Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to
turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the
“Startup Whisperer.”  For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels
for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally,
and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment
capital on behalf of these and other companies.  Heivly current
serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest
seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an EIR at Techstars. Chris writes for INC.COM, his blog at and has just
published his first book about startups called Build The Fort.