We believe in our team


David Cummings  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

David Cummings | Twitter / LinkedIn

A.T. Gimbel  |  LinkedIn

A.T. Gimbel | LinkedIn

David Lightburn  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

David Lightburn | Twitter / LinkedIn

Jon Birdsong  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

Jon Birdsong | Twitter / LinkedIn

Karen Houghton  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

Karen Houghton | Twitter / LinkedIn

Durantae Lucas  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

Durantae Lucas | Twitter / LinkedIn

Jacey Lucus  |  Twitter  /  LinkedIn

Jacey Lucus | Twitter / LinkedIn

Emma Montag  |  LinkedIn

Emma Montag | LinkedIn


We intentionally built our story 



Atlanta Ventures was just a twinkle in founder David Cummings’ eye when he lived in a dorm room disguised as an office and taught an entrepreneurship course to fellow college students. In between games at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Economics classes at Duke University, David was building his first company, Hannon Hill.  Insight and belief from one of his professors earned him a $20,000 investment that helped turn his dorm room side business into a full-fledged technology company which is still profitable today. Through the dot-com crash, David grew Hannon Hill and relocated it to Atlanta after graduation. 

After Hannon Hill earned awards and recognition as one of Atlanta’s fastest growing companies, David reconnected through a local community event with a former Duke classmate, Adam Blitzer, and together they founded Pardot in 2007. After pivoting the business into the blossoming market of Marketing Automation, Pardot was acquired by ExactTarget/Salesforce.com in 2012 for $95 million.

Two months after the acquisition, the vision to revitalize a building in Atlanta with the sole purpose of supporting startups came to fruition when David purchased what is today the Atlanta Tech Village. “The Village” is located in the heart of Buckhead and is the 4th largest tech hub in the country. More than 300 startups call the Atlanta Tech Village home.

 While Pardot was thriving and competing for dominant market share, David began developing relationships and investing in some of Atlanta’s most successful entrepreneurs who have gone on to build many of the South’s successful SaaS companies including Craig Hyde of Rigor, Kyle Porter of SalesLoft, Eric Spett of Terminus, and Tope Awotona of Calendly.


Atlanta Ventures was officially formed.

We exist for one purpose: to serve entrepreneurs.

We support entrepreneurs by creating intentional and supportive community.

We educate entrepreneurs with content and tools.

We invest in entrepreneurs with capital to elevate them to the next level.

Serving entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams is our purpose.   


“The best thing we do is create more successful startups. The more breakout businesses we help launch, the more jobs are created, the more exits that generate wealth, and the more next-generation entrepreneurs are inspired“

- David Cummings