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Atlanta Tech News: Uniting Atlanta companies and tech talent.

Atlanta Tech News is the premier destination for technology job seekers and tech businesses in our region.

We are here to serve the 13,000 technology companies located in Metro Atlanta, the 135,000 technology industry workers in the region, and scores of readers interested in local tech news. By providing the latest tech headlines, in-depth features, technology job listings, and company profiles, Atlanta Tech News connects the region’s top tech professional with businesses seeking their talents.

Atlanta Tech News is powered by MyMobileLyfe, a digital recruitment marketing agency headquartered in the metro area. With the combined reach of MyMobileLyfe and its digital properties—including Atlanta Tech Blogs—Atlanta Tech News reaches tens of thousands of readers across the web, email, and social media.

Rick Hancock

Rick Hancock

Publisher, Atlanta Tech News

CEO & President, MyMobileLyfe

Rick Hancock is the Publisher of Atlanta Tech News. Hancock, also CEO and co-founder of MyMobileLyfe, previously served as an Assistant Managing Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and oversaw the launch of MyAJC.com, a subscriber only website.

Prior to the AJC, he served as Digital Platform Director for CT1 Media, New England’s largest multimedia company (CT1media.com). Hancock managed the day-to-day and long-term digital initiatives for Hartford Courant and FoxCT’s websites, mobile, and social media platforms, and he delivered on-air tech reports for The FoxCT Morning News.

Previous to CT1 Media, he was CEO of Potpourri Media, LLC, a full service digital multimedia consulting company. Clients included leading media companies, trade organizations, and non-profit organizations.

From 2008 to 2011, Hancock served as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Journalism at the University of Connecticut, where he created the department’s first social media and entrepreneurial journalism courses.

From 2006 to 2008, Hancock served as a Dean in the School of Communications and a Professor of Digital Journalism at Quinnipiac University. In 2003, Hancock was selected as a Western Knight Fellow for Specialized Journalism participant. He’s been a trail blazing advocate for digital journalism for more than 15 years, working in “legacy” media as a news anchor/reporter in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Hancock earned an MS in Interactive Communications from Quinnipiac University and a BA in Political Science from Howard University.

An evangelist for interactive digital media, he’s a sought after speaker on hot topics surrounding the Internet. He has been presented at international and national conferences including Yale University, the Online News Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. He’s been quoted in national publications, including the New York Times and Broadcasting and Cable.

Michael L. Grillo

Michael L. Grillo

Editor, Atlanta Tech News

COO, MyMobileLyfe

Michael L. Grillo serves as Editor of Atlanta Tech News, and he is also a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of MyMobileLyfe. He oversees the development and execution of marketing and advertising strategies for MyMobileLyfe’s business clients.

Michael is an experienced digital content editor adept at finding narratives within data and turning research into practical solutions for improved audience engagement. He previously served as Engagement Director at Penton Media, and is the former Audience Development Manager, Home Page Editor, and Online Producer/Audience Analyst for the Hartford Courant. In these roles, he led the development and deployment of mobile news products for three mobile websites, developed the organization’s subscription-based digital news service, determined social media goals and strategies, and produced multimedia content designed to enhance reader engagement and interaction.

Michael is a graduate of Brandeis University, and he earned his Master’s Degree in Journalism at Quinnipiac University.

Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams

Chief Financial Officer, Atlanta Tech News

Derrick Williams, Chief Financial Officer of Atlanta Tech News, has been involved in investment banking since 1997 focusing on M&A, advisory and capital raising. His investment banking career began at UBS Securities as an industry and product generalist and evolved to execute transactions in business services, real estate and financial services. A proven self-starter, Derrick has contributed to the successful development of a number of banking platforms including SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Legg Mason and co-founding the financial services investment banking practice for Robert W. Baird.

Derrick received his BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He holds FINRA 7, 63, 79 and 99 licenses.

Deborah Lanham

Deborah Lanham

Business Development Director, Atlanta Tech News

Deborah Lanham is Business Development Director of Atlanta Tech News. Deborah is also Producer for Coyote Kills and has previously served as Vice President of Business Development for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.