Google’s Punchd acquisition to push mobile wallet uptake

On first glance, Google’s acquisition of Punchd (a mobile phone-based loyalty service), a company barely a year and a half old, with little revenue and less than $150K in funding for $10M (reported widely) seems crazy. Initial speculation was that Google was making the move to add talent to its Android engineering team. But the fact that it is keeping the Punchd service going (likely moving to Google’s mobile wallet) points to a more strategic objective.

MobileBeat 2011 speakers round four: Keith Rabois, Bill Maris and more!

Preparations for our fourth annual MobileBeat conference are speeding along. Today, we’re announcing our fourth round of speakers for the event: Keith Rabois, COO at Square; Bill Maris, managing partner at Google Ventures; David Williams, VP of mobile products at AT&T Interactive; Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm; Michael Chang, general manager at Greystripe; and Bill Gajda, head of global mobile product at Visa.  You can find all of our current speakers here.

Our third round of MobileBeat 2011 speakers includes Rich Miner, Tim Schaaff and more!

Preparations for our fourth annual MobileBeat conference are speeding along. Today, we’re announcing our thirdround of speakers for the event: Rich Miner, partner at Google Ventures; Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment; Laura Chambers, senior director of PayPal Mobile; Omar Green, director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit; and Humphrey Chen, executive director of new technologies development at Verizon Wireless. You can find all of our current speakers here.