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Bill Gurley. Photo via Wikipedia
Bill Gurley. Photo via Wikipedia

We’re extremely excited to announce today that Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley will be joining us as a keynote speaker for the GeekWire Summit, taking place at the Sheraton Seattle on September 12th. A partner at Benchmark and an early investor in companies such as Uber, OpenTable and Twitter, Gurley is a straight-talking Texan and Silicon Valley powerhouse who has been described as one of “technology’s top deal makers.”

He was also one of the first VC bloggers, sharing insights about the industry in his popular “Above the Crowd” blog. He’s routinely listed in Forbes’ annual Midas List of the top venture capitalists.

We’re pairing Gurley with Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, and we’re expecting plenty of zingers and insights from these two highly-quotable tech leaders. Gurley was an early investor in Zillow, so we’re hoping to hear some of the early stories of how that deal came together as well as learn where they think the tech industry is headed next. (Gurley gave a bit of preview in a blog post last week: Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World).

GW_sponsorGraphic_summit2013The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the region and the country for conversations at the intersection of business and technology. Other confirmed speakers include HBO CTO Otto Berkes; CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis; Julep CEO Jane Park and many others. We’ll be announcing additional speakers and panels in the coming weeks, as well as details around the pre-event cocktail party and post-event after party.

This is going to a be fun and informative event, our biggest of the year. Early-bird prices expire soon, so make sure to get your tickets here today.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible: Wave Business Solutions, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Appature, Moz, MightyCall, Vertafore, University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education, Summit Group Solutions, Avalara, Zillow and Davis Wright Tremaine.

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