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brady-daveThe GeekWire Summit is less than two months away, on Oct. 1 and 2 in Seattle, and today we’re excited to announce two fantastic additions to the lineup: Outspoken Silicon Valley investor Dave McClure of 500 Startups will appear in a joint session with Brady Forrest, a longtime mainstay of the Seattle tech world who now leads PCH’s Highway1 hardware startup accelerator in the Bay Area.

McClure and Forrest are the stars of the upcoming Syfy show, Bazillion Dollar Club, which premieres two weeks before the event. Their GeekWire Summit session promises be lively and fun, with behind-the-scenes insights from their efforts to discover and develop the next great hardware and software startups.

If you’ve not seen McClure speak, he’s entertaining and brash, but also one of the more insightful folks in the industry when it comes to the changing dynamics of entrepreneurship and venture capital.

geekwiresummit-logoThey join a lineup that includes Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer; New York Times reporter John Markoff; investor and activist Nick Hanauer; award-winning science fiction writer Nancy Kress; former NASA astronaut and Sentinel Mission founder Ed Lu; DocuSign founder Tom Gonser; Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman; Microsoft Research chief Peter Lee; and many others.

The 2015 GeekWire Summit, presented by Bank of America, is our biggest event of the year, and in fact it’s the biggest event we’ve ever put on, spanning two days at the Sheraton in downtown Seattle. The GeekWire Summit is now in its fourth year, and as anyone who attended last year’s GeekWire Summit knows, it’s an entertaining event, but it’s also a must-attend conference for anyone seeking insights and connections in the fast-moving tech industry.

The Summit this year will feature a new addition, a series of Power Talks by leaders in technology and science, including one by Dr. Jim Olson, a serial startup founder and groundbreaking brain cancer researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. And we’ll be bringing back and expanding one of the favorite sessions of last year’s event, Inventions We Love.

We’ve got some other great surprises in store this year, but for now we are excited about the addition of McClure and Forrest.

We’ll be announcing more speakers and details about the GeekWire Summit in the weeks ahead. Tickets are available now at special advance rates on the event site, or below. Be sure to register before prices go up, and see you on Oct. 1 and 2 in Seattle!

 

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