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.
Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs
T.A. McCann, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs, is an entrepreneur, investor, athlete and coach who has had a hand in building companies that have sold to Google and Blackberry. He was founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry) and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics. Previously, he was an EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital where he built Vulcan Labs and Providence Health Services, focused on quantified health ideas and investments. He also held senior roles at Microsoft leading Exchange and the Mobile Services divisions. In addition to his own startup experience, he is an active angel investor in companies including SkillJar, CreativeLive, Assist, Migo and Vendor Hawk and on the board of Guidant Financial, Volt Athletics, and Splash.org. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and active TechStars mentor. Prior to his startup career, he was a professional sailor having competed in 2 America’s Cups (won one, lost one) and the Whitbread Round the World race. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he attended on a full swimming scholarship.
General Partner, Spark Capital
Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Prior to joining Spark in 2015, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early-stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products, she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Before her tenure at Square, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan received her degree in Political Science and History from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.
Mark D. Okerstrom is President and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) which operates a portfolio of over 200 of the world’s leading online travel sites and related travel services across 75 countries around the globe including Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, ebookers, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wotif, Egencia, HomeAway and trivago. Okerstrom is a member of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of trivago N.V. (NASDAQ: TRVG).
Prior to his appointment to the position of President and CEO in August 2017, Okerstrom served as Expedia Group’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of finance, corporate strategy, M&A, and Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform Group. He first joined the company in 2006, and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Strategy where he led Expedia Group’s global M&A activity around the world. In 2011 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and added all Global Finance functions to his areas of responsibility. In 2014 he was elevated to the position of EVP of Operations and CFO, adding oversight of Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform team to his remit.
Prior to joining Expedia Group, Okerstrom was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco, and worked for UBS Investment Bank in London. Prior to that, Okerstrom practiced as an attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.
Okerstrom earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School and holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of British Columbia.
Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0
Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 7,000 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 2.5 billion logins per month, Auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users.
Pace has spent his entire professional career easing the developer journey by creating industry-standard tools, content, and services for cloud-based computing, mobility, and identity. Prior to Auth0, he spent more than a decade at Microsoft, leading product management and engineering teams that provided architecture guidance and services that increased developer joy. He has also co-authored several books on cloud computing and identity management.
Pace holds a master’s degree in computer science and a degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires. He loves traveling and has visited more than 35 countries for business and pleasure. He currently lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife, two sons, and their labrador retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, rowing, riding bikes, spending time with his family, restoring his 1970 Karmann Ghia, writing his blog, and reading history and philosophy.
Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy
Dan Lewis is co-founder and CEO of Convoy, the leading nationwide trucking network and platform. Before Convoy, Dan served as General Manager of New Shopping Experiences at Amazon, as well as Vice President of Product and Operations at Wavii (acquired by Google), and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Dan started his career in technology and supply-chain consulting for Oliver Wyman, after studying cognitive science at Yale University.
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