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For a decade, Fortune gathered some of the brightest minds in technology in Aspen every summer to discuss how technology is changing the world. We had to skip this year for obvious reasons. That was unfortunate because the pandemic only accelerated the rapid pace of technological change.
Next week we'll gather the usual gang for a virtual version of Brainstorm Tech and look at these extraordinary changes. The year-end timing couldn't be more appropriate as we are all trying to understand how the profound changes of the past year will change the future.
Attending the discussions will be Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, who has proven to be one of the leading tools for virtual collaboration. Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, who is not only a founder but also a teacher-philosopher for the new world; Dan Amman, CEO of Cruise who is at the forefront of one of the greatest life-changing technological developments, self-driving cars; Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, who helps Fortune 500 companies adapt to profound change and the speed of change; and Jennifer Tejada, CEO of PagerDuty, and Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta, who help companies adopt their technology platforms in the new world of distributed work. Other CEOs on tap: Arvind Krishna from IBM, Stacey Cunningham from NYSE, Patrik Frisk from Under Armor, Daniel Dines from UiPath, Mickey Mikitani from Rakuten and Thomas Kurian from Google Cloud.
I'm sorry I missed the annual Maroon Bells bike ride. Apart from that, next week's virtual event offers all the fascinating content and networking opportunities that Brainstorm Tech always offers – and more. While participation is only possible by invitation, there are still some virtual places available. Apply here or write me a note. More news below. Check out our picks for the 21 best stocks to buy in 2021.