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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Friday, April 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Founding Stories - VISION: From success to scale Now Open

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Keynote: Founding Stories


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Most founders dream of exponential growth, but what does scale really mean? What preserves a company's mission, culture, and reputation when a product or community grows to thousands, and even millions, of customers? Hear how these entrepreneurs grew their ventures to that point, and what happened when they got there.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

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Natalie Brzezinski

CEO, Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek , and a 365-day-year-round movement, Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change... Read More →

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Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →
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Jigar Shah

President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison... Read More →

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Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit