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Blake Irving

The big GeekWire Summit technology conference is a little more than two weeks away, Sept. 12 in downtown Seattle, and we’re pleased to announce the latest additions to the agenda, starting with industry veteran Blake Irving, the new CEO of GoDaddy and a former senior executive at Yahoo and Microsoft.

Another new addition: Entrepreneur and investor Hadi Partovi of the non-profit, who will join us to discuss solutions to one of the tech industry’s biggest long-term challenges — the need for expanded computer science education.

They join a roster of speakers that includes top Silicon Valley venture capitalist (and early Twitter investor) Bill Gurley, Expedia and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, acclaimed photographer and CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis, Microsoft Halo leader Bonnie Ross, HBO technology chief Otto Berkes and many others.

Former iLike president and Microsoft exec Hadi Partovi at the 2012 GeekWire Summit. (Karen Ducey photo)
Angel investor and former iLike president Hadi Partovi has joined the  2013 GeekWire Summit lineup to speak about (Karen Ducey photo)

I’ve interviewed Irving many times over the years, and come to appreciate his level of candor and insight. As the new CEO of GoDaddy, he’s expanding the domain registrar into the broader world of Internet services, and instilling a new engineering focus at the company by establishing development offices in Seattle and Silicon Valley. He also has a unique vantage point on the industry based on his past roles.

We’ve posted the agenda for the day on the GeekWire Summit event site — including details on the pre-event and post-event receptions, which are open to all GeekWire Summit attendees. Tickets are available here or below. We’re on track for record attendance, so be sure to get your tickets soon, and see everyone on Sept. 12!

Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible, including Cobalt, FilterWave Business SolutionsFresh ConsultingFirst Tech Federal Credit UnionAppatureMailchimpMozFusionStormMightyCallKnollVertaforeUniversity of Washington Professional and Continuing EducationSummit Group SolutionsAvalaraZillow, Ticketmaster and Davis Wright Tremaine.

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