On June 21, 2016, Azure hosted our 10th Annual CEO Summit. This year over 60 corporate entities participated, including Alibaba, Amazon, Citrix, Dell, Disney, Ericsson, GoDaddy, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, and more.
This year, our portfolio companies participated in over 240 one-on-one meetings to initiate and continue business development and strategic partnership dialogue.
The day also included a discussion about “A Winning Formula for Creating Multiple Successful Start-Ups” by Jeff Kearl, Founder and CEO of Stance as well as a presentation on “Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy and How Partners Can Ride This Tidal Wave” by James Phillips, Corporate VP at Microsoft and co-founder of Couchbase.
The lunchtime discussion featured a fireside chat with Gui Cavalcanti and Brinkley Warren from MegaBots moderated by Mike Kwatinetz about “Creating a Giant Robot Fighting League”.
Throughout the day, 22 of our portfolio companies provided a 10-minute demo day-style presentation to the audience of potential strategic partners, investment banks, and venture capital firms.
The event concluded with a reception and dinner to continue the networking dialogue in a social and informal setting.