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Before selling his company, marketing automation platform Pardot, for roughly $95 million in 2012, David Cummings says he used to play a game he called Real Estate Roulette. Cummings’s experience, coupled with his desire to kickstart a tech community, led him to found Atlanta Tech Village.
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 founders of Yik Yak are Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll. They’re both 24 and graduated in 2013 from Furman University, where they noticed the popularity on campus of certain Twitter parody accounts. The two friends thought it would be fun if everyone had a platform for telling jokes and sharing news—and to be able to do that anonymously.