Our Concept

We are a pirate ship on a sea of risk and waste.

More than 4 million companies will exhibit before more than a quarter-billion attendees in the global exhibition market this year, and, huge chunks of the $100+ billion and countless hours they spend participating will yield no return.

Invented in 1850s industrial-age London, the trade show model struggles to leverage the deep information buyers and sellers can acquire in advance of meetings to enrich engagement. And trade shows produce mostly brief, superficial, random seller-buyer and peer-to-peer interactions and fail to accelerate sales traction and industry progress.

The antidote? The disruptor? The hosted style event.

Born in the information age in the information technology industry and now deployed with increasing benefit to industry sectors well beyond IT, the hosted style event connects the most desirable buyers with vendors on a scheduled, guaranteed basis.

Detailed profile information provided in advance fuels conversations, and there’s the added benefit for buyers of factoring in expert peer perspectives at and after the event. It’s that formula, and our team’s dedication to high levels of customer care, that drive extraordinary progress in each of the markets we serve.

How We Got Here

AE Ventures was founded by president, John Galante, and executive vice president, Nancy Franco, in 2008 after the pair teamed on the production of B2B events and media for roughly a decade at EH Media. Galante has additional tech and event industry experience as an executive leader at the Consumer Technology Association, Security Industry Association and Reed Exhibition Companies. Franco has additional high tech event experience with IDG.

For the first several years of AE Ventures, we operated a mix of traditional trade shows (the Electronic Security Expo which AE founded in 2008 and produced through 2014) and hosted events, including the Total Tech and TecHome Builder Summits. In 2015, AE turned its focus exclusively to producing hosted style events and developing media and engagement platform attachments that align with and enhance the hosted style event.

Where We Are & Where We’re Going


A still nimble company with 15 full-time staff, AE is tapping the management disciplines of the Entrepreneurial Operating System to serve vendors and trades at the intersection of technology and construction.

Our six-year-old TecHome Builder Summits are expanding to a semi-annual frequency in 2020 and will soon penetrate international markets. We’re also targeting the commercial building and offsite construction markets for launches in the early 2020s.

  • Our purpose is to drive extraordinary progress.
  • Our core values are:
    • learn and improve continuously
    • extreme ownership
    • find a way
    • win as a team
  • Our motto is “We wanna go fast!”
  • Our future is bright.