The 10th annual Southeast Venture Conference, which is the largest such event put on in the region, is set for March 16-17 in Tysons Corner, Va. Highlighting the program is a host of speakers ranging from startups and entrepreneurs to venture capitalists. Among the headliners: The founder of 500 Startups, Dave McClure.
Here are bios on the headliners as provided by SEVC.
- Dave McClure | Founder, 500 Startups
Dave McClure is the founding partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm and startup incubator in Silicon Valley founded by PayPal and Google alumni, with over $150M under management. He has been an investor in hundreds of companies around the world such as Credit Karma, Twilio, MakerBot, Wildfire Interactive, Viki, Mashery, SendGrid, Mint.com, and SlideShare, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, blogger, investor, and internet marketing nerd. He has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.
- Dayna Grayson | Partner, NEA
Dayna Grayson is a partner at NEA and invests in companies the provide day to day productivity and utility to consumers and businesses alike. Specific areas if interest include SaaS, vertically integrated eCommerce, media, and on demand consumer services. Dayna is a Board Director of Onshape, Desktop Metal, Fiftythree, APX Labs, Pocket, and Curalate, among others. Dayna’s 10 year investment career was preceded by a career in product development and design. She has a BS in Systems Engineering from UVA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Ross Fubini | Venture Partner, Canaan Partners
A Venture Partner in the Menlo Park office, Ross joined Canaan Partners in 2012, and looks for investment opportunities with companies that have the capacity and desire to build a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Ross is also an active board member for the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit committed to supporting underrepresented individuals in achieving success in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Tim Jenkins | CEO, 4INFO
4INFO CEO Tim Jenkins is a seasoned Silicon Valley veteran with extensive experience in developing profitable strategies and scaling companies. He has more than 25 years in senior operational and executive roles at several tech companies including Apple and Stratacom (acquired by Cisco). Tim was also the CEO of Simpata, a SaaS based HR and benefits platform. He founded Creative Wonders, a joint venture between Electronic Arts and Cap/Cities ABC later sold to The Learning Company/Mattel.
- Jeffrey Black | Director, Verizon Ventures
Jeffrey Black joined Verizon Ventures in 2012. Prior to Verizon Ventures, Jeffrey joined Verizon in 2009 and was involved in numerous M&A and strategic investment transactions. Previously, he worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, structuring debt, equity, and M&A transactions. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked in the corporate finance department at Delta Air Lines. Jeffrey received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
- Atul Rustgi | Partner, Accolade Partners
Atul Rustgi is a Partner at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2007, Atul worked at McKinsey & Co., a leading strategy consulting firm, where he advised senior management on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. Before McKinsey, Atul worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, a venture philanthropy that funds and supports innovative poverty-fighting organizations in New York City. Atul holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
- Christine Kelleher | Managing Director, Avec Capital
Christine Zapotoczky Kelleher is a managing director with Avec Capital, a boutique investment advisory and placement firm, responsible for investment sourcing and evaluation, guiding the firm in anticipating institutional investors’ allocation priorities, and monitoring the partners’ investments. She is an experienced institutional portfolio manager who brings a global perspective to asset allocation and risk management, previously serving as senior investment officer for Georgetown University overseeing the school’s endowment and retirement plan. In 2012, Christine was named one of aiCIO’s Chief Investment Officer Forty [mostly] under Forty.
- David Cummings | CEO, Atlanta Ventures & Co-Founder, Salesforce Pardot
David has been an entrepreneur his whole life. In early 2007, David co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter Pardot was acquired by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.com. David was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner in the deal category. Most recently, David founded the Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 sq ft is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast.
- Bob Hower | Co-Founder, G20 Ventures
Bob is a 13-year VC vet twice named to the Forbes “Midas List,” having led investments in great ideas and great teams including Acme Packet (APKT, acquired by Oracle), AppIQ (acquired by HP), Channel Advisor (ECOM), Actifio, [x+1], Evergage and Thinking Phone Networks. Before becoming a Venture investor, Bob held senior marketing, product management, and sales positions at Lotus Development, Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, General Mills, and Priority Call Management. Today Bob is on the Boards of Channel Advisor, Actifio, [x+1], and Thinking Phone Networks. He remains a GP at Advanced Technology Ventures.
- Ryan Moore | Partner, Accomplice
Ryan Moore is a founder of Accomplice and focuses on emerging web service companies. At Accomplice Ryan seeded Button, clypd, DraftKings, Joist and Plastiq; and was the initial investor in Rocketmiles, Ubersense (acquired by Hudl) and OYO Sportstoys. He serves on the boards of MOO, OwnerIQ, Secret Escapes, The Currency Cloud, Valore and Globoforce. Before Accomplice Ryan co-founded and was a managing partner at GrandBanks Capital, where he invested in WHERE (sold to PayPal), Enpocket (sold to Nokia), Nexage (sold to Millennial Media), Savored (sold to Groupon), and Vela Systems (sold to AutoDesk).
- Brian Rich | Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Investors
Brian Rich is responsible for the general management and investment policy of Catalyst Investors. He monitors all of the firm’s investment opportunities and provides counsel for all portfolio companies. A veteran investor, he has more than 20 years of experience in the business services, technology and wireless sectors.
- Roman Stanek | CEO & Founder, GoodData
Roman is a passionate entrepreneur and industry thought leader, with over 20 years of high-tech experience. His latest company, GoodData, was founded in 2007 with the mission to monetize big data and disrupt the legacy business intelligence space. Prior to GoodData, Roman was Founder and CEO of NetBeans, the leading Java development environment (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999) and Systinet, a leading SOA governance platform (acquired by Mercury Interactive, later Hewlett Packard, in 2006).
- Logan Bartlett | Venture Capital Investor, Battery Ventures
Before joining Battery, Logan was at Spurrier Capital Partners, a boutique merchant bank focused on the technology sector. There, he sourced application-software deals with a focus on companies in the marketing-automation sector as well as sales force automation, human-capital management, work management/collaboration, front-office analytics and data-services companies. Prior to that, Logan served as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank focusing on financial technology.
- Tim Chi | CEO, WeddingWire
In 2007, Tim started WeddingWire in his living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland after planning his own wedding. Today, WeddingWire is the world’s largest vertical marketplace serving the wedding industry, connecting millions of engaged couples to wedding professionals. WeddingWire has 750 employees and currently operates in 14 countries. Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998 where he pioneered many of Blackboard’s product and strategic initiatives, including coding the first couple versions of the Blackboard platform.
- Roland Reynolds | Managing Director, Industry Ventures
Roland Reynolds is responsible for sourcing and evaluating primary commitments and early secondary and is also actively involved in fundraising and maintaining limited partner relationships. He is on the investment committee for the Industry Ventures Partnership Holdings funds. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of Little Hawk Capital Management LLC which was acquired by Industry Ventures. He also spent five years as a Principal with Columbia Capital, a leading communications and information technology venture capital firm with $2.0 billion under management. Earlier in his career, Roland was an investment banker for four years with JP Morgan & Co. in New York.
- Scot Wingo | Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, ChannelAdvisor
Executive Chairman Scot Wingo sets the strategic direction for the company, and works closely with the management team to align product direction with market trends. Scot is an industry thought leader, contributing regularly to several ChannelAdvisorblogs and speaking often at industry events. Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year.
- Brian Kelly | CEO, Kissmetrics
Brian Kelly is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in bringing software solutions to market. His specialties are analytics, CRM and mobile apps. Fluff and jargon make him cringe. At Kissmetrics, Brian spearheads a company that provides a leading analytics and conversion solution built to optimize marketing ROI and help marketers measure their impact. As a former CMO, Brian fully understands the new demands on marketing to drive more revenue. He knows that buyers have taken control of the process and that you need to understand customers and be data driven to truly optimize marketing. If you don’t know your customers and understand their behavior, how can you create the right messages that engage them and guide them to conversion? Prior to Kissmetrics, Brian held executive management positions at InsideView, Stampt, Quantiva, Kana and PeopleSoft, where he managed his organizations and drove success through the use of cutting edge analytics.
- Rohyt Belani | Co-Founder & CEO, PhishMe, Inc.
Rohyt has over 13 years of experience in the information security industry with prior roles including – Co-founder & CEO of Intrepidus Group (acquired by NCC Group), Managing Director at Mandiant, Principal Consultant at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee), and Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is a contributing author for Hack Notes – Network Security and Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions. Rohyt holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bombay University, and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
- 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.
- Aymerik Renard | Director, SanDisk Ventures
Aymerik joined SanDisk in 2014 to head SanDisk Ventures’ activities in the Americas, out of the larger Corporate Business Development organization that also spearheads M&A. Sandisk Ventures targets investments across the spectrum of flash storage—from companies with solutions that enhance enterprise storage applications to companies that develop consumer products, including IoT, wearable, mobile, and drone technologies. Aymerik has over 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Aymerik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Matt Fates | General Partner, Ascent Venture Partners
Matt joined the Ascent team in 2002 to continue his work with innovative early stage enterprise IT companies. Matt loves seeing common problems solved using new technology and was attracted to venture capital because it enables him to work closely with management teams over a longer time frame, developing strong relationships. Over the last decade at Ascent, Matt has focused on investments in data analytics (Interactive Supercomputing – acquired by Microsoft and Cymfony – acquired by TNS), cloud business services (HubCast, StrikeIron – acquired by Informatica) and security (Fidelis – acquired by General Dynamics, and PerspecSys – acquired by Blue Coat Systems).
- Carolyn Parent | CEO, LiveSafe
Carolyn Parent is a leader in building digital and mobile communications data solution organizations, with more than 20 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, sales leader and team builder for small, mid-cap and Fortune 500 private and public companies. As LiveSafe’s chief executive officer and president, she is directing the mobile safety communications firm’s expansion into corporate enterprise security serving many industries including global media corporations, sports and entertainment venues as well as healthcare facilities. She will also grow what is now the leading safety solution for colleges and universities.
- Rik Vandevenne | Director, River Cities Capital Funds
Rik Vandevenne joined River Cities in 2004 to focus on information technology and healthcare investment opportunities. He brings to River Cities a strong background in strategy and business management at high-growth companies. Rik is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities and working with executives in portfolio companies on marketing, sales execution, product development and strategy.
- David Drahms | Partner, Osage Venture 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 covers a broad range of verticals within enterprise software and leads OVP’s investing efforts in healthcare IT. David serves on the Board of Directors of 51Maps, Halfpenny Technologies and Identropy, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Automated Insights (acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2015) and Ceptaris (acquired by Actelion in 2013 for $250M).
- Marc Lederman | Co-Founder & General Partner, NewSpring Capital
Mr. Lederman has an extensive background in finance, investing, consulting and accounting. He currently serves on the boards of 3Pillar Global (Product Development Services), Exegy (FinTech), Snagajopb (Human Capital MGMT), VelociData (Big Data) and VidSys (Physical Security Information Management). Mr. Lederman was selected as one of the Philadelphia region’s “Outstanding Directors” in 2014 and “40 Under 40” business leaders in 2005. He received a B.S. in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Allen Gannett | CEO, TrackMaven
Allen Gannett is the CEO and Founder of TrackMaven. TrackMaven is a content and social marketing analytics company based in Washington, D.C. that has raised over $25M in institutional capital. Allen also serves as a General Partner at Acceleprise Ventures, where he invests in early-stage SaaS companies. Previously he was CEO of Splash Networks. Allen lives in Washington, D.C. and was once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.
- Holly Maloney McConnell | Principal, North Bridge Growth Equity
Holly joined North Bridge Growth Equity in 2010. She makes investments in disruptive, growth-stage technology and technology-enabled companies out of the firm’s $1.1 billion in dedicated assets for growth equity. She helps lead investing efforts in software, open source, communications, infrastructure, and on-demand services. She has partnered with entrepreneurs at companies such as BrightTALK, Dyn, erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine.
- Sean Barkman | Vice President, Ballast Point Ventures
Prior to joining Ballast Point Ventures in 2011, Sean was part of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Raymond James. Sean holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Rollins College.
- 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 Advertising.com, 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 Register.com, as well as various early- and mid-stage private financings. Nic holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University.
- Trevor Kienzle | Managing Director, Correlation Ventures
As a founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, Trevor helps lead the firm, manages its Bay Area office, and leads its Information Technology, Consumer, and Business Services investment practices. Trevor began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, Trevor was a Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he led investments in the technology sector, including in such companies as MetaLINCS (acquired by Seagate) and Onaro (acquired by NetApp). Previously, Trevor was Vice President at GE Equity, the $2 billion venture capital arm of GE Capital, most recently as co-head of the Software Group. He had responsibility for a team of investment professionals managing 26 portfolio companies.
Tom Hawkins | Founder & Managing Partner, Forté Ventures
Tom is the founder and Managing Partner of Forté Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital firm focused on collaborating and co-investing with corporate strategic partners nationally across diversified industry segments. Prior to Forté Ventures, Tom co-founded the Venture Capital line of business at Arcapita Bank in 2005 and raised a $200 million growth stage venture capital fund in 2006. Prior to Arcapita, Tom was an Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital, the $850 million venture capital arm of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), where he managed investment activity in IT, communications and industrial automation & control. Prior to Siemens, Tom was a Partner at Cordova Ventures, a $250 million venture capital firm in Atlanta, where he focused on digital media, Internet & e-commerce, enterprise and infrastructure software, communications and industrial technology. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1992 and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1999.
- Shellie Davis | Senior Director of M&A, The Coca-Cola Company
Shellie Davis is Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for The Coca-Cola Company, working in Atlanta, USA. The Coca-Cola Company’s M&A department is responsible for traditional M&A work, Business Development opportunities, as well as Corporate Venturing. In her current role, Shellie supports Coca-Cola’s Marketing and Technical functions globally across all three areas of M&A. Shellie has worked at Coca-Cola for over 20 years in a variety of Finance and IT roles, in both Canada and the USA. She is a graduate of both the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor and is a Chartered Accountant.
- Zvi Band | Co-Founder/CEO, Contactually
Zvi Band is the co-founder and CEO of Contactually, which helps professionals generate more business by staying engaged with their key relationships. Founded in 2011, Contactually has grown to over 60 employees, thousands of customers, and $12 million in venture funding. In addition, Zvi is also heavily involved in fostering a strong startup community by running ProudlyMadeInDC and the DCTechMeetup, as well as mentoring startups at 1776 and 500Startups. He is a three time Washingtonian Tech Titan.
- Ted Ridgway | COO, Kit Check
Ted is the COO of Kit Check a digital health company in DC, where he runs finance, accounting, operations and account management. Prior to Kit Check, Ted was CFO of SunLink Corporation (working for the inimitable Chris Tilley), a leader in the commercial solar racking industry, providing for utility and commercial installations. He was also interim Head of Sales. Prior to SunLink, he acted as the CFO at Credit.com, a leading internet consumer credit and finance destination. Prior to Credit.com, he was CFO and COO of Impact Displays, an internet-based trade show display company. Also, prior to Impact Ted was VP/GM of the $200m carrier equipment business unit at RadiSys and VP of Business/Corporate Dev (working for inimitable Scott Grout).
Lisa Calhoun | Managing Partner, Valor Ventures
Lisa has coached nearly 100 tech startups toward liquidity events. She’s helped entrepreneurs create over $1B in value by influencing marketing and positioning strategy. Before formingValor, Lisa founded Write2Market, ranked among the Top 10 Agencies for Startups in the United States. In 2012, Lisa was nationally recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year by the American Business Awards. She writes a column for Inc. on entrepreneurship and publishes the online magazine FemaleEntrepreneurs. Her MBA is from the University of Texas and her undergraduate work was completed at Baylor University.
- Steve Hobbs | Managing Director, Protiviti
Steve has 30 years of experience providing business consulting and financial services to clients in various industries, primarily technology and consumer products entities. He leads Protiviti’sPublic Company Transformation solution and has extensive SEC practice experience. He has served on the board of directors of three companies, one as Chairman and two as Audit Committee Chair. Prior to joining Protiviti in 2006, he was a partner at KPMG for three years and spent over 20 years at Arthur Andersen.
- David Jones | General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners
Prior to co-founding BCVP, David was (and continues to be) a partner with Southern Capitol Ventures. David was with the Deloitte Consulting practice in Washington, DC where he managed strategic technology projects for the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. David recently received the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 under 40” leadership award and is a frequent guest lecturer at UNC Kenan Flagler Business School. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy, his MS in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Virginia and his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.
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