One of the premier technology conferences in the U.S., the GeekWire Summit brings together 1,000 tech and business leaders for a conversation about the future. Now in its eighth year, the event draws attendees from across the globe to Seattle to explore what’s next in tech, business, science and society.
The immersive event features on-stage Q&As, insightful talks, fun cocktail parties and interactive product demos, as well as the hotly-contested finals of the Elevator Pitch startup pitch competition. It’s live journalism on stage. You’ll walk away connected, informed and inspired.
Co-Founder, Ballmer Group
Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group, founder of USAFacts, and chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor. Through philanthropy, impact investing, and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Steve also leads USAFacts, a not-for-profit initiative organizing government data from over 70 sources to show how the money flows and its impact, to help ground our public debates in fact and equip citizens to hold government accountable.
Steve became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in leadership roles, after starting as the company’s first business manager. During his tenure at Microsoft, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people. With Steve as CEO, Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States.
He grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft. He lives with his wife, Connie, in the Seattle, Washington area.
Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin, a self proclaimed Nerd and Geek, graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in (STS) Science, Technology and Society. After spending 8 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, he retired in 2019. Today Doug, is focused on Family, Business and his Philanthropic work.
Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
Amy Bohutinsky is a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), focusing on late-stage consumer tech investments. An experienced operator and brand builder, she most recently spent nearly 14 years in leadership roles at Zillow Group, beginning as a founding team member at Zillow in 2005, and serving first as Chief Marketing Officer, then Chief Operating Officer, growing Zillow from unknown startup to a household name. In 2018 she joined Zillow Group’s Board of Directors and stepped away from her operating role.
Today, Amy serves on the boards of Zillow Group (Nasdaq: Z, ZG) and Gap, Inc (NYSE: GPS). She previously served on the boards of HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb in 2019) and Avvo, Inc (acquired by Internet Brands in 2018). In 2017 and 2018, Amy was named “Most Powerful Woman in Real Estate” on the Swanepoel Power 200 List.
Previously, Amy ran communications for Hotwire.com (acquired by Expedia, Inc in 2003) and began her career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for ABC and NBC affiliates in Virginia and Florida. Amy lives outside Seattle with her husband, two kids and a dog, and can be found at @amybo and medium.com/@amybohutinsky.
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.
Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.
Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.
Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners
Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (immediate past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, Forterra and as a Regent of the Washington State University. She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. Heather is also very active in local and national policy. Prior to her current roles, Heather was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Indix, Summit Power, Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.
Manny co-founded Outreach in 2014 and now serves as CEO. Prior to Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon’s AWS team, and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Manny is a model of vulnerable and transparent leadership to his employees, from his heartfelt weekly email to his employees, to the traditional Friday get- together where the whole company shares their highs and lows of the week. He is a proponent of saving the planet by consuming less and purchasing second-hand whenever possible (he might be the only CEO to take the stage at industry events in shirts purchased from Goodwill). Manny grew up in Ecuador and now lives with his wife and three children in Seattle.
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Hope was the CFO of King Digital, the creators of Candy Crush. At King she not only led the company through an IPO and acquisition to Activision, but became a rockstar Candy Crush player. Prior to that she was the CFO of Clearwire through it’s sale to Sprint in 2013 and the founder of her own company, SkillsVillage which she went on to sell to PeopleSoft.
In 2013 Fortune named her to the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming and in 2018 Women’s Inc named her Most Influential Corporate Directors. She is a lifelong supporter of YoungLife, and has passion for the arts. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Music/Opera from Stanford University.
Hope is currently a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, as well as on the Board of Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB, Inc and New Relic, Inc.
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