GeekWire Summit 2014, Powered by CenturyLink

GeekWire Summit 2014

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave.

The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conversation about the future of business and technology. Now in its third year, this year’s full-day Summit — powered by CenturyLink — will draw hundreds of attendees and speakers from a variety of industries.

The Summit, taking place from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. at the Westin Seattle, features on-stage interviews and panel discussions moderated by GeekWire founders and veteran journalists John Cook and Todd Bishop. The event is known for making news, with coverage from sites including CNET News, Reuters, Bloomberg and more. All attendees to this year’s Summit will be invited to a pre-event kickoff reception on the evening of Oct. 1, hosted at the downtown Seattle headquarters of Zillow from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Contact Daniel Rossi at daniel@geekwire.com or call at (206) 423-9196.

Speakers

Chris Anderson
CEO, 3D Robotics; Founder, DIY Drones; former WIRED editor
John Legere
CEO of T-Mobile
Kara Swisher
Veteran Tech Journalist and Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Mark Vadon
Zulily Chairman and former Blue Nile CEO
Walt Mossberg
Veteran Tech Reviewer; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Neil M. Ashe
President and CEO of Global eCommerce, Wal-Mart
Scott Stanford
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, SherpaVentures
Chad Copeland
National Geographic contributor specializing in drone photography
Aaron Easterly
CEO of Rover and former GM of ad marketplaces at Microsoft
Bastian Lehmann
Founder & CEO of Postmates
Julie Sandler
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Steven VanRoekel
U.S. Chief Information Officer
Jennifer Billock
CEO of Couchsurfing
Sarah Bird
CEO of Moz
Barry Crist
CEO of CHEF
Sunil Paul
CEO of Sidecar
Nick Kircsh
CTO, EMC Emerging Technologies
Glenn Kelman
CEO of Redfin
Elissa Fink
CMO of Tableau
Brooke Martin
Inventor & Founder of iCPooch
Ethan Lowry
Co-Founder of Hack Things & Co-Inventor of the Poppy
Davide Vigano
Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
CEO, 3D Robotics; Founder, DIY Drones; former WIRED editor

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of WiredMagazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. He wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

John Legere
John Legere
CEO of T-Mobile

John Legere is the outspoken CEO of T-Mobile US, the publicly traded wireless carrier based in Bellevue, Wash. Legere has led T-Mobile's turnaround, adding millions of customers through its "Un-Carrier" initiatives. Prior to joining T-Mobile USA, Legere served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Crossing Limited.

Kara Swisher
Kara Swisher
Veteran Tech Journalist and Co-Executive Editor, Re/code

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.

Mark Vadon
Mark Vadon
Zulily Chairman and former Blue Nile CEO

Mark Vadon co-founded zulily and serves as Chairman of the Board. Prior to zulily, Mark founded Blue Nile where he served as CEO until 2008 and Chairman of the Board until 2013. From 1992 to 1999, Mark was a consultant for Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Mark holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mark also serves on the Board of Home Depot.

Walt Mossberg
Walt Mossberg
Veteran Tech Reviewer; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code

Walt Mossberg was the author and creator of the weekly “Personal Technology” column in the Wall Street Journal, which appeared for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. Before turning his attention to technology, Walt spent 18 years covering national and international affairs in the Journal’s Washington bureau.

Neil M. Ashe
Neil M. Ashe
President and CEO of Global eCommerce, Wal-Mart

Neil Ashe is president and CEO of Global eCommerce for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He was appointed in January 2012 to lead Walmart’s Global eCommerce Division, which develops strategies, platforms and applications that combine the latest in online innovations with physical stores to give Walmart’s customers a unique and seamless shopping experience. Prior to his current role, Neil was president of CBS Interactive, where he led online properties and drove development of innovative methods to distribute programming. Websites included CBS.com, CNET.com, CBSNews.com, and CBSSports.com. As president of CBS Interactive, Neil led the interactive content business with operations in the U.S., Europe and China. After leading the successful integration of CNET Networks with CBS, he and his team ramped up CBS entertainment content distribution online, making CBS.com the largest television network site in the industry.

Scott Stanford
Scott Stanford
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, SherpaVentures

Scott Stanford is the co-founder and a Managing Partner of SherpaVentures. He has been focused on the Internet/technology sector for 20 years in the capacity of advisor, operator and investor. Until March 2013, Mr. Stanford co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in technology-enabled companies including Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Stanford was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company.

Chad Copeland
Chad Copeland
National Geographic contributor specializing in drone photography

Chad Copeland is an adventure and natural history photographer. A contributor to National Geographic, Men’s Journal and numerous other periodicals, he has covered stories from the air, land and underwater all over the globe. He’s been shooting for more than two decades. In 2011 Chad began developing Unmanned Aircraft Systems so that he could fly a variety of cameras into remote locations. His expertise, leadership and skills as a pilot, 10 years of military service, commercial air traffic controller and lifelong outdoor adventurer combine to provide deliverable media from air, land or sea. Chad prepares for all expeditions with rigorous Copeland Scenario Training (CST) in anticipation of all challenges. These strengths and strategies have earned him international recognition.

Aaron Easterly
Aaron Easterly
CEO of Rover and former GM of ad marketplaces at Microsoft

Aaron brings 15 years of tech-industry experience to Rover, which was named 2014 Startup of the Year by GeekWire.com. Aaron is a 2014 EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner for the Pacific Northwest. He was also recently named a “40 under 40” recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Aaron’s four-pound Pomeranian, Caramel, is a frequent visitor to Rover’s headquarters. Before Rover: Aaron was a general manager at Microsoft, where he managed advertiser marketplaces worth $3 billion. Education: Aaron received his undergraduate degree in economics, with honors, from Harvard College.

Bastian Lehmann
Bastian Lehmann
Founder & CEO of Postmates

Bastian is CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London and he struggled with finding a simple solution for moving goods around a city. He later pursued this notion of “ride-sharing for stuff” through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street. Postmates now operates in 12 cities. Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time tweet curation platform based in London. Before that, at 12snap, he managed marketing budgets for Adidas and Lufthansa and helped many European startups in product related roles. A native of Germany, Bastian now lives in San Francisco.

Julie Sandler
Julie Sandler
Principal, Madrona Venture Group

Julie joined Madrona in 2011 and is a principal on the investment team. She pursues new investment opportunities, and is actively involved in Madrona’s portfolio companies and the firm’s activity in the startup community. She led Madrona's investment in Julep, and is also a board observer for several of Madrona’s portfolio companies, including buuteeq, Evocalize, Jintronix, Maxpoint, Rover.com, and SNUPI Technologies. She launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network (SEWN), an informal forum for women entrepreneurs, startuppers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect in the Greater Seattle area. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington where she teaches a course on Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business. Prior to Madrona, Julie worked at Amazon as a senior product manager on the Kindle team.

Steven VanRoekel
Steven VanRoekel
U.S. Chief Information Officer

Steven VanRoekel is the second Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama on August 5th, 2011. Prior to his position in the White House, Mr. VanRoekel held two positions in the Obama Administration: Executive Director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mr. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2009, most recently as a Senior Director in the Windows Server and Tools Division.

Jennifer Billock
Jennifer Billock
CEO of Couchsurfing

Jennifer Billock is CEO of Couchsurfing, an 8-year-old company that matches travelers and adventure seekers with lodging and authentic experiences. The company — backed by Benchmark, General Catalyst Partners, Menlo Ventures and Omidyar Network — boasts more than 8 million members in 120,000 locations across the globe. Prior to Couchsurfing, Billock worked in product design and development at Kontiki, Listen.com and Digitas. Based in San Francisco, Billock also has worked as a yoga and meditation teacher.

Sarah Bird
Sarah Bird
CEO of Moz

Sarah Bird serves as CEO at Moz, a fast-growing Seattle maker of marketing software. A student of the world, Sarah attended Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada; Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey; University of Washington School of Law in Seattle; and East China University School of Law and Politics in Shanghai, China. After practicing law for several years, Sarah joined Moz, helping to build the startup from the ground up. She sets the company’s strategy and vision with her colleagues on the Board of Directors. Sarah loves and welcomes conversations on inbound marketing, business models, entrepreneurship, productivity tips, women in tech, and fostering inspiring company culture.

Barry Crist
Barry Crist
CEO of CHEF

Barry Crist has more than 20 years of experience in driving enterprise customer success and adoption with both open source and DevOps software solutions. Prior to joining Chef, he was an Executive-in-Residence at Ignition Partners, a Chef investor. He was previously CEO of Likewise, a company with a strong open source to enterprise go-to-market model that had wide industry reach including OEM agreements with VMware, Dell, HP, Riverbed, and EMC. Likewise was acquired by EMC Isilon in September 2012. Prior to Likewise, Crist served as Vice President of the Application Management group at Mercury, now a division of HP, where he grew North American sales from less than $1 million to more than $75 million. Crist led enterprise sales organizations at Network Associates (now McAfee) and was in various sales, technical, and international roles at Apple.

Sunil Paul
Sunil Paul
CEO of Sidecar

Sunil guides Sidecar’s vision and values. He is a veteran entrepreneur, a champion of climate reform and a disruptor of the status quo. Sunil’s passion to reinvent transportation dates back over a decade. In 2011, Sunil successfully lobbied the California legislature to pass a law that allowed for peer-to-peer car sharing. Similar laws have since been adopted in Oregon and Washington. In 2002, Sunil was issued a patent (now held by Sidecar) in regards to the use of smartphones for coordinating transportation. As partner at Spring Ventures, Sunil coined the term “cleanweb” to describe the application of social, mobile, and Internet media to accelerate cleantech deployment and restructure sectors as diverse as hotels, buildings and automobiles. Sidecar is the realization of Sunil’s cleanweb vision. Sunil also co-founded and led Brightmail, the leading anti-spam company later sold to Symantec, and FreeLoader, the first web based push technology service.

Nick Kircsh
Nick Kircsh
CTO, EMC Emerging Technologies

Nick Kircsh is a versatile and technical innovator, focused on bringing differentiated products to market. He has held leadership roles across the product delivery cycle: within engineering, product management, and marketing.

Glenn Kelman
Glenn Kelman
CEO of Redfin

Glenn is the CEO of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. In his seven years at Plumtree, Glenn at different times led engineering, marketing, product management and business development; he also was responsible for financing and general operations in Plumtree's early days. Prior to starting Plumtree, Glenn worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a Sequoia-backed start-up acquired by IBM. Glenn was raised in Seattle and was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to the Redfin blog and Twitter.

Elissa Fink
Elissa Fink
CMO of Tableau

Elissa Fink is Tableau Software’s Chief Marketing Officer. With 20+ years helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis, Elissa has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Prior to Tableau, Elissa was EVP Marketing at IXI Corporation, now owned by Equifax. She has also served in executive positions at Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), and Nielsen/Claritas. Elissa also sold national advertising for the Wall Street Journal. She’s a frequent speaker and has spoken at conferences including the DMA, NCDM, PSAMA and others. Elissa is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MBA in Marketing and Decision Systems from the University of Southern California. In 2013, Elissa joined the Board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).

Brooke Martin
Brooke Martin
Inventor & Founder of iCPooch

Brooke is a highly motivated 14 year old who embodies a true entrepreneurial spirit and believes in working hard to accomplish great things. Her journey toward becoming a young entrepreneur was launched at Startup Weekend Spokane in Fall 2012. Then 12 years old, Brooke had an innovative new way for dog owners to connect to with their pets when they are away from home. Her idea was so well received at Startup Weekend, she quickly had a team of advisors helping her to develop iCPooch. In October 2013, Brooke was selected as 1st runner-up in the national Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN. This past summer, Brooke was recognized by Justine Magazine as one of “12 under 20 Amazing Girls Rockin’ Their World.” Brooke is honored to have been invited by Purina to participate as a presenter at their 2014 “Better with Pets Summit” taking place in New York this Fall. Active in scouts since the age of five, Brooke participates in a variety of community service projects, has been honored with a Chase Youth Award for Middle School Leadership, and received the 2013 Distinguished Student Award from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted. In addition to her being a dedicated entrepreneur, Brooke loves her Morgan horses Bear and Corey, studies piano and violin, runs cross country, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is currently a sophomore at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington.

Ethan Lowry
Ethan Lowry
Co-Founder of Hack Things & Co-Inventor of the Poppy

Ethan Lowry is the co-founder of Hack Things and co-inventor of the Poppy, a 3-D viewer for your smartphone. He previously co-founded online restaurant directory Urbanspoon, which sold to IAC in 2009. A software product designer, Ethan has worked at Jobster, Openwave and Drugstore.com.

Davide Vigano
Davide Vigano
Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria

Davide Vigano is the co-founder and CEO of Sensoria, a Seattle maker of wearable devices best known for the fitness tracking "smart socks." He is a former Microsoft executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and product management experience — previously serving as general manager of Microsoft's Healthcare Solutions Group.

TimeTopic
Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Pre-event networking reception

Hosted by Zillow, this reception will take place at 1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31, Seattle, WA 98101.

Oct. 2, 8 a.m.
Registration opens
8 a.m. — 9 a.m.
Light breakfast, presented by Nytec
8:50 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

GeekWire’s John Cook, Todd Bishop, Jonathan Sposato and special guests.

9 a.m.
Chris Anderson

Fireside Chat: The entrepreneur, author and former WIRED editor shares his insights into the emerging business of drones, and the broader technology world.

9:30 a.m.
Drones!

Demo & Panel: Chris Anderson is joined on stage by National Geographic contributor Chad Copeland, a pioneer in the use of drones for extreme photography and videography.

10 a.m.
Steven VanRoekel

Fireside Chat: The U.S. Chief Information Officer — President Obama’s top geek — joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about cloud computing, open data, and the future of technology in government and business.

10:25 a.m.
Break, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union
10:45 a.m.
Inventions We Love

Demonstrations: Get Your Geek On: Unique and cutting-edge hardware, devices and technologies to watch, hand-picked by the GeekWire news team.

11:30 a.m.
Neil Ashe, Walmart Global E-Commerce CEO

Fireside Chat: The global head of Walmart’s e-commerce business shares his insights on the booming world of online retail, competition with Amazon, and bringing a traditional brand into the digital age.

Noon
Lunch, presented by Acumatica and Macabe Associates

Complimentary lunch, networking, and sponsored presentations in the 5th Avenue Room by Elissa Fink, chief marketing officer at Tableau Software; and Nick Kirsch, chief technology officer in EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division.

1:15 p.m.
Kara Swisher & Walt Mossberg

Fireside Chat: The renowned journalists and founders of Re/code share their thoughts on the biggest trends in the technology world, the future of the media business, and lessons learned from their own startup experience.

1:55 p.m.
Innovation, Impact & the Future

Panel: Top technology CEOs share their insights on innovation, business and the future of the tech economy. Moderated by Madrona Venture Group’s Julie Sandler.

  • Moz CEO Sarah Bird
  • Chef CEO Barry Crist
  • Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman
2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break, presented by Fresh Consulting
3 p.m.
Zulily Chairman Mark Vadon

Fireside Chat: The Zulily chairman and former Blue Nile CEO will join us to talk about building big technology companies, the future of e-commerce and more.

3:30 p.m.
The Sharing Economy

Panel: Inside the booming sharing economy, moderated by Scott Stanford, managing partner of SherpaVentures, previously the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Internet Investment Banking business.

  • Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann
  • Rover CEO Aaron Easterly
  • Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul
  • Couchsurfing CEO Jennifer Billock
4:15 p.m.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere

Fireside Chat: T-Mobile’s outspoken and maverick leader shares insights on the future of the mobile industry, and lessons from his efforts to disrupt the wireless business.

5 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Giveaway

Seahawks tickets, a trip to Maui and other great prizes will be given out to lucky attendees at the end of the day, courtesy of our sponsors.

5:15 p.m.
Closing Reception & After-Party, presented by TAO

Drinks, appetizers and a chance to connect with speakers and attendees, presented by the Technology Association of Oregon.

GeekWire Summit, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave.