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GeekWire Summit, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Westin Seattle

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., 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.

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Speakers

Chris Anderson
CEO, 3D Robotics; Founder, DIY Drones; former WIRED editor
Neil M. Ashe
President and CEO of Global eCommerce, Wal-Mart
Walt Mossberg
Veteran Tech Reviewer; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Kara Swisher
Veteran Tech Journalist and Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Mark Vadon
Zulily Chairman and former Blue Nile CEO
Scott Stanford
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, SherpaVentures
Chad Copeland
Adventurer and 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Adventurer and 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.

GeekWire Summit, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Westin Seattle