The Southeast Venture Conference returns to Charlotte on March 31 and April 1 with a growing list of well-known speakers from across the technology and venture capital industries.

Heading the list: Steve Wozniak “The Woz,” Co-Founder, Apple.

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Here is the latest list of confirmed speakers:

  • Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

  • Scott Kupor | Managing Partner, Andreessen Horwitz

Scott serves the managing partner for the $4 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Scott previously worked as Vice President and General Manager of Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and also holds a law degree with distinction from Stanford University.

  • Dayna Grayson | Partner, NEA

Dayna joined NEA in 2012 and focuses on investments in both business and consumer services. Specific areas if interest include SaaS, vertically integrated eCommerce, media, financial technology and on demand consumer services. She is an early stage investor and works with several companies in NEA’s seed investment program. She is a Director of APX Labs, OnShape Technolgies, and Framebridge. Dayna also founded the NEA Studio in 2013 where entrepreneurs with non traditional backgrounds, such as design, work in residence with NEA. She actively advises startups pre-funding and has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School. Dayna was previously at North Bridge Venture Partners. Before her investment career, Dayna spent many years as a product designer.

  • Bob Young | Founder, Red Hat &

Bob Young is the founder and chairman of, a premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 300,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week. In 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the open-source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology.

  • Tyler Shields | Senior Analyst, Security & Risk Management, Forrester Research

Tyler Shields is a leading expert on mobile and application security topics, having researched a diverse set of topics including creating a BYOD policy, the mobile security stack, the impact of mobile malware on privacy, reverse engineering binary applications, rootkits and anti-debugging technologies, and, most recently, a programmatic approach to securing your mobile application ecosystem. Tyler focuses his research time and energy around both corporate business strategy and the technologies used in securing the rapidly converging mobile and application threat landscape. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Will Dunbar | Managing Director, Core Capital Partners

Will Dunbar co-founded Core Capital Partners in 1999. Prior to Core, he was founder and CEO of Pebble Hill Capital, an early-stage, technology-focused investment company and was an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history. Previously, he was a senior executive at Allied Capital, a family of publicly traded private equity funds, from 1987 to 1997 and served on the Investment Committee of each fund during that time.

  • Alison Killilea | Managing Director, W Capital Partners

Alison is a Managing Director at W Capital Partners where she is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing new direct investment opportunities and for managing existing portfolio companies. Alison is focused on acquisitions of direct investments from shareholders of private companies including private equity firms, mezzanine lenders, venture capital firms and company founders. Prior to joining W Capital in 2007, Alison worked in investment banking at Piper Jaffray and Robertson Stephens. At Piper, Alison originated and structured private convertible securities financings for public companies.

  • Sig Mosley | Managing Partner, Mosley Ventures

Sig Mosley is the Managing Partner of Mosley Ventures, a venture fund investing in early stage technology startups in the Southeast. Widely regarded as “The Godfather of Angel Investing”, a title Sig Mosley earned as president of Imlay Investments, Inc. Since 1990, Sig has been the most prolific Southeast investor in 130 startups with 85 liquidity events. Sig currently is the record holder of the largest Southeast Venture deal with the $5.7 Billion acquisition of Tradex by Ariba. Mr. Mosley currently serves on the board of directors of 16 private companies.

  • Brittany Williams | Senior Product Marketing Manager, Etsy

Working at the intersection of product and marketing, Brittany brings customer insights into the product development process and has launched a range of products, from an app for Etsysellers to the new Etsy homepage. She’s an advocate of ongoing user research, understanding local context, and meeting users where they are comfortable. In addition to her role as a Product Marketing Manager, she also serves as a founding member of Etsy’s Sustainability Commission. After working with small businesses in Africa and on electric vehicle infrastructure at GE, she’s proud to call Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters her home. When she’s not perusing her favorite items on Etsy, she likes to spend her free time outdoors in the mountains or by the sea.

  • Dan Mindus | Founder & CEO, NextGen Angels

Dan Mindus is the Founder and CEO of NextGen Angels, a network of young startup investors. He has spearheaded more than 30 investments in high-growth companies through NextGen Angels and his prior experience as Investment Director at CIT GAP Funds and Vice President at New Vantage Group. In 2013 Dan was included in Washingtonian magazine’s list of 100 DC Tech Titans. Dan started his career at the Gerson Lehrman Group, an investment research firm in New York City. He holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Matthew Witheiler | General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Matt is a General Partner at Flybridge whose investment interests and experience broadly cover companies across the information technology sector including hardware, financial technology and education technology. Matt represents Flybridge on the boards of Convoke Systems, Dragon Innovation and Pitzi and serves as an observer at Carnival Labs, DataXu and MadeiraMadeira. Prior to joining the firm Matt spent 7.5 years in the hardware space, first helping to start and run and later serving in product roles at ATI Technologies, a $4B 3D graphics silicon provider. Matt also is a Founding Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting first and second time entrepreneurs building exciting companies in the New York area.

  • David Drahms | Partner, Osage Partners

David joined Osage in 2005 and, together with founding partner Bob Adelson, helped close Osage’s initial early stage fund and build the foundation for Osage Venture Partners. David has led or played a supporting role in each of OVP’s investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of Automated Insights, Earnest Research Co., Halfpenny, and Identropy. He covers a broad range of verticals within enterprise software and leads OVP’s investing efforts in healthcare IT.

  • Bobby Ocampo | Director, Revolution

Bobby Ocampo is a Director at Revolution Ventures and is responsible for investment execution, oversight, and analytics for Revolution’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Revolution Ventures, Bobby was an Associate with Grotech Ventures, where he was active in sourcing and executing investments in software, internet, and digital media sectors. His investment experience includes GramercyOne, HelloWallet, Lagrange Systems, Personal, Plink, and WiserTogether.

  • Richard Maclean | Managing Partner, Frontier Capital

Richard co-founded Frontier Capital in 1999. His primary focus is on the firm’s managed IT and HCM software and services investment activities. Prior to co-founding Frontier, Richard worked in the Investment Banking Group of NationsBank in Charlotte, NC and was a General Partner with Blue Ridge Capital. Richard currently serves as a director on the boards of JobApp, Healthx and Celergo. Prior board directorships include Peak10, LURHQ/SecureWorks, and Anodyne Health. Richard attended the College of Charleston where he received Bachelor of Arts and The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where he received his MBA.

  • Jonathan Drillings | Senior Associate, Comcast Ventures

Jonathan invests across the technology spectrum, with a particular focus on platforms that help brands and enterprises engage and delight customers. With a specific geographic focus on the East Coast, he works with companies during the investment process and throughout the investment lifespan, leveraging his background to assist portfolio companies as they grow and develop. Prior to Comcast Ventures, Jonathan’s background spanned various investment and operating roles. After starting his career in investment banking, Jonathan spent time with Lake Street Capital before joining Investor Growth Capital (IGC), a growth-stage venture capital firm. After IGC, Jonathan joined BrightWire, a venture-backed start-up where he held various roles, most recently as the head of product development.

  • Brian Rich | Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Catalyst Investors

Brian Rich is responsible for the general management and investment policy of Catalyst Investors and oversees the management of each fund portfolio. Since the mid-1990s Catalyst has invested in more than 50 portfolio companies and completed 100+ consolidating acquisitions. Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Brian founded and managed TD Capital, the entity that made Toronto Dominion Bank’s U.S.-based equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership investments from 1995 to 1999. As group head, he oversaw approximately 40 investments totaling more than $600 million. Before founding TD Capital, he was a Managing Director in the bank’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Prior to joining TD in 1990, Brian held positions at The Bank of New York and Intel Corporation.

  • Jake Colognesi | VP, Volition Capital LLC

Jake focuses on investment opportunities in software and technology-enabled services for Volition and is actively involved in the firm’s investments in LoanLogics, The Resumator, and Visual IQ. Prior to joining the firm in July 2011, Jake spent two years in the woods of Hanover, NH attending the Tuck School of Business. Before attending Tuck, Jake worked as an Associate for Fidelity Ventures helping to execute the firm’s investments in GeoLearning and Vibes Media as well as source new investment leads. GeoLearning, a learning management software company, was acquired by SumTotal in January 2011. Vibes Media, a mobile marketing software company, is in Volition’s current portfolio. Prior to working at Fidelity Ventures, Jake was an Analyst in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Group at Cowen and Company where he helped to execute public and private equity offerings as well as M&A transactions.

  • Eric Olson | Director, Origin Ventures

Eric joined Origin Ventures as an associate in October of 2013. Prior to joining Origin, Eric led the implementation of Mayor Emanuel’s Economic Growth Plan for the Chicagoland region. Prior to the leading the Economic Growth Plan, Eric was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, where he focused on the intersection of technology and business strategy. Eric cut his teeth in the entrepreneurial world at FeedBurner (acquired by Google, June 2007) where he was an early employee focused on driving adoption of FeedBurner’s services. He also co-founded TECH cocktail, a national media and events company focused on catalyzing tech sector growth in under served areas. After the sale of FeedBurner to Google, Eric joined DFJ Portage Venture Partners as an associate where he was able to complete the first funding round for Analyte Health. In addition, Eric has advised and served in interim leadership positions for a number of startups that have gone on to receive financing, including one that exited to a large public company.

  • Nic Poulos | Principal, Bowery Capital

Nic is a Principal at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to forming Bowery Capital, Nic was an Associate at AOL Ventures where he helped drive investment in and support of over 20 companies, primarily in the enterprise software space. Before AOL Ventures, he served as a Manager at, leading various business development initiatives focused around ad tech and sales. Earlier, Nic worked as a technology investment banking analyst at GCA Savvian Advisors in the firm’s Internet group. While there, he participated in the acquisitions of Broadband Enterprises and, as well as various early- and mid-stage private financings. Nic holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University.

  • Sever Totia | Partner, Edison Partners

Sever is responsible for leading investments in companies primarily located in the mid-Atlantic area. He co-leads Edison Partners’ investment strategy in Enterprise 2.0 segments including mobility, systems management, analytics, information services and on-demand applications. He also focuses on Education investments in K-12, higher-ed and corporate sectors. Sever serves on the boards of five Edison investments. He is active in the mid-Atlantic venture community as a board director of Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) and Chairman of NVTC’s Capital Formation Committee. Prior to joining Edison, Sever was with Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400M venture fund. Before joining Lazard in 2000, Sever held product management and operations leadership positions in Thomson Financial’s Equity Research Products division.

  • Louis Foreman | CEO, Edison Nation, Edison Nation Medical, Enventys & Everyday Edisons

Louis Foreman is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm. He is also CEO of Edison Nation, and Edison Nation Medical. Louis graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Over the past 20 years Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 600 more.

  • Jason Caplain | General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners

Prior to co-founding BCVP, Jason co-founded Southern Capitol Ventures. Previously, he spent two years at Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the world’s premier open source and Linux provider. There, he directed the company’s global budgeting process, provided financial analysis for the successful IPO in August 1999 and performed due diligence on many of the company’s acquisitions. Prior to Red Hat, Jason was at Harrison Hurley and Company, an investment banking and business-consulting firm headquartered in Providence, RI.

  • Joshua Siegel | General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

As General Partner – New York, Joshua oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with our angels, attracting LP capital, and development of our network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products.

  • Lylan Masterman | Venture Capital Investor, White Star Capital

Lylan is a Venture Capital Investor at White Star Capital. He focuses primarily on Seed, Series A, and Series B investments. He is also a Kauffman Fellow, class 19. Lylan previously worked as a software engineer and in product management for 15 years. Lylan joined the Atlas division of aQuantive in 2004 and helped lead the company’s Rich Media advertising technology platform, Targeting Product, User Experience, and Internationalization. In 2007, aQuantive was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2 billion. Lylan has also led Product organizations for 4 early stage companies: DoubleVerify, StrikeAd, Maxifier, and AskMe.