Atlanta’s Modesty When It Comes to Self-Promotion

David Cummings on Startups

Quick, who’s the most famous entrepreneur ever from Atlanta? Hint: he’s been referred to as “the mouth of the South.” That’s right, it’s Ted Turner. Ted Turner understands self-promotion and is happy to speak his mind (see the book Call Me Ted). Now, beyond Ted Turner and his amazing run with TBS and CNN, who are some other famous entrepreneurs from Atlanta. It’s hard to name very many.

Atlanta, with it’s Southern culture, has too much modesty. There are so many success stories, yet they are rarely talked about. Last year Atlanta had a half billion dollars in exits alone with marketing software companies, and people aren’t shouting the story from the rooftops. Atlanta has three more marketing software companies in Silverpop, Mailchimp, and WhatCounts that are easily worth over a half billion dollars combined — there’s no national press about the marketing software cluster in Atlanta.

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