4th September 2014
The agenda for the Under 30 Summit — the largest, most exclusive gathering of young entrepreneurs and game-changers in the world, with over 1,000 hand-picked participants, culled mostly from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list – was just posted. There will be many, many new additions in the six-plus weeks leading up the Summit – stay tuned! – but here are a few new ones that stand out to me:
At 29, Afrojack is one of the most successful DJs and music producers in the world. Forbes’ recent list of the top-earning DJs placed him at 6th, with $22 million in 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 the art and science of how he reads a room – and then leads it.
Sara Blakely’s first job out of college was walking around in the Goofy costume at Disney World. The pantyhose they forced her to wear were uncomfortable and old-fashioned. So she invented Spanx, plowing her $5,000 life savings into it. It’s the only investment she ever needed. She is now the world’s youngest-self-made female billionaire, according to Forbes’ most recent Billionaire issue. An inspiration to thousands, she’ll discuss how she bet it all in her 20s – and won.
Taylor Hanson was a teen idol. At 31, he’s an astute businessperson, at the forefront of a movement that uses big data to change what you listen to, and share. He’s headlining one of our two-dozen breakouts, “Music Goes Moneyball.”
There’s lots more to come, including a giant fashion show, a mega pitch contest, the lineup for the Under 30 Music Festival, and dozens of still-to-be announced speakers. Members of the 30 Under 30 and their guests should have already received email invitations. Others interested in applying for a small number of paid invitations can do so here