Austin Technology Council CEO Summit Features Keynotes by Tom Meredith, Mike Maples, Jr.; Discussions with Joshua Baer, Brett Hurt, Bob Metcalfe, John Thornton, Others

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One Day Summit Brings Together Over 150 Texas Technology Executives; Results To Be Shared From Economic Impact and Tech Talent Surveys

Two weeks from today, Austin Technology Council (ATC) will host its third annual CEO Summit, for one full day at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The Wednesday, May 8 agenda features a stellar set of local technology leaders who have built national reputations and global brands, yet remain very personally committed to the success of the region.

The attending tech executives will collaborate, network, problem solve and Set the Tech Agenda for Central Texas. Over the course of the day, results from two just-completed studies, one on Economic Impact, the other on Tech Talent, will be shared for the first time. Throughout the day, Richard Seline, principal, will facilitate real-time polling to capture participant priorities and support attendees in developing real, tangible, and actionable Summit outcomes.

Mike Maples, Jr. will provide a morning keynote on the Future of Technology: Going Big from the Start. Mr. Maples was a long time Austin executive, at Tivoli and Motive, among others, and is now a very successful Bay Area Venture Capitalist.

Tom Meredith will close the Summit with his executive perspective on The Promise of Austin. Mr. Meredith is known for his pivotal role in helping to guide Dell’s business development and financial strategies from 1992 to 2001. Prior professional roles include serving as CFO for Motorola, and VP and treasurer for Sun Microsystems. He is currently the general partner and co-founder of Meritage Capital, serves on numerous Boards and is focused on community and philanthropic efforts.

One panel, Building Tech Success with a Long View, features John Arrow, Brett Hurt, Mark McClain and Bob Metcalfe. Joshua Baer, John Thornton, Bill Wood and others will discuss Creating a Vibrant Capital Market for our Region. And there will be a discussion on Disruptive Talent Development, with ATC Community Foundation Chair Susanne Bowen, Gene Austin, Michael Raiford, and other regional leaders focused on the talent pipeline.

“Our region and State are at a critical juncture in relation to other markets,” said Julie Huls, ATC president. “ATC is looking forward to supporting this unparalleled gathering of technology leadership in an important discussion on the challenges that face our industry, develop a greater understanding of our shared landscape, and introduce some strategic solutions.”

The CEO Summit will again conclude with a Startup Showdown fast pitch opportunity that debuted at the end of the 2012 Summit. Last year’s winner, Josh Alexander and Toopher, will talk about the next generation of Austin area companies and executives. This year, Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) joins ATC in putting on the Startup Showdown where 6 companies will be selected to present their businesses to a panel of judges who will select a winner. The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, May 3 so companies seeking either series A or series B funding may submit for consideration at

Registration for the 2013 CEO Summit is filling fast, but a few slots are still available at for $499. Only members of ATC are allowed to attend. Temporary memberships are available for those outside the Austin area. Registration covers all speakers, content, Wifi, breakfast, lunch and evening reception. The fee does not cover parking, nor lodging.

Press are invited to attend the Summit and can contact Laura Beck, laurabeckcahoon(at)gmail(dot)com, to coordinate attendance or with any questions.

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 7,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 200 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter. For Summit related tweets, please add hashtag #ATCSummit.

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