We’re just one week 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 Trevor Dryer, head of product management at Intuit; Steve Schlenker, co-founder at DN Capital; Rob Weber, co-founder of W3i; Michael Goff, co-founder and CEO of Cocoafish; and Mark Curtis, founder of Fjord; along with a slew of other great speakers.
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).
Trevor Dryer is Intuit’s Head of Product Management, Mobile Payments & Point of Sale. Trevor manages two cross-functional teams responsible for Intuit’s mobile payments (GoPayment) and point of sale products. Dryer oversees product creation and design, customer research, hardware and overall product strategy. Since assuming his role, he has increased customer acquisition up 1000%, cost of acquisition down 85% and achieved the highest mobile card processing volume in the industry.
Steve Schlenker is a co-founder of DN Capital and has more than 17 years of venture capital and private equity experience. Steve’s focus at DN Capital is on enterprise software and digital media investments. Steve currently oversees DN Capital portfolio companies Endeca, FamilyBuilder, IGA Worldwide, MoreMagic, Lagan, Datanomic, and Digital Chocolate. Prior to co-founding DN Capital, Steve was chief investment officer at SUN Capital Partners, where he was a Director of e-Start.com and was also involved in the successful sale of PlanetAll to Amazon.
Rob Weber co-founded W3i in 2000, growing W3i to be a leader in app user acquisition and monetization. For 42 consecutive quarters the company continues to be profitable and has grown to over 120 employees. For more than a decade, Rob worked to create solutions to increase distribution, drive revenue and heighten engagement for app developers, such as DeNA, Gree, Kabam, PocketGems and many other indie and public developers. Under Rob’s leadership, W3i recently launched a mobile offer exchange that includes partnerships with leading offer providers.
Michael Goff is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cocoafish, the mobile server backend company dedicated to helping developers add networked features to their apps without writing any server code. He led the growth of Cocoafish from concept in early 2010 to acquisition by Appcelerator as a cash flow positive lean startup in January, 2012. At Appcelerator, Michael continues to lead the development, sales, and marketing of Cocoafish to Appcelerator’s large developer and enterprise customer base.
Mark Curtis served as the Chief Executive Officer at Handmade Mobile Entertainment Limited. Mr. Curtis co-founded Fjordnet Limited in 2004. He has a strong track record in media innovation (for clients such as Yell, RAC & Allied Domecq). Mr. Curtis was a Partner at Fjord, building cross platform and mobile products for Nokia & Orange. Prior to that, he served as a Global Executive Vice President for Razorfish, responsible for 1500 staff. Together with a Partner, he set up CHBi in 1994 to develop interactive technology solutions for marketing clients.
We want to thank the industry leaders that are supporting MobileBeat 2012: W3i as Platinum Sponsor; Box as Corporate Sponsor; Flurry, Tapjoy & YouWeb as Gold Sponsors; Greystripe, Nokia Developer, LifeStreet Media, Ludei & Sequoia Capital as Silver Sponsors; Game Insight, Apsalar, Kontagent, GREE, Nexage, Pontiflex, Swrve, Urban Airship, PayPal, Betable, Xyologic, and Tandem as Event Sponsors; and MyPref & PubNub as Contributing Sponsors.
Design 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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