LaunchTN’s 36|86 Conference Adds Piedmonte, Ruxin

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 4.17.04 PMAnthony Piedmonte (Bon Jovi Management), Om Malik (True Ventures, Gigaom), Geri Stengel (Forbes), Andy Weissman (Union Square Ventures), and Marc Ruxin (Rdio), have been added to the lineup for 36|86, LaunchTN’s flagship event focusing on southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. The 36|86 conference will take place June 8-10, 2015 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. During the conference, 36 southeastern startup businesses will for a $36,000 grand prize.

Additional speakers include Julia Hartz (Eventbrite), Jonathan Shieber (Crunchbase/TechCrunch), John Briggs (TechCrunch), and Regan Carrizales (previously with Silicon Prairie News).

Entertainment manager Piedmonte joined Bon Jovi Management in 2010. Since then, the band has performed in over 30 countries and has sold in excess of $600,000,000.00 in gross ticket sales.

Ruxin is the Chief Operating Officer of Rdio where oversees marketing, business development, programming and advertising. He joined Rdio through their acquisition of TastemakerX, the leading social music platform he founded and was CEO of between 2011-2014.

Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures. 

Malik a partner at True Ventures. He joined True from Gigaom, a blogging pioneer/media company that he started in 2006. Malik had spent over two decades working for publications including Forbes (digital), Red Herring and Business 2.0. He writes a column for Fast Company

Forbes contributor Stengel is a 2012 and 2013 Small Business Influencer for her articles on the success factors of entrepreneurs.
Tickets for 36|86 are available at


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