May 27, 2015
Fortune Brainstorm TECH 2015 is sold out. Click here to register for the wait list.
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“Technology-industry business conferences come and go. Fortune’s Brainstorm franchise, now in its 14th year, endures because of its unique blend of the power of Fortune 500 companies, the excitement of the emerging entrepreneurs of the tech world, and the connective tissue of the investors who finance them. It doesn’t hurt that Brainstorm Tech takes place on the gorgeous campus of the Aspen Institute in Colorado. It’s not the easiest place to get to, but Brainstorm Tech attendees tend to stick around, enjoy the tranquil surroundings, and have a helluva good time in Aspen while they’re at it.” (Read Adam Lashinsky’s complete write up on the 2015 event here.)
With three constituencies in mind—big-company CEOs, startups with juice, and financiers from every “asset class” from venture capitalist to private equity—this year’s participants include: GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, President of the CVS pharmacy chain Helena Foulke, Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara, Apple’s top HR executive Denise Young Smith, Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri, and Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney’s animation studios. Also attending are financers including private-equity pioneer Henry Kravis of KKR, Egon Durban of Silver Lake, and Reid Hoffman of Greylock; Startup founders and CEOs including Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox, Clara Shih of Hearsay Social, Apoorva Mehta of Instacart, Katrina Lake of StitchFix, Ben Kaufman of Quirky, Brian Sharples of HomeAway and Ben Silbermann of Pinterest. Joining them in the lineup are Stewart Butterfield of Slack, brotherly leaders of Stripe John and Patrick Collison, and Evan Williams, CEO of Medium. We’ll also hear from music-industry stalwartsScooter Braun of SB Projects and Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group. Lastly, we’ll hear two special voices from government, ex-Google executive Megan Smith, now chief technology officer of the United States; and Rahm Emanuel, the recently re-elected mayor of Chicago, a global city whose tech scene is emergent
Click here to view the schedule of 2014 main stage sessions with links to the Fortune.com write-ups, which include on-demand video of full sessions. You can also view 2014 photos on our flickr site here.