2015 Talks & Interviews

The Montgomery Summit talks, interviews, and panels feature global thought leaders sharing crucial insights about trends in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Next Billion Connected Devices
Tuesday, March 10, 3:30–4:30pm, Wedgewood Ballroom

Come see and learn about next-generation devices that are blurring the borders between physical and digital worlds. Let the entrepreneurs pioneering this field bring you a preview of a world with drones, virtual reality, holograms, and billions of connected devices. The audience will have opportunities to see and interact with many of the technologies discussed.


Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics
Ashley Crowder, CEO, VNTANA
Jason Johnson, CEO, August


Ben Schachter, Senior Analyst, Macquarie

The Application of Big Data
Wednesday, March 11, 10:00–11:00am, Starlight Ballroom

Sponsored by Macquarie with The Hive

Organizations in every industry are collecting an abundance of data from a multitude of sources, but extracting value from these often-disparate data remains a challenge. As Big Data continues to move beyond the Internet industry and into the mainstream, we are seeing more and more successful use cases and deployments of Big Data in production environments. Our panel includes Big Data customers, technologists, and industry experts who will provide insights on the technology roadmap and adoption path for Big Data applications across industries.


Rachel Chalmers, Partner, Ignition
Eli Collins, CTO, Cloudera
Al Goldstein, CEO, AvantCredit
Nikhil Raj, VP, Walmart Labs
Wes Nichols, CEO, Marketshare


Aaron Schwartz, Research Analyst, Macquarie Securities

Opportunity and Success in Emerging Markets
Wednesday, March 11, 10:00–11:00am, Wedgewood Ballroom

Join an insightful discussion on the markets that will shape the technology innovation ecosystem for the next decade as the next billion people come online. Investors and entrepreneurs who have pioneered the technology boom in emerging markets in southeast Asia will share some of what they’ve learned during careers in these exciting new frontiers of internet adoption. Find out what’s really going on in these markets and how these expertsΩ see things developing.


Paul Su, Chairman, Macquarie China
Nik Rizal, Khazanah (Sovereign Wealth Fund of Malaysia)
Srinivasu (Vasu) MN, CEO, BillDesk


Sumant Mandal, General Partner, March Capital

Building a Personal Brand
Tuesday, March 10, 12:30–2:00pm, Starlight Ballroom

As billions of people establish online presences, the distinction between private and public life is dissolving, and instant fame—or infamy—seems within anyone’s reach. How do entrepreneurs create valuable personal brands—and then leverage those brands to drive success in new fields? Hear from media and entertainment titans who have used their accomplished careers in film, music and sports as springboards to launch highly successful entrepreneurial endeavors.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder, Goop
Scooter Braun, Agent and Businessman


Cristina Alesci, CNN

Tuesday, March 10, 3:30–4:30pm, Starlight Ballroom

Sponsored by Signal Hill

Despite spending increases and technology breakthroughs in cybersecurity, breaches continue unabated—impacting individuals, organizations, and nations. The response largely has been to adopt improved security products, while neglecting better security processes. A panel of cybersecurity industry leaders explores how new technologies, hand-in-hand with preventive processes in areas such as behavior management, public-private collaboration, automated compliance, and Big Data analytics, can strengthen security and privacy.


George Kurtz, President, CEO and Co-Founder, CrowdStrike
Matthew Prince, CEO and Co-Founder, CloudFlare
Florin Talpes, CEO and Co-Founder, Bitdefender
Scott Weiss, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz


Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times