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NC Treasurer Cowell, Red Hat’s Whitehurst, Duke Energy’s Rogers Among Speakers at CED’s Venture 2010

Research Triangle Park, NC, March 27, 2010 --( CED, formerly the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has announced the complete lineup of speakers scheduled for CED’s Venture 2010 conference, to be held Tuesday, April 20 through Thursday, April 22 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. Speakers include State Treasurer of North Carolina, Janet Cowell; Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst; Duke Energy chairman, president and CEO, James Rogers; and New Vantage Group managing partner, John May. This will be CED’s 26th annual Venture conference, making it the longest running financing event in the nation.

“We are excited to hear from the dynamic lineup of speakers at CED’s Venture 2010,” said CED president Joan Siefert Rose. “They represent some of the brightest and most successful venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the nation.”

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- Cowell, Whitehurst, Rogers and May will be joined by fellow speakers Dana Callow, managing general partner at Boston Millennia Partners; Jamie Ellertson, president of the Gomez division of Compuware; Brad Feld, managing director at the Foundry Group; Noel Fenton, general partner at Trinity Ventures; Todd Forest, managing director and chief financial officer at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners; Patrick Kerins, general partner at NEA; James A. Mason, Jr., founding partner at Parish Capital Advisors, LLP; Erik Sebusch, portfolio manager at UPS Investments; Kevin J. Tunick, vice president and managing director of private investments at UNC Management Company; Dick Williams, CEO of Webroot Software, Inc.; Mel Williams, co-founder of Truebridge Capital Partners; and Mark W. Yusko, president and chief investment officer at Morgan Creek Capital Management LLC.

- As the CEO of the third largest utility company in the United States, Rogers will discuss Duke Energy’s efforts and goals in energy conservation and how development of new technologies is necessary to move toward a low carbon world. Additional topics include Duke Energy’s recent global efforts and initiatives, as well as the challenges of balancing affordable, reliable and clean energy.

- Whitehurst will discuss the story of open source technology and how Red Hat’s unique business model was the key to its success. He also focuses on the new initiatives at Red Hat and how his past management experience helped the company’s growth strategy.

- Dick Williams will speak about his experience as a serial entrepreneur, and how to know when to accelerate or “brake” the growth of a business. He discusses the lessons he has learned and the mistakes he has made along the way, as well as industry trends and how to attract capital.

- Ellertson will discuss a recent successful acquisition despite the down market.

- On Wednesday, April 21, Yusko, Mason, Sebusch, Tunick and Mel Williams will serve as panelists for “Is the Venture Capital Supply Chain Broken?” This panel discusses the difficulty venture capitalists face when they need funding, as well as the current state of investing in the venture capital asset class. The panel discussion begins at 11:30 a.m.

- Callow, Feld, Fenton, Forrest and Kerins will discuss the current trends venture capitalists are finding attractive, the investment climate for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the climate for exits on the “Venture Capital Panel – Innovation and Trends” panel, scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Discussion topics include: opportunities for early stage investing over the next decade, what venture capitalists think about first time entrepreneurs who are doing radically new things, whether software and technology innovation is accelerating or slowing down, syndicate risks and more.

- From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 and 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22 company presentations are held for all conference attendees, showcasing the top technology and life sciences companies in North Carolina and the Southeast.

- Since 2001, Venture presenting companies have raised more than $2 billion in capital.

- To learn more about CED’s Venture 2010, or to register to attend, visit

About CED:
CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. Visit for more information.

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