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Meet our MobileBeat 2012 speakers: Designer Yves Béhar, Pandora’s Tom Conrad, & more

We’re just over two weeks away from MobileBeat 2012, VentureBeat’s annual mobile conference, and we’ve lined up some of the biggest names in the industry to delve into the event’s core theme: “Design is the new battleground.”

We’ve snagged Yves Behar, founder of the design firm fuseproject;  Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora; Tim Lee, a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital; and Peter Farago, VP of marketing at Flurry; along with a slew of other great speakers.

You can find the full speaker list at the MobileBeat 2012 website.

MobileBeat 2012 takes place July 10-11 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. This year it’s taking place alongside our GamesBeat 2012 conference, which is focused on the “Crossover Era” of gaming. Register for MobileBeat 2012 here (you can also sign up for a combined GamesBeat pass at a discount).

Yves Béhar is a designer, entrepreneur, and sustainability advocate. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco- and New York-based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also chief creative officer at Jawbone, where his products and brand and communications guidance has built the company into a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. His collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Jawbone, GE, Puma, Canal+, MINI, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada, and many others have received international acclaim.

Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user-interface design, software development, and network operations. Over the years, Conrad has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer websites. Before joining Pandora, Conrad was the vice president of egineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system.

Tim Lee is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Lee works with mobile, cloud and software companies. Previously, Lee worked at Google, where he managed European marketing and product launch strategy. While at Google, he also conceived the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Google, Lee worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge, U.K.

Peter Farago is the vice president of marketing at Flurry, the leading data-driven mobile-app advertising platform. Over 55,000 companies use Flurry’s services across more than 150,000 apps on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. At Flurry, Farago leads all marketing functions. Prior to Flurry, Farago led worldwide product marketing for mobile gamemaker, Digital Chocolate. He joined Digital Chocolate from Electronic Arts, where he led product management for The Sims franchise, the No. 1 PC game series of all time.

We want to thank the industry leaders that are supporting MobileBeat 2012: W3i as Platinum Sponsor; Flurry, Tapjoy & YouWeb as Gold Sponsors; Greystripe, Nokia Developer, LifeStreet Media & Sequoia Capital as Silver Sponsors; and Game Insight, Apsalar, Kontagent, Gree, Nexage, Pontiflex, Swrve & Urban Airship as Event Sponsors.

MobileBeat 2012Design is determining the winners in everything mobile. The most successful players are focusing on one thing: How to make products, services, and devices as compelling and delightful as possible — visually and experientially. MobileBeat 2012, taking place July 10-11 in San Francisco, is assembling the most elite minds to debate how UI/UX is transforming every aspect of the mobile economy, and where the opportunities lie. Register here.


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