2021 Inductee

Ben Chestnut

Ben Chestnut

Chestnut is an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Mailchimp, now part of Intuit following a $12B acquisition (the largest of its kind for a private company), who pioneered email marketing enabling SMB’s to thrive in the digital age. Chestnut also serves on the advisory board for the Emory Center of Ethics.

“Ben is an entrepreneur who has delivered an innovative all-in-one platform built for small business growth, servicing customers worldwide, and powered by marketing automation and customer relationship management tools,” said Kevin Kelly, PwC Atlanta office Managing Partner. “It’s an honor to welcome him into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. I’m excited for the continued growth of this community and the innovative ideas it provides to Georgia and the world at large.”

Chestnut was born in Augusta, Georgia and attended high school in Hephzibah, Georgia. He studied physics at the University of Georgia and industrial design at Georgia Institute of Technology.

“I’m humbled and honored to be inducted in the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia,” said Chestnut. “Georgia’s had an incredible impact on my life and the journey to build Mailchimp alongside my co-founder Dan Kurzius. I’m especially grateful for all of our incredible employees who listened hard, and changed fast to build innovative tools for our small business customers to start and grow their business.”

“Ben is a visionary and a champion for small business in Georgia’s technology ecosystem and beyond,” said Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). “It is through the vision, drive and support of leaders like him that our technology community continues to grow, break barriers and set global industry trends.”

About the Technology Hall of Fame Georgia

Each year an inductee is chosen by the current Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia members from a slate of nominees, in recognition of his or her contributions to the industry and impact on the state. Potential nominees are selected based on an individual’s impact on the technology industry in the state of Georgia, such as establishing and growing successful technology companies and organizations, job creation and economic impact, developing breakthrough technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, etc. PwC has been a sponsor of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia since its inception in 1993.

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