Buckhead resident David Cummings is a prototype for the modern entrepreneur. After selling his second startup at the age of 32 for $100 million, he developed a desire to help other tech entrepreneurs. This was the origin of his wildly successful startup hub Atlanta Tech Village. Atlanta Tech Village has been the birthplace of over 1000 tech companies since 2013, and these companies have created over 8000 jobs.
An early start
David was given the book, “Teach Yourself C in 21 Days” in eighth grade. This got him even more excited about building computers and writing software, and he obviously had a knack for it. He began exploring his entrepreneurial nature and his innovative ideas while he was in college in North Carolina.
“I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug as far back as I can remember. And so that led to building websites that led to my first real software company, I went to a professor of mine in undergrad and I told him I had this idea to make software to make it easy to update websites. Now this was 20 years ago, and back then we didn’t have tools like WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and all the great things that we use now to update our websites. I set out with a few classmates of mine, and we built one of the first content management systems.”
The Buckhead connection
His first big customer was Noble Investment Group in the Monarch Tower near Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. David sublet an office space from Noble after college, and…