28. David Cummings

David Cummings
Photograph by Fernando Decillis

Focus Business, Tech
Age 35
There was no startup scene when David Cummings came to Atlanta in 2002. So the serial entrepreneur sold his company, a marketing automation firm called Pardot, for an estimated $95 million and founded Atlanta Tech Village, a Buckhead coworking space he opened nearly three years ago. The 103,000-square-foot building, now home to 800 entrepreneurs and more than 230 newbie firms, has brought aspiring businesspeople together under one roof. In the process, Cummings has grown ATV into one of the largest startup hubs in the country, with a business model since emulated by other entrepreneurs across the region.

South’s Silicon Valley Thanks to Cummings’s efforts, Atlanta has become better known for its startups, rather than only Fortune 500 companies.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.