Forbes Under 30 Summit brought together 1,000+ members of Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list with business leaders and mentors. The Summit included panel discussions, keynote presentations, parties and “Shark Tank”-style pitches in front of the world’s top venture capitalists. Forbes also hosted an exclusive music festival featuring top ‘30 Under 30 bands’ and a food festival with top ‘30 Under 30’ chefs.

The goal: to create partnerships that will change the world over the next 50 years.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Piazza at Schmidt’s-1001 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA., Hancock Street @ Germantown Avenue


Piazza at Schmidt's

The Under 30 Music Festival, produced in partnership with Global Citizen and AEG Live, will draw more than 5,000 people to the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood for a for a lineup of trending new acts, mashed up with famous musical mentors.

Under 30 Summit attendees will enjoy VIP passes for the entire event, allowing them to eat, drink and chill with the artists and other Summit attendees at the private block party in our backstage lounge, with direct access to the front row at any time during the show.

OCD: Moosh And Twist
Wiz Khalifa


Music Festival Ends

Monday, October 20, 2014



  • Randall Lane | Editor , Forbes Magazine


Arguably the most disruptive thinker in America, Peter Thiel has reinvented money (by co-founding Paypal), spying (by co-founding Palintir) and human interaction (he was the first investor in Facebook). He has helped fund, either individually (LinkedIn, Yelp) or through his Founders Fund (Airbnb, Space X) some of the great companies of the digital age. His Thiel Fellowships grant $100,000 to 20 people under 20 on the condition they drop out of college to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas. He shares his new vision for building the next great startup—one which involves not beating the competition, but eschewing it all together.

  • Peter Thiel | Co-Founder , PayPal & Palintir


Two Thiel Fellows (and 30 Under 30 Members) join Peter Thiel to debate the perils and opportunities inherent in dropping out to pursue your dreams.

  • Delian Asparouhov | Co-Founder , Nightingale
  • Laura Deming | Partner , The Longevity Fund
  • Peter Thiel | Co-Founder , PayPal & Palintir


In January 1998, Monica Lewinsky made Internet history: before Facebook or Twitter or even Google existed, the 24-year-old became the first person to have her reputation globally destroyed via the Internet. Lewinsky, of course, quickly emerged at the center of a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He and the rest of the world moved on—but she could not, a fate now realized, on various scales, by millions of people—from Jennifer Lawrence to random junior high schoolers—who find themselves tarred in public, permanent ways. Lewinsky, who last talked publicly 13 years ago, will offer a singular perspective on what happened to her, and the scourge of harassment in the digital age.


What’s more powerful than a burning desire to heal the planet? A model that turns everything upside down. Three of the world’s most groundbreaking young social entrepreneurs—a “30 Under 30” activist who turns music into billions in commitments for the world’s poor; a supermodel focused on the child victims of disaster; a doctor who might hold the key to solving the Ebola crisis—lay out their blueprints.

  • Hugh Evans | Co-Founder , The Global Poverty Project, Global Citizen Festival
  • Petra Nemcova | Founder, Happy Hearts Foundation; Ambassador-at-Large, Haiti; Fashion Supermodel
  • Dr. Raj Panjabi | Co-Founder , Last Mile Health
  • Moderator: Cheryl Dorsey | President , Echoing Green


At 29, Nick “Afrojack” van de Wall has emerged as one of the world’s most popular DJs, ranking sixth on the most recent Forbes DJ rankings with $22 million in annual earnings. But getting an arena or a club to move in unison isn’t a simple matter of mixing good songs. It’s leadership. Afrojack will demonstrate how he reads a room–and gets them to follow him.

  • Moderator: Zack O'Malley Greenburg | Senior Editor , Forbes Media


Ballroom Foyer


Main Floor - below Ballroom

How To Manage Your Future Millions
Let’s bet on the upside: Someday soon you will be filthy rich, and by the time you are, entirely new ways of managing your money will emerge to make your money… make even more money. Meet the entrepreneurs harnessing technology and millennials’ distrust of big banks to build the lenders, money managers and financial advisors of the future.

Josh Reich, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Simple
Jon Stein, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Betterment
Alexa von Tobel, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LearnVest

Moderator: Samantha Sharf, Reporter, Forbes Media

Media Moguls Tell All: Making and Breaking the News

The last 10 years have witnessed a complete upending of the established order in the media world. Now small screens are more important than big ones, individuals have as much clout as institutions and upstarts like Vice are worth more than The New York Times. Is the much-dissected future of media finally here, or could the next decade possibly bring even more disruption than the last one? Is the next big thing in media virtual reality, as Mark Zuckerberg thinks? Is it wearable computing? Or is it something no one’s even thought of yet?

Trip Adler, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Scribd
Matt Galligan, Co-Founder, Circa
Shane Snow, Chief Creative Officer, Contently

Moderator: Jeff Bercovici, Senior Editor, Forbes Magazine

In Business, it’s Personal: Brutally Honest Tales of Successful Women
Three women in their 30s, breaking barriers in business and beyond, share their stories about getting through their 20s, navigating their 30s amid relationships and biological clocks, and making their mark. How to become president of a $1 billion company by age 32 . . . or help start a revolution in Afghanistan at 30.

Ruzwana Bashir, Founder, PEEK.com
Kat Cole, President, Cinnabon
Shannon Galpin, Founder, Mountain2Mountain

Moderator: Denise Restauri, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, GirlQuake

The Death of Privacy

We face a far more open world—and a vastly less private one—than those who came before us. In the post-Snowden age, the right to privacy conflicts with the ability of Google, Facebook, Twitter—and the NSA—track your every move at will. Is the ability to live anonymously dead?

Adam Ghetti, Founder, Ionic Security
Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party, Icelandic Parliament
Amie Stepanovich, Senior Policy Counsel, Accessnow

Moderator: Bruce Upbin, Managing Editor, Forbes Media


Main Floor - below Ballroom

STEMming the Bro-Culture
The tech community’s male biases are well documented. What can be done to turn the tide, and make Silicon Valley and other tech hubs gender neutral? An all-star panel of doers presents their game plan.

Julie Ann Horvath, Designer, Developer, & Visual Storyteller, &yet
Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
Debbie Sterling, Founder, GoldieBlox

Moderator: Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman

Music Goes Moneyball

How big data changed what you listen to, and what you share—and whether, somehow, there is something wrong with that.

Sachin Doshi, Vice President of Content & Distribution, Spotify
Taylor Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, 3cg Records
Alex White, Founder, Next Big Sound

Moderator: Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Senior Editor, Forbes Media

Forever Young? Tomorrow’s Medicine Today

The science that will lead to the next leap forward in medicine. How biology is changing prenatal testing, the way we understand disease, and the very idea of what a gene is.

Paige Cramer, Associate Principal Scientist, Merck, Sharp & Dohme
Mitchell Guttman, Assistant Professor, Caltech
Cigall Kadoch, Assistant Professor, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Reshma Shetty, Founder, Gingko BioWorks
Adam de la Zerda, Assistant Professor, Stanford

Moderator: Matthew Herper, Senior Editor, Forbes Media

How to Be the Boss When You’ve Never Had a Boss

By starting businesses before they’ve ever worked for someone else, tens of thousands of young entrepreneurs find themselves needing to lead without any “real-world” training or experience. Join a conversation on how to help your startup thrive without encountering an HR, technological, legal (or personal) nightmare.

Lisa Falzone, Chief Executive Officer, Revel Systems
Ben Parr, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, DominateFund
Raj Mukherji, Director of Marketing, AT&T
Nick Taranto, Co-Founder, Plated.com
Robby Stein, Director of Product Management, Yahoo Mobile & Emerging Products

Moderator: Kathryn Dill, Reporter, Forbes Media


The hottest dating app in the world might soon be one of the most valuable startups in America. The same technology that creates some 5 million matches a day could change any number of human interactions. The 27-year-old Tinder Co-Founder reveals what’s coming next.

  • Moderator: Steven Bertoni | Associate Editor , Forbes Media


10 Minutes to Change the World: Nikolai Begg


Get ready to meet the next Tom Ford or Diane von Furstenberg. Three of the best young designers in America tell their stories—and show their collections—as the Pennsylvania Convention Center becomes the world’s largest runway. Supermodel Petra Nemcova and rapper-turned-fashion-mogul Wiz Khalifa provide the expert commentary.

Stephen Mikhail
Chanwong Kang
Dom Streater

DJ Zeke Thomas


There’s never been a better time for young entrepreneurs to drum up big money. What are the trick and tips that get the top VCs in the world to say yes in today’s fundraising environment? Two all-time investing legends (including the billionaire who gave Facebook its first venture investment) and two of the most influential VCs under 30 share what it takes to bring home the big money.

  • Peter Boyce II | Co-Founder , Rough Draft Ventures
  • Jim Breyer | Founder; Partner , Breyer Capital; Accel Partners
  • Josh Kushner | Managing Partner , Thrive Capital
  • Josh Kopelman | Partner , First Round Capital
  • Moderator: Randall Lane | Editor , Forbes Magazine


10 Minutes to Change the World: David Kwong


Wrap Up


Private dinners, set up organically by Under 30 Summit participants across the city


Field House Sports Bar - 1150 Filbert St @ 12th Street

Quizzo, the now-ubiquitous bar trivia game, was born 20 years ago in Philly. In commemoration, we’re renting out a giant bar for a record-breaking Quizzo game. Under 30 Summit mentors and speakers will serve as team captains, as Summit attendees compete for big prizes at the largest tourament in Philadelphia’s history.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Start the day the Rocky way, jogging up the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway, led by a pace team of Philadelphia’s top athletes and track stars. It culminates in the run Sylvester Stallone made famous, up the legendary steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum for a fist-pumping moment of immortality, complete with a musical surprise. All paces welcome.


Pennsylvania Convention Center - Ballroom Foyer


  • The Honorable Michael Nutter | Mayor , City of Philadelphia


Early this year, at age 21, Palmer Luckey shocked the world by selling his virtual reality headset company, which had no revenue, to Facebook for $2 billion. What drove the deal? His product, the Rift, may change the way we all see the world. Luckey explains how he started his company and his Facebook courtship—and reveals how Oculus’ plans to redefine reality.

  • Palmer Luckey | Founder , Oculus Rift
  • Moderator: David Ewalt | Contributor , Forbes Media


10 Minutes to Change the World: Leila Janah


Never in human history have so many people achieved such dizzying financial success at such a young age. Sara Blakely explains how she started her 20s inside a costume at Disney World and wound up starting the Spanx juggernaut, how she coped with success and how she’s turned her windfall into a force for good.

  • Sara Blakely | Founder , Spanx


Build a better mousetrap, and this panel might throw four hundred thousand dollars at you. Participants pitch their ideas—live!—to the world’s most influential funders. The reward: an investment of $150,000 from Steve Case, Troy Carter and Forbes Media, plus $250,000 in free advertising and services. Total prize: $400,000, winner take all. No pressure!

Troy Carter, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Atom Factory
Steve Case, Chief Executive Officer, Revolution LLC; Co-Founder, America Online
Mike Perlis, Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Media; Former partner, Softbank Capital

  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media


Networking Break - Lunch


Advertising Is Dead — Branding Will Make Your Business
Thirty years ago, Apple ran the most famous ad of all-time, ‘1984,’ spurring what would become of the most valuable companies in the world. Times have changed: marketers and consumers are one and the same, with brands and their customers on equal footing. So rather than brands driving purchasing preferences for consumers, the new rules invite the consumers to control the brands. Some of the most revolutionary marketing minds reveal the new playbook.

Raymond Braun, LGBT Marketing Lead, Google/YouTube
Todd Hunter, Creative Executive, CAA
Rachel Tipograph, Founder-Chief Executive Officer , TIPO Entertainment
Brian Wong, Co-founder, Kiip

Moderator: Jenny Rooney, CMO Network Editor, Forbes Media

She-Commerce: The Retail Revolution

The emergence of young tech founders and executives reflects sweeping change in the worlds of start-up companies and angel funding. There’s a pressing need for commerce sites that cater to women, who control 70% of online purchases worldwide, underscoring the enormous purchasing prowess of women online. Who are the leaders fueling innovation and reimagining the possibilities of the digital economy?

Hayley Barna, Co-Founder, Birchbox
Jenny Fleiss, Founder, Rent The Runway
Jodie Snyder, Co-Founder, Dannijo

Moderator: Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman

How To Get on The 30 Under 30: And What Happens Next?

30 Under 30 editors Caroline Howard and Michael Noer take you behind the scenes to discuss how they put together the list: who’s on the list, why and what’s the right stuff for each category. This is an open-forum for all 30U30 alumni to take the mic and discuss their work and what's happened since they made the list. Come and share your stories.

Bing Chen, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Victorious
Danielle Fong, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, LightSail Energy, Inc.
Jordan Passman, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, scoreAscore
Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Malala Fund

Co-Moderators: Caroline Howard, Senior Online Editor, Forbes Media
                            Michael Noer, Executive Editor, Forbes Media


The Lost Vote
Studies have shown that younger voters no longer feel a major draw to a political party and don’t trust their government given the recent barrage of party politics occurring in DC. But how will politicians sell themselves to voters in the upcoming elections? And how are they going to win back the trust of young voters?

Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston
Nate Levine, Founder, OpenGov
Nathaniel Loewentheil, Policy Advisor, The White House National Economic Council

Moderator: McKay Coppins, Senior Political Writer, Buzzfeed

From Geek to Great
Geekiness now have the cachet—and cash. Three of the most successful geeks in the world describe how the revenge of the nerds is complete.

Alexander Garfield, Chief Executive Officer, Evil Geniuses
Jon Oringer, Founder, Shutterstock
Thomas Tull, Chief Executive Officer, Legendary Pictures

Moderator: Steven Bertoni, Associate Editor, Forbes Media

Download or Die: These Apps Can Save Your Life

Medicine is finally being dragged into the digital age with apps that aim to help patients lose weight, manage diabetes,and more. Can technology empower patients, or is this just more marketing noise?

Joshua Liu, Co-Founder, Seamless MD
Halle Tecco, Founder, Rock Health
Grant Verstandig, Founder, Audax Health

Moderator: Matthew Herper, Senior Editor, Forbes Media

Turning Funny into Money

When it comes to viral videos on the web—comedy rules. But our attention is fleeting. We'll talk about feeding the public's endless demand for comedy online and how to turn funny into money.

Mickey Meyer, Co-Founder, Jash
Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder, CollegeHumor

Moderator: Alex Leo, Editor-at-Large, Newsweek


Networking Break


Creating a product has never been easier. Creating a global brand? That’s still tricky. And one that carries a positive message, to boot? That’s a huge riddle, albeit one solved by these four panelists, who have all conquered the world and made it better in the process.

  • Neil Blumenthal | Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer , Warby Parker
  • John Paul DeJoria | Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board; Co-Founder , John Paul Mitchell Systems & The Patrón Spirits Company; ROK Mobile
  • Lauren Bush Lauren | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , FEED
  • Danny Meyer | Chief Founder, Union Square Hospitality Group , Shake Shack
  • Moderator: Jean Case | Chief Executive Officer , Case Foundation


10 Minutes to Change the World: Josh Sommer


Six brilliant inventors. Six gizmos that will blow your mind. Watch, listen—and buckle up.

  • David Cohen-Tanugi | Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Materials, MIT
  • Jonny Cohen | Founder , Greenshields
  • Alex Klein | Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer , Kano
  • Jessica Matthews
  • Kavita Shukla | Founder , Fenugreen
  • Changxi Zheng | Assistant Professor , Columbia University
  • Moderator: Michael Noer | Executive Editor , Forbes Magazine


Malala Yousafzai just told everyone she wanted to go to school. For that crime, the Taliban shot her in the head, and left her for dead. But Malala miraculously survived the assassination attempt and, at 17, has become the planet’s leading voice on the rights of girls to attend school. And a global inspiration. The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, who detailed her amazing story in her bestseller “I Am Malala... " takes the stage at the Under 30 Summit, to reveal her new initiatives that she believes can help millions achieve their goal of going to school.

  • Moderator: Ronan Farrow | Correspondent , MSNBC


Closing Remarks


The best young chefs, winemakers and brewers from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list show their stuff at the historical Trocadero—and compete for the title of America’s best young chef, as judged by Danny Meyer, Forbes Magazine Editor Randall Lane—and the attendees of the Under 30 Summit.Chefs include:

Philip “Ippy” Aiona, The Three Fat Pigs and Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ
Natasha Case, Coolhaus
Christopher Coombs, Deuxave
Sam Gorenstein, My Ceviche
Joseph “JJ” Johnson, The Cecil
Adam Leonti, Vetri
Aditi Malhotra, Tache Chocolate
Jason Pfeifer, Maialino
Jesse Schenker, Recette
Max Sussman, The Cleveland


Trocadero -1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia

The Food Festival, and last full day of programming ends with a bang. DJ Deejay, will serve as the night’s DJ.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Case Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jean Case and Malala Fund Chief Executive Officer Shiza Shahid lead the greatest young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs on a site visit of some of America’s innovation social entrepreneurship initiatives.

Old City
10:25 AM – 11:10 AM - Impact Hub Philly
1227 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Organizations: Teal Orbit, Here's My Chance, Generocity, FastFwd, Witty Gritty, Mobilize.org11:25 AM – 12:10 PM - North 3rd Street
Multiple locations along N. 3rd Street & Market Organizations: I-Site, Weblinc, Indy Hall, Jarvus Innovations, Seer Interactive12:30 PM – 1:45 PM - BrunchCenter City
2PM–2:30 PM - Benjamin's Desk
1701 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

2:40 PM–3:00 PM - Innovation Lab
1401 JFK Blvd, 16th Floor, Room C

Plus: seeking to inspire the next generetion of leaders, 30 Under 30 honorees give talks at schools across Philly.





Video Highlights

Philly hosts 30 under 30


Malala On Peace, Drones and Islam


Monica Lewinsky On The Internet's Reputation Shredder


Forbes, Steve Case And Troy Carter Give Away $400K


Tinder To Add Premium Service In November


A Conversation With Palmer Luckey, Creator Of Oculus Rift


How To Build The Next Billion Dollar Startup


ATT Introduction at the 2014 Under 30 Summit



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  • Melody Khodaverdian
  • Director, Conference Partnerships
  • 917.794.5859 | mkhodaverdian@forbes.com
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  • Julieanna Gray
  • Event Manager
  • 1 (212) 620-2494 | 30Under30@forbes.com
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  • Anastasia Afendikova
  • Senior Manager, Audience Development
  • 212.367.4158 | 30Under30@forbes.com
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  • Wendy Furrer Egan
  • Senior Director of Editorial Publicity
  • (212) 366-8848 | wfurrer-egan@forbes.com

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