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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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