Visit the future. Join the most forward-thinking people and companies on the planet for an inside look at the technologies that are changing business forever.
Bringing together bleeding-edge startups, big company leaders, and a select group of CIOs and CMOs shaping a variety of industries, Tech Summit 2014 will delve into everything from the latest trends in mobile, payments, big data and cloud, to what’s next in smart devices connected to even smarter services.
As software continues to eat the world, the interactions and relationships between people, things and companies are being reimagined. Along the way, our notion of ownership, community, identity and how we get the job done is changing. How will you change along with it?
The future gets explained October 27-28.
Reserve your seat today for this all-inclusive event. Space is limited.
Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, we provide entrepreneurs with access to our deep expertise and insights in innovation, business development, market intelligence, executive and technical talent, and marketing and brand building. Find us in Menlo Park, Calif., and at a16z.com.
Additional Speakers to be announced.
Dinner + Fireside Chat
An informal discussion with Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
The Future of Commerce Is Just One Hour Away
E-Commerce is entering a new phase where just about anything you once bought with a trip to somewhere — the week’s groceries or tonight’s dinner, along with your new shoes and the baby’s diapers – can be purchased and delivered with a few taps on a smartphone. Every store, every restaurant is now coming to you — in an hour or less. Why it’s happening now, and what it means for local shopping districts and your favorite restaurants.
An Internet of Things Has Quietly Arrived
Somewhere between wireless protocols like WiFi and Bluetooth actually working, and your smartphone getting very smart, the Internet of Things arrived. How all those precision sensors, cheap ARM processors and battery-sipping wireless chipsets are being put to work in an Internet of Things that connects not just people to machines, but more importantly – machines to machines.
Defining Insight in the Age of Big Data
As businesses and processes throw off more and more data, the problem has shifted from how to capture it, to how to make sense of it. What are the tools and techniques to find the signal in all that noise? What do the latest analytics tell us about the ever-shifting bar that marks success?
The Power of the Crowd
It’s not just wisdom. The crowd offers financial, creative and cultural muscle to put behind your company and your products. That is, if you do it right. How to harness the crowd, and how to let the crowd harness you.
Ownership is Over
From cars, to weekend homes and workplace tools. You’ll own the experience and the output, just not all the stuff.
Security: The New Board Room Discussion
When the next Heartbleed bug wreaks havoc, will you be prepared? Will you even know what is vulnerable? The consequences of poor security have gone from a gut-wrenching few days of terror, to waking up and finding your brand and your business have been killed overnight. How you can protect your systems and your brand in a security crisis.
The Bitcoin Effect and Future of Payments
Bitcoin is much more than the speculative currency that gets all the attention. The Bitcoin protocol is nothing short of a computer science breakthrough. How that breakthrough differs from, and extends traditional payment mechanisms. Why Bitcoin is the first global cryptocurrency, and why you will use it.
Dealing with Disruption
There has been a resurgence of debate around disruption theory and the ideas put forth by Clayton Christenson in “Innovator’s Dilemma” and his subsequent books and writings. So how do large companies tackle disruption today? Are they still the lumbering organizations that can’t get out of their own way, or has better visibility into how businesses run, better partnerships with startups, and indeed years spent studying disruption theory rewritten the outcomes?
The State of Technology
Where we are. Where we are headed.
The Triumph of Mobile
There is no point in drawing a distinction between the future of technology and the future of mobile. They are the same. The triumph of mobile means new components in your data center, a new dominant software architecture running your devices, new ways to sell, and new ways to work. It also means operating at a massive scale never seen before. Quite literally, the world awaits. Better get ready.
A conversation with Marc Benioff, Salesforce + Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz
Lightning Round Demos
A quick taste of the products and services that are driving not just the future of technology, but how business gets done.
Dinner + Fireside Chat
Fireside chat with Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz + Conan O’Brien, CONAN.
Steve Sinofsky was formerly president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. He had accountability for the overall Windows business, from development to business strategy and marketing for Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer.
Steve held several positions on Microsoft product teams. He previously oversaw the development of the Microsoft Office system of programs, servers and services, responsible for the product development of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office XP, and Microsoft Office 2000.
In 1994, when the Office Product Unit was formed, Steve joined the team as the director of program management, and led the design of the shared technologies in Microsoft Office 95 and Microsoft Office 97. He spent about four years as a software design engineer and project lead in the Development Tools group, where he helped lead the development of the first versions of the Microsoft Foundation Classes C++ library for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Visual C++. He joined Microsoft in July 1989 as a software design engineer.
Steve holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1989). He holds an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University (Arts and Sciences, 1987). In 1998, Steve held the appointment of visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. He spent the fall of 2004 living in Beijing, China, working on projects in sales, marketing, and research and development.
Sebastian Gunningham is Senior Vice President of Amazon Seller Services, an integrated set of services designed to help any and all merchants sell their products online by offering access to Amazon’s technology infrastructure and to Amazon’s more than 200 million active customer accounts.
Prior to joining Amazon in March of 2007, Gunningham held positions at Apple Computer Inc., Peace Software and Oracle Corporation.
At Peace Software, Sebastian served as Chief Executive Officer where he led the turnaround and sale of the company to First Data.
At Apple Computer Inc., he served as Vice President for Apple’s Worldwide Enterprise Sales for the hardware and software lines.
Prior to Apple, Sebastian spent 13 years at Oracle holding titles from Product Manager to Senior Vice President. His numerous responsibilities have included leading consulting and sales organizations to running the operations of various countries and regions of the world.
Sebastian holds a Mathematical Sciences degree from Stanford University.
Ryan Spoon lives outside of Bristol, Connecticut – home of ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports. At ESPN, he is SVP of Digital Product.
Previously: Ryan was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners and led Dogpatch Labs. He founded beRecruited.com (acquired in 2007); spent 2003-2007 at eBay (internet marketing, social media & leading Kijiji.com) and ran marketing at Widgetbox.com (now Flite).
Peter Levine is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.
Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.
Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is also currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School. He serves on the boards of Actifio, Bromium, COHO Data, DataGravity, GitHub, Instart Logic, Mixpanel and Udacity, and blogs at http://peter.a16z.com/.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as one of the pioneers of cloud computing and has been instrumental in driving businesses to transform into companies by embracing social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with customers, partners, employees and even products in new ways. Under Benioff’s direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly- traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, salesforce.com has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Fastest-Growing Companies, the World’s Most-Admired Computer Software Company for two consecutive years and one of the Best Places to Work. In addition, the company was selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company for three years in a row.
Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and for pioneering innovation. Fortune Magazine has named a Businessperson of the Year, one of the top 50 People in Business as well as one of the Smartest People in Tech. In addition, he was awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement, named one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, one of the Best CEOs in America by Forbes, and he also received an Innovation Award from The Economist.
Throughout his career, Benioff has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—which established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award.
Prior to launching salesforce.com, Benioff, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.
Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies. Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. He is now a co-Founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, and serves on the boards of eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Bump, Kno, Rockmelt and TinyCo. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
John M. Jack (JJ) has over 30 years of sales, marketing, and executive management experience in the software industry.
JJ was CEO at Fortify Software which was sold to Hewlett Packard and is now part of the the HP Enterprise Security Products Division. At Fortify Software, JJ was hand-picked by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers to lead an experienced management team and company whose products protect enterprises from the threats posed by security flaws in business-critical software applications. Along with the management team and founders, JJ grew the company to become the undisputed market leader in the software security space. Fortify Software was acquired by Hewlett Packard in September of 2010, and JJ remained with Hewlett Packard until January 2012.
JJ started his career at Sybase, as one of the first sales representatives and eventually became a Senior VP of Sales, serving on a team that grew sales revenues from $0 to $1 billion. As COO of Vantive Corporation, JJ grew the company from early stage to a dominant public offering before its eventual sale to PeopleSoft. At Covalent, an open source pioneer, he was CEO for three years before the company was eventually acquired by VMware.
JJ is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Born Conan Christopher O’Brien on April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Conan O’Brien started out as a TV writer before moving in front of the camera to become a TV talk show host. After writing for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, O’Brien landed a prime spot hosting Late Night and has hosted two shows since: the Tonight Show and Conan.
Benedict Evans is a partner on the research team at Andreessen Horowitz, where he focuses on media and mobile. He joined in 2014: previously, he worked as a strategy consultant in media and telecoms in London, and held roles in strategy and business development at NBC Universal, the UK TV station Channel 4 and the global mobile operator Orange. He began his career as a sell-side equity analyst covering mobile operators. He has a widely-followed industry blog at www.ben-evans.com.
Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz.
Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and Horowitz was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service.
Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. Horowitz also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.
Horowitz donates his time to a number of organizations, including the American Jewish World Service, Columbia University, Stanford Hospital, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Via Ball, and Via Rehabilitation.
Horowitz’s blog reflects on the many experiences he’s had throughout his career.
Balaji is both an entrepreneur and an academic. He was the cofounder and CTO of Counsyl, where he developed a new pre-pregnancy genomic test for a variety of heritable diseases.
Counsyl’s test won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific American’s Top 10 World Changing Ideas, and was the basis for Balaji’s recent MIT TR35 award. Needless to say, genomics is a very technically challenging area; his acceptance speechdiscusses some of the many issues they needed to tackle, from DNA sequencing to robotics to insurance claims processing. Counsyl has quickly become one of the largest clinical genome centers in the world, with their technology now used in ~4% of American pregnancies. Widely adopted by women’s health groups, their assay has made it much more affordable for minorities to do preventive screening for diseases like Sickle-Cell Anemia and Beta Thalassemia.
Prior to Counsyl, Balaji obtained BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford. He then taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology in the Department of Statistics at Stanford before founding Counsyl. Recently, he taught an online Stanford course on the theory and practice of startups that reached over 125,000 students. He also runs the Stanford Bitcoin Group and advises a number of early stage companies.
Balaji is a big thinker. He recently penned an editorial piece titled Software is Reorganizing the World that discusses how social network relationships formed in the cloud are beginning to catalyze physical migrations and gatherings of increasing scale, thereby reorganizing the world.
As a General Partner, Balaji will be leading investments and joining boards on behalf of a16z. While broadly interested in technology in general, he’s particularly enthusiastic about “real world” applications where digital bits interface with physical atoms and substantive problems, such as quantified self (healthcare), MOOCs/edtech (education), Bitcoin (finance), drones, and 3D printing.
Alex Stamos is the CISO of Yahoo. He was the co-founder of iSEC Partners and founder of Artemis Internet, two companies that continue to make the Internet a safer place. Alex has spent his career building or improving secure, trustworthy systems, and is a noted expert in Internet infrastructure, cloud computing and mobile security. He is a frequently request speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, DEF CON, Amazon ZonCon, Microsoft Blue Hat, FS-ISAC and Infragard. He holds a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley and his personal security writings are available at http://unhandled.com.
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