Spartanburg Native Recognized by Time Magazine 8/2/18

As founder of the DIG SOUTH Tech Conference, Stanfield Gray is making sure his part of the country doesn’t get left behind in the digital revolution. Gray says his two kids helped inspire him to leave the world of strategic communications and pursue the idea back in 2012, because he didn’t want them to grow up feeling like they “basically had to leave the state” in order to succeed in the startup world.


Stanfield a Spartanburg native and 1998 graduate of Spartanburg High School has been named by Time magazine as one of its “31 People Changing the South.” The “31 People Changing the South” is part of the magazine’s Aug. 6 edition. 

DIG SOUTH Tech Conference has drawn more than 10,000 attendees and 1,000 entrepreneurs together since it was founded in 2012. The conference helps connect capital and content opportunities with fast-growth startups’ needs as they launch.

Gray lives in Charleston with his wife Sunny Gray, who is a co-founder of DIG SOUTH.

“The recognition by Time magazine is an exceptional win for entrepreneurs in Charleston and across the South,” Gray said in a statement. “Our team is grateful for this honor and thrilled to contribute to the success of thousands of emerging and established innovators.”

Gray said when he graduated high school there weren’t many opportunities in the South for startups to get the backing they needed through capital investment. Investors had to go to New York City or Silicon Valley in California with their ideas, hoping to make it big.

“There was nothing like it at the time in the Southeast,” he said.

DIG SOUTH Tech Conference has helped bridge the gap by providing more opportunities for fast start-ups to connect with available financial resources.