On June 16, 2015, Azure hosted our 9th annual CEO day. This year over 70 corporate entities participated, including Amazon, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Verizon, Zulily, IBM, GoDaddy, Dreamworks, Oracle, HP, VMware, Comcast, Qualcomm, Citrix, and more.

Azure CEO Day One-on-Ones Over 260 one-on-one meetings with over 60 corporates

Azure CEO Day One-on-Ones
Over 260 one-on-one meetings with over 60 corporates

During the day, our portfolio companies participated in over 260 one-on-one meetings to initiate and continue business development and strategic partnership dialogue.

The day was kicked off by Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin and included discussions with Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, Co-Founders of Yik Yak, as well talks with Don Katz, CEO of Audible, and Ragy Thomas, CEO of Sprinklr. 

Welcome Remarks from Dan'l Lewin, Corporate VP, Microsoft

Welcome Remarks from Dan'l Lewin, Corporate VP, Microsoft

Fireside Chat with Don Katz, CEO of Audible Moderated by Mike Kwatinetz, General Partner, Azure Capital

Fireside Chat with Don Katz, CEO of Audible
Moderated by Mike Kwatinetz, General Partner, Azure Capital

The remainder of the day's morning included portfolio company panels featuring our graduates from NBC's Shark Tank as well as four companies that are reshaping the economics of the data center.

Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, Co-Founders, Yik Yak Moderated by Paul Ferris, General Partner, Azure Capital

Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, Co-Founders, Yik Yak
Moderated by Paul Ferris, General Partner, Azure Capital

Enterprise Panel: Reshaping the Economics of the Data Center Moderated by Paul Weinstein, Azure Capital Intermodal Data, Load Dynamix, Ranovus and Unitas Global

Enterprise Panel: Reshaping the Economics of the Data Center
Moderated by Paul Weinstein, Azure Capital
Intermodal Data, Load Dynamix, Ranovus and Unitas Global

Consumer Panel: Shark Tank Graduates Moderated by Paul Ferris, Azure Capital The Bouqs Company, Coffee Meets Bagel, PumpUp

Consumer Panel: Shark Tank Graduates
Moderated by Paul Ferris, Azure Capital
The Bouqs Company, Coffee Meets Bagel, PumpUp

The afternoon was dedicated to nine different panels featuring companies focusing on either enterprise or consumer markets. Our guest moderators included Dave Atchison, CMO of Zulily, Michal Levram, Senior Writer at Fortune, and Linda Abraham, Co-Founder of Comscore.