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Daniel Glass, Ted Leo and Peter Thiel Added to SXSW Speakers List

Glassnote founder Daniel Glass, indie rock hero Ted Leo and Gawker destroyer Peter Thiel are all part of the latest round of featured speakers headed to South By Southwest in 2018.

Glassnote founder Daniel Glass, indie rock hero Ted Leo and Gawker destroyer Peter Thiel are all part of the latest round of featured speakers headed to South By Southwest in 2018. The music, film and tech festival announced the speakers a day after adding London mayor Sadiq Khan to the list of keynotes at the event, taking place March 9-18 in Austin.

In addition to Glass, Leo and Thiel, other newly announced featured speakers include Wendy Williams, who’ll discuss female empowerment in the entertainment industries, audio engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, who will talk about bridging the gap between hip-hop and the tech community, and Vox co-founder Ezra Klein.

Previously announces featured speakers include musician Keith Urban, comedian W. Kamau Bell, This American Life host Ira Glass, podcaster and journalist Ana Marie Cox, Spotify content chief Stefan Blom and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.


Below is a full rundown of the newly added speakers:

Christiane Amanpour (News & Journalism) – Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning flagship global affairs program Amanpour.

Brian Behlendorf (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation.

Daniel Glass (Music Industry) – Glass is Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group, a full service independent music company that began in 2007.

Kirsten Green (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Kirsten Green used a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience to launch San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she currently serves as Founder and Managing Director.

Ryan Holiday and Peter Thiel (News & Journalism) – Holiday will interview Thiel on privacy, and his quest to shut down Gawker.

Walter Isaacson (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine.

Guy Kawasaki and Symone Sanders (Government) – Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. ymone D. Sanders is a strategist who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Ezra Klein (Government) – Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and co-founder of Vox, the news brand from Vox Media known for explaining the news and going deeper into the stories that define the world today. Klein focuses on writing, reporting, and podcasting, and offers creative guidance to Vox’s Emmy-nominated video programming.

Dylan Marron (Social Impact) – Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social activism and entertainment.

Loic Le Meur, Adam Cheyer, Daphne Koller, and Nell Watson (Intelligent Future) – This group of AI experts will discuss and debate the burning questions around AI.

Ted Leo and Money Mark with Molly Neuman (Music Industry) – The trio will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the music business.

Matthew Libatique and Snehal Patel (Making Film & Episodics) – Matthew Libatique is a cinematographer best known for his work on Black Swan, Iron Man, The Fountain, Mother!, and Requiem for a Dream.

Miguel McKelvey (Workplace) – Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork, a platform for creators that helps people make a life, not just a living.

Alex Rodriguez with Mark Hoffman (Sports) – Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez reflects on his storied career and how he’s leveraging what he’s learned to mentor a new generation of sports stars on his new CNBC primetime series, Back in the Game. CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman will moderate the conversation.

Bruce Sterling (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Jünger to Jules Verne.

Gary Vaynerchuk (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, four-time New York Times best-selling author and CEO of VaynerMedia.

Wendy Williams (Music Culture & Stories) – Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio, with the top-rated daily radio show The Wendy Williams Experience.

Young Guru (Music Industry) – Often referred to as “The Sound of New York,” legendary audio engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is most known for his work behind the boards with Jay Z.

Andrew Zimmern (Food) – A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher.

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