Mayoral Candidate Edwin Peacock Talks on Entrepreneurship

September 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Charlotteans get the chance in November to select who will fill the Mayor’s spot that’s been open since springtime. With one of our Mayors in the governor’s office and another in the Cabinet, it’s clear that the seat is an important leadership role.

Edwin Peacock will be on the ballot.  He spent an hour with me recently to talk about his outlook for Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community.  Here’s the topline of his vision and views:

Acorns for Growth

Peacock grew up in Charlotte, and remembers his childhood when Charlotte seemed so small. Then we had the glory years of exploding growth led by the banks. Rather than focus on recapturing those years, Peacock believes we need to continue to reinvent ourselves with new companies and industries that truly create the future. He sees many “acorns falling off the tree” as folks from our big companies move on to start their own ventures. This talent and their relationships represent huge potential for Charlotte’s economy.

Collaboration

Collaboration creates networks and a flow of information.  Peacock sees potential for big companies collaborating with small, education institutions connecting to uptown business hubs, and energy technology engaging with internet technology for breakthrough innovation.  He believes a Mayor can establish a collaboration imperative and help facilitate it to fruition.  He sees great potential in engaging local businesses sages such as Peak 10’s David Jones to mentor other entrepreneurs.  As he said, “Success leaves clues” so Peacock wants to get those successful entrepreneurs in Charlotte involved in mentoring the next generation.

Creative Forces Critical

The son of an artist and arts educator, Peacock deeply values the power of art and creativity to transform a neighborhood, and a city.  He doesn’t believe art should be relegated to a few streets – i.e. “all the tattoos in NoDa”, but that creativity and public art should be infused throughout the city as a creative force.  As art inspires businesspeople, they increase their appreciation of art, which leads to more art and more inspiration.

Future Vision

Charlotte has the opportunity to be the beacon for the best and the brightest, building on our strength in healthcare, transportation and financial services. The question we are not asking on how to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem is “how do we support the businesses around that ecosystem to make it happen?”

Think It, Talk It, Bring It

Mayors in Charlotte have the bully pulpit to drive the local conversation and bring people together.  Peacock has a vision for the future and his mantra to make it reality is “Think about it, talk about it, bring about it.”  He’s talking about collaboration and building the creative and entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Just one more step to bring about it.

- Lori Collins, Strategic Advisor, Emerging Ventures

Originally posted on by startupcafe.


About Lori:

Lori has always loved starting new things, and cut her teeth building new businesses at great companies like American Express, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, and LendingTree.  Just recently she served as President of Abundant Power Solutions, an emerging energy financing venture in Charlotte. She was an early adviser to Clean Power Finance in San Francisco, and a Board member then CEO for SmartHippo, a startup in Montreal positioned as the “TripAdvisor for financial services” that provided consumer ratings and reviews on lenders.

As a member of the original Executive Team at LendingTree, she helped grow the company from $7 million to $476 million in revenue over seven years and participated in the sale of LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) to IACI (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2003 for $750 million.  It was a wonderful ride in many respects – an amazing values-based culture (“winning despite obstacles”), a focused mission to be the dominant online loan exchange, and awesome all-day Halloween parties.

At Bank of America, she led the mutual fund marketing team that grew assets from $28 to $68 billion. At Fidelity Investments, she helped launch their mutual fund marketplace and led the team to drive assets from zero to more than $9 billion in three years. At American Express in New York, she helped envision and launch American Express Gift Cheques as well as various travel insurance products. She’s a Tarheel alumni and also admits to being a Wildcat, although she didn’t have much time for sports in grad school at Northwestern.

What the Arts Have to Do with It

Inspiration comes from many places, and for Lori, it’s the arts. Lucky to be in the inaugural class of the Innovation Institute at the McColl Center for Visual Arts, she and her classmates learned the discipline of creative thinking from artists, sculptors and craftsmen.  Now she has the great pleasure of working with Dwight Rhoden, a world class choreographer and founder/owner of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York, to create a new work for the NC Dance Theatre’s Innovative Works annual performance.  She’s learning the creative process from Dwight by commissioning his work, and savoring the rare treasure of “angel investing”.

Happening Now

Lori currently serve as a strategic adviser and coach for emerging ventures, particularly in the areas of marketing, business development and strategic growth. She’s a coach for SEED20 innovators and is helping launch the Social Innovation Fellowship, an accelerator in Charlotte, NC for social entrepreneurs. 

 


 

- Lori Collins

About Lori:

Lori has always loved starting new things, and cut her teeth building new businesses at great companies like American Express, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, and LendingTree.  Just recently she served as President of Abundant Power Solutions, an emerging energy financing venture in Charlotte. She was an early adviser to Clean Power Finance in San Francisco, and a Board member then CEO for SmartHippo, a startup in Montreal positioned as the “TripAdvisor for financial services” that provided consumer ratings and reviews on lenders.

As a member of the original Executive Team at LendingTree, she helped grow the company from $7 million to $476 million in revenue over seven years and participated in the sale of LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) to IACI (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2003 for $750 million.  It was a wonderful ride in many respects – an amazing values-based culture (“winning despite obstacles”), a focused mission to be the dominant online loan exchange, and awesome all-day Halloween parties.

At Bank of America, she led the mutual fund marketing team that grew assets from $28 to $68 billion. At Fidelity Investments, she helped launch their mutual fund marketplace and led the team to drive assets from zero to more than $9 billion in three years. At American Express in New York, she helped envision and launch American Express Gift Cheques as well as various travel insurance products. She’s a Tarheel alumni and also admits to being a Wildcat, although she didn’t have much time for sports in grad school at Northwestern.

What the Arts Have to Do with It

Inspiration comes from many places, and for Lori, it’s the arts. Lucky to be in the inaugural class of the Innovation Institute at the McColl Center for Visual Arts, she and her classmates learned the discipline of creative thinking from artists, sculptors and craftsmen.  Now she has the great pleasure of working with Dwight Rhoden, a world class choreographer and founder/owner of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York, to create a new work for the NC Dance Theatre’s Innovative Works annual performance.  She’s learning the creative process from Dwight by commissioning his work, and savoring the rare treasure of “angel investing”.

Happening Now

Lori currently serve as a strategic adviser and coach for emerging ventures, particularly in the areas of marketing, business development and strategic growth. She’s a coach for SEED20 innovators and is helping launch the Social Innovation Fellowship, an accelerator in Charlotte, NC for social entrepreneurs. 

- See more at: http://ventureprise.org/blog/10-changes-happening-in-the-startup-environment/#sthash.iz3HHl5a.dpuf

 



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