David Cummings, founder of Atlanta Tech Village and a collection of successful startups that include Terminus, SalesLoft, and Pardot, has been announced as the 2019 inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia.
The announcement came from PwC, which has sponsored the Technology Hall of Fame since it began almost 30 years ago. “David is an innovative entrepreneur who has supported many in the Atlanta community with his business ventures,” Kevin Kelly, managing partner of PwC’s Atlanta office, said in a statement.
Cummings joins a list of esteemed tech leaders, each of whom have been the group’s single annual inductee since 1993, and were selected for their impact on Georgia’s technology industry.
Selection criteria includes a nominee’s establishment and growth of successful technology companies and organizations, general entrepreneurship and innovation, economic impact, job creation, development of cutting edge technologies, and more. Members include former Georgia Tech president Bud Peterson, Cox Enterprises chairman Jim Kennedy, and media mogul Ted Turner.
Cummings said in a statement that he is “humbled and honored” to be inducted. “Georgia’s had such an incredible impact on my life and entrepreneurial journey — helping grow our tech startup community has been the highlight of my career.”
That career has included founding 10 companies with a collective value near $1 billion, including B2B marketing automation company Pardot, which was acquired in 2012 for $95 million. Cummings was also a founder at account-based marketing company Terminus, and sales engagement platform SalesLoft, and is the largest investor in scheduling app Calendly.
While his success is well-documented, Cummings has admitted to learning tough lessons on the road to being recognized as a savvy tech investor and startup founder.
“After we sold Pardot, I invested large sums of money in several startups that went under. Hubris is real and should be acknowledged when present. It’s better to take things slower while building expertise and traction.”
Cummings will be honored at the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) The Summit event on March 4, 2020 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.