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Join Andreessen Horowitz and an invite-only group of Fortune 500/Global 2000 C-suite executives, leading academics, entrepreneurs, and investors for our annual a16z Summit.

We’ll be diving into the latest and important trends in tech, industry, and the economy. You’ll meet and join in conversation with the smartest people building and dealing with the future.

Speakers

Highlighted speakers include:

Marc Andreessen

Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Ben Horowitz

Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Bernard Tyson

Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Meg Whitman

CEO, NewTV

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Partner, WndrCo

Stephanie Cohen

Chief Strategy Office, Goldman Sachs

Bob Iger

Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Todd Combs

Investment Manager, Berkshire Hathaway

Jennifer Bailey

VP of Internet Services and Apple Pay, Apple

Brian Armstrong

Cofounder and CEO, Coinbase

Connie Chan

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Bobby Kotick

CEO, Activision Blizzard

Ray Dalio

Co-Chief Investment Officer & Co-Chairman, Bridgewater Associates

Jorge Conde

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Chris Dixon

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Kathryn Haun

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Alex Rampell

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Angela Strange

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Scott Kupor

Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Trevor McFedries

Head of Compassion, Brud

Linda Xie

Cofounder and Managing Director, Scalar Capital

Frank Chen

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Kristen Fortney

CEO, BioAge Labs

Benedict Evans

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Sonal Chokshi

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Ali Yahya

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Martin Casado

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Ashley McCollum

General Manager, Tasty at BuzzFeed

Tyler Cowen

Economist

James Rogers

Cofounder and CEO, Apeel Sciences

Agenda

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Monday, November 5

1:00 pm 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION

4:00 pm 4:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LAURENE POWELL JOBS AND BEN HOROWITZ: OPPORTUNITY AND POTENTIAL

Laurene Powell Jobs is the founder and president of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs. Focused on education, immigration, and more -- including investing in everything from guerrilla art across borders to The Atlantic (they’re now a majority owner), the organization is focused on removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. So how does this kind of innovation -- partnering with entrepreneurs and experts, parents and policymakers, advocates and administrators -- work?

Speaker

  • Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Moderator

  • Ben Horowitz, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

4:45 pm 5:00 pm

BREAK

5:00 pm 5:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MARC ANDREESSEN, BEN HOROWITZ, AND TYLER COWEN: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

Ben and Marc co-founded Andreessen Horowitz almost a decade ago, right on the heels of the financial crisis. In this conversation with economist and popular podcast host Tyler Cowen, they will share their perspectives on tech and innovation from then to now, to what’s next. What kept, and keeps, them optimistic about the future?

Speaker

  • Marc Andreessen, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Ben Horowitz, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Moderator

  • Tyler Cowen, Economist

5:45 pm 7:45 pm

WELCOME RECEPTION

Tuesday, November 6

7:00 am 8:10 am

BREAKFAST

8:10 am 8:15 am

WELCOME REMARKS

Speaker

  • Scott Kupor, Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

8:15 am 9:00 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH RAY DALIO AND MARC ANDREESSEN: PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

Ray Dalio is the founder, co-chief investment officer, and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates -- one of the top five private companies in the U.S. -- which manages over $150 billion, and has made more money for clients than any other hedge fund. But he is also known for the Bridgewater culture and decision-making process, as well as a set of principles that started as an internal company document, was posted online years ago, went viral, and became a bestselling book in 2017. So how does one go from abstract principles and mindsets, to results in business and life...no matter their goals?

Speaker

  • Ray Dalio, Co-Chief Investment Officer & Co-Chairman, Bridgewater Associates

Moderator

  • Marc Andreessen, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

9:00 am 9:35 am

TECH FUTURES: A VIEW FROM 2018

In his annual state of tech innovation keynote, Benedict Evans walks through where we are now and how things may change over the next 10 years. If we think we’re in a period of disruption right now, just wait until the next big platform shifts -- like machine learning and more, already in progress now -- take over everywhere. It’s no longer just the world of tech, but tech in the world.

Speaker

  • Benedict Evans, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

9:35 am 10:45 am

BETTER TOGETHER: HUMANITY + A.I.

Artificial intelligence has not only become an international arms race, but competition is heating up as companies look to adopt machine learning/deep learning at an unprecedented pace. But the conversation about AI has largely focused on pitting humanity against AI, instead of what happens when we bring together humans with AI. What do we lose, what do we gain? Going beyond the hype, this talk goes into how AI and automation will augment, enhance, create, and yes, replace… but it also highlights what makes us human.

Speaker

  • Frank Chen, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

10:45 am 11:10 am

BREAK

11:10 am 11:50 am

GOING INTERNET NATIVE: BEYOND DISTRIBUTION TO NEW BUSINESS MODELS

Believe it or not, we’re still in the early days of the internet. And even though it originated in the U.S., countries like China -- that leapfrogged the infrastructure phase to go mobile-first -- show us what’s possible when we go beyond advertising-only based models. What happens to commerce, entertainment, influencers, and more as we go from business models that rely only on “eyeballs” to ones that rely on “wallets”? More broadly, what inspiration can innovation strategists, marketers, and product designers take from China when it comes to rethinking the future of brand, mindshare, and attention?

Speaker

  • Connie Chan, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

11:50 am 12:10 pm

THE RISE OF THE INFLUENCER AND THE REALITY OF MOVEMENTS

So much of modern entertainment -- and real life -- has been subverted by, well, reality stars. And it has to do with the evolution of influence: what is an influencer, why does this influence matter, and how do influencers have power to create movements? This talk shares the case study of a very unique kind of influencer, going into how software eats the world, but beyond that, eats talent, too -- with a new type of network effect -- which has significant implications for the future of brands.

Speaker

  • Trevor McFedries, Head of Compassion, Brud

12:10 pm 12:25 pm

MEDIA IS COMMERCE

How can brands evolve in an internet-native world? The answer may lie in the case study of BuzzFeed’s Tasty food network, a global media brand that evolved by breaking all the rules: focusing on building a viral brand first, and then figuring out distribution and channel second. But what else can we learn about the process of innovation -- and experimentation cycles here (even with physical products)?

Speaker

  • Ashley McCollum, General Manager, Tasty at BuzzFeed

12:25 pm 2:00 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm 2:25 pm

PROGRAMMING NATURE TO HEAL US

What is a medicine, really? It’s something humanity has been discovering, designing, and creating for ages. But now, thanks to technology, we’re entering an entirely new age -- one where the very definition of a medicine is changing. We’re now harnessing and even programming biology itself -- in new modes, from the cell to the gene to living microbiomes. And what are the implications for how we design drugs and therapies?

Speaker

  • Jorge Conde, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

2:25 pm 2:40 pm

THE SCIENCE OF AGING

Aging has always been inevitable, and mysterious in how and when it happens. But now, as we’re finally beginning to understand the processes behind the deterioration of tissues, cells, and functions -- collectively described as “aging” -- we examine the question: can it be slowed? This short talk explores the most promising research and therapies being developed right now -- this is no longer the stuff of science fiction; it’s on the frontiers of scientific reality. How will this change the way we fight major aging-related diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and much more?

Speaker

  • Kristen Fortney, CEO, BioAge Labs

2:40 pm 2:55 pm

NATURE AS TECHNOLOGY

We’re surrounded by materials in nature, and we’ve certainly been using them for ages. But we’ve also been operating largely outside nature, using materials but not really working from within them. It’s time to not just borrow from nature, but to harness nature: taking what we’ve learned from plants to create solutions for our greatest problems.

Speaker

  • James Rogers, Cofounder and CEO, Apeel Sciences

2:55 pm 3:40 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BERNARD TYSON AND BEN HOROWITZ: INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE

Bernard Tyson is the chairman and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente integrated healthcare provider, a consortium spanning for-profit regional medical groups to not-for-profit foundations and hospitals (one of the largest non-profits in the United States). As one of the most influential executives in healthcare, what are his thoughts on the state of healthcare today, and where we might be going next? How does one strike the balance between affordability and quality; between innovation and addressing immediate needs?

Speaker

  • Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Moderator

  • Ben Horowitz, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

3:40 pm 4:00 pm

BREAK

4:00 pm 4:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH STEPHANIE COHEN AND MARTIN CASADO: INNOVATION INSIDE, AND OUTSIDE

Stephanie Cohen is Goldman Sachs’ chief strategy officer, and was formerly global head of M&A in their Investment Banking Division. Given her unique vantage point and nearly 20-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, we discuss the ways that big companies navigate innovation both inside and outside -- from the decision to build vs. buy, to how to think about the broader ecosystem of relationships involved in any big innovation?

Speaker

  • Stephanie Cohen, Chief Strategy Office, Goldman Sachs

Moderator

  • Martin Casado, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

4:45 pm 5:30 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH TODD COMBS AND SCOTT KUPOR: THE TRIUMVIRATE OF CHANGE

Todd Combs is an investment officer in Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the holding company with subsidiaries engaging in everything from insurance to energy to manufacturing and more -- but their latest foray is into healthcare. Combs spearheaded the partnership and new venture, announced earlier this year, between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan to lower the cost of healthcare. How did he help bring what were informal discussions to reality, and how can different players bring new cost-cutting tricks to an old, incumbent-heavy industry?

Speaker

  • Todd Combs, Investment Manager, Berkshire Hathaway

Moderator

  • Scott Kupor, Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

5:30 pm 6:15 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JEFFREY KATZENBERG, MEG WHITMAN, AND MARC ANDREESSEN: NEW MEDIA, NEW PLATFORMS

Jeffrey Katzenberg is a partner of tech holding company WndrCo, which invests in, acquires, develops, and operates consumer technology; Meg Whitman is the CEO of its first streaming TV venture, which aims to bring high-quality production and storytelling to mobile video. Previously, Katzenberg was co-founder and CEO of Dreamworks, and was chairman of The Walt Disney Studios during some of its biggest hits. Whitman was previously CEO of HP, where she focused on R&D and later enterprise, and was formerly CEO of eBay. Given these vantage points, what’s happening at the intersection of software, next media platforms, and entertainment?

Speaker

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Partner, WndrCo
  • Meg Whitman, CEO, NewTV

Moderator

  • Marc Andreessen, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

6:15 pm 8:00 pm

RECEPTION

Wednesday, November 7

8:00 am 9:30 am

BREAKFAST

9:30 am 9:35 am

WELCOME REMARKS

Speaker

  • Scott Kupor, Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

9:35 am 10:20 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BOB IGER AND MARC ANDREESSEN: MAKING BIG BETS

Bob Iger is the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company (which he joined when they acquired ABC, where he was chairman). He made Disney an industry leader through creative content offerings across multiple platforms, focusing on global expansion into new markets, and overseeing the acquisitions of Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. As franchises eat the world, where are we in the world of tech and entertainment, and what are the implications for other businesses trying to make big bets?

Speaker

  • Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Moderator

  • Marc Andreessen, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

10:20 am 11:05 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JENNIFER BAILEY AND ALEX RAMPELL: THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS, FROM WALLETS TO COMMERCE

Jennifer Bailey is vice president of Internet Services at Apple, and Apple Pay -- which makes it possible for iPhone users to leave their wallets at home. Under her direction, the service went from 3% penetration at launch to being accepted at over half of U.S. stores today as well as 85% of the top 100 e-commerce apps. So how did she do it? And what does it mean to go from a physical wallet to a mobile wallet, not just replacing payment cards but growing an entire operating system -- and ecosystem of services and use cases around it? And how does this change the future of payments, commerce, and much more?

Speaker

  • Jennifer Bailey, VP of Internet Services and Apple Pay, Apple

Moderator

  • Alex Rampell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

11:05 am 11:50 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BOBBY KOTICK AND MARC ANDREESSEN: WHEN GAMING GOES MAINSTREAM

Bobby Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard -- a merger he engineered -- only one of two video gaming companies in the Fortune 500, and the world’s most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. It’s responsible for some of the our most popular games, including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Overwatch -- as well as its own professional esports league. As gaming everywhere goes from “just for nerds” to “just for kids” to bleeding into sports and broader cultural phenomena (Fortnite, Pokemon Go, etc.) both online and off, what else changes?

Speaker

  • Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard

Moderator

  • Marc Andreessen, Cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

11:50 am 1:20 pm

LUNCH

1:20 pm 2:00 pm

WHEN SOFTWARE EATS THE REAL (ESTATE) WORLD

Buying a home was once the pinnacle of the American dream. The way things work today, there are real estate agents, brokers, banks, notaries, title insurers, and other intermediaries to contend with between homeowner and buyer. But as we’ve become spoiled by mobile and our desire for less friction and more transparency, software is finally disrupting buying a home -- from discovery to purchase to finance and more -- and even what home “ownership” means.

Speaker

  • Alex Rampell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

2:00 pm 2:40 pm

INSURING THE FUTURE: MANAGING OUR RISK AND UNCERTAINTY

Human progress is defined by the desire to take risk -- whether it’s getting married, buying a home, having kids, getting on a plane, taking a new job, or even moving to earthquake country. All of these decisions require evaluation under conditions of uncertainty, which is where insurance -- distributed risk -- comes in. But how does pooling risk change as we reinvent a legacy business like insurance through technology? What are the impacts at an individual, industry, and economy level, and how will new entrants finally disrupt the game of life?

Speaker

  • Angela Strange, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

2:40 pm 3:10 pm

CHASING CRYPTO: LESSONS FROM THE SILK ROAD

As a former Department of Justice prosecutor, Katie Haun set up the first-ever “cryptocurrency task force” for the U.S. government. She also led the investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force -- the first cases of the U.S. government using the blockchain to fight fraud, not just against criminals but against their own. Yet, Haun argues that crypto is not criminal, countering the myth of its anonymity. So what does that mean for considering fraud and regulating crypto?

Speaker

  • Kathryn Haun, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

3:10 pm 3:40 pm

CRYPTO: EVOLUTION, NOT JUST REVOLUTION

For eons, human beings have been collaborating and coordinating their activities towards some common goal -- moving from families to roaming small groups to towns and cities to institutions -- because of the ability to intermediate trust. But thanks to the internet revolution, we’re now able to collaborate at an entirely new scale…the only question is, how do we do this in a decentralized way, and scale trust without relying on middlemen? That’s where cryptonetworks come in, and they’re not just the next big revolution in tech, but are actually an evolution from where we’ve been, to where we are today, to where we’re going. What are the opportunities now, and ahead?

Speaker

  • Ali Yahya, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

3:40 pm 4:10 pm

BREAK

4:10 pm 4:30 pm

AN INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTO: BEYOND CRYPTOCURRENCIES

From the quest for digital money and history of bitcoin, to the emergence of Ethereum and smart contracts, this presentation provides a more practical introduction and tour through the crypto(currencies, tokens, and networks) space. But beyond solving existing problems and use cases, what completely new applications does crypto enable? Because one thing is for sure: this is about so much more than just money…and that’s where this overview of crypto will begin and end.

Speaker

  • Linda Xie, Cofounder and Managing Director, Scalar Capital

4:30 pm 5:15 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BRIAN ARMSTRONG, CHRIS DIXON, AND SONAL CHOKSHI

From the history of the internet to the realities of company building, this conversation -- between Coinbase CEO and cofounder Brian Armstrong and a16z crypto general partner Chris Dixon, with a16z editor in chief Sonal Chokshi -- will cover not just why crypto matters…but how innovation happens.

Speaker

  • Brian Armstrong, Cofounder and CEO, Coinbase
  • Chris Dixon, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Moderator

  • Sonal Chokshi, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

5:15 pm 7:15 pm

CLOSING RECEPTION

Monday, November 5

1:00 pm 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION

4:00 pm 4:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LAURENE POWELL JOBS AND BEN HOROWITZ: OPPORTUNITY AND POTENTIAL

4:45 pm 5:00 pm

BREAK

5:00 pm 5:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MARC ANDREESSEN, BEN HOROWITZ, AND TYLER COWEN: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

5:45 pm 7:45 pm

WELCOME RECEPTION

Tuesday, November 6

7:00 am 8:10 am

BREAKFAST

8:10 am 8:15 am

WELCOME REMARKS

8:15 am 9:00 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH RAY DALIO AND MARC ANDREESSEN: PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

9:00 am 9:35 am

TECH FUTURES: A VIEW FROM 2018

9:35 am 10:45 am

BETTER TOGETHER: HUMANITY + A.I.

10:45 am 11:10 am

BREAK

11:10 am 11:50 am

GOING INTERNET NATIVE: BEYOND DISTRIBUTION TO NEW BUSINESS MODELS

11:50 am 12:10 pm

THE RISE OF THE INFLUENCER AND THE REALITY OF MOVEMENTS

12:10 pm 12:25 pm

MEDIA IS COMMERCE

12:25 pm 2:00 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm 2:25 pm

PROGRAMMING NATURE TO HEAL US

2:25 pm 2:40 pm

THE SCIENCE OF AGING

2:40 pm 2:55 pm

NATURE AS TECHNOLOGY

2:55 pm 3:40 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BERNARD TYSON AND BEN HOROWITZ: INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE

3:40 pm 4:00 pm

BREAK

4:00 pm 4:45 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH STEPHANIE COHEN AND MARTIN CASADO: INNOVATION INSIDE, AND OUTSIDE

4:45 pm 5:30 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH TODD COMBS AND SCOTT KUPOR: THE TRIUMVIRATE OF CHANGE

5:30 pm 6:15 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JEFFREY KATZENBERG, MEG WHITMAN, AND MARC ANDREESSEN: NEW MEDIA, NEW PLATFORMS

6:15 pm 8:00 pm

RECEPTION

Wednesday, November 7

8:00 am 9:30 am

BREAKFAST

9:30 am 9:35 am

WELCOME REMARKS

9:35 am 10:20 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BOB IGER AND MARC ANDREESSEN: MAKING BIG BETS

10:20 am 11:05 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JENNIFER BAILEY AND ALEX RAMPELL: THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS, FROM WALLETS TO COMMERCE

11:05 am 11:50 am

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BOBBY KOTICK AND MARC ANDREESSEN: WHEN GAMING GOES MAINSTREAM

11:50 am 1:20 pm

LUNCH

1:20 pm 2:00 pm

WHEN SOFTWARE EATS THE REAL (ESTATE) WORLD

2:00 pm 2:40 pm

INSURING THE FUTURE: MANAGING OUR RISK AND UNCERTAINTY

2:40 pm 3:10 pm

CHASING CRYPTO: LESSONS FROM THE SILK ROAD

3:10 pm 3:40 pm

CRYPTO: EVOLUTION, NOT JUST REVOLUTION

3:40 pm 4:10 pm

BREAK

4:10 pm 4:30 pm

AN INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTO: BEYOND CRYPTOCURRENCIES

4:30 pm 5:15 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BRIAN ARMSTRONG, CHRIS DIXON, AND SONAL CHOKSHI

5:15 pm 7:15 pm

CLOSING RECEPTION

Venue

InterContinental LA Downtown
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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