What do U2’s lead singer Bono, pro skater Tony Hawk, and Netflix founder Reed Hastings have in common? Collision. Not a literal crash, but the huge tech conference that will take place in downtown Las Vegas May 5-6, 2015. Collision is related to Europe’s Web Summit and aims to bring all kinds of technology professionals together. Since there will be over 500 speakers at this year’s conference, you can’t go to everything. To help you get the most out of the conference, here are our favorite picks.
Yaniv Mor, CEO and Founder
Matt Mason, CCO, BitTorrent. These guys are changing the way we consume media and entertainment. Thom Yorke from Radiohead already understands it, which is why he launched his latest solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, via BitTorrent.
Des Traynor, Co-founder, Intercom. Intercom helps you control all customer communication in one place. We just started using it here at Xplenty and I really like it.
Roman Stanek, CEO, GoodData. These guys are part of Xplenty’s eco-system, so I would like to eavesdrop and hear what they have to say about Big Data.
Phil Hellmuth, 13-time poker champion. This guy is known for being a poker brat. He likes to take his seat after the tournament begins, he’s the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and his current live tournament winnings total more than $18,000,000. I guess there’s a lot to learn from him.
Saggi Neumann, CTO and Founder
Ben Uretsky, Co-founder and CEO, DigitalOcean. Just when I thought we had enough cloud providers out there, I found out about DigitalOcean. Their UX makes a real difference in their services, so check out this rising star.
Brent Cromley, CTO, Zappos. Never mind cloud providers—what about re-inventing shoes? Zappos certainly did that, with great success.
Micha Kaufman, Founder & CEO, Fiverr. Disclosure: Fiverr is one of our customers. We like them a lot and I think that their platform—which offers all kinds of services for just $5—is really inspiring.
Christina Milian, Investor & Advisor, French Girls. Actress, pop star, entrepreneur—not only did Christina Milian rise up the Billboard chart, but she’s also one of the investors in French Girls, an app that lets users turn selfies into hand-drawn portraits. The app’s name is taken from that famous Titanic line: “Draw me like one of your French girls.”
Moty Michaely, VP R&D
Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder & CEO, Slack. Do we really need another way to communicate with people? Maybe. I’m curious to hear Stewart Butterfield explain why he thinks that his startup, Slack, is the new email.
Mikkel Svane, Founder & CEO, Zendesk. I've read his book Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business. I’m looking forward to seeing him in person and hearing him talk about Zendesk.
Itai Vonshak, Head of Product and UX Design, Pebble. Pebble kicked off the smartwatch revolution with a Kickstarter campaign that targeted just $100,000, but raised over $4.7 million. I would love to learn about their battle with Apple.