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Rent the Runway, DoorDash and The Cheesecake Factory are coming to Code Commerce at Shoptalk

Jason Del Rey and Kara Swisher will be back in Las Vegas to host the March 20 evening event.

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.

For the third year in a row, Kara Swisher and I are gathering some of the brightest e-commerce and retail minds for a night of live journalism at An Evening With Code Commerce during the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas this March.

The three-hour event, slated for Tuesday, March 20, at The Venetian, will feature Recode’s signature brand of no-BS interviews, as well as a cocktail hour where you’ll have the chance to get to know 200 of your smartest peers.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce three of the five speakers you’ll hear from that evening:

For the last eight years, Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman has built a business that has been trying to sell women on the idea that clothing rental can be an attractive alternative to the buy-and-ditch cycle that can result from the fast-fashion trend.

The company now sells a $159 monthly subscription that offers women a rotating closet of high-end workwear, as well as an $89 monthly subscription with some restrictions in exchange for a more accessible price point. We’ll talk with Hyman about what is and isn’t working with these new business models, and what the future holds for a company that has raised nearly $200 million from investors who eventually want to see a return.

We’ve also invited DoorDash co-founder and CEO Tony Xu and The Cheesecake Factory’s president David Gordon to join us for a discussion about the messy but giant world of food delivery.

DoorDash is one of a handful of well-funded companies working to figure out how to bring food delivery to the masses profitably. It has tried to differentiate by partnering with more than half of the Top 100 U.S. restaurant chains, including The Cheesecake Factory, Wendy’s and Buffalo Wild Wings.

We’ll challenge Xu on his strategy to outlast big-name competitors like Amazon, Uber and GrubHub, and other upstarts like Postmates. We’ll also dive into the opportunities and challenges facing traditional sit-down restaurants that are trying to navigate this trend.

Look for one more Code Commerce speaker announcement next week. These events always sell out, so register today. See you in March.

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