Dick Kramlich and John Balen Keynote Speakers at Venture Atlanta Conference

Famous venture capital veterans share spotlight in keynote discussion

Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s premiere event connecting technology innovation and investment capital, announced that Dick Kramlich and John Balen, well-known venture capital veterans from Silicon Valley, kick-off this year’s conference at the Georgia Aquarium. Kramlich and Balen will reflect on the industry’s evolution and share their experiences in a joint keynote moderated by Jeffrey Leavitt, partner at DLA Piper, a global law firm and long-time conference sponsor.

“The VC industry is constantly changing,” said Leavitt, who works exclusively with emerging growth companies and technology businesses. “The VC investors who are consistently successful through multiple decades and economic cycles – like John and Dick – are those who can predict change and act on those predictions ahead of the crowd. Over the years, both of these investors have helped shape how entrepreneurs seek, structure and deploy capital. I’m excited for the Atlanta startup and venture community to gain from their perspective, hear their war stories and learn about the best practices they’ve pioneered during their tenures as top VC investors.”

“John and I are excited to come to Atlanta to share our opinions on the status of the venture business,” said Dick Kramlich. “The VC tourists have gone home, so the outlook for those who remain engaged is robust, and Atlanta has become one of the country’s hot spots.”

Kramlich is co-founder of New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), a global venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare, and is currently chairman of the NEA Management Company. Since co-founding NEA in 1978, he has been involved in ten companies that have grown from start-up or near start-up stage to companies with market values in excess of $1 billion. During the 20 years Kramlich was the managing partner of NEA, it achieved top quartile returns for its limited partners. Kramlich was also an early investor in Apple Computer.

John Balen has been involved in the venture capital and technology industries for over 25 years. As general partner at global venture capital firm Canaan Partners, he focuses on the digital media, enterprise and fintech sectors. John has led investments in multiple successful startups including Commerce One and ID Analytics. He is the lead investor and board member of Atlanta-based Cardlytics. “I always enjoy being in Atlanta and meeting with the city’s extraordinary entrepreneurs,” said Balen.

The Kramlich-Balen keynote was a part of Venture Atlanta which 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.

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).

Learn More: http://www.ventureatlanta.org

SOURCE: Venture Atlanta