Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson,

Steve Nelson is Co-Founder, was launch CEO, raising its initial Series A financing, and became Chairman of Carbon3D, a company that is playing a pioneering role in additive manufacturing.

Carbon3D, a Silicon Valley-based company, was founded in 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC. Working at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science, Carbon3D is delivering on the promise of 3D printing, allowing commercial customers to go beyond basic prototyping to achieve 3D manufacturing. The Company was introduced simultaneously at TED 2015 and to the scientific community on the cover of Science Magazine (March 2015). To date, Carbon3D has received $141 million in funding.

Steve also serves as Chairman of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, the State's largest health insurer. 

Previously, Steve Nelson had been at Wakefield as Managing Partner. Steve is a former board member at Constella (sold to SRA), APEX Analytix (PNC), RxMedic (QS/1), Appia (Digital Turbine) and Motricity (NASDAQ - MOTR). He is currently on the board at SciQuest (NASDAQ - SQ1) and, among many others, he was board member at Liquidia, where he was drafted by the board to serve as interim CEO for 18 months.

Before starting at Wakefield, Steve was the first executive hired by the co-founders at Quokka Sports, a digital sports media company. Quokka raised over $140 million and successfully completed an IPO. He served as the San Francisco-based chief executive of a JV company between NBC Sports and Quokka Sports.

Prior to Quokka, Steve worked in Silicon Valley as a Vice President with Informix. His first business experience was at IBM, ultimately as Vice President and GM in San Francisco. 

Steve received his B.S. degree in Business from Wake Forest University.

See Steve live as a Speaker at CED Tech Venture Conference 2016