When teams grow, funds are raised, and startups scale, they eventually graduate from the Village. Check out the startup success stories that have joined the coveted rank of Village Graduates.
Eric Spett, Eric Vass, and Sangram Vajre
Terminus, an account based marketing company, was listed as one of the hottest startups to watch in 2016, and we have been lucky enough to have front row seats to their spectacular growth since day one. They went from no customers and no revenue to more than 90 customers and over $1,000,000 in recurring revenue in 9 months. Along side some impressive scaling over the last year is a dynamic and talented team. Some startups are just full of charisma and the Terminus team is one of them. Vibrant, scrappy, and always ready to have some fun, folks at Terminus were some of the first ones in the Village and the last ones to leave. They know how to hustle, and we are pretty positive that hustle is going to bring them all the way to the top.
What makes an Atlanta Tech Village graduation? Well, growing from $1M ARR to $20M ARR in a year and a half certainly helps. IO Education began with a startup team of 5 people who joined the Village in November of 2014. They were working on building an ed tech data driven platform. A year and half later their software is in 5,136 schools, they support over five million students, and are achieving 5,000,000 monthly parent & student logins. They have acquired two companies and grown to a team of almost 100!
Every startup has it’s own culture and story. IO Education is one that has flown under the radar but should not be overlooked. They are a team of quiet consistency, humble successes, and a leadership team of kind, smart, good people who are making big changes in our education system. We already miss having the IO Education team in our community.
SalesLoft joined the Village the day it opened in January of 2013 in a pre-construction office with 3 team members and $0 in revenue. In two and a half years they grew to 95+ employees, over $10 million in revenue, and raised 8 figures in their series A financing. The Village and the SalesLoft team grew up together, and we couldn’t be happier for their success. With an an incredible team, strong leadership and a culture of positive, high energy folks- SalesLoft officially graduated.
Mike Burke, Phillip Han, and Phong Si
On June 2nd, 2013, six months after Atlanta Tech Village began, Mike Burke joined our community. As Founder and CEO of Lightshed Health, Mike was in the beginning stages of bootstrapping his latest startup and “officed” at a Reserved Desk in our pre-renovation coworking area. Mike’s cofounders Phillip Han and Phong Si joined him at the Village in September 2013 after nearly a year of building the foundation of Clockwise.MD on nights and weekends after working their day jobs.
Over the next two years, together they would develop their product Clockwise.MD and successfully raise $1M in startup capital that would allow them to grow their team to 21 talented folks. While at the Village, Clockwise.MD was offered several multi-million $ Series A investments, was invited to present at Venture Atlanta, named as a semifinalist at the MAX awards, and was a finalist at HIMSS HX360 as a Top Startup. As for traction, in their last 14 months at the Village they grew their patient usage from 18,000 users to 291,000 users resulting in 1500% growth!
Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll
On October 1st, 2013 Brooks Buffinton and Tyler Droll applied for a Village scholarship as Hot Desk members at the Village. They took an idea for an anonymous social platform, created some clever and memorable branding, and started building Yik Yak. The Village and the now skyrocketing Yik Yak grew up together. We literally renovated our building around these two guys as they built their app, and if you give either of us very long, we can both tell you some crazy stories about that special time.
A year and a half later, our building was complete and these two awesome entrepreneurs were living the startup dream with millions of users, $74M in funding, and 50 employees. From humble beginnings to national domination in less than two years, this team has worked hard to turn an idea into something millions of college students can’t live without. Their herd has grown which means their time at the Village has come to an end.
Adam Wexler and Devon Wijesinghe
From 4 to 48 PPL
Insightpool, a social engagement startup, was with the Village when we first opened our doors in January 2013. They were with us from the beginning to end of our renovation, and all the chaos in between. We can fondly swap stories of a group of 4 guys helping us build the original IKEA furniture, using space outside their office as storage, and the ugly green carpet and gold chandeliers in their first office. They have been an incredible culture fit for us from the beginning and helped set a tone of work hard, and play harder. They also always had an open bar… which pretty much made whatever office they were in a destination point.
Within 2 years, insightpool had grown to 50 team members, acquired another startup, and officially graduated out of the Village.
Stephen Pair and Tony Gallippi
From 2 TO 42 PPL
We first met Stephen Pair and Tony Gallippi in January of 2013. Two cofounders of a startup named Bitpay, they were relocating from Orlando to Atlanta to build their FinTech company. At that time, the Village was about one month old, pre-renovation, and very much stuck in the 1980’s. In many ways, Atlanta Tech Village and Bitpay have grown up together. In fifteen months at the Village, what started as two founders in a small office grew into an impressive and inspiring startup with international growth, over 40 employees, and millions in funding.