We’re only a few weeks away from our next Mobile Summit, and it’s shaping up to be a memorable meeting with some of the most influential minds in mobile. Request an invite if you haven’t yet, and check out the six big themes we’ll be covering at the event.
This year, we’ll be focusing on ways to make the mobile economy live up to its potential. Even with unstoppable mobile growth, the industry has plenty of room to develop new ways to communicate, collaborate, and interact.
Here are the latest additions to our lineup of stellar speakers.
Michael Bayle, SVP and GM, ESPN Mobile
Michael Bayle is the senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Mobile. A former Yahoo and Microsoft executive, Bayle develops and manages all aspects of ESPN’s mobile strategy and execution, including content production, programming, and publishing on every ESPN Mobile platform. He reports to John Kosner, the senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Digital and Print Media.
Omar Hamoui, founder and CEO, Maybe, Inc.
Hamoui is an entrepreneur with deep roots in the mobile industry. After earning a degree in computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles, Omar founded and ran several companies in mobile software and services. At the time, he was frustrated by the lack of available options when it came to promoting and monetizing mobile products. Hamoui realized that mobile service and content firms needed better ways to advertise and make money on the mobile Web.
Lee Linden, product lead, Facebook
Linden is an entrepreneur and an early-stage investor. Today, he is the product lead for Facebook’s emerging initiatives in commerce, including Gifts and the Facebook Card. Previously, Lee founded Karma, a breakthrough mobile commerce platform that enabled smartphone users to instantly send real gifts to others without physical mailing addresses. Facebook acquired Karma in early 2012.
Scott Kveton, cofounder and CEO, Urban Airship
Scott Kveton is the cofounder and CEO of Urban Airship, which helps the world’s top brands do great things in mobile. Widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure, Kveton speaks frequently on app monetization, user engagement, and mobile developer ecosystems. VentureBeat recognized him as one of the Top 10 Mobile Movers for 2012, and he recently received the Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ award.
Ari Mir, cofounder and CEO, Pocket Change
Mir brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial product leadership experience in the areas of social, mobile, and e-commerce to his role at Pocket Change. He co-founded GumGum.com, the world’s largest in-image ad network, which reaches over 100 million unique visitors per month. Mir also cofounded MoJungle, which ShoZu acquired. He has held senior product roles at BizRate/ShopZilla and LowerMyBills. He holds an undergraduate degree from University of Southern California.
Dominic Paschel, VP, Pandora
A technology enthusiast and evangelist, Paschel represented and transitioned three revolutionary private startups into some of the fastest growing publicly traded technology companies with a combined market capitalization of over $25 billion, helping to introduce the next generation of disruptive technology to Wall Street and the media. Paschel serves as the vice president of corporate finance and investor relations for Pandora (NYSE: P), the leader in personalized internet radio, directing the company’s public market relations and capital structure. In June 2011, he led Pandora’s $241 million initial public offering.
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