April 4, 2013 (Amazon – Arizona Building, 207 Boren Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 )

Opening Networking: 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Panel and Q&A: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Networking: 8:30 – 9 p.m.
Register here.

For its relatively small size, Seattle is home to over 850 technology companies ranging from tech titans to a growing number of technology-based start-up companies. These companies recognize that, regardless of their size and industry position, in the world of technology, it’s not enough to react to change. Successful technology companies create change to stay ahead. In today’s economic environment, the technology industry has pushed through by fostering game-changing innovation.

However, despite these innovations, the industry faces challenges, including the slowdown of the economic environment and, specifically, the drying out of initial public offerings. What are some steps companies can take to manage through the current climate of economic uncertainty? What are high-performing companies doing to foster innovation and growth?

Join a discussion with Chicago Booth alumni and industry professionals in Seattle who will share their expertise and perspectives on the current conditions as well as their views on the future outlook for the technology industry.

Moderator

Allen Webb, ’99
Editor-in-chief of The McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey & Company

Panelists

Max Bardon, ’93 (General Manager, Gift Cards, Amazon)
JG Chirapurath, ’01 (Senior Director, Data Platform, Microsoft)
Vijay Talwar, ’99 (President of International, Blue Nile)

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