Alive Studios’ CEO to Speak at 36 | 86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference

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Cynthia B. Kaye will be a panelist and speaker at the upcoming 36 | 86 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee where she will be discussing the benefits of selecting southeastern, non-coastal cities as a home for scaling startups.

With skyrocketing overhead in hubs like New York and San Francisco, location is no longer an either/or proposition.

Cynthia B. Kaye, CEO and Chief Zoo Keeper of Alive Studios, will be sharing the stage with Ken McElrath, Founder & CEO of Skuid, Todd Olson, Co-Founder & CEO of Pendo, and Loren Feldman, Senior Editor at Forbes. Together, they will be discussing and fielding questions regarding the strategic use of geography as an asset to startup companies at this year’s 36 | 86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference in Nashville. Non-coastal, southeastern cities are not only rich in culture and provide a low cost of living, they are also filled with talent, tech resources, major international airports, and tax benefits. For a young, lean team, these can translate into savings that allow a tight budget to be stretched during the crucial foundational stage of growth.

With skyrocketing overhead in hubs like New York and San Francisco, location is no longer an either/or proposition. Attendees of the conference will learn how fast-growing startups not based on the coasts leverage “place” to grow smarter and scale faster -- without crushing culture. The 36 | 86 2017 program features more of what entrepreneurs loved about past events: business leaders, investors, innovators, thought leaders, technology, entertainment... And definitely a lot more networking. This year’s event is promising to be bigger and better than last.

Alive Studios is an early education augmented reality software developer based in the Atlanta area with a line of classroom solutions that helps early learners become proficient in reading (English) and math using this hands-on 3D technology. The Learning alive Plus Suite is the company’s bundled solution for reading and math and is the first of its kind to incorporate augmented reality magic, which allows their 26 animal characters (A to Z) to spring to life and interact with children while learning. The company will also soon be introducing the Learning alive Plus Station for Sprout Pro by HP at ISTE in San Antonio later this month. Independent Research and several case studies have proven their solutions to dramatically improve student outcomes and increase engagement, which is catching the attention of educators around the country.

Kaye has been able to successfully leverage her strategic positioning in the south in many ways. The savings from cost of living, of course, branch into reduced P/L line items such as payroll and operating expenses. These savings have enabled monies to be allocated for sales and marketing efforts as well as research and development, which are the oxygen of startups. Whereas Alive Studios’ solutions for improving reading and math have a global appeal, their southern positioning near the Atlanta Airport has also helped them get to school districts with direct flights all over the country enabling them to better serve early educators.

There’s nothing like the 36 | 86 Conference. This one-of-a-kind experience will bring together disruptors, founders, and creators of cutting-edge innovations for the Southeast’s premier technology and entrepreneurial event. Built in are ample opportunities to start conversations with peers, investors, and high-net-worth individuals. Choose from workshops, coffee breaks, and after-hours parties to network in a preferred setting. Stroll through “Village 36” and meet the founders of the next great Southern startups. Or, if you’re looking for funding, meet one of the 180 active investors who’ll be looking for companies that deliver.

The overall agenda includes decision-makers from Fortune 500 companies, global tech titans, and high-growth startups. Access insight from A-list speakers such as Steve Case, Walmart CTO Jeremy King, Sen. Bill Frist, MD and FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

Company Information
Alive Studios provides supplemental reading and math solutions for PreK-3rd grade. They are the world's first company to develop an Augmented Reality curriculum for early education. For more information on Alive Studios’ full suite of educational products, please visit their website at

Event Information
36 | 86 is powered by Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship and works to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country.

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