Building a Billion Dollar Company – Class @ Emory

Seminar Description: For any student aspiring to build, join or invest in a landmark company, come learn from CEOs currently tackling the issues faced at each phase.

9/13/21 – Session 1 ‐ “From Inception to $10M” – Adam Marchick, Kahuna and Alpine

10/4/21 – Session 2 ‐ “$10M to $75M” – Garrett Langley, Flock Safety

11/1/21 – Session 3 ‐ “$75M to $250M” – David Politis, BetterCloud

10/25/21 – Session 4 ‐ “$250M to $750M” – Tim Sheehan, Greenlight

11/29/21 – Session 5 ‐ “Breaking $1B and accelerating through it.” – Mike Cote, Secureworks


Session 1 ‐ “From Inception to $10M” – Adam Marchick, Kahuna and Alpine

Adam MarchickAdam started two companies over 10 years, Kahuna and Alpine.
Kahuna scaled quickly to $10M ARR, serving 100’s of customers including The New York Times, DraftKings, Yahoo and Overstock.
Alpine was acquired by Headspace.

Session 2 ‐ “$10M to $75M” – Garrett Langley, Flock Safety

Garrett LangleyLangley started Flock Safety as a solution to eliminate non-violent crime in residential neighborhoods after he personally experienced property crime at his home in Atlanta. He and fellow Yellow Jacket Matt Feury, CS 11, started building the Flock Safety camera system.
Flock recently raised capital from A16z, valuing the company at over $1 billion.

Session 3 ‐ “$75M to $250M” – David Politis, BetterCloud

David PolitisBetterCloud is the leading SaaSOps platform that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace.
Thousands of customers rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio

Session 4 ‐ “$250M to $750M” – Tim Sheehan, Greenlight

Timothy SheehanA financial technology veteran, Tim has expertise in financial systems serving both consumers and enterprises.
After leaving Fiserv, Tim incubated Greenlight at ATDC, drawing upon his experience as a father of four.
Today, Greenlight serves 100,000’s of families across the United States.

Session 5 ‐ “Breaking $1B and accelerating through it.” – Mike Cote, Secureworks

Mike CoteMike Cote has been serving as CEO since February 2002. He was the chairman from 2002 to 2011 through the acquisition by Dell in February of 2011. He has led the company through its growth and IPO from less than $1 million in annual revenue to $553 million on a GAAP basis in fiscal year 2020.