New Code Conference Speakers: Nest’s Fadell and Dropbox’s Houston
The list included: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who is now working on its moonshot Google[x] unit; BlackBerry CEO John Chen; Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick; Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast (whose NBCUniversal News Group is an investor in this site); incoming Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf; and, returning for the third year, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker, who will once again do her epic annual overview of the quicksilver Internet.
Now, Walt Mossberg and I are happy to add two more speakers to the mix: Tony Fadell, CEO and co-founder of Nest, which was sold to Google today for $3.2 billion; and Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox, the online storage phenom that sources say is on track to IPO in 2014.
We are very excited to feature this pair, as they represent the kind of entrepreneurial flair that has distinguished the tech industry.
As I noted before, there are many more big names to come, which we will update over the next months, from all over the world and from many disciplines, as the digital world continues to impact everything it touches — some for the better and some for the worse.
While the Code Conference is an inaugural event for our new company, Revere Digital, this is actually a 12-year startup with some very deep roots, produced by the same straight-shooting, visionary team who delivered the D: All Things Digital conference since 2003 and its truly newsworthy interviews. As many of you know, D has featured conversations with tech and media luminaries such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, George Lucas and, of course, the late Steve Jobs. (You can see a selection of some of our greatest hits here that we posted earlier on our former home.)
The Code Conference will change up some, but have the same caliber of industry luminaries who shared our stage at D, while also adding exciting new elements to the attendee experience.
The bad news: We sold out the conference three hours after opening registration last week. But, in the past, we have pulled a lot of people off the wait list, which you can get registered for here. We will be posting videos, in full and in part, immediately after they occur, and likely streaming some sessions (as we have in the past). We will also be working closely with our media partner NBCUniversal News Group.
And, in keeping with offering a full slate of events, we are announcing that we will continue to have our stellar staff produce other conferences.
First, Peter Kafka will be organizing several smaller gatherings in the Recoding Media series, the first of which will be held on March 27 in Santa Monica, Calif. It will be featuring one-on-one conversations, where you will hear firsthand insights into how technology is influencing the future of media development, delivery and consumption. Another is planned for New York in September; there will be another after that at a time and location to be determined.
And Ina Fried and Liz Gannes will be reprising their most excellent mobile conference, this time as Recoding Mobile, a gathering of thought leaders and change agents for in-depth interviews about the impact of mobile technology. That is to say: The mobile tech that is changing everything and upending the world. It will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall.
There are more events to come for Re/code, which is dedicated to delivering the same level of quality interviews, deep networking and, more often than not, real news.