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Adwait Joshi is the founder and Chief Seer at DataSeers. He has been successfully helping his customers Taming the Data Demon giving them working solutions tailored to their needs.
Adwait was not only a straight A student in school but was always interested in business opportunities. When he was 15 years old, he won a scholarship and learned C++. This exposure encouraged him to start his first company at the age of 15, AD’s Computers, which was extremely profitable and paved a path for Adwait’s future; not only giving him the right exposure but also making enough money to pay for his education. While at University at Buffalo, Adwait’s thesis on Visualization Techniques for Anthropometric Data made the concept of Universal Design easy and became a very important part of UB’s research for the next 10+ years.
Adwait’s IT career in the US began with Fisher Price where he spent his summer creating tools for mechanical engineers to speed up the design of toys and he was successful in automating a lot of trivial tasks. He then went on to work at Intel where he was given a challenge that had not been solved before, migrating a 3D visualization software to a 64-bit architecture. He not only took that challenge, but tenuously worked towards finishing the project and won an award for doing it 4 weeks ahead of schedule.
For more than a decade now, Adwait has been working with various verticals solving their Data problems. He has tremendous expertise in Big Data and analytics. After a successful exit in 2016, he is back in the startup mode. His latest venture DataSeers, is a startup focused on RegTech and helping FinTech companies with Reconciliation, Compliance, Fraud, and Analytics. The product he has engineered, FinanSeer, has been so majorly successful that within the first year the company was already profitable and winning awards.
Karen Cashion is CEO of Tech Alpharetta, which was created by the City of Alpharetta in 2012 and is now a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. Tech Alpharetta’s mission is to help grow technology and innovation in Alpharetta. Tech Alpharetta is a tech economic development engine for Alpharetta and the region, helping to: grow new tech companies and jobs, attract and retain tech companies, and develop skilled workforce. Tech Alpharetta accomplishes these goals through its strategic advisory board, its tech startup incubator in Alpharetta, its tech thought leadership and educational programs, and key partnerships.
Karen is also the founder, Chairperson, and past president of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (“GATN”), a 501(c)6 organization, which she formed in 2013 in order to provide the Greater Alpharetta technology community with locally-based tech thought leadership, educational, and networking events. GATN merged into Tech Alpharetta as of January 1, 2018.
Karen is an attorney with twenty years of experience as a commercial litigator and corporate technology lawyer. Karen began her career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, and in addition to law firm practice, has served as Assistant General Counsel for EarthLink and Legal Counsel, Global Technology for Travelport, LP in Atlanta.
Karen received her J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law, where she served as Senior Editor of the Law & Contemporary Problems Journal. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Karen has served as a Commissioner on the City of Alpharetta’s Planning Commission, is a graduate of Leadership North Fulton, and is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the North Fulton Bar Association. Karen currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of North Georgia’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and on the Advisory Board for Vinings Bank. Karen and her husband and two children are longtime residents of the city of Alpharetta.
Jason Perez, entrepreneur, advisor, and co-founder of Yardz comes from a pedigree of construction and entrepreneurship.
He has sat on several boards and has been a trusted advisor for a widespread array of companies. As CEO of Yardz, he brings a high business aptitude mixed with a passion-driven culture.
About Your Host
Joey Kline is a Vice President at JLL, specializing in office brokerage and tenant representation. As an Atlanta native, he has a deep passion for promoting the economic growth and continued competitiveness of communities in and around Atlanta, as well as the Southeast as a whole. He has completed transactions in every major submarket of metro Atlanta, and works primarily with start-ups, advertising/marketing agencies, and publicly-traded companies. With a healthy mix of tenacious drive and analytical insights, Joey is a skilled negotiator who advises clients on a myriad of complex real estate matters.
With a strategy and business development background, Joey is first and foremost a pragmatic advisor to his clients. Most recently, he was the Director of Business Development for American Fueling Systems, an Atlanta-based alternative energy company. While at JLL, he has become a member of the Million Dollar Club, and has built a reputation as an expert on the intersection of transit-accessibility and urban real estate. With intimate involvement in site selection and planning/zoning concerns, Joey approaches real estate from the perspective of the end user, and thus possesses a unique lens through which to serve his clients.
Joey holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a founder, board member, and the treasurer of Advance Atlanta, and also sits on the Selection Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth’s Fast 40 event. In addition, he is a member of CoreNet and the Urban Land Institute. Finally, he is part of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2019.
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