CEOtech Conference – Palo Alto, CA

It used to be nothing more than a support function.  Today, IT is remaking industries high- and low-tech alike.

The wall that separated the IT department from your corner office is gone.  And as CEO, leadership means getting out in front, rather than being dragged into the future.

Join peer CEOs and an all-star roster of speakers Oct. 18-19 at Stanford to cut through the media hype at CEOtech.

  • Learn how emerging mobile, cloud, social media and analytic technologies may alter your business model and what existing or new competitors may do.
  • See which technologies can improve your customer relationships, employee engagement, operational efficiency, sales and marketing effectiveness and other key business functions.
  • Learn which technology pitfalls to avoid from peer CEOs who went down some of these paths already.
  • Meet, connect and brainstorm with fellow CEOs who are committed to innovation.

Produced by Chief Executive Group, the publishers of Chief Executive magazine, the CEOtech Conference will help CEOs understand, assess and leverage evolving technologies to better lead their companies.

The conference will probe new technologies but also focus on CEO to CEO peer interactions to delve into what the challenges and opportunities for CEOs in harnessing technologies to transform operations, service deliver, cost structures and business models.

Event Information

When: October 18-19, 2011
Where: Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Palo Alto, CA
Registration: $1,895

Speakers Include

  • John Donahoe, President & CEO, eBay
  • Wes Sterman, CEO, Pharmacofore
  • Sandy Climan, CEO, Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc.
  • John Younger, CEO, Accolo
  • Jeffrey Housenbold, CEO, Shutterfly
  • Chris Kenton, Founder & CEO, SocialRep
  • M. R. Rangaswami, Founder, Sand Hill Group and
  • Yves Lermusi, CEO, Checkster
  • Toby Daniels, CEO of Crowdcentric, Co-founder of Social Media Week
  • Sohaib Abbasi, CEO, Informatica
  • Alex Chang, CEO, Roost
  • Jim Feuille, General Partner, Crosslink Capital



Oct. 18, 2011
7:45 to 8:45 Registration and Breakfast
8:45 to 9:00 Welcome

  • Wayne Cooper, Chairman, Chief Executive Group
9:00 to 9:40 What Every CEO Needs To Know About Tech and How It Is Reshaping Business

  • Michael Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy
9:40 to 10:40 Tech Impact on Strategy — Shifting Business Models

  • Jim Feuille, General Partner, Crosslink Capital (Moderator)
  • Joe Kennedy, CEO Pandora (Changing music industry economics)
  • Jeff Housenbold, CEO, Shutterfly (Changing retail industry)
10:40 to 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 to 12:00 Mobility and How It’s Transforming Businesses

  • Jule Ask, VP, Forrester Research (Emerging trends)
  • Stewart Gray MacDonald, CEO, Mac-Gray (Using mobile Technologies to improve customer service and increase capacity utilization)
  • Henry Nothhaft, Retired CEO, Tessera Corporation (Impact of miniturization and mobile)
12:15 to 1:15 Lunch and Luncheon Speaker

  • Larry Baer, CEO, SF Giants
  • How the SF Giants are leveraging social media and mobility to engage fans and build new revenue streams
1:15 to 2:05 Social Media and How It Can Deliver Real ROI

  • Toby Daniels, Co-Founder, Social Media Week and CEO Crowdcentric (Moderator)
  • Alex Chang, CEO, Roost (manages social media campaigns across platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.)
  • Yves Lermusi, CEO, Checkster (social media for HR)
  • Howard Lind, CEO, Cicoil (B2B marketing and customer self serve)
  • Chris Kenton, Founder and CEO, Social Rep (social market tracking and intelligence)
2: 30 to 3:30 Roundtable Discussions

Select a table topic of interest to you and share what’s working (and what’s not) with peer CEOs. Each table will also have an expert resource. Topics include:

  • Social media marketing
  • Mobility to improve logistics
  • Mobility and location based marketing
  • Web and big data analytics
  • Cloud computing and security issues
3:30 to 3:45 Break
3:45 to 5:00 The Tech Based Business: EBay and Paypal Case Study

  • John Donahoe, CEO, eBay
5:00 to 5:30 Tech Showcase

  • Sandy Climan, CEO, Entertainment Media Ventures (3D)
  • Benjamin Sharp, CEO, Capture Wines (Applying tech to the wine business
5:30 to 7:00 Wine Tasting and Networking Cocktail Party
Oct. 19, 2011
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 to 9:50 Cloud Computing and How Companies Are Leveraging It to Reduce Costs and Increase Flexibity

  • John Younger, CEO, Accolo (Cloud recruiting)
9:50 to 10:40 Case Study: CCH (Walters Kluwer)

  • How one of the largest B2B Publisher of legal and accounting information is reinventing their business to adapt to changing customer needs and enabling technologies
  • Mike Sabbatis, President and CEO, CCH North America
10:40 to 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 to 11: 45 Data Analytics

  • Sohaib Abbasi, CEO, Informatica
  • Dr. Wesley Sterman, CEO, PharmacoFore (Data analytics in biotech)
11:45 to 12:30 Case Study: Baja Fresh

  • How a Low Tech CEO (Restaurants) Is Leveraging Technology for Competitive Advantage
  • David Kim, CEO, Baja Fresh
12:30 Summit Wrap-up