COSM A Technology Summit

Recovering Superabundance

COSM is an exclusive national summit on the converging technologies remaking the world as we know it. From artificial intelligence to 5G and WiFi6, from tokenized time to blockchain, from cloud computing to the quantum revolution, from the “spatial web” to the efflorescence of space flight, the future is meeting in Seattle, and at COSM. The mission of the conference is to stimulate debate and deliberation amongst industry leaders on the unities animating these apparently divergent technology areas. Held at the Bellevue Hyatt, the summit illuminates the synergy between Seattle and the world and provides a scene of civilized conversation and exchange.

Speakers

Designed by famed technology futurist, George Gilder, COSM features the titans who created the tech world we’re in … and will lead us into tomorrow. COSM 2022 year will feature two winners of the internationally prestigious Kyoto Prize (Carver Mead and Federico Faggin), a Nobel Prize nominee (Keith Krach), leading venture capitalists and technologists. 

Peter Thiel

Technology entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He cofounded PayPal, led it as CEO, and took it public; he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director; and he cofounded Palantir Technologies, where he serves as chairman. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies including SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which funds young entrepreneurs, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling Read More ›

Joe Lubin

Founder, ConsenSys
Joseph Lubin is a Canadian-American entrepreneur. He has founded and co-founded several companies including the Swiss-based EthSuisse, contributing heavily to Ethereum, the decentralized cryptocurrency platform. Lubin is founder of ConsenSys, a Brooklyn-based software-production studio.

Eric Schmidt

Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures and Former CEO & Chairman, Google
Eric Emerson Schmidt is an American businessman and software engineer known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017, and Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020.

Babak Parviz

Vice President at Amazon Inc.
He received his graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. From 2000 to 2001 he was with Nanovation Technologies as a designer and product manager for photonic devices. From 2001 to 2003 he was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working on self-assembly, biomedical devices (he co-invented the method resulting in the founding of Claros Diagnostics Inc. (acquired by OPKO Health)), and organic devices. He has been an assistant professor (2003-2008), an associate professor (2008-2012), and an affiliate professor (2012-present) in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He was with Google from 2010 to 2014 where he was a Google Distinguished Engineer and a Director at Google [x]. He Read More ›

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Matt invests in a broad range of software and data driven companies with a focus on cloud computing, dataware, intelligent applications and the intersections of innovation (where life science and data science intersect). He believes in the Learning Loop for entrepreneurs who journey from curiosity to triangulation and decision making. This leads to positive outcomes and ongoing learnings. Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse. For more about Matt and lessons learned from 20 years of VC investing, traits of top entrepreneurs, Read More ›

Federico Faggin

Physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur
Federico Faggin is an Italian physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He led the 4004 project and the design group during the first five years of Intel’s microprocessor effort

Keith J. Krach

Former CEO of Docusign and U.S. Under Secretary of State
Unanimously confirmed as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment on June 20, 2019, Keith Krach plans to achieve the goals of economic diplomacy and prosperity by leveraging private sector resources and innovation and strengthening the country’s partnerships with its allies. Throughout the course of his career prior to this position, Keith Krach spearheaded business transformations at DocuSign, Ariba, and Rasna Corporation, among other organizations. Keith Krach served as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of DocuSign from 2009 to 2019. He led the Silicon Valley digital transaction management company from a startup to a global leader with services used by more than 450,000 companies in 188 countries. For his success at DocuSign, he was Read More ›

Kate Mitselmakher

CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC
Kate Mitselmakher is the CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC. Prior to founding Bloccelerate VC, Kate spent ~ 10 years at the world’s largest technology research firm, Gartner (NYSE: IT). She started investing into the Web 3.0 space in 2015. While at Gartner, Kate supported CIOs and senior IT leaders of global public and private enterprises across the full spectrum of their technology strategy & implementation. In the past three years, as a part of Gartner Invest group, Kate has advised numerous venture-based companies and accelerators, such as Alchemist Accelerator. She also worked alongside some of the top investors in Silicon Valley. Kate completed her Masters Degree at Harvard University. 

Nicole Herskowitz

Vice President, Microsoft
Having worked at Microsoft for 20 years, Nicole is responsible for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 platform product marketing. Prior to working on the Teams business, Nicole spent over five years leading product and developer audience marketing for Microsoft Azure. Nicole has also held leadership roles on the Visual Studio, SharePoint and Microsoft Project businesses. During her time at Microsoft, Nicole’s responsibilities have included product management, product marketing and sales strategy and execution functions in both worldwide and European offices. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nicole worked for startup focused on a customer relationship management SaaS solution for small businesses. Nicole earned her MBA at the University of Michigan and BBA at the University of Texas at Austin. Before attending graduate Read More ›

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A Taste of COSM

Consequential Ideas

Because COSM offers you what no other conference can. COSM brings you directly in touch with the top thinkers powering tomorrow’s most consequential technology.

Informed Decisions

In this new era of innovation, everyone will be affected, but only a relative few will be prepared to understand — and make the best and most informed decisions about — the biggest technology upheavals and upsides we’ve experienced in a generation. 

A Diversity of Ideas

The conference is targeted toward anyone seeking to engage with a diversity of thinkers and ideas about the future of technology, including corporate senior executives (CEOs, CTOs, and CIOs), investors, researchers, and technologists.