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The Code/Commerce Series Is Coming, With Tony Hsieh and The RealReal’s Julie Wainwright


Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Re/code loves to break news and deliver analysis you can’t find anywhere else, but we also host can’t-miss events like the flagship Code conference in May.

The newest addition to our lineup: The Code/Commerce Series. Later this year, we’ll unveil a trio of one-night events featuring interviews with the most interesting people working at the intersection of technology and commerce. And the impressive entrepreneurs and industry execs won’t just be the people onstage; they’ll be your fellow attendees, who you’ll get to know over great food and drinks beforehand.

Re/code Executive Editor Kara Swisher will be joining me at the first installment of the Code/Commerce Series, which will be held May 17, 2016, in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Shoptalk conference. You should come.

Today we’re announcing two great speakers you’re going to hear from that night, with one more on the way.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is the guy who built the online shoe retailer into a customer-service powerhouse and Amazon foe, and eventually sold the business to Jeff Bezos for nearly $1 billion. Today, he’s still at Zappos, but with a new focus: Figuring out whether a big company can thrive under the principles of Holocracy, an organizational system in which traditional bosses aren’t allowed and self-management is supposed to reign supreme. What has he learned so far, and how does that work under the Amazon umbrella? We’ll ask him that and much more.

The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright is having success where many have failed: Selling luxury clothing online. The twist? The clothing and accessories it sells have been owned before. But since founding her startup five years ago, Wainwright has convinced hundreds of thousands of women that online consignment is for them, building a $200 million business along the way. In a different time, Wainwright was the CEO of dot-com-bubble poster child, so she also has an opinion or two about the current state of startup investing.

If you’ve attended a Re/code event in the past, you know the drill. Hold-no-punches interviews, interesting people sitting next to you and awesome eats and drinks. Add a Vegas setting to that equation and it means tickets are going fast. So apply for an invitation now.

We’ll have another speaker to announce for our May event in the coming weeks. And then it’s on to our two other Code/Commerce Series events later in the year: A payments-focused evening on October 25, 2016, in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Money20/20 conference, and an event in early December in San Francisco that will feature a mix of commerce and payments conversations.

See you there.

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