Afrojack, Spanx Billionaire Sara Blakely, Taylor Hanson Join Under 30 Summit Roster — Agenda Now Live

By | September 5, 2014

Forbes Business 

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.