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36|86 Entrepreneurship and
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There’s nothing like 36|86.

Take a look as some of our favorite moments during 36|86 in 2017!

36|86 is the Southeast’s premier technology event for entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the country.

There’s nothing like 36|86. This one-of-a-kind experience will bring together disruptors, founders and creators of cutting-edge innovations for the Southeast’s premier technology and entrepreneurial event.

Network Tennessee style. We’ve built in ample opportunities to start conversations with peers, investors and high-net-worth individuals. Choose from our workshops, coffee breaks and after-hours parties to network in your preferred setting. Stroll through “Village 36” and meet the founders of the next great Southern start-up. Or, if you’re looking for funding, meet one of the 180 active investors who’ll be looking for companies that deliver.

Check out our all-star lineup. Our agenda includes decision-makers from Fortune 500 companies, global tech titans and high-growth startups. Access insight from A-list speakers such as Steve Case, Walmart CTO Jeremy King, Sen. Bill Frist, MD and FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

Here in the South, we know fun is good business. Make sure to hit up downtown when the program ends or check out our street fair for live music, great food and samples of local spirits.

36|86 is powered by Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship and works to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country.


Steve Case

Chairman & CEO of Revolution LLC

He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, where he partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant “built to last” new businesses.…

Bill Frist, M.D.

Surgeon & Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Senator Bill Frist, MD is a partner at healthcare venture firm Frist Cressey Ventures and healthcare private equity firm Cressey & Company. Dr. Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former…

Frederick W. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer, FedEx Corporation

Frederick W. Smith

Chairman & CEO of FedEx Corporation

Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Frederick W. Smith, Yale College 1966, is the founder and CEO of FedEx Corporation.  The original analyses about the logistic needs of a highly automated future society were…

    Bill Haslam

    Tennessee Governor

    On November 4, 2014, Bill Haslam secured the largest re-election victory in modern Tennessee history. Under his leadership, Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient government and fiscal strength.…

      Jeremy King

      Jeremy King

      Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Walmart

      Jeremy King is executive vice president and chief technology officer for all U.S. Walmart stores and eCommerce. His organization consists of U.S. retail technology, @WalmartLabs, and Jet technology – including a global presence in…

        Karen Kerr

        Executive Managing Director of GE Ventures

        Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures, Additive, Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise, Karen Kerr leads a team focused on making investments and developing partnerships in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Karen comes to GE with two decades…

        John B. Rogers Jr.

        CEO & Founder of Local Motors

        John B. Rogers, Jr. is the CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, a technology company based in Phoenix that designs, builds and sells vehicles. This disruptive company is redefining vehicle development by pairing micro-manufacturing…

        Derrick Morgan

        Derrick Morgan

        Impact Investor & Tennessee Titan

        Derrick Morgan is an angel and impact investor, entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. He has an MBA from the University of Miami and attended Georgia Institute of Technology for…

        Logan Bartlett

        Logan Bartlett

        Vice President, Battery Ventures

        Logan is a vice president in Battery’s Boston office, focused on growth investments for business-to-business software companies. He is currently involved in Battery’s investments in Amplitude, Appboy, Narvar, Pendo, StreamSets and TrendKite, and is actively…


        Jon Shieber

        Senior Editor at TechCrunch

        Jonathan is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch where he covers venture capital investment and technology development. Previously, Jonathan spent several years reporting on venture capital, private equity, energy and technology from New York and…

        Kristina Hahn

        Kristina Hahn

        Head of Americas Partnerships Solutions & Innovation at Google

        After spending 18+ years on the "buy side" of advertising helping build brands digitally across all screens, Kristina moved over to the "sell side" of the business helping Google's partners use technology to more effectively…

        Leslie Miley

        Leslie Miley

        Director of Engineering, Slack

        Leslie Miley is a Silicon Valley native who has worked in engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple, and Google. He got his start in technology taking apart cable tv set top boxes, moved…

        Kelly Hoey

        Kelly Hoey

        Author, Speaker & Investor

        Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World…

        Anthony Lee

        Anthony Lee

        Managing Director at Altos Ventures

        Anthony Lee is a Managing Director of Altos Ventures, where he focuses on software and digital media investments. Before joining Altos, Anthony led marketing efforts for three start-up companies including Evolve Software (Nasdaq:EVLV, later…

        Victoria Fram

        Victoria Fram

        Co-Founder & Managing Director of VilCap Investments, LLC

        Victoria Fram is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VilCap Investments, LLC, an early-stage venture fund that invests in enterprises solving real world problems. She previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Program Related Investments team. Prior…

        Rob Runett

        Rob Runett

        Lead Project Manager, Next Adventures at The Motley Fool

        Rob is a member of The Motley Fool’s corporate venture team, which invests in post-seed and pre-Series A companies. The Fool’s venture team provides capital and trusted guidance in digital marketing, financing, culture, corporate…

        Arjun Aggarwal NEA

        Arjun Aggarwal

        Investment Associate at New Enterprise Associates

        Arjun joined NEA in 2015 as an associate and focuses on enterprise and consumer technology investments. He is actively involved in NEA’s investments in APX Labs, DataRobot, Desktop Metal, Fugue, Glamsquad, Onshape, ThreatQuotient, and…

        chris heivly

        Chris Heivly

        Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars

        Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. At a time when the nation’s economy is shifting from a reliance on large corporations to smaller,…

        Vic Gatto

        Vic Gatto

        Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Foundry

        After 14+ years as a traditional VC, Vic launched Jumpstart Foundry (JSF) in 2014.  Designed to be a new type of healthcare investment platform, JSF provides growth capital, access to customers and the right…

        Ken McElrath

        Ken McElrath

        Founder & CEO of Skuid

        Ken is a design thinker, author, artist, and a serial entrepreneur. He founded Skuid in 2013 on the simple belief that enterprise apps should stop forcing people to behave like machines. Instead, apps should…

        Heather Cabot

        Heather Cabot

        Co-Author & Co-Founder Geek Girl Rising, Angel Investor

        Heather Cabot is co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech (St. Martin’s 2017). She is a former ABC News correspondent and Yahoo! national consumer spokesperson. Cabot is an adjunct professor…

        Trung Do

        Trung Do

        Vice President of Business Development, Partners HealthCare

        Trung is Vice President of Business Development at Partners HealthCare, where he has overall responsibility leading Partners efforts to grow its commercial and international portfolios. Trung’s background includes more than fifteen years experience in…

        Loren Feldman

        Loren Feldman

        Senior Editor at Forbes

        Loren Feldman is a senior editor at Forbes, responsible for entrepreneurial coverage in print and online. He is also the host of Mind Your Business, a call-in show on Sirius XM 111. Before going…

        Chip Blaufuss Assistant Vice President, Strategic Innovation, HCA

        Chip Blaufuss

        Strategic Innovation, HCA

        Chip Blaufuss is the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Innovation at HCA. In this role, Chip leads HCA’s efforts to accelerate innovation at HCA with a focus on identifying opportunities across the company and supporting…

        Darria Long Gillespie, M.D.

        VP Clinical Strategy, Sharecare

        Darria Long Gillespie, MD MBA, FACEP, is Sharecare’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy, an Emergency Department physician at Northside Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and national…

        Kevin Glidewell

        Kevin Glidewell

        Assistant General Counsel, Sports & Digital Entertainment at Turner

        Kevin Glidewell is Assistant General Counsel for Turner Sports.  As a lawyer working at the intersection of technology and sports for 10+ years, he’s counseled some of the most popular sports-media properties, including Bleacher…

        Cynthia Kaye

        Cynthia B. Kaye

        Founder & CEO of Alive Studios

        Cynthia is an innovator, developer, and publisher of education software for Pre-K to 3rd grade students. She earned a BS in Elementary Education as a graduate of Florida State University. While CEO of her…

        Sandy Khaund

        Sandy Khaund

        Founder & CEO of UPGRADED Inc.

        Sandy Khaund is Founder and CEO of UPGRADED Inc, a platform for event tickets using blockchain technologies. Previously, Sandy was CTO at InStadium, an ad network of 450+ pro/college sports venues. Sandy was Sr.…

        Lori Feinsilver

        Lori B. Feinsilver

        Managing Director, Head of Community Affairs & Executive Communications, Americas, UBS

        Lori B. Feinsilver is head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility and Executive Communications for UBS Group Americas. She also leads the UBS Foundation USA. Since 2011, Ms. Feinsilver has led a strategic overhaul…

        Erik Day

        Erik Day

        Vice President & GM, North America Small Business at Dell Technologies

        Erik Day is Vice President & GM, North America Small Business at Dell, and is an 18-year veteran of the company. Erik is passionate about helping small businesses grow and thrive. He recognizes that…

        Brad Holliday

        Brad Holliday

        Partner at GrowthX

        Brad is a General Partner at GrowthX.  As a member of the investment committee and a business development lead in the Market Acceleration Program, Brad takes an active role in growing the portfolio companies…

        Todd Olson

        Todd Olson

        Co-Founder & CEO of Pendo

        Todd Olson is the CEO and a co-founder of Pendo, a data-driven platform that helps product managers deliver successful products. Recently, Todd raised over $20M in SeriesB funding led by Spark Capital with participation from existing investors…

        Tim Hayden

        Tim Hayden

        Co-Founder & Managing Director of Stadia Ventures

        For the last 25+ years, Tim Hayden has been involved in entrepreneurship, sports business, entertainment, digital media and marketing. Tim is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Stadia Ventures, which is a global sports…

          Jing Cao

          Jing Cao

          Reporter at Bloomberg News

          Jing Cao covers East Coast technology at Bloomberg, spanning from such public companies as IBM and Etsy to the New York startup scene. She is interested in e-commerce and brands and logistics technology that's…

          Nick Smoot

          Nick Smoot

          Founder & Executive Director at Mountain Man Ventures

          Nick Smoot has founded and sold 3 tech companies. Now as the founder of Innovation Collective and Mountain Man Ventures (VC fund), he is focused on redefining how cities participate in the future of…

          Christina Chase

          Christina Chase

          Managing Director, MIT Sports Technology Research Group

          Christina Chase is a Lecturer in MIT’s Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Managing Director of the MIT Sports Technology Group (STE@M). Prior to this, she…

          Michael B. Gilroy

          Michael B. Gilroy

          Principal at Canaan Partners

          Michael is a Principal with Canaan Partners in New York City.  Michael spends the majority of his time with companies across Enterprise Software and FinTech. He launched Canaan’s FinTech Central in 2015, a quarterly…

          Alison Lebovitz

          Host of "The A List with Alison Lebovitz" at WTCI-PBS | Emcee

          Alison Goldstein Lebovitz is a speaker, author, television host, and nonprofit executive who believes each of us has the power and responsibility to make this world a better place. In 2007, that conviction prompted…

          Jamie Bradley

          Customer Marketing Manager at Emma

          Jamie Bradley is the Customer Marketing Manager at Emma. She ensures that Emma’s customers are educated about the latest tactics that will make them successful, savvy email marketers. She can typically be found hunkered…

          Andrew Goldner

          Andrew Goldner

          Founding Partner at GrowthX

          Andrew is Founding Partner of GrowthX. Founded in 2014, GrowthX operates GrowthX Capital (a Silicon Valley-based seed-stage venture capital fund), a Market Acceleration Program (helping select portfolio companies find product-market fit), GrowthX Academy (helping…

          Marshall Martin

          Marshall Martin

          Strategy & Performance Coach at Petra Coach

          Marshall Martin subscribes to the coaching theory that “great athletes refuse to lose” and that the “will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” Coach Marshall incorporates each of these into his…

          Mickey Cloud

          Mickey Cloud

          Senior Vice President, Head of Chattanooga Office at VaynerMedia

          Mickey Cloud is SVP, Head of the Chattanooga Office, for VaynerMedia, a 700+-person digital ad agency with headquarters in NYC and offices in LA, Chattanooga, & London. After starting his career in Account Management…

          Douglas Tatum

          Doug Tatum

          Chairman of the Board for Newport Board Group

          Doug serves as Chairman of the Board for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and the private equity firms that invest in them.…

          Jamie Sears

          Jamie Sears

          Executive Director of UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility

          Jamie Sears is Executive Director of UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas, and serves as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs. She oversees the firm's flagship philanthropic initiatives focused in the areas of…


          The 36|86 2017 program features more of what you’ve loved about past events: business leaders, investors, innovators, thought leaders, technology, entertainment. And definitely a lot more networking. Expect everything you loved about 36|86 in years past, only bigger and better.

          Location: Nashville, TN

          “Music City, USA,” Nashville was named the Reader’s Choice: Destination of the Year by Travel + Leisure in 2015 and the #1 City for International Travel by Trip Advisor in 2015 and appeared in 16 Destinations for 2016 on Forbes. It is home to award-winning chefs and restaurants, the world’s best live music per capita and a hot, innovative tech scene you have to see to believe.

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