Earlier today the big news broke that Atlanta’s AirWatch is going to be acquired by VMware for over $1.5 billion. AirWatch is the consumate Atlanta success story. Business software? Check. Security technology? Check. Limited outside capital to get to scale before raising institutional capital? Check. AirWatch has all the ingredients.
Here are some of the awesome Atlanta benefits of the AirWatch story:
- Created 1,000 jobs in Atlanta
- Delivered another success story on the international stage
- Minted many more tech millionaires in the city
- Established a strong reputation for mobility-related software
Unfortunately, AirWatch won’t be the next anchor technology company for the region but it will leave a lasting legacy for the city. New entrepreneurs and investors will emerge and 1,000+ people will have felt what it’s like to be a part of something that succeeds in a big way.
Congratulations to AirWatch on building a large software company in Atlanta.
What else? What are your thoughts on the impending VMware acquisition of AirWatch?