First Friday Leadership Series
President, Blue Vista Ventures, LLC
Basement start-up to Fortune 150 exit: What I learned along the way
Join The Upstate Business Journal, Clemson MBA Programs and the The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership on March 1 for First Friday speaker Greg Smith at 5 p.m. followed by a networking reception at 6 p.m.
Greg Smith serves as President of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, and is an advisor and consultant to early-stage technology companies. Smith has personally invested in 11 start-up companies and funds. Smith formerly served as vice president and general manager of Xerox Mortgage Services. Prior to Xerox, Smith co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Advectis®, Inc., the exclusive provider of BlitzDocs® Collaboration Suite, one of the mortgage industry’s most widely-used solutions for electronic document collaboration. Advectis was acquired by Xerox in October of 2007.
The BlitzDocs solution enables a network of mortgage participants to manage the process needed to underwrite, audit, collaborate, deliver and archive loan documents electronically via an on-demand web-based application. As of 2011, between 12% and 14% of the U.S. mortgage volume was processed through the BlitzDocs network.
Before co-founding Advectis, Smith was instrumental in launching products in a number of vertical markets, including the insurance and commercial real estate industries with InterTech Information Management.
He has obtained international experience having lived and worked in several European countries and is conversant in German. Smith holds a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.
Smith is a frequent speaker at various entrepreneurial forums including the ATDC, Technology Association of Georgia events, as well as MIT Forum entrepreneurial events in Atlanta. He currently serves on the advisory boards of NurseNav, Pretty In My Pocket, Inc., Workforce Resource, Inc., The Clemson University (Golf Paws) Program, and currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Arthur Spiro Institute for Entreprenurial Leadership at Clemson University. Smith is a board memberof Social Growth Technologies, Inc., serves as Chariman of the Board of Verdeeco Inc., and Smith is also a board member and active investor with the Atlanta Technology Angels group.
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Clemson University MBA Program
Clemson’s MBA program is well-regarded for its practical, applied approach to advanced business topics. The curriculum is designed to foster optimal student-teacher interaction and to facilitate learning through a variety of applied and traditional methods. We partner with industry leaders to provide our students with hands-on experience, which contributes to molding them into highly recruited, desirable candidates in today’s ever more competitive job market.