The 2015 GeekWire Summit — our biggest tech conference of the year — is coming up on Oct. 1-2 and today we’re excited to announce two great additions to the speaker lineup: Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
Rascoff, who joined Zillow in 2005 as one of the first employees and assumed the CEO role in 2010, took the online real estate company public in 2011 and oversaw the blockbuster $2.5 billion acquisition of rival Trulia earlier this year. A compelling speaker who received Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Rascoff has been named one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40.
Hanauer, one of the earliest investors in Amazon.com and co-founder of online advertising company aQuantive, is an outspoken venture capitalist whose past investments include drone maker Insitu Group and health company Qliance. He’s also the founder of Civic Ventures, described as a group of “political troublemakers devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change.”
Hanauer is among the biggest supporters of the $15 minimum wage, and speaks openly about the need for tax reform and other issues in a drive for income equality.
They join a lineup that includes Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer; New York Times reporter John Markoff; venture capitalist Dave McClure; 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 GeekWire Summit, now in its fourth year, is an entertaining and informative event that brings together executives, entrepreneurs, investors and other innovators to gain insights and connections in the fast-moving tech industry.
Early-bird tickets are on sale through Sept. 1 for the GeekWire Summit, so make sure to purchase your tickets today here!