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Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, Github’s Nat Friedman, Andreessen Horowitz’s Katie Haun and Twitch’s Sara Clemens to Speak at Information Summit


I am thrilled to announce the first round of speakers for our fourth San Francisco Subscriber Summit. For those of you new to our community, this is our biggest event of the year in which I interview newsmakers we think our subscribers need to know better. We also host unique breakout sessions with entrepreneurs, investors and tech executives. I spend most of the year preparing for this event, so I am very excited to tell you a little about what we have planned this year.

First, the important details:

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (followed by a VIP evening reception by invitation only to VIP ticket holders)

Location: UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, Robertson Auditorium, San Francisco

  • All Access Subscribers can sign up today—you’ll receive an email from [email protected] with a special link to register.
  • If you would like to become an All Access Subscriber and confirm your spot today, upgrade here and we will email you a link to register.
  • We’ll open up remaining spots in October.

And here’s a little on the first round of speakers we’re announcing, and why I asked them to speak. More to come soon.

Kevin Systrom, outgoing CEO, Instagram: In case you haven’t heard, or read Facebook’s earnings, Instagram is in many ways the future of Facebook. And the man who built it, sold it and ran it for six years just said he is stepping aside. We will talk to Systrom about life at Facebook, his reasons for leaving and what's next for him. 

Katie Haun, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, crypto: Katie's new job, which she will be starting weeks before joining us, made waves in Silicon Valley. Andreessen Horowitz's first female partner. And a crypto legend to boot. Before jumping into venture capital, Haun hunted crypto criminals as a U.S. Justice Department prosecutor and taught a wildly popular crypto course at Stanford. We can't wait to talk to her about her investment theses, the regulatory landscape and more.

Aaron Levie, CEO, Box: Levie is one of the youngest public tech CEOs and one of the most insightful. Since founding enterprise software company Box in 2005, he has led it to rival Microsoft and other corporate giants in enterprise. We'll talk to him about his business, the increasingly competive cloud market and other policy issues in the Valley he feels deeply about, like immigration. 

Nat Friedman, incoming CEO, GitHub: The day Microsoft made its surprise $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, Silicon Valley was abuzz with the news about who was going to run geeks’ favorite service for collaborating on code. Friedman was a bold choice: the young engineer sold his mobile development company Xamarin to Microsoft several years ago. So what are his plans for the deeply influential open-source platform, and how will it change under Microsoft?

Sara Clemens, COO, Twitch: Hired by the Amazon-owned streaming service earlier this year to help it operationalize and scale, Clemens sees the future of media through the eyes of Twitch’s millions of young users using the platform to livestream gameplay and so much more. We’ll be asking her to talk about the growth of her business and trends that will affect the industry more broadly.

I want to thank all our past speakers who have made this event a success and point you to where you can see past interviews.

Lunch breakout speakers to include:

  • Marc Leibowitz, Global Head of Health Technology, Johnson & Johnson
  • Ravi Hiranand, Executive Producer, South China Morning Post and Abacus

If you are interested in being considered as a breakout speaker for the 2018 Subscriber Summit, please email [email protected].

And a word on who should attend...

  • Entrepreneurs and executives who work in the tech, finance and media industries
  • Companies looking to work with or invest in the tech, finance and media industries (M&A, venture capitalists, private equity investors)
  • Engineers, product managers, business & corporate development managers


8:00 AM Registration and light breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome and keynote, Jessica Lessin, The Information

Aaron Levie, CEO, Box

Nat Friedman, incoming CEO, GitHub

Katie Haun, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, crypto

Morning networking break

Kevin Systrom, CEO, Instagram

Sara Clemens, COO, Twitch

12:00 PM Lunch breakout sessions and lunch with The Information reporters, details to come

1:00 PM Lunch breakout sessions and event concludes

6:30 PM VIP Reception (By invitation only)

Breakout session details

An important part of our Subscriber Summits are our lunch breakout sessions, a chance for you to discuss important topics and hear straight from the big names in tech. Stay tuned for details about this year’s breakout sessions. Popular past breakout sessions include:

  • East & West: Building the Bridge with Michael Zeisser, Chairman, US Investments, Alibaba Group
  • Get Smart: The New Connected Home, Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable
  • The future of Big Data and AI, Stephen Pratt, Founder & CEO,
  • Re-Imagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
  • Breaking Gender Barriers, Ashley Wellington-Fahey, Founder and CEO, The Relish

Thank you to our Corporate Co-Hosts

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Thank you to our VIP Party Co-Host

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Thank you to our VIPs

  • Bill Brady, Vice Chairman, Jefferies
  • Geoff Hollingworth, CMO, MobiledgeX
  • Ed Stevens, Founder & CEO, Preciate
  • Kelly Close, Founder, diaTribe Foundation
  • Nicolas Granatino, Founder, Andurance Ventures
  • David Parkinson, CEO, Method Communications
  • Kevin Talbot, Managing Partner, Relay Ventures
  • Mike Gridley, Managing Partner, Akkadian Ventures
  • Mary Vascellaro, Board Chair, Teach for America Bay Area
  • Sida Wang, Software Engineer, Airbnb

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on October 18.

Fees, Tickets & VIP Tickets:

$50 registration fee for subscribers.

Tickets will first be made available to All Access Subscribers, then annual subscribers, then monthly subscribers, space permitting. We recommend upgrading today (visit or email [email protected]) to an All Access subscription to guarantee access to this event.

VIP tickets are also available for purchase for $2,500 and include access to an invitation-only VIP party at the home of Jessica Lessin. VIP ticket benefits include:

  • 4 tickets to the San Francisco Subscriber Summit (you plus 3 guests)
  • 2 tickets to the VIP Party at the home of Jessica Lessin (you plus 1 guest)
  • Guaranteed first choice breakout session assignment
  • Personal introductions for up to three Summit attendees (made by The Information on your behalf to other attendees of the Summit after the event).
  • A personal link for $199 subscriptions to The Information which you can share with your friends & colleagues.   

Ticket Availability & Policies

As with all of our events, this event is expected to sell out quickly. Space is limited and priority is given to All Access Subscribers. Tickets will then open up to Annual and Monthly subscribers in October, space permitting.

Once we reach capacity, we will have a waitlist for this event and will notify you if a space becomes available.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Jessica Lessin founded The Information in 2013 after reporting on Silicon Valley for eight years for the Wall Street Journal. She regularly writes about all things tech, media and the wild ride both industries are in for. She can be found on Twitter at @jessicalessin.

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