Last week I had dinner with several writers and team members from TechCrunch. TechCrunch was in Atlanta for their meetup at the The Fabulous Fox Theatre and invited several members of the community out to dinner in advance of the event. At dinner, I pitched Atlanta’s strong tech clusters:
- Marketing Software – Many of the most successful products in their class originated in Atlanta including MailChimp, Vitrue, Pardot, Silverpop, WhatCounts, IgnitionOne, and more representing over 1,000 employees locally
- Logistics – Between Manhattan Associates on the software side and UPS on the shipping side, Atlanta has thousands of logistics-related employees
- Health IT – Atlanta has over 200 health IT companies employing over 10,000 people including McKesson Technology Solutions
- Internet Security – Internet Security Systems was started in Atlanta in 1992 and has spawned hundreds of security companies over the years employing thousands of Atlantans
- Payment Processing / FinTech – Companies like Global Payments, First Data, and NCR are based in Atlanta, accounting for over 40,000 payment processing jobs in the area
Atlanta has over 125,000 high-tech jobs and is growing at a nice rate. When pitching TechCrunch, or anyone else, it’s important to tell a story. Atlanta’s story is that of success across a number of sectors with no signs of slowing down.
What else? What are some of the next strong tech clusters emerging in Atlanta?