Pelion Venture Partners honored with 2014 Wayne Brown Institute Legends in Venture Capital Award
Talk about having the right solution at the right time—Venafi CEO Jeff Hudson not only understands how hackers stole financial data from Target and Neiman Marcus, he knows how to fix it and prevent it. These and related security failures highlight how vulnerable global companies are to cyber attacks and data losses. Failure to secure the trust cryptographic keys and certificates establish in our modern world of payment cards, smartphones and cloud computing leaves the front doors open for criminals.
Hudson is a serial entrepreneur and one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference, February 6 at the Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, just minutes from Park City, Utah.
On the 30th anniversary of the annual conference, venture capitalists from all over the country will convene to learn about the best and brightest emerging IT and Life Science high tech companies. Twenty-one companies will pitch investors during the conference.
In the last six years alone, start-up technology companies that have gone through the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI) process have raised more than $632-million dollars in angel and venture capital.
On this 30th Anniversary of the Investors Choice, WBI is going back to its roots, honoring Pelion Venture Partners, Utah’s oldest and most successful venture firm. Pelion began in 1986 as Utah Ventures with founding partners, the late Dr. Wayne Brown, Richard Shanaman and James C. Dreyfous. Pelion success stories in early investments include Venafi, Anesta Corp., Sonic Innovations and Riverbed.
“Given the significant advances in high tech and the ongoing venture investments in innovation, I’m exited to participate in the Investors Choice Conference and present on new attack vectors and security vulnerabilities that we’re now exposed to,” said Hudson, Venafi CEO.
“In venture capital industry, which is sometimes plagued with low returns and declining profits, Pelion Venture Partners has consistently picked winners and is a national leader in venture capital,” said Brad Bertoch, President of the Wayne Brown Institute.
For complete information on companies and how to register for the 2014 Investors Choice Conference events, entrepreneurs, speakers, panel discussions:
About the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI)
The Wayne Brown Institute is America’s oldest and most successful non-profit 501(c)(3) venture accelerator. To date, more than 700 groundbreaking high tech companies have presented in a WBI program; 70% have participated in financial transactions totaling more than $7.5 billion in private equity, accounting for 1/2% - 1% of venture capital deal flow in the U.S.
About the Sponsors
Zions Bank is the Founding Sponsor of the Investors Choice Conference. Additional principle sponsors include the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, Tanner LLC, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Utah Division of Securities.