AirWatch Chairman Alan Dabbiere to Keynote Venture Atlanta Conference
Co-founder of world’s largest mobile security and Enterprise Mobility
Management (EMM) provider to offer insight into broader impact of VC funding
ATLANTA -- July 30, 2013
Venture capital is the lifeblood of many entrepreneurial endeavors and the
attention that funding attracts can have an impact well beyond the individual
startup, contributing to the economic development of the entire community. No
one sees this more clearly than Alan Dabbiere, co-founder and board chair of
AirWatch. Dabbiere will provide a keynote address at Venture Atlanta,
Georgia’s annual two-day showcase event connecting technology innovation and
investment capital. This year’s Venture Atlanta will be held October 22-23 at
the Georgia Aquarium.
Prior to AirWatch, Dabbiere also founded Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH).
An enthusiastic proponent of Atlanta, Dabbiere will discuss how a company’s
success in gaining funding from prominent and geographically diverse venture
capital firms can and should benefit the metro area and the companies seeking
to grow here.
AirWatch, a global innovator in mobile security and the largest Enterprise
Mobility Management (EMM) provider, recently received a $200 million Series A
round of initial investment funding led by New York-based Insight Venture
Partners that is widely believed to be the largest ever for any U.S. company.
“AirWatch and Alan Dabbiere are a phenomenal story," said Larry Williams, vice
president of Technology Industry Development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of
Commerce. "Alan knows the advantages of starting a company and successfully
scaling it in Atlanta. He did it with Manhattan Associates and now AirWatch,
and he tells a great story about why Atlanta is the best place to start and
grow a business. The new investment dollars are enabling AirWatch to carry out
strategic acquisitions, like the Motorola Solutions MSP deal, and that's
continuing to put it in a position to dominate the mobile security sector
As chairman of AirWatch, Dabbiere drives the company’s vision, direction and
growth plans, which include an expanded presence in Atlanta and around the
world. In the last two years, AirWatch has grown from 250 to 1,400 employees
globally. In addition to providing the company with the means to create jobs,
invest in new equipment and consider strategic acquisitions, the large round
of initial investment capital received by AirWatch in February boosted Georgia
to the top five for VC funding in the first quarter of 2013.
“We’re proud to have been AirWatch’s first institutional investors,” said
Richard Wells, managing director, Insight Venture Partners. “It was a great
opportunity to invest in a company that’s leading the way with compelling
product technology – and doing it outside of Silicon Valley.”
Accel Partners of Silicon Valley led another infusion of $25 million for
AirWatch in May. “This is our largest investment in mobile enterprise to
date,” said Ryan Sweeney, general partner at Accel. “We believe enterprise
mobility will continue to be a significant growth area, and AirWatch is
clearly the dominant software player in the space.”
One company drawing significant venture capital from both Silicon Valley and
New York intensifies the focus not only on AirWatch but also on Atlanta as a
key player in EMM. As a member of the board of directors for the Technology
Association of Georgia (TAG), Dabbiere says that he wants to see more of this
kind of attention brought to Atlanta and its tech community.
Dabbiere’s keynote address will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Venture Atlanta showcases Georgia companies in a variety of technology
sectors, from communication technology to logistics, at both early and later
stages, all looking to raise capital in the next 18 months.
For more information on Venture Atlanta 2013 or to register for the event,
About Venture Atlanta
Venture Atlanta, Georgia's technology innovation event, is where the state’s
best technology innovators meet the country's top-tier investors. As the
state's largest investor showcase, Venture Atlanta connects local
entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others
who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The
annual non-profit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business
organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology
Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit
Allyson Eman, 770-298-4202
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