TEDxGreenville January Salon
Passion, Risk and Reward
We hear so much about following our passions; but what about the risks? And are there rewards? Join us at the Iron Yard for some great TEDX Greenville talks with local entrepreneurs, and mix and mingle afterward with some of the most creative people in town!
The Iron Yard is a launch-pad for entrepreneurs and creative people. Providing innovation, education, co-working, mentorship, capital, and events for the technology and design communities, Greenville is proud to have this great launch-pad in our community!
Co-Curator: Peter Barth,
The Iron Yard
Peter went to Vanderbilt University, where he studied computer engineering. After school he did what all engineers do: moved to Manhattan to become an options and securities principal at Duke & Company (and later Morgan Stanley). Minting deals and moving stock was fun, but a few years on Wall Street reminded Pete he was a hacker at heart. He packed up his computer and family and headed to Indianapolis to develop software for SinglePoint, an enterprise payroll service. With hard work and technical expertise, he worked his way up to CTO and purchased a stake in the business. In 2006, Peter moved his family again, but this time to sunny South Carolina. In Greenville, Peter has taken leadership roles in the development of NEXT, the NEXT Innovation Center, InternGreenville, and the Southeast's premier startup accelerator, The Iron Yard.
Presenter: Jon McClure,
Entrepreneur, Leader, Founder and President of ISO Poly Films
Born with entrepreneurism in his blood, Jon McClure established his first business at age 12 and sold another business while in college. With $1,200 in his pocket and a $10,000 line of credit, he took his business savvy and expertise in the plastics films industry and founded ISO Poly Films. The company extruded its first pound of film in Gray Court, SC in 1998 and, next year, expects to produce 130 million pounds of film for various applications including food packaging, consumer electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and industrial products. Under Jon's leadership, the company has completed three major expansions and recently opened a second plant in Vancouver, Washington. In its early years, ISO Poly Films was named to Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 100" Small Business list by Dun & Bradstreet, and Jon was named Carolinas Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Today, ISO Poly Films has 110 employees and expects to generate $150 million in sales.
Presenter: Chancy Lindsey-Peake,
Owner and Founder of Banana Manna, LLC
Chancey, owner and founder of Banana Manna, began baking out of necessity in her home with 6 borrowed pans. She didn’t set out to start a business, but to survive. Chancey went to different local markets to sell her bread, but word spread quickly and she started baking for different festivals, where she saw the potential to make Banana Manna a full-time business. Soon after, she was introduced to Nasha Lending and became their first entrepreneur. Since then, she has moved into the Downtown Greenville Farmers Market, opened a retail space, and baking bread has become a full-time job. Ask Chancey what she is most proud of and she responds: "I am most proud of the variety of flavors that I bake; after people try all my samples, they still can’t decide which is their favorite!”
When & Where
TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.
After many months of hard work and more than a few late night planning and brainstorming sessions, TEDxGreenville 2010 launched to a sold-out crowd. The result was a brain-teasing, inspiration-filled, day-long event unlike anything Greenville has ever experienced… and TEDxGreenville was born.
Now in its seventh year, the TEDxGreenville movement is igniting passions and building bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it.