2013 Luncheon

The 2013 luncheon featured a keynote conversation with Rich Barton, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Zillow, Co-Founder & Non-executive Chairman, Glassdoor, Founder and former President & CEO, Expedia, facilitated by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington.

Rich Barton has a passion for using technology to empower people, increase transparency, and challenge the status quo - building multi-billion dollar companies and disrupting entire industries in the process. He forever changed the travel landscape while building Expedia into a household name. He demystified residential real estate at Zillow, putting more information than ever before at homebuyers' fingertips. And, he brought us unprecedented access inside the halls and cubicles of America's employers with the creation of Glassdoor.

On May 29th, nearly 800 business, research, and policy leaders from around the state joined us to explore, with one of Seattle's most prolific and successful entrepreneurs, how far we can go in using technology to revolutionize business as we know it - and how Washington can be more competitive in this new transformation economy.

2012 Luncheon

The 2012 luncheon, "Building a Billion Dollar Business, Optimizing Economic Opportunity," featured a keynote conversation with John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of Seattle-based F5 Networks, Inc., facilitated by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering.

King County Executive Dow Constantine opened the luncheon with a welcome address. TA Chair Jeremy Jaech shared highlights from our latest economic impact study measuring the growing contributions of Washington's technology-based industries to statewide employment. In addition, TA Chair-elect Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning Inc., recognized Mobisante as the 2012 Innovation Showcase Company of the Year during the luncheon program.

2011 Luncheon

The 2011 State of Technology Luncheon featured a keynote conversation with the USA's first-ever Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra. Chopra serves as Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology in the Office of Science & Technology Policy. Chopra shared his vision for harnessing the power of technology and innovation in a keynote conversation facilitated by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.

Governor Chris Gregoire delivered the welcome address to open the luncheon program, while TA Chair Jeremy Jaech delivered an impassioned speech in which he urged Washington business and policy leaders to rally behind strategic investments and innovative reforms to improve K-12 and higher education outcomes in our state. Chad Waite, Managing Director at OVP Venture Partners, announced the latest investment results of the Alliance of Angels and recognized LiquidPlanner, developer of online project management software, as AoA Company of the Year.

2010 Luncheon

At the 2010 State of Technology Luncheon, keynote speaker Clayton Christensen -- professor of business administration at Harvard Business School -- challenged the way we think about our work and our community in a keynote address exploring the impact of disruptive innovation.

Other featured speakers included TA Chair Jeremy Jaech and TA board members Kris Klein, managing partner at Lenati, and Vicki Phillips, director of education-U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Modumetal was recognized during the luncheon program with the Alliance of Angels 2010 Company of the Year Award.


Previous Keynote Speakers


  • Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie
  • Internet pioneer Vint Cerf
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
  • Amazon.com President, CEO & Chairman Jeff Bezos
  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt
  • Intellectual Ventures Co-Founder Nathan Myhrvold
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Alan Mulally
  • Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates
  • Corporate strategist and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore
  • Western Wireless and T-Mobile Chairman John Stanton
  • Biotechnology pioneer Leroy Hood