Entrepreneurs Lecture Series
The Entrepreneurs Lecture Series (ELS) is designed to showcase outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship among NC State alumni and partners. This semi-annual event features a lecture from prominent entrepreneurial leaders followed by a networking reception. The lecture series, made possible by a grant from Andy and Jane Albright, is sponsored by the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative.
F. Scott Moody was the co-founder and previous Chairman/CEO of AuthenTec prior to its acquisition by Apple in late 2012 (the only acquisition of a public company by Apple). Its fingerprint sensor technology is now the foundation of Apple’s new Touch ID on the iPhone 5S. As the CEO of AuthenTec, Scott raised over $70 million in venture capital (including such investors as Sierra Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Texas Instruments, China Development Bank and others) and led the company’s successful IPO (NASDAQ). Focusing on the PC and cell phone industries, Scott helped grow the Company from the original two co-founders to over 300 employees with development centers in Melbourne, Fl., Shanghai, China and Vught, The Netherlands. The Company had over 200 patents upon its acquisition. More recently, Scott co-founded K4Connect, a software platform company focused on the home and office automation markets. The Company’s first product,K4Home, brings together multiple and often incompatible “smart” devices into a single cohesive system, transforming what was a “smart”, yet often complicated, home into a simpler and more responsive environment. In addition to his activities with K4Connect, Scott is the Founder and Managing Director of First Talent Ventures, which focuses on advising and investing in early stage startups in the Southeast, as well as Rwanda. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Blackstone Network and a Venture Partner with Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners. Scott began his career at Harris Semiconductor (now Intersil) in 1980 where he eventually became Divisional VP of a $200M division before founding AuthenTec in 1998. Scott received a BSIE from North Carolina State University and an executive MBA from the University of Florida.
About the ELS
The lecture series, made possible by a grant from Andy and Jane Albright, is sponsored by the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative. The goal of the Entrepreneurship Initiative is to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship for NC State Students through programs and opportunities that help prepare them to be North Carolina’s job creators and leaders of tomorrow.
Past speakers include John Norris*, president and CEO of Fuel Tech Inc.; Steve Yauch*, president and owner, Carolina Electronic Assemblers; Robert Young, founder of Lulu.com; Jim Goodnight*, CEO of SAS; Bill Nussey*, co-founder of DaVinci Systems and current CEO of Silverpop; Scot Wingo*, CEO of ChannelAdvisor; Thomas R. McPherson Jr.*, former president and CEO of Hatteras Networks; Barbara Mulkey*, president and CEO of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants; Richard Holcomb*, current CEO and chairman of StrikeIron, former CEO and chairman of Haht Commerce; Nick England*, founder and current CEO of 3rd Tech, founder of Ikonas Graphics Systems, founder of Trancept Systems; Jerry Neal*, Bill Pratt and Powell Seymour, founders of RF Micro Devices; Neal Hunter*, founder of Cree Inc. and LED Lighting Fixtures Inc.; Matthew Szulik, chairman and CEO of Red Hat; Joseph Forbes, COO of Consert Inc; Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works; Chris Evans*, philanthropist and entrepreneur; David Anderson* and David Gardner*, co-founders of PeopleClick ; Peter Lehrer*, co-founder of Lehrer McGovern; Josh Whiton*, founder and CEO of TransLoc; Andy Albright*, co-founder and president/CEO of National Agents Alliance; Heather Hesketh*, founder of hesketh.com; John Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge; Gerard J. Hall, founder, president and CEO of SMT; Jesse Lipson, vice president and general manager of data sharing, Citrix Systems Inc; Grant Williard*, founder of JouleBug; Thushan Amarasiriwardena*, co-founder of Launchpad Toys; and Aly Khalifa*, owner of Gamil Design and co-founder and owner of Designbox LLC.
* NC State alumni