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.
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.
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.
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.