Launch Tennessee announces speaking engagement by Walmart CTO at 36|86, along with final selection of presenting Village 36 startup companies
NASHVILLE (April 13, 2017) – Launch Tennessee announced that Walmart Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King will speak at 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference June 4-7 in Nashville. King joins FedEx Founder and CEO Fred Smith, AOL Co-founder Steve Case, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Bill Frist in a robust, entrepreneurial-focused lineup that has become the Southeast’s premier technology event.
As the senior technologist at the largest retailer in the world, King brings an unprecedented level of experience, knowledge and foresight to 36|86. His expertise leading global infrastructure, data and cloud platforms and bridging the gap between in-store, eCommerce and mobile retail is second to none. King is responsible for the technology that drives all U.S. Walmart stores,
Walmart.com and Jet.com and leads teams that span from Bentonville, AR to Walmart Labs in Silicon Valley. He is a widely lauded expert in engineering methodology and productivity, developing software as a service (SaaS) technology platforms and presentation layer frameworks.
“Jeremy King is a leader who embodies the spirit of what the entrepreneurial culture in Tennessee is all about,” said Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee. “His rare vantage point on technology and business blends the agility of an ambitious startup with the reach and scale of the world’s largest retailer.”
In addition to conducting a fireside chat on June 5, King will serve as a guest judge for 36|86: Student Edition, a pitch competition for university-based startups, on Sunday, June 4. Launch Tennessee also announced the 36 companies that have been invited to participate in the main pitch competition at 36|86, called “Village 36,” sponsored by Insperity®. These startups will pitch on stage June 5-6 throughout regularly scheduled programming; finalists, as selected by audience vote, will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance at $50,000.
The 2017 Village 36 highlights the most diverse entrepreneur makeup of any similar event in the Southeast: Half of the Village 36 companies have founders from under-represented groups in technology such as women, minorities and veterans.
They are building tech-enabled solutions across an equally diverse group of industries, including healthcare, finance, retail, cybersecurity, real estate, manufacturing, criminal justice, hospitality, entertainment and more.
A limited number of tickets are available for 36|86, and parties interested in attending may visit 36|86 ticket page to secure their spots before the event sells out.
About Launch Tennessee – Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship, with the goal of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country. Partnering with six regional Entrepreneur Centers, Launch Tennessee provides access to technology skills development, capital formation, entrepreneurial resources and more for high-growth- potential startups. Visit LaunchTN.org to discover what makes Tennessee the best place for innovative tech companies.