Michael Cohn Joins Techstars Atlanta as Managing Director

michael_cohnMichael Cohn joined Techstars Atlanta as the startup accelerator program’s managing director.

The program is entering its inaugural year in Atlanta and is presented in partnership between Techstars and Cox Enterprises*.

Cohn will set the strategic direction of the program and is responsible for recruiting and selecting companies, working with stakeholders across the Techstars network and long-term community development around the program.
He co-founded Cloud Sherpas in 2008 and remained a member of the senior leadership team running global marketing as the business scaled to more than 1,100 employees before exiting to Accenture in 2015.
Prior to Cloud Sherpas, Cohn held marketing leadership roles at IBM and Optimus Solutions. He also co-founded Logicept.

Cohn serves as a mentor at Atlanta Tech Village and advises several startups, including Terminus, Groundfloor and Storj. He is on the board of directors at Rural Sourcing and Venture Atlanta and is an advisor to the Emory Impact Investing Group.

Located at Ponce City Market, Techstars Atlanta annually selects a group of 10 startups to participate in a three-month program that provides expertise, funding and office space to accelerate their businesses. The program culminates with a demo day, where approximately 100-200 angel investors and venture capitalists learn about the participants’ businesses.

The program is seeking applicants that are focused on social media platforms, cloud-based data, predictive analytics and cybersecurity that will drive positive change in this interconnected world.
Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2016 at http://www.techstars.com/programs/atlanta-program/.

The first program will take place in Summer 2016.



* Cox Enterprises is a communications, media and automotive services company with revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees.
The company’s major operating subsidiaries include:
– Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions);
– Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and
– Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).
The company’s major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak.

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