Founder Office Hours

The Packard Place Community Statement of Beliefs speaks to the type of Entrepreneurial ecosystem we want for Charlotte.

In alignment with our beliefs, we want to help make Charlotte's most successful entrepreneurs more accessible for one on one meetings with the entrepreneurial community. These founders believe in giving back to help the next generation of entrepreneurs and have stepped forward to give their time and knowledge.

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I am a driven and passionate entrepreneur, technologist and general manager with a proven track-record in creating significant value across various different verticals, roles and responsibilities. My strengths include problem-solving, innovation, effectively working w/ people both internally and externally and helping grow and develop strong talent and leaders. My last role was at Red Ventures where I was President and CTO and oversaw the entire suite of proprietary technology and internal products we have built over the last 15 years. I started as an engineer in 2005 and had grown within the organization to run Red Ventures' largest and fastest growing businesses. After leaving Red Ventures, my wife, then 2-year old and I traveled the world and visited 6 continents and 31 countries over a 8.5 month period. 

Entrepreneur, World Traveler, Former President and CTO at Red Ventures


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Angel Rutledge is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of tech startup success. She and her husband, Dan, built SignUpGenius, the leading online sign up service for group organizers that serves up to 18 million people per month. Angel served as the COO/CMO before transitioning to a board role at the end of 2018 and handled company finances and growth projections until they sold a majority stake in SignUpGenius in 2017 to a private equity fund. She now advises entrepreneurs and invests in startups to accelerate their growth. Her skills include growth strategies, operations management, talent recruitment, marketing and branding.

Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor, Co-founder of SignUpGenius

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Dan is co-founder of Charlotte’s entrepreneurship center called Packard Place which was recently ranked as one of the 5 largest tech and innovation centers in the country. Dan also co-founded the QueenCity Fintech program which is one of the top Fintech Accelerators in the World and has over 50 alumni companies with over $35M in raised capital. Dan 1st career was in Fortune 500 marketing working in senior marketing positions for General Mills, Colgate Palmolive, and M&M/MARS. Dan also served as the Brand & Ad-vertising Executive for Bank of America where he oversaw Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications. Dan has a finance degree from Michigan State University and a MBA in marketing from the University of Minnesota. He is the father of two sets of twins and is a passionate Spartan. Go Green.

Co-Founder and Managing Director of QueenCity Fintech Accelerator and Packard Place 


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Don Rainey is a, Charlotte-based, venture capitalist with Grotech Ventures. Don’s area of investment expertise centers around ecommerce, fintech, networking technology and social media-related startups. He has been a frequent contributor to various business publications including BusinessInsider and VentureBeat.  Don made the move into venture capital in 2000, first with Intersouth Partners, and with Grotech Ventures, which he joined as a general partner in September 2007. With over $1.5B US under management, Grotech focuses on early-stage information technology companies.  Charlotte area investments include Passport and Payzer.

Partner at Grotech Ventures 



Juan Garzón is the Executive Director of PitchBreakfast, a regional nonprofit startup pitch event, as well as the founder and publisher of StartCharlotte, a digital publication and organization supporting Charlotte’s startup community. He is also a Messaging Strategist, helping entrepreneurs and organizations craft clear and compelling stories that help grow their business. Juan has spent over a decade in marketing and entrepreneurship, ranging from running his own startup while in college to running the marketing department of a global market research firm where he helped grow revenues 400% in 3 years. He has served as a mentor, advisor, and pitch coach to many startups and several accelerators in the community including Queen City Fintech.

Executive Director of PitchBreakfast and StartCharlotte (now Charlotte Inno)


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Keith founded in 1999. Funded by the founder, paced its growth. Keith focused on building a vertical enterprise that was a full service mortgage bank, that had to succeed for the long term, and did not focus on a quick exit strategy. By focusing on growing wisely, spending wisely and hiring wisely, Keith has built a thriving lending leader whose presence is felt throughout the loan industry. Even when the industry was in decline, sustained growth. The company was named the Online Lender of the Year Industry Award at the Mortgage Bankers Association National meeting, and was subsequently purchased by PIMCO backed entity in 2016. Keith has recently exited the company after a 2 year employment contract. Keith is currently serving as Executive Director at Innovate Charlotte. InClt serves Charlotte's Startup Ecosystem with company mentoring, networking, and connections.

Founder of, Investor, Mentor 

Packard Place™ 

222 S Church St,

Charlotte, NC 28202