SOURCE: Southeast Venture Conference

January 21, 2010 11:56 ET

Wikipedia Co-Founder Set to Keynote 2010 Southeast Venture Conference

TYSONS CORNER, VA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - The 2010 Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC) announced the addition of Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to the speaker lineup for the fourth annual event scheduled for February 24-25 at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia, is one of the Internet's most iconic figures. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, with over 14 million articles.

Wales, one of Time magazine's most influential people in world, set out in 2001 to reinvent the encyclopedia for the Internet age -- free, up-to-date and available to all. He ended up creating an Internet icon that led to what may prove to be the most powerful industrial model of the 21st century: peer production.

Born in Alabama, Wales' father was a grocery store manager, his mother and grandmother ran a small private school, "in the tradition of the one-room schoolhouse," where Wales went to school through the 8th grade. He went on to degrees in finance, post graduate studies, teaching and a successful career in finance.

"Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia represent the type of game changing thinking we hope to embody here at the SEVC," said Conference Executive Director, Eric Gregg. "Wikipedia, which was born here in the Southeast, is clearly a symbol of the power of the Internet and has transcended the web into modern culture."

Wales joins another Internet luminary in the speaker line up at SEVC 2010 in Vint Cerf, widely known as the "Father of the Internet" and current Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet during his tenure with the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

In addition to keynote speakers and dozens of panelists discussing a variety of industry topics, the conference will be showcasing sixty of the most promising high growth technology firms in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

The hundreds of attendees converging at the fourth annual SEVC include venture capitalists, high growth company executives, investment bankers and other private equity professionals along with the support community that helps drive them.

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About Southeast Venture Conference 2010

The mission of the SEVC is to help support the innovation and entrepreneurial activity of emerging high growth technology companies and the resulting economic growth in the greater Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. As part of that goal, the SEVC understands the importance of investment capital to this equation and provides a key forum to facilitate the infusion of growth to the technology community. The SEVC not only showcases top regional technology companies, but provides unparalleled networking opportunities among the region's technology and investment leaders while providing insightful content through dozens of industry speakers. The 2010 SEVC is February 24-25th at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia. For more information visit:

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