Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson is Co-Founder and was launch CEO and the initial Chairman of Carbon, Inc., a digital 3D manufacturing company founded in 2013. He raised the company’s original venture funding from Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital. Carbon has received over $683 million in capital from Sequoia, Silver Lake, Google Ventures, and others.

Steve is also Co-Founder of re—inc, a purpose-driven, global lifestyle company for changemakers, co-founded by World Cup Champions and cultural icons - Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press. The company is backed by Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, CAA, and Stanford.

In addition, Steve is a private investor and board member/advisor of several young companies.

He is a founding advisor of the Heartland Whole Health Institute, and Alice L. Walton School of Medicine. Steve recently concluded a four-year term as Chairman of the Board and then Chairman of the Executive Committee of Blue Cross of North Carolina, capping 17 years of board service at the State's largest health insurer.

Steve Nelson had been at Wakefield Group as Managing Partner for 15 years. He established and ran the venture capital firm’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) office with private investment experience in many areas, including physicians practice management software, electronic medical records, and nano/biotech. He joined Wakefield after 19 years of executive/general management experience leading technology, software, and cloud computing teams and businesses in Chicago, New York, SF, and Silicon Valley, while at IBM, Informix Software, and Quokka Sports.

Steve was asked to Chair, by two consecutive Governors, the creation and launch of the first-ever North Carolina Innovation Council. He has taught entrepreneurship at UNC Chapel Hill and was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and venture capital at UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, and Stanford.

Steve received his B.S. degree in Business from Wake Forest and is a former member of their Board of Trustees. He and his wife Susan are new residents of Bentonville, Arkansas.