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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
CEO, PicoBrew Inc.
Bill Mitchell is CEO of PicoBrew Inc., the novel beermaking internetappliance company he co-founded in 2010. The company made major strides toward their grand goal of popularizing hyperlocal craft beer production with the smash success of their first product, the PicoBrew Zymatic(R) on Kickstarter last year. Now in production, PicoBrew Zymatics are already producing awardwinning craft beer for beer afficionados and probrewers alike.
Dr. Mitchell, a former Microsoft Corp Vice President is an experienced technology executive with several decades of innovation leadership under his belt. Bill founded and led many of Microsoft’s early efforts in consumer electronics including Windows CE PDAs, smartphones, automotive computing, and smart watches, and he also helped pioneer Intel’s early work in FLASH memory.
Bill holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ASU.
Co-founder and president of FlightCar
At 20 years old, Kevin Petrovic is the eldest among FlightCar’s cofounders. An entrepreneur since age 9, Kevin dropped out of Princeton University to devote his time to FlightCar, which he sees as revolutionizing the way people get to and from the airport. The idea came about one day when he and best friend and cofounder Rujul Zaparde were talking about Airbnb. Kevin had just come back from a trip, and was thinking about how expensive parking and car rentals were and how they added to airport congestion and waste.
Together, they believed FlightCar, a new carsharing business focused on the airport customer, could overall improve a traveler’s experience, and encourage travel. Before FlightCar, Kevin ran a successful business that generated over half a million dollars in annual revenue
and cofounded an award winning clean water NGO, called Drinking Water for India with FlightCar CEO Rujul. Kevin is a voracious reader of news and blogs, loves to swim and has competed internationally as a pianist. Although Kevin technically resides in San Francisco, he is on the road more often than not.
General Manager, Uber
Brooke Steger is a General Manager at Uber, currently overseeing Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. After founding her own start-up while studying Physics at the University of Washington, she went on to work at a handful of local Seattle start-ups including Jott Networks and Off & Away. She spearheaded the launch of uberX in Seattle and lead the arduous effort to change outdated taxi and for-hire regulations in the region. As a Seattle native, Brooke is deeply committed to making the Northwest a hub for innovation while promoting efficient transportation options and a high quality of life.
President and Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Mr. Lewicki has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor:13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.
At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.