Atlanta Speakers

  • Opening Keynote

    • Jennifer Bonnett

      Jennifer Bonnett 

      Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and Software Development specializing in web and mobile technologies. Jennifer has held numerous CTO positions in technology startups. Most notably, Jennifer was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of was an internet advertising engine similar in nature to a search engine. As the sole technology-oriented founder, she designed, developed, and launched the initial version of in the spring of 1998. She eventually grew the technology staff to 60 employees

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    Guest Speakers

    • Vincent Baskerville

      Vincent Baskerville 

      Vincent Jordan Is the co-founder of two companies: TripLingo, Glancely, and founded 8bitFeed He is a 10+ year industry specialist & adrenaline junkie whom has traveled to 12 countries, and is known for creating highly intuitive-engaging digital products. Vincent has consulted and managed teams for many Fortune 500 clients like Disney, BB&T and Lockheed Martin regarding products for their online and broadcast mediums as well as working with the Army National Guard. In addition t

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    • Maurice Cherry

      Maurice Cherry 

      Maurice Cherry is a web entrepreneur, freelance technology journalist, and technology consultant for non-profit organizations and politicians. He is best known as the founder and chairman of the Black Weblog Awards, the world’s premier event for showcasing bloggers, podcasters, and video bloggers of the African diaspora. Since 2005, the Black Weblog Awards has conferred over 200 awards in over 40 categories, and has an active user base spanning over 90 countries. In addition to his duties with the Black Weblog Awards, Maurice is also Creative P

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    • Charles Ross

      Charles Ross 

      Mr. Ross is a director with the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, an organization focused on creating and growing innovation capital through out the U.S. He is also a director of The Center for Working Families, an employment and asset-building initiative to improve the economic well-being of Atlanta's inner city residents. Currently, Mr. Ross is also the General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center and Director of Entrepreneurial Services for Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute. He is responsible for leading and providing the overall strategy for f

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    • Tanika Gray

      Tanika Gray 

      An award-winning CNN journalist, education visionary, and academic strategist, Tanika Gray’s unique combination of formal education, real-world experience, and passion for education reform have established her as one of the country’s emerging young leaders in the classroom, the media,  and beyond. While still working in the school system, world news leader CNN took notice of Gray’s efforts. After a brief stint as an intern with the network, Gray was named Affiliate Content Producer in 2005 and tasked with a variety of high-profile and impactful broadcast duties, including p

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    • Aerial M Ellis

      Aerial M Ellis 

      Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Aerial has shaped Urbane Imagery to become a lead agency in public relations for emerging companies and entrepreneurs. With a growing commitment to startups in the technology space, she has led social brand awareness and online media relations strategies for web, mobile, entertainment technology startups to include Beat Kangz Electronics and LL Cool J's BoomDizzle. Clients have trusted her distinct ability to align partnerships with giants such as Burger King, NBA and BET and enhance their public image through media coverage with outle

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    • Howard Franklin

      Howard Franklin 

      Howard Franklin is one of the South's most sought-after political strategists. He has distinguished himself by running successful campaigns for first-time candidates, including State Sen. Jason Carter's (grandson to President Jimmy Carter) 2010 special election and a 2009 race in the Cayman Islands, winning nine seats in Parliament to form a new government. Franklin has also played a role in major policy decisions, from helping Atlanta City Council win approval of a pension reform compromise to persuading Georgia’s largest counties to include foreclosures in property assessments. He founded Fi

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    • Quentin B

      Quentin B “Que” Lynch 

      Que Lynch is an attorney with the international law firm Holland & Knight LLP where he counsels business clients in legal matters involving closely held business organizations, private wealth management, M&A, and entertainment law. Mr. Lynch focuses particularly in the areas of ESOPs, Entity Management, Contract Negotiation, and Brand Maximization. Mr. Lynch has leveraged his previous entertainment industry experience into a specialty transactional practice in entertainment law, where he represents the business, professional, and personal interests of creative talent, entrepreneurs, an

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  • New York

    August 15, 2013

    The conference will feature guest speakers sharing insights into startup fundraising, investment stategies, running a company, new startup trends, and finding technical talent for your startup.

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  • Conference program


    • August 15, 2013
      • 9:00 am - 9:50 amCheck In
      • 10:00 am - 11:00 amHow to Validate a Product Idea on $100 or Less
      • 11:00 am - 12:00 pmListening to your Users and Finding Your First True Fans
      • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
      • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pmBreakout Sessions/Startup Clinic