The Future of Entrepreneurship and the Web

21 04 2010

FutureWeb2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Tom Miller

Chair: Tom Miller leader of Entrepreneurship Initiative and vice provost for DELTA at North Carolina State University. He is responsible for strategy, deployment and implementation of of the university’s learning technologies and distant education programs. Miller is the founder and former president of X Engineering Software Systems Corporation and developed the first native X-Window spreadsheet.

Panel description: The Web, within its relatively short lifetime, has provided a foundation for some of the greatest entrepreneurial successes of all time. It has also been the vehicle for some of the most spectacular failures. What does the future look like for Web entrepreneurs? Has the Web matured to the point that only incremental opportunities are left, or will there continue to be great companies born of disruptive innovation? Where will those opportunities be, and what will the competitive landscape look like? The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for entrepreneurship and the Web and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.


  • Scot Wingo, serial entrepreneur, co-founder, president and CEO of ChannelAdvisor Corporation. He is the leading provider of e-commerce channel management solutions at the company. View the below YouTube video featuring Wingo:

  • Chris Evans, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Evans is formerly the founder and CEO of Accipiter Solutions, which is his third start-up company. He is a leading provider of online advertising technology used by MSN, CNET, Lycos, ZDNet,, Ask Jeeves and many others. Evans previously served on the board of directors for Engage, a provider of profile-driven Internet marketing solutions.
  • William C. Weiss

    William C. Weiss, co-founder and CEO of the Promar Group, is an expert in areas including media, telecommunications, information, environmental and emerging technologies. He helped found the Promar Group while still an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University. Weiss assists the Promar Group Media Center in strategic planning, industry outreach and leveraging the intersection of media and technology.

  • David Gardner, serial entrepreneur. Gardner is the founder and CEO of VenueGen, a new-media company that is merging 3D virtual-world technology with social networking and learning applications. He has been the founder or co-founder of ProviderLink, Peopleclick, Report2Web, DBBasics, BuildLinks and OnSphere Corporation, raising more than $60 million in venture capital. View the below YouTube video interview with Gardner about avatar-based meetings:

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