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Jason Spero
Head of Global Mobile Solutions
Google

Jason Spero is the Global Sales Lead for mobile at Google. Jason is responsible for the global priorities and overall commercial strategy for Google’s mobile offerings including Search, GDN, AdMob, YouTube and DoubleClick Platforms. He joined Google in May 2010 as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob where he was vice president and general manager of North America responsible for strategy and operations. In this role, he also led the company’s sales, business development and marketing teams.

Jason has more than eight years of experience in product, marketing and general management functions in mobile. Before joining AdMob, Jason was an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures where he focused on mobile applications, services and infrastructure. Prior to Redpoint, Jason was senior vice president of marketing at Digital Chocolate where he was responsible for worldwide product, marketing and distribution. Previously Jason was a director of product management at Openwave where he led their Client and Instant Messaging product teams.

Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Mark Curtis
Founder
Fjord

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. Prior to becoming involved in digital media, Mr. Curtis set up Curtis Hoy. Mr. Curtis is the author of Distraction – Being Human in the Digital Age (Futuretext 2005).

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Russ McGuire
VP of Strategy
Sprint Nextel

Russ is a leading strategist and visionary in the telecom industry. As VP of strategy for Sprint, he is responsible for developing the strategic vision and framework for the $30B+ telecommunications giant. Prior to joining Sprint, Russ 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. Additionally, he has been a regular columnist for Network World, Business Reform, and Success magazines. He is also the author of The Power of Mobility, a book about how businesses can prosper in the next technology revolution.

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Kevin Talbot
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Relay Ventures

Kevin is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing. Kevin has been an entrepreneur, operator and investor in both Canada and the USA for over 20 years. From 1997 until 2010, Kevin was with the venture capital arm of Royal Bank of Canada where he was Vice President of Venture Capital and Managing Director of RBC Venture Partners. He was focused on investments in financial services, SaaS and enterprise software throughout North America.

He presently sits on the boards of Kiip, Xobni, Payfone, WorldMate, and Appia. Previously, he served on the boards of Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle), iPhrase Technologies (acquired by IBM), Inea Corp. (acquired by Cartesis/Business Objects), Infobright Inc., Tacit Software (acquired by Oracle), CashEdge (acquired by SIG), Brickstream, Igloo and Jana.

Kevin holds an MBA, with distinction, from York University, a BA degree in Strategic Studies and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Corporate Governance College at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Kevin also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto. Kevin is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.

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Redg Snodgrass
Founder & CEO
Wearable World

Redg Snodgrass is an entrepreneur who understands how big Telco and Startups work together. He was on the founding team of SKOUT, helping them to hit their first 2 million users and profitability. He’s headed Innovation for Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs creating the first ever Open API Service across multiple global carriers. He eventually went to head the Bell Labs Open Innovation Unit helping over 400 startups connect with carriers in order to create a 1 + 1 = 1000 scenarios. He went onto be founder CEO of The Taploid, and is currently Co-Producing GROW a conference that helps entrepreneurs expand their business.

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