands with students, and make a positive impact.
Cyber security expert leading the Curricula team with a fun story based cyber security awareness training platform. Every day we help organizations across the world relate with their employees to learn about cyber security. Employees recognize how to defend themselves against the bad guys using our simulated phishing tests, animated stories, and content that bring security awareness to life for everyone.
Under-served urban and rural areas have scarcity of medical professionals and diagnostic services. This delays diagnosis and treatment and results in higher cost of care due to need for patient or sample transportation.
At Sevamob, we address this gap via an artificial intelligence enabled platform that integrates AI based point-of-care screening with tele-health and popup clinics to deliver primary healthcare at upto 50% lower cost.
As a Chief Executive Officer and transformational business leader, I bring a record of success and expertise in building and elevating innovative technology companies to the forefront of highly competitive global markets. I excel at solving complex challenges and driving revenue growth, assembling cutting edge capabilities through mergers and acquisitions, and confidently navigating businesses through significant changes and rapid growth. Beyond results, I merge a wide-ranging professional background with a “people first” approach to leadership—a foundation in my ability to quickly earn the trust of clients and inspire standout contributions from my teams.
Significant public and private experience in leading biotech, high-tech and emerging technology companies grow through a combination of organic mechanisms, internal alignment, capital-raising and strategic transactions. Heavily focused on oncology, drug development, and the use of AI and machine learning to change the risk, cost and timeline in the highly interdisciplinary field of personalized medicine.
Specialties: Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Environmental Sciences, and BioPharma Services, Healthcare Data, Artificial Intelligence, Public Companies, Company Turnarounds, Oncology, Next Generation Sequencing, Precision Medicine
I am the President of Metasys Technologies, a workforce management advisory firm based in Atlanta. Metasys partners with leading global organizations on the full lifecycle of their talent management strategy. We have been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private businesses in the country and work with over 50 leading global organizations today.
Prior to leading Metasys, I was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, I worked across industries and specialized in strategic transformation, merger integration, organizational design and capability building initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, I led Business Operations & Strategy at Ravel, a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley that was acquired by LexisNexis in 2017.
CEO of SwissWatchExpo. SwissWatchExpo.com is the Internet’s leading retailer of authentic preowned luxury timepieces. At SwissWatchExpo, we have a passion for beautiful Swiss timepieces and unparalleled customer service. Unlike other online retailers of preowned watches, all the watches listed on our website are physically located at our showroom in beautiful Buckhead, Atlanta.
Baha is the Co-founder and CEO of Azalea Health, a leading healthcare IT company whose mission it is to help underserved healthcare providers improve patient care and profitability.
Under Baha’s leadership, Azalea has established itself as a high-growth innovator and leader, developing a comprehensive, cloud-based health IT platform for ambulatory practices and hospitals — including introducing the industry’s first fully-integrated proprietary telehealth solution with its EHR.
It has achieved Inc. 5000 rank of fastest-growing companies in the U.S for three consecutive years, and has been named a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Baha has been recognized in the industry with a number of awards including the Phoenix Award by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience-Health IT Leadership Council in conjunction with the Health IT Leadership Summit for his outstanding contribution to the growth of the health IT industry in Georgia. He is also a 2018 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty Award and a 2019 recipient of their Most Admired CEOs Award.
Throughout his career, Baha has served as a board member on various regional industry and academic groups. Currently, he serves as President of the Technology Executives Roundtable (TER), and is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He additionally serves on the Kennesaw State University Healthcare Management & Informatics Advisory Board.
A graduate of Valdosta State University, he is a strong proponent of health IT and cloud computing, mobile development, and big data analytics.
Experienced executive with consistent track record of driving growth, strategic re-positioning and turning around technology and technology enabled service businesses. Specific experience includes: corporate strategy, innovation, operational scalability and business transformation to drive meaningful long term growth and profitability. Significant international and M&A experience. Track record of hiring and retaining top talent with a focus on “best athlete” mentality. Leads with a collegial, driven style. Experience in all sizes of companies from start-up to multi-national corporations.