Summiting the Peaks of Entrepreneurship: Office Hours, Workshop, and Happy Hour with Dave Williams - For Village members only!
Entrepreneurship is one of the greatest opportunities and challenges of a lifetime. It is fraught with excitement, obstacles, highs, lows, team dynamics, ever evolving markets, and tests you and your team's ability each step along the way. Dave has summited the peaks of entrepreneurship and is here to teach you the basics on how to get your team to base camp and then to the top, all while using a bootstrapped approach, a focus on his people, and generous equity grants. At the foundation of Dave's approach is to use feel vs force, building momentum, a focus on having fun and winning, and not accepting anything less when on a journey of a lifetime.
Join us at 5:30 pm for a happy hour in the Community Center at Atlanta Tech Village!
About the Speaker
Dave Williams Prior Founder of Digital Advertising Companies: BLiNQMedia, 360i, IgnitionOne and others
Dave Williams, recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in online media, social media advertising and search engine marketing, founded BLiNQ Media in early 2008, IgnitionOne in 2004, and 360i in 1998. He is an active mentor, advisor and investor in the tech startup scene with a perfect track record of success. He specializes in bootstrapping companies as CEO and founder to market fit, growth, exit and integration all while never losing focus of the importance of his employees and helping them achieve personal, professional and financial success. In recognition for his accomplishments, Dave has been awarded Goizueta's Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year, Atlanta's Small Business Person of the Year Finalist, Atlanta Marketing and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, ATDC graduate, Top 10 Transaction in NYC, featured in Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Facebook Developer Award, and a popular columnist for AdAge covering Facebook and social media strategic trends. Additionally, His companies have been consistently recognized as a Fastest Growing Company, Healthiest Company, Best Places to Work, and Best Workplaces for Commuters Awards. He believes that doing good for your people and the community are the foundations for success. Prior to founding BLiNQ Media, Williams was co-founder and chief strategist for 360i, one of the country’s leading search marketing firms, and founder of IgnitionOne, a leading ad tech company. Both businesses have over 500 employees, global in scale, and over $2 billion in advertising under management and with tech and operational headquarters in Atlanta. 360i has been consistently recognized as an industry leader and innovator by Advertising Age as one of the “Hottest Digital Agencies,” honored by Google as its #1 US partner with its Marketing Machine Award, and by OMMA as the 2007 Search Agency of the Year. Williams led 360i from its inception in 1998 to its sale in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, he assisted with the strategic integration of the business and ongoing sales and marketing strategy. In 2007, he participated in the management buy back of the business which was then sold to Dentsu in January 2010. Williams has served in executive roles on several boards of directors, including those of the Search Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) and the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA). He has also served on the advisory boards for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), Yahoo and MSN Search Councils. A distinguished speaker and recognized industry expert. In his free time, Dave loves adventure travel throughout the world and is a certified Pilgrim having trekked the Camino de Santiago along with other epic adventures at Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc, Galapagos, Vietnam, Thailand, The Great Wall of China, Himalayans, Norway, Rafting the Zambizi, Scuba on the Great Barrier Reef, and touring the jungles in Colombia.