By John Battelle
We’re very proud to announce the initial 2010 Web 2.0 Summit program. You can see the lineup on the Summit site here.
The 2010 theme Points of Control helped create a lineup that is truly remarkable, full of industry titans and insurgents alike. Alongside policy leaders such as Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, we’ll hear from the Internet’s most powerful CEOs:
- Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, perhaps the most active player in our points of control map – defending the company’s home turf of search, extending its reach into mobile payments, content, advertising platforms, social networking, and more.
- Robin Li, CEO of China’s biggest search engine Baidu which has ambitions well beyond its current (massive) scale.
- Todd Bradley and Jon Rubinstein, the duo responsible for HP’s Palm integration (not to mention the largest maker of computing devices in the world).
- Ariel Emmanuel, the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (and yes, the man who inspired Entourage…).
- Kathy Savitz, CEO of Lockerz helping us understand the behavior of “Generation Z.”
- Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, in one of his first one on one conversations in months.
- Ev Williams, CEO of Twitter, six months into the launch of his company’s new revenue platform.
- Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon, one of the fastest growing companies in the history of business.
- Richard Rosenblatt, CEO of the surging Demand Media (which filed for an IPO just last month).
- Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth and the forthcoming Waiting for Superman.
- Yuri Milner, the Russian super-investor who owns nearly 10 percent of Facebook, among many other major platform players.
- Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of RIM, who has plenty to talk about given the upheaval in the mobile marketplace.
As has been since Day 1 in 2004, Mary Meeker will share her annual ‘Internet Trends’ presentation; Bing Gordon will explore The New Geography of Gaming with Don Mattrick of Microsoft; and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will swap stories on growth, culture, and financial triumph alongside Susan Lyne, CEO of the ever-fashionable Gilt Groupe, and Richard Rosenblatt.
Throughout this robust program, we added bits of humor and passion sprinkled across the three days in a format we call Ignite. We culled the best of the best from around the world — human experiences shared through exactly 20 slides in exactly five minutes. Be sure to catch them; they go fast but leave a strong impression. We’ve also got Carol Bartz, Perter Chernin, Marc Benioff, John Doerr, Fred Wilson, Jack Dorsey, and so much more… I’ve only covered some of the high points, but spread throughout will be presentations from Wim Elfrink, EVP & Chief Globalization Officer at Cisco, Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures, Steven Berlin Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, and many more, including some surprise product and company announcements.