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An Executive Conference on Capitalism at a Crossroads

February 26th – 28th, 2018

Steph Curry: You Win When Everyone Touches the Ball

Steph Curry, as point guard and reigning league MVP, is the chief evangelist of the team-first focus. But there’s another side to him that you might not be familiar with: he’s also an avid entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, and is actively involved in the startup world.

The tech industry is poised to lead the resistance to Trump. But will it?

At the dawn of the Trump administration, a diverse panel of technology veterans — Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, Rachel Whetstone, Uber, and DJ Patil, the outgoing Chief Data Scientist for the White House  discuss the impact of a new and unpredictable administration on their industry.

Saving Democracy (and Capitalism) With Robert Reich

If anyone can command the intertwined threads of policy, economics, and capitalism it’s Reich. In conversation with John Heilemann, co-creator and host of Showtime’s The Circus, Reich pulls not a single punch, questioning President Trump’s policies, practices, and, at one point, his basic sanity.

The Shift Is Here. Now We Must Lead.

Shift Forum brings together a unique group of leaders from small, fast-growth start-ups (NewCos) and Fortune 500 companies (BigCos), together with an array of experts from the policy and regulation fields to discuss how today’s business leaders can navigate the unstable landscape of rapid technological change and regulatory uncertainty. The event invites attendees to participate in a multi-faceted conversation about capitalism at a crossroads. The role of the business in society has never been more crucial, and more in flux and it’s never been more important to get smart on the issues.

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Our First Ever Shift Forum was a Resounding Success

Hear from some of our invited guests

“The best conferences combine the intimacy of a salon with the pulse of a music festival. Very few conference operators can pull that off but John Battelle has delivered on it consistently over two decades. His latest effort, Shift Forum, explores the challenges with technology, politics, and capitalism and where we go from here. It's one of the few "must go" conferences out there right now”

“The NewCo Shift forum was a fascinating set of discussions that drove home the importance of planning for the future of work. It brought together large companies and small, as well as the worlds of investment and non-profit. Truly, a wide-ranging and critical look at how business can drive our country's development forward, and a great addition to the small list of "must-attend" events in Future of Tech and Society arena.”

“John Battelle's Shift Forum was a thought-provoking event that curated a fascinating conversation across politics, technology, innovation, and social issues. Outstanding speakers. Left me wanting more. ”

Q & A at Shift Forum

About Your Host
John Battelle

Shift Forum is hosted and produced by John Battelle and the team at NewCo. John is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of the Signal, Foursquare, CM Summit, and the Web 2.0 Summit forums. Read more about John and NewCo.

John Battelle (right) Interviews Michael Dubin, CEO of Dollar Shave Club

Featured 2017 Speakers

Forum speakers are drawn from the world’s most admired companies and most challenging and controversial academics, journalists, and authors.

Anne M. Finucane

Anne M. Finucane

Vice Chairman
Bank of America
Robert B. Reich

Robert B. Reich

Professor of Public Policy
UC Berkeley & Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Diego Scotti

Diego Scotti


Agenda at a Glance

See full 2017 Program Agenda

Pillar Partners - 2017

Business Experience Pillar Panel Moderated by Bill Kanarick Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Publicis.Sapient. Panelists: Kara Goldin Founder & CEO, hint, Inc., Tina Sharkey Co-Founder & CEO, Brandless

Sustaining Partners - 2017