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6 Secrets . . .5 Founders: A Conversation on Venture Success

Thursday, Sep 1 2011 3:00PM to 7:00PM

John Bradberry and 4 Panelists
The Duke Mansion 400 Hermitage Road Charlotte, 28207

“6 Secrets . . . 5 Founders: A Conversation on Venture Success”


Date:    Thursday, Sept 1, 2011

Location:   The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, 28207



Time:   3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cocktail Reception to immediately follow from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm



Guy Kawasaki says that John Bradberry’s new book, 6 Secrets to Startup Success, is “an excellent summary of what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur,” and the New York Journal of Books calls the book “engaging and informative” and “an excellent roadmap.”


A major reason for the popularity of Bradberry’s book is its use of enlightening case studies and observations from a compelling group of entrepreneurs and investors. The stories serve as examples of success as well as cautionary tales. They show how entrepreneurial passion can act as a double-edged sword, and they illustrate a set of universal principles that drive success across ventures of all sizes and types.


In this 2-hour learning event, author, entrepreneur, and investor John Bradberry will discuss venture success factors with four entrepreneurs and investors featured in his book. The conversation will be organized around the “venture readiness” framework he developed as a result of his research for the book and his two decades of experience in working with high-performing businesses in all stages of growth.


Join John as he brings together four special guests who are featured prominently in his book:


S. Mark Williams, Ph.D., founded Modality, Inc. in 2006 and served as its CEO until its acquisition by Epocrates in late 2010. In 2008, he was recognized as one of ten recipients nationwide of The Apple Award for Innovation in Science for his work over the last decade using Apple products in medical education, including the creation of brain anatomy study guides for the iPod. He has been an Adjunct Research Scientist in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center for many years. Before starting Modality in early 2006, Dr. Williams founded Pyramis Studios, where he served as President and Creative Director. He graduated cum laude from Davidson College and has an M.Phil and Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Yale University.


Chris Holden is a founder and managing partner of Court Square Ventures (CSV), a Charlottesville, VA, based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage communications, information technology, and media companies, with a particular interest in points of convergence between these industries. He has 25 years of early stage investing and company-building experience, including 11 years with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in a variety of senior operating, strategy, and executive management roles. He has been a board member in CSV I portfolio companies CSTV (sold to CBS), Logic Library (sold to SOA Software), and Verance (still operating). Currently, he is a director of CSV II portfolio companies Emerging Media Group, Grab Networks, Echo360, and Mobile Posse. He is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Davidson College.


Lynn Ivey is the CEO and founder of The Ivey®, the not-for-profit adult day care center in SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC. She is also the managing member and president of ADC Holdings and ADC Services LLCs, the for-profit companies that developed The Ivey’s concept and provide administrative support to The Ivey and other adult day care centers. Previously, Lynn spent more than 25 years in regional management and national executive positions with Bank of America and Wachovia/First Union. Lynn’s work in adult day care has been featured in Inc., AOL.com, and on WFAE’s "Charlotte Talks" with Mike Collins.


J.C. Faulkner leads a private investment company, based in Charlotte, NC, and currently sits on the board of five privately held companies he helped to establish. Prior to his current role he spent 22 years in the banking industry. He founded Decision One Mortgage in 1996. The company was sold to Household International in 1999 and then again to HSBC in 2003. He left HSBC in 2005. He is a graduate of Davidson College.

John Bradberry is founder and CEO of Ready Founder Services (www.ReadyFounder.com), a consulting and education firm based in Charlotte, NC. Over two decades as an advisor, entrepreneur, and investor, John has improved the performance of a thousand leaders and hundreds of teams in companies such as Sun Microsystems, ITW, Novartis, Avon, Coca-Cola, and Bank of America. In 2006, John undertook an immersive study of startup success factors, with the aim of developing tools and services for entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to launching his consulting firm in 1996, he worked with First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo) and Kepner-Tregoe, a global management consultancy based in Princeton, NJ. He earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Richmond, and is a graduate of Davidson College.

Personally autographed books will be made available to attendees at the reception.



3:00 – 3:30 pm    Registration and Networking

3:30- 5:30 pm      A Conversation on Venture Success

5:30 – 7:00 pm    Cocktail Reception (with book signing)

Program Cost:      BIG Members free

                                 Guests $55 in advance, $65 at the door

                                 NAWBO Members $40

 Registration:    RSVP below or terry@bigcouncil.com

 Dress Attire:    Business casual

Thank you to our BIG Member Sponsors:


Premier Sponsor:    Bishop Dulaney & Joyner

Technology Sponsor:   Advance 2000