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Vice President Al Gore and Presidents of PayPal and Evernote among Speakers Scheduled for Southland Conference in Nashville
|By Business Wire
|January 30, 2014 03:00 PM EST
Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily have released the first set of speakers
for the 2014 Southland entrepreneur conference, scheduled for June 9 –
11 in Nashville. The speakers include Former Vice President Al Gore;
PayPal President David Marcus; Evernote CEO Phil Libin;
Bonobos, Inc. CEO Andy Dunn; Coatue Management Senior Managing
Director Thomas Laffont; and Tristan Walker, founder and
CEO of Walker & Company Brands, Inc.
“This lineup spans the spectrum of leaders driving the tech economy,”
said PandoDaily Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lacy. “We have a
statesman who is also heavily involved in tech companies, a
mega-investor who just did one of the most controversial deals in the
Valley and the president of one of the largest and most iconic web
brands in the midst of a turnaround – as well as three well-known CEOs
in the process of building large companies in three wildly different
Former Vice President Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation
Investment Management, a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. He also serves
as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to
solving the climate crisis. Gore served as a member of the U.S. House of
Representatives and the U.S. Senate – representing Tennessee – before
serving eight years as vice president of the United States. Gore
received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the
dangers posed by climate change.”
Marcus founded GTN Telecom and served as chairman and CEO until 2000,
when it was acquired by World Access. He also founded Echovox, a mobile
monetization company, and Zong, a mobile payments provider for gaming
and social networking companies. After Zong was acquired by eBay/PayPal
in 2011, Marcus became vice president and general manager of the mobile
division of PayPal. In April 2012, he became president of PayPal.
Serving as Evernote’s CEO since 2007, Libin is an entrepreneur and
executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to
proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth.
Prior to joining Evernote, Libin founded and served as president of
CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart
credential and identity management technologies to governments and large
corporations throughout the world.
Dunn co-founded Bonobos Inc., a men’s clothing company, in 2007. He
launched Maide, an online pro shop for classic golf apparel, under
Bonobos Inc. in 2013. He is also co-founder of Red Swan Ventures, which
has invested in Birchbox, Warby Parker, Hailo and more.
Laffont joined Coatue Management in 2003. Last year he helped launch a
$300 million fund to invest in high-growth, pre-IPO startups like
Box.com and most recently in Snapchat, in which he led the $50 million
investment. He also invested $45 million in HotelTonight, a popular app
for last-minute hotel reservations.
Walker founded his company in 2013 with the mission to make health and
beauty simple for people of color. He was previously
entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz and director of
business development at Foursquare. He has been named to Ebony
Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People, the Hollywood Reporter’s Digital
Power 50 and Black Enterprise’s 40 Next lists. He is also founder and
chairman of CODE2040, a program that matches high performing black and
Latino software engineering students with Silicon Valley startups for
“Southland is quickly becoming one of the top technology and startup
conferences in the country. Southland is the perfect platform to
showcase the strong tech and startup culture throughout the southeast.
Our inaugural event last year was a huge success and as indicated by the
current lineup of speakers, we’re taking it to the next level in 2014,”
said Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock.
Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting
the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with
the ultimate goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 place in the Southeast
to start and grow a company. Launch Tennessee focuses on four key areas:
entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital formation and outreach.
Launch Tennessee is in part funded by a grant from the State of
Tennessee. Please friend Launch Tennessee on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LaunchTN),
and Flickr (www.Flickr.com/LaunchTN).
PandoDaily is a web publication that offers technology news, analysis
and commentary, with a focus on Silicon
Valley, New York and Los Angeles startup ecosystems. PandoDaily was
formed in January 2012 with the primary goal of being the site of record
for Silicon Valley. Since then, PandoDaily has produced more than 30
events through their Emmy Nominated PandoMonthly series. For more
information on PandoDaily, visit their website (www.pandodaily.com),
and Facebook (www.facebook.com/pandodaily).
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