Atlanta (August 27, 2018) – Successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator and writer Ben Dyer has joined Morris, Manning & Martin in the newly-created role of entrepreneur in residence (EIR.)
“Ben has unparalleled knowledge about every step of founding, financing and growing businesses,” said John Yates, who chairs MMM’s Technology Group. “While some venture funds, business schools and incubators have EIRs, very few law firms do. The fact that MMM is the only law firm in Atlanta with an EIR gives us another unique and practical resource for our attorneys and clients.”
Dyer is a member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia – whose prestigious members are selected for their impact on the state’s tech industry. Its 38 members also include serial entrepreneurs Jeff Arnold, Tom Noonan and Tripp Rackley as well as venture capitalist Sig Mosley. Dyer’s successes include founding Peachtree Software, which sold to MSA; Comsell, which News Corp acquired; and Intellimedia, funded by Cox Enterprises. His financial experience includes C-level leadership posts with a seed stage venture capital fund, a bank and an investment firm.
He says he opted to join MMM for the opportunity to work with Yates, one of the top technology attorneys in the country. “The better I get to know this place, the more impressed I am by the breadth and depth of the expertise in this firm,” Dyer said. “The tech client base at MMM is significantly greater than any single incubator and provides a wide range of opportunities for what I do well. I hope to be a key part of MMM’s value-add beyond its excellent legal services.”
Until recently, Dyer was entrepreneurial advisor and entrepreneur in residence at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught in the Longhorn Startup Program. He also chaired the Qualifying Committee for the SXSW Accelerator. In late 2017 he returned to Atlanta to become a partner at the TechSquare Labs incubator, which he quickly helped turn into a significant corporate innovation center focused on logistics. He advises or serves on the board of four early-stage firms focused on data sciences, IoT, digital health and electronic physical security. He is also an emeritus member of the board of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, which he has chaired.
He is in the process of writing a book titled Startup Decision Making and publishes a weekly blog on that subject. He holds a BIE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2006, he received the Joseph Mayo Petit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which is Georgia Tech’s highest alumni honor. He has also served as president of Tech’s Alumni Association. He earned his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.
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