Just ten more days until the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, where we’ve gathered 180 of the top movers and shakers in mobile we could find.
Every one of the 180 invitees is expected to participate in the debate, which will focus on the biggest challenges in mobile:
1) the future of HTML5 (yep, it’s complicated), and we’ll have Google’s new SVP for Chrome, Sundar Pichai debating the future of open mobile development with Facebook’s VP of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer;
2) the future of mobile payments (with NFC, we haven’t seen this much controversy and hype around a technology since the fabled Pointcast of the 1990s);
3) the future of mobile in the enterprise (Apple and other device makers are disrupting big-time, and folks like RIM and IBM are looking badly flat-footed);
4) the future of social and identity standards (we’ll hear about some new initiatives from Verizon, but lots of others will be at the table, including Zynga and Groupon);
5) the future of the mobile economy (advertising sucks on mobile, so other methods are desperately needed to make money — and Qualcomm, to name just one example, will preach that cutting edge augmented reality will be one of them).
It’s all happening at Cavallo Point on April 25/26.
Here are a few of the participants:
John Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
Mike Schroepfer is vice president of engineering at Facebook. Schroepfer is responsible for harnessing the engineering organization’s culture of speed, creativity and exploration to build products, services and infrastructure that support the company’s users, developers and partners around the world. Before joining Facebook, Schroepfer was vice president of engineering at Mozilla Corporation.
Sundar Pichai is senior vice president of Chrome at Google. Previously, he lead the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s search and consumer products, including iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears. He joined Google in 2004. Before joining Google, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials and was a management consultant with McKinsey.
Michael Shim is the vice president of mobile partnerships at Groupon. He is responsible for developing the company’s partnerships with wireless operators, OEMs, mobile platforms and developers worldwide. Previously, he served as vice president, mobile partnerships and business development at Yahoo. Shim has held business development and strategy positions at AOL and was a corporate lawyer with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Tom Gillis is vice president and general manager for the high-growth Security Technology Business Unit (STBU) at Cisco, where he is tasked with leading many of Cisco’s mobile initiatives. He leads the company’s businesses for security management, appliances, applications, and endpoint services. Formerly vice president of product management for the Cisco STBU, Gillis was promoted to the VP/GM position after significantly growing its security business and market share.
Wallace Pai is vice president of Motorola Mobility, Inc. and manages Motorola Mobility Ventures, the company’s strategic investment arm responsible for identifying and executing minority-equity investments (at early and later stages) in start-up firms. His role includes working actively with entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talent for all Motorola Mobility businesses.
Russ McGuire is VP of strategy for Sprint, where he is responsible for developing the strategic vision and framework for the $40B+ telecommunications giant. Prior to joining Sprint, he was chief strategy officer for TeleChoice. In this role he guided top executives from established and start-up telecom companies in developing core business and market strategies to leverage their capabilities into sustainable market positions.
Marissa Mayer is vice president of Location and Local Services at Google. She previously oversaw search products and user experience, and led the product management efforts in this and other areas, including web search, images, groups, news, Froogle, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Labs, and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer and led the user interface and webserver teams at that time.
Jim Goetz is a General Partner at Sequoia Capital. He led the investment in Admob, the mobile ad company that sold to Google for $750 million in 2009. He serves on the board of Appirio, Barracuda, Clearwell, eMeter, Jive, Metaswitch Networks, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks, Sencha and Widgetbox. He was previously on the boards of AdMob, Dash (RIM), PeakStream (Google), Peribit (Juniper), Rhapsody (Brocade) and involved with Timetra (Alcatel) and TopSpin (Cisco).
Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.net, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box.net was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software.
David Christopher is chief marketing officer for AT&T’s wireless unit, responsible for all aspects of marketing direction and execution. He leads marketing strategy, wireless advertising and media, customer lifecycle management, product management, national promotions and pricing. Prior to his role as chief marketing officer, he served as vice president of Product Management for voice products, devices and affiliate services for AT&T’s wireless unit.
Humphrey D. Chen is executive director of New Technologies Development for Verizon Wireless and is focused on accelerating the commercialization of innovative venture-backed technologies amidst the increasingly competitive market dynamics within the wireless world. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Humphrey was responsible for driving the Google and Microsoft strategy for Avaya in the area of Enterprise Unified Communication.
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