The Internet Summit and the new “Startup Summit,” are expected to draw 2,000 or more people to Raleigh this week to discuss the latest trends in technology and how to build successful startups..

The Startup Summit features a long list of speakers, including venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs.

They include (bios provided by Tech Media):

  • Angus Davis, Founder & CEO, Swipely

In 1999, Angus co-founded Tellme, which revolutionized speech recognition systems today used by 1 in 3 Americans. In 2007, Microsoft acquired Tellme in its largest-ever acquisition of a private company. Prior to Tellme, Angus joined Netscape as their youngest employee where he was product manager for the company’s leading Web browser.

Angus founded Swipely in 2009 to help local merchants accept payments, track customers, and grow revenue by unlocking the “big data” behind every transaction. Swipely is based in Providence with a world-class team and the support of Index Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock Partners and others.

  • Paul Singh, Partner & Master of the Hustle, 500 Startups

Paul has mastered the art of the hustle and has the extraordinary ability to extract a business model from a rock. Also from startups. Prior to 500 Startups, he was the founder of a handful of his own startups and spent some time at PBworks, AOL and Symantec. As a 500 Startups Mentor, Paul guides our companies with Analytics, Customer Acquisition, Customer Analytics, Engineering, Infrastructure, Operations, and SMBs expertise.

  • Sarah Lacy, Founder & Editor-in-Chief,

Sarah Lacy knows great entrepreneurs. After more than a decade covering business in Silicon Valley, Lacy is well known in tech hot spots around the world for finding great entrepreneurs before most other reporters or venture capitalists do. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the newly launched tech news site Previously, she was the senior editor at, the largest blog on tech entrepreneurship in the world. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 (Gotham Books, May 2008). Called the definitive book of the Web 2.0 movement, Once You’re Lucky tells the story of how Web 2.0 was born through the eyes of the founders of companies like Facebook, Twitter, Slide, Digg, LinkedIn, and others.

Recently, Lacy decided to follow the flow of capital into the developing world. She bootstrapped a two-year, 40-week journey through the Middle East, South America, Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia looking for the best entrepreneurs Silicon Valley had never heard of. The result is her second book, Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos, which Fortune called “an outstanding piece of journalism” (Wiley, February 2011).

  • Scott Maxwell, Founder & Senior Managing Director, OpenView Venture Partners

Scott has been a Venture Capitalist since 2000, first as a senior Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and then as the founder of OpenView Venture Partners. He has worked with numerous companies to help them craft and realize their visions.
At OpenView, and previously at Insight, Scott worked to develop and communicate the vision that an institutionalized venture capital firm can — and should — offer meaningful value beyond the capital that it invests. He has spent over a decade iterating on that approach, which includes the development of our investment focus and team, OpenView Labs team, and our content sites for executives.

Scott led the team that founded OpenView in 2006 to continue developing his model for investing in and adding meaningful value to expansion stage technology companies. Since OpenView’s inception, Scott has served on the board of directors or worked in some fashion with most of the OpenView portfolio companies.

  • Rob Go, Co-Founder & Partner, NextView Ventures

Rob is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a micro-VC firm focused on internet enabled innovation. NextView pursues a dedicated seed investment strategy and partners with entrepreneurs to build transformative and lasting businesses.

Prior to founding NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital, a leading venture capital firm focused on the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. Before joining Spark Capital, Rob worked at Ebay as the Business Product Lead for “Finding”. In this role, he oversaw the launch over 20 products that significantly enhanced Ebay’s search, browse, and merchandising capabilities.

  • Laura Witt, General Partner, ABS Capital

Laura is a General Partner at ABS Capital with investment interest and experience in the technology sector, working with portfolio companies on the key strategic and operational issues they face. Laura has led investments in applications and infrastructure software, Internet, mobile and consumer technologies. Laura currently servers on the boards of Rosetta Stone, Quofore and Redzone Robotics. Prior to ABS Capital, Laura was a senior consultant at Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where she advised clients on growth strategies, new technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

  • Michael Doernberg, CEO, ReverbNation

Michael Doernberg is CEO and co-founder of ReverbNation, the leading online music marketing platform serving more than 2.3 million artists, managers, record labels and venues. Every day, musicians turn to ReverbNation as a source for the powerful business tools needed to compete in the social media age, across the Internet as a whole, while other music industry participants work with ReverbNation to align themselves with the largest aggregation of independent artists. As CEO, Mike’s strategic thinking and exceptional business acumen has contributed to ReverbNation’s success and helped drive the development of their valuable social tools for the industry.

Mike’s successful entrepreneurial career in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina stems from his experience in marketing and management of technology and Internet business. His past ventures include SmartPath, a marketing software company that was successfully acquired by DoubleClick (Google) in 2004.

  • Daniel Chalef, CEO, KnowledgeTree

Daniel is an entrepreneur, technologist and part-time guerrilla marketer whose career has included senior management, business analysis and engineering positions at software, Internet and telecommunications companies. As the CEO of KnowledgeTree, Daniel has led the company to its position as a recognized innovator in cloud-based document management solutions. Daniel brings passion and enthusiasm to the KnowledgeTree team and is an avid commentator on document management and industry trends.

Previously as CTO at Jam Warehouse, and earlier in his career Daniel headed up enterprise content management and workflow software implementation projects for premiere global retailers and consumer goods companies including Tesco PLC, Britvic PLC, and Foschini Group.

  • Jonathon Perrelli, Founding Partner,

Jonathon started in May of 2011 after founding, leading and exiting four startups over the past 17 years. His experience ranges from founding pre-IPO venture backed startups to executive level roles with publicly traded firms. He has been a successful Angel, investing in startups such as Plaxo, FormSpring, and numerous Cyber-Security firms, and is now a venture capitalist focused on the seed and early stage. Prior to “joining the dark side”, Jonathon was the Founder and CEO of SecureForce, a cyber security solutions provider serving the US Intelligence and DoD, as well as some of the country’s largest corporations. He continues to provide strategic leadership as Chairman of SecureForce. Other startups that he has co-founded include; Plesk (renamed “Parallels”) which is the largest platform for hosting automation in the world, The Shadow Group (acquired, and now part of BAE Systems), SecureSoftware (acquired by Foritfy Software, and subsequently by HP), and eTantrum which was the “other half of Napster”.

  • David Morken, Founder & CEO, Bandwidth

David Morken is founder & CEO of Bandwidth, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing communication technology companies. Founded in 1999, and a certified CLEC in 49 states, Bandwidth is headquartered in Cary, NC. The company operates four divisions – inetwork, Phonebooth, Broadband and republic wireless. David has led each division through tremendous growth since their inception including, most recently, the launch of republic wireless. As the nation’s first Wi-Fi centric mobile operator, republic wireless leverages the disruptive power of the WiFi to provide members with unlimited voice, text and data service for only $19 per month with no contracts — giving control, freedom and choice back to wireless customers across the country.

Prior to founding Bandwidth, Morken was called to active duty by the Marine Corps in 1995 and served four years as a Judge Advocate, criminal prosecutor and headquarters company commander. Morken is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of the Virginia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University.

  • Joe Schmidt, CMO, CafePress

In 2005, Joe started Schmidt has served as the on-air spokesperson for the company on the HomeShoppingNetwork and QVC. Canvas on Demand was added to the INC500 list of fastest growing companies in the United States in 2008; he was also named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist; and was awarded the Raleigh Durham Fast 50 Award in 2009.

In 2010, Joe sold his company to one of Silicon Valley’s top web retailers Cafepress Inc. Since the sale, Joe has become Chief Marketing Officer of Cafepress Inc.

  • John Burke, Founder, True Ventures

As a Founder of True Ventures, John Burke brings a passion for building companies, backing incredible people, and early-stage investing. Prior to his venture career, John founded BMI Software, which was acquired in 1997. In the late 90’s, he started working with Phil Black at ABS Ventures and then DB Capital Partners. Before founding True, John was a founder and Managing Member of Blacksmith Capital, an early stage technology venture firm. John holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, a BA degree in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

  • Greg Cangialosi, Managing Director, Baltimore Angels & Nucleus Venture

Greg Cangialosi is an entrepreneur, and early stage investor based in Baltimore, MD. He has built a reputation as a leader in today’s online landscape as both a marketer and entrepreneur. Most recently Greg is a co-founder of Betamore, a Baltimore based urban campus for technology and entrepreneurship. Prior to that his company, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider was acquired by WhatCounts in July of 2011.

Greg is also currently the managing director of both the Baltimore Angel’s, and Nucleus Ventures. Greg is a seasoned lecturer on marketing & entrepreneurship, and is also the lead author of “The Business Podcasting Book,” a primer on new media for marketers. Greg holds a BA in English from UMBC, and sits on the board of WhatCounts & theGreater Baltimore Technology Council.

  • Tom Lotrecchiano, Senior Vice President, Cafepress

Tom Lotrecchiano has served as Cafepress’ Senior Vice President since April 2011. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Art from September 2010 to April 2011. From August 2003 to September 2010, Mr. Lotrecchiano served as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Canvas On Demand, LLC, an online canvas retailer which we acquired in September 2010. From March 2001 to March 2003 he served as Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising of Inc., an online art company. Mr. Lotrecchiano received a B.S. in printing management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Aaron Houghton, Co-Founder & CEO,

Aaron Houghton is a serial entrepreneur who builds web marketing products for small business owners. Aaron is currently co-founder and CEO of BoostSuite is his 15th startup. Formerly Aaron was co-founder of email newsletter leader that was sold to Vocus in 2012 for $180M. Aaron was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner in 2008, was listed to Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30 list 2010, and was named as a Top 10 Most Influential CEO in 2010 (behind Zuckerberg, Andrew Mason, and Matt Mullenweg). In his free time Aaron is an avid wakeboarder and outdoor adventurer.

  • Robbie Allen, Founder & CEO, Automated Insights

Prior to founding Automated Insights, Inc. (StatSheet), Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer, IT at Cisco where he worked for 13 years. During his time at Cisco, Robbie led large-scale IT architecture projects that involved overhauling Cisco’s internal infrastructure to a cloud-based solution. He managed teams from 5 to 40 people that developed complex network management software. Just before leaving the company, Robbie designed advanced protocols for Cisco’s core router platforms.

He is the author of ten books on a variety of technical topics from O’Reilly, Apress and Addison-Wesley. Robbie has been very active in the startup community for over ten years. He’s served as an advisor and mentor to numerous startups and entrepreneurs.

  • Jason Caplain, General Partner & Co-Founder, Southern Capitol Ventures

Jason Caplain is a co-founder of Southern Capitol Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in software, e-commerce and digital media companies in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Jason is on the boards at ReverbNation and Zift Solutions and is a board observer at DoublePositive, eTix and WeddingWire. Before SCV, Jason was at Red Hat through the company’s successful IPO in 1999. Jason has received the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 under 40” leadership award and was named by TechJournal South as one the Southeast’s Internet Mavens. Read his blog and follow Jason on Twitter @jcaplain.

  • David Jones, Partner, Southern Capitol Ventures

David is a Partner with Southern Capitol Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital firm serving technology companies in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. SCV is an investor in, ChannelAdvisor, eTix, ReverbNation, Motricity (NASDAQ:MOTR). David is on the board of ArtusLabs and was a board observer at AVIcode, which was acquired by Microsoft.

  • Joe Velk, Manager, Contender Capital, LLC

Joe Velk has 27 years of investment and company building experience. Joe currently manages Contender Capital, LLC and is a board member or advisor to several private companies. He was previously a partner at The North Carolina Enterprise Fund and Intersouth Partners where he focused on information technology companies. Joe has been involved with over 50 companies which include: Efficient Channel Coding (acquired by ViaSat); Inlet Technologies (acquired by Cisco Systems), Modality (acquired by Epocrates); Orologic (acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor), PowerPrecise Solutions (acquired by Texas Instruments), and RF Micro Devices (RFMD).

  • Matt Williamson, CEO & Co-Founder, Windsor Circle

Matt Williamson is the CEO and co-founder of Windsor Circle. Prior to founding Windsor Circle, Matt was VP of Sales for Bronto Software, where he played a pivotal role in both strategy and execution that helped fuel Bronto to more than 100 employees. Prior to Bronto, Matt held executive and sales management roles at SAS, edocs, and Network Software Associates. Matt holds an MBA with honors from UNC, where he was class president, as well as an undergraduate degree from UNC. Matt has been deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally for over 20 years.

  • Dayna Grayson, Partner, NEA

Dayna joined NEA in 2012 and focuses on early stage consumer internet and enterprise companies. Prior to joining NEA, Dayna was an investor at North Bridge Venture Partners in Boston where she focused on seed and early stage consumer internet and SaaS investments. She is an active member of the startup communities along the east coast including Boston and New York.

Her investment career follows operational success in product design and management. Before joining North Bridge in 2006, Dayna led product design efforts at Blackbaud [BLKB], the leading global provider of software to nonprofit organizations. She managed products throughout their life cycle as the company grew to over $130 million in revenue and completed a successful public offering. Previously, Dayna was a consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young.

Dayna has a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Neil Kataria, General Partner, Blue Tiger Ventures

Neil Kataria is an entrepreneur, angel investor and founding general partner of Blue Tiger Ventures. Alongside an elite group of technology entrepreneurs and former DC mayor and technology and education pioneer Adrian Fenty, his firm partners with founders, investing in technology startups at their infancy, that can transform industries by solving big, nascent problems.

Neil is a thought leader in the convergence of data analytics, social media, and mobile and before starting Blue Tiger Ventures, he founded newBrandAnalytics. Through that, he invented an entirely new approach for businesses to drive customer loyalty and revenue by converting unsolicited, publicly available social mentions on the Web, into commercial intelligence. As co-founder and founding CEO, Neil was instrumental in raising venture capital from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Revolution Ventures and Thayer Ventures and attracting customers like PF Chang’s, Jose Andres Think Food Group, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Apple Retail, Washington DC Government and a number of hotels and retailers.

  • Luke Fishback , CEO & Founder, PlotWatt

Luke is responsible for the strategic direction and daily operations of PlotWatt.

Before founding PlotWatt, as an Aerospace Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Luke designed rocket components, managed IT, and developed real-time monitoring technology that transformed laboratories into innovation machines. Luke holds BA, BSME, and Master of Engineering Management degrees from Dartmouth.

  • Chris Heivly, Managing Director, Triangle Startup Factory

Chris Heivly is an accomplished executive in the information-technology sector with proven experience in marketing, sales, business development, investment finance and operations. His 25+ year diverse career spans a broad range of senior positions in the government sector, a Fortune 150 global company and small, entrepreneurial startups. He has operated at the highest levels formulating company strategies, launching new businesses and closing non-strategic divisions.

Mr. Heivly has spent the last three years launching a software incubator in the Raleigh/Durham area called the Triangle Startup Factory. Modeled after similar national programs, his leadership and vision has energized the community to support this seed investment program yielding 14 new startups per year.

  • Eric Gregg, Co-Founder, TechMedia

Eric co-founded TechMedia, which produces technology and entrepreneurial events including Internet Summit, Digital East, Digital Summit, Southeast Venture Conference and the upcoming Dallas Digital Summit. Eric brings his previous experience in venture capital and the startup community to help continue to foster entrepreneurship in the southeast and mid-atlantic along with the rest of the TechMedia team. He also serves as Publisher for, covering the latest trends and best practices in the digital world.

  • Allan Maurer, Editor,

Allan heads up all editorial activities at TechMedia. Allan comes from a diverse journalism background and is the only known person on the planet to have written for both Playboy and Modern Maturity magazines. He’s mum on the mansion parties. When not putting fingers to keyboard, Allan can be found playing blues harmonica to Old Muddy Waters or attending a film festival where he’s hung out with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Ken Burns and Andie MacDowell (which is nothing compared to the “mansion” parties).

Presenting Companies

The list of startups participating is up to 16, double the total of a week ago:

  • AnswerHub
  • ArchiveSocial
  • BoostSuite
  • BrightContext
  • Buystand
  • Campus Grumble
  • CollectorDASH
  • Gema Touch
  • Monarcares
  • PubNub
  • The Social Radio
  • Truxie
  • WedPics
  • Windsor Circle
  • Worksnaps

The Program

The Startup Summit opens on Nov. 6. Here’s the agenda. Note the emphasis on funding and “founder stories.”

Tuesday, Nov. 6

1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel: Art of the Start
2:15pm – 3:15pm Panel: Seed Capital
3:30pm – 4:30pm Panel: Entrepreneur’s Seed Stage Perspective
4:45pm – 5:30pm Founder Stories
5:45pm – 7:00pm Company Presentations

Wednesday, Nov. 7

8:00am – 9:30am Company Presentations
9:40am – 10:35am Panel: VC Perspective
10:45am – 11:15am Presentation: Getting to Market
11:15am – 11:45am Presentation: Money Ball