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36 | 86 Technology Conference

JUNE 4-7, 2017 - NASHVILLE, TN

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36|86 is the Southeast’s premier entrepreneurship conference for founders, technologists, investors and thought leaders from across the country. The event showcases the top early- and growth-stage startups innovating in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship.

36|86 is the platform for incredible entrepreneurs, proven business leaders, strategic investors and corporate partners to build the relationships that will skyrocket their businesses. Come join us for four days of exciting new ideas on entrepreneurship. Hear from A-list speakers such as Steve Case, Sen. Bill Frist, MD, and FedEx CEO Fred Smith; get the unique perspective of technology investors such as GE Ventures and Village Capital; and meet your fill of hot chicken, whiskey, honky tonks and more!

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship, with the goal of making 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 William Frist, M.D. is a nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company.  He…

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…

    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…

    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, 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…

    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…

    Chip Blaufuss Assistant Vice President, Strategic Innovation, HCA

    Chip Blaufuss

    Assistant Vice President, 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…

    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,…

    Ken McElrath

    Ken McElrath

    CEO & Founder of Skuid

    Ken is a design thinker, author, artist, and a serial entrepreneur. Before launching Skuid, he cofounded Skoodat, a cloud education management platform, and Cazabba, a creative and technology services firm. Earlier he led marketing…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

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    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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