The Montgomery Summit Announces 2017 Keynote Speakers & Presenting Companies

Leading Business and Technology Event Features Luminaries General (Ret) David Petraeus, Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Fashion Icon and Entrepreneur Cindy Crawford

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--()--The Montgomery Summit presented by Macquarie, the leading, invitation-only business and technology conference, today announced speakers and presenting companies for this year’s event, taking place March 7th-9th in Santa Monica. Hosted and curated by Summit founder James Montgomery, the exclusive gathering attracts a global community of over 2,000 leading investors, entrepreneurs, and industry executives.

“The Financial Perspective of Building a Company”

“Now in its 14th year, the 2017 Montgomery Summit continues the tradition of gathering today’s leading entrepreneurs, investors, companies, and executives across industries from around the world,” said Montgomery. “We’re delighted to bring together a talented community of influencers defining the field to discuss the most pressing business and technology issues and forge new relationships and solutions to address them.”

Keynote Speakers

The Montgomery Summit consistently features global leaders and influencers as keynote speakers. This year, Summit guests will hear from luminaries who continue to drive significant and impactful innovation in technology and leadership:

  • General (Ret) David Petraeus – Chairman of KKR Global Institute; Former Director of the CIA
  • Pat Gelsinger – CEO of VMware
  • John W. Thompson – Chairman of Microsoft Corp.
  • Spencer Rascoff – CEO of Zillow Group
  • Cindy Crawford – Fashion Icon and Successful Entrepreneur
  • Joe Lonsdale – Partner, 8VC and Founder, Palantir and Addepar
  • Lynda Weinman – Co-Founder of

The Montgomery Summit will also offer a series of panels featuring executives from Accenture, Summit Partners, Vista Equity Partners, Nasdaq, Cisco, Microsoft, GE, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Under Armour, Rakuten, Recruit, Ping An, Bosch, NS Solutions, Samsung, Visa, RSA Security, Dell, Salesforce, IBM, and other entities. Adding three new tracks, including “Southern California Technology Showcase,” “The Rise of India,” and “The Future of Food,” the Summit will also present salons with world class resources such as Andrea Ghez (Professor of Physics & Astronomy and MacArthur Fellow), Jacob Jaber (CEO of Philz Coffee), Robert Ballard (President, Ocean Exploration Trust), John Nottingham (Co-President of Nottingham Spirk), and Gene Sykes (CEO of LA 2024 Olympic Bid).

Presenting Companies

The private technology companies presenting at this year’s event were selected from over 4,000 nominations made by members of the Montgomery Summit community. Nominations were evaluated by each company’s sector, stage, growth, and engagement metrics, as well as criteria including management, vision, and more. Presenting companies represent the most impressive and innovative companies in their fields, including enterprise software, cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, marketing and advertising technology, eCommerce, virtual reality, and financial technology. Among the 150 emerging companies presenting at this year’s Summit, notable companies include App Annie, Mashable, Crowdstrike, Darktrace, Thrive Market, BillDesk, CarTrade, Mirantis, Hootsuite, ZipRecruiter, LegalZoom, The Honest Company, Turo, FanDuel, and Cloudflare.

The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur

In addition to its regular agenda, the Montgomery Summit will host a unique, invitation-only event for female leaders in technology, which will precede the conference on Tuesday, March 7th. The event is a stand-alone program that will recognize, support, and celebrate “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur.” More than 400 female attendees are expected to attend, including entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and partners at leading venture capital firms. The Montgomery Summit has selected 50 female millennial entrepreneurs who will attend the Summit as guests with complimentary registration.

Co-chaired by Niloofar Razi Howe, Chief Strategy Officer at RSA, and Kate Mitchell, Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners, the event will be keynoted by Cindy Crawford, fashion icon and entrepreneur, and Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair - Talent at EY. Additional programming will include panels on “The Financial Perspective of Building a Company” and “Leadership, Strategy, People: Lessons for Building a Successful Business.”

Since 2004, The Montgomery Summit has been the premier technology industry-insider event for entrepreneurs, executives, and investors, offering extraordinary opportunities for making deals and building relationships. This year’s Summit is programmed thanks to lead sponsors Macquarie, Accenture, Signal Hill, March Capital Partners, and EY.

About The Montgomery Summit

The Montgomery Summit gathers an invited group of entrepreneurs, senior investors, and leading executives to discover the most important innovations in business and technology. The event features two days of presentations, keynotes, panels, and salons at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.

Previously known as The Montgomery Technology Conference, the Summit has for more than a decade provided unparalleled opportunities to meet a diverse blend of technological visionaries and innovators from all over the world. For more information, visit


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