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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 technology event for entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the country. It showcases promising growth-stage startups innovating in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship.

Named for the longitudinal coordinates of Nashville, 36|86 represents a future for Southeastern entrepreneurship with Tennessee as the economic nucleus. It’s the summer’s can’t-miss opportunity for incredible founders, proven business leaders, strategic investors and corporate partners to plug into the regional ecosystem and leverage it to fast-track growth.

Meet us in Nashville 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 VCs such as GE Ventures and Village Capital; and meet your fill of hot chicken, Tennessee whiskey, honky tonks and more!

Powered by Launch Tennessee, 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…

    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.…

      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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