In a bid to make the second annual Southland conference the premier technology and startup event in the region, organizers Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily are bringing in national tech leaders, including former Vice President Al Gore, PayPal President David Marcus and Phil Libin, CEO of software company Evernote.
The conference, scheduled for June 9-11 in Nashville, drew more than 650 people at its inaugural summit last year, attracting leaders from IBM, Indiegogo and Foursquare in its effort to highlight entrepreneurial activity throughout the Southeast.
"This lineup spans the spectrum of leaders driving the tech economy," Sarah Lacy, PandoDaily founder and Memphis native, said in a prepared statement. PandoDaily is an Internet publication that covers technology and startup news in Silicon Valley, New York and Los Angeles.
Gore's tech credentials include being a co-founder of Generation Investment Management, a senior partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.'s board.
Before taking a leadership role at PayPal, Marcus founded three companies, including mobile payment provider Zong, which eBay bought in 2011 to bolster its PayPal company.
Also participating at the event are Andy Dunn, CEO of clothing company Bonobos Inc.; investor Thomas Laffont of Coatue Management; and Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands Inc., each bearing a long resume of entrepreneurship.
"Southland is quickly becoming one of the top technology and startup conferences in the country," Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock said in the prepared statement. "Southland is the perfect platform to showcase the strong tech and startup culture throughout the Southeast."