Ajay Chopra is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, where he has the privilege of investing in talented entrepreneurs and promising companies. Prior to joining Trinity in 2006, Ajay co-founded Pinnacle Systems, a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. During his tenure at Pinnacle, the company grew from start-up stage to a global $350M public company, won several Emmy awards and completed over a dozen M&A transactions before being acquired by Avid Technology. Ajay has over 20 years of operating experience at the senior management and board level with start-ups, private companies and public companies. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, an active group providing support for entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Trustees of the Harker School in San Jose. Ajay is also an avid skier, boatman and mountain biker.
Alan Warms founded Appolicious Inc. in May, 2009 to help consumers find iPhone apps they’ll love, and to help corporations drive adoption of their mobile apps. You can read more about Appolicious here or read coverage of the September 1st launch of Appolicious.
Prior to founding Appolicious, Alan worked at Yahoo! as Vice President, General Manager Yahoo! News, Tech, and Education from the sale of BuzzTracker in September, 2007 through November, 2008. While there, Warms: led the development of the first major site redesign in 3.5 years resulting in a tripling of engagement; implemented BuzzTracker into every News story page as the Most Blogged About feature; extended Yahoo! News lead as the number one News site for Reach in the world according to Comscore; and grew revenue and operating cash flow double digits percentage-wise on a year to year basis while consistently beating budget targets.
Participate Media, founded by Warms in 2005, developedBuzzTracker.com, a news aggregation platform that uses the top 100,000 blogs to automatically determine the top headlines for hundreds of thousands of content topics. Participate Media sold BuzzTracker and associated technologies to Yahoo! in September, 2007.
In 2006, Participate Media led an investment in RealClearPolitics.com and took over as Publisher, where Warms and his team led the development of new blogging-platform based site, launched several new features, executed significant distribution deals and quintupled revenue before exiting the investment in 2007. Warms blogged about it here.
Prior to founding Participate Media, Alan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Participate Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise software and online community management services founded by Alan in 1997. Participate Systems developed enterprise software and managed online communities for more than 100 corporations, including TiVo, palmOne, Logitech, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, General Electric, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and IBM. Alan also pioneered the development of hard ROI models around online community via a series of whitepapers he co-authored. Participate Systems was sold to OutStart, an eLearning enterprise software company, in November, 2004.Prior to founding Participate Systems, Alan worked at eShare and FreeLoader in senior executive positions. He also worked as a case leader and management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.
In 2001, the World Economic Forum selected Alan as one of its 100 Technology Pioneers. Also in 2001, the editors of Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Warms as one of forty executives under the age of forty who have significantly contributed to building Chicago’s economy. Alan is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Alan holds a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S.E.E. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.
Dr. Aleksandar Mitrovic is Senior Vice President for Technology and Platforms at Products and Innovations of Deutsche Telekom AG. He reports to Dr. Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product and Innovation Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG. Aleksandar is responsible for P&I’s Technology Governance, Strategy and Architecture and implements an consistent customer platforms approach for P&I. He represents Products and Innovations on the CIO and CTO boards in the Group.
The Products and Innovations department of Deutsche Telekom is in charge of the group-wide innovation strategy, product development and corporate research & development. Controlling the Deutsche Telekom product portfolio and defining the product roadmap for the group, as well as implementations in the market via systematic innovation management and corporate R&D.
Aleksandar graduated in Technical Cybernetics at Stuttgart University and started his professional career at IBM Management Consulting, where he acted on various leading technical positions for international projects and service businesses on first-of-a-kind projects. He joined Deutsche Telekom in 2006 and held management positions within Systems Integration, Automotive Application Management and Application Services at T-Systems.
Alexander Muse is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of startup experience. Today he is CEO of ShopSavvy – the largest mobile shopping community in the world with more than 20,000,000 downloads since launch. ShopSavvy recently closed a $7M investment lead by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
Born in Slovenia, Andrej Nabergoj co-founded and led internet start-ups in the U.S., Europe and Japan, including Httpool, a leading emerging markets online advertising network, and Noovo Games, a developer of social games.
Based in Palo Alto, Andrej was the founding CEO of Outfit7, best known as the creator of Talking Tom from the best selling Talking Friends Series. Outfit7 is one of the world’s leading and fastest growing mobile entertainment companies with over 300 million downloads on iOS and Android devices.
Andrej recently started Iddiction Inc., a stealth mobile application start-up based in Silicon Valley. Iddiction raised $3.5 million in seed capital; making it the largest seed round in 2011. Iddiction investors include Comcast, Highland Capital, IDG Ventures and others.
Andrej also serves as chairman for YES, a charitable association of young leaders in Eastern Europe and was an advisor to USAID. Andrej is an active TEDster and was co-founder of TEDx Silicon Valley.
In 2009, the World Economic Forum in Davos named Andrej a Young Global Leader. Andrej lives with his wife and two boys in Palo Alto, California.
Andrew currently serves T-Mobile USA in Bellevue, Washington as Senior Vice President of Marketing. He is responsible for product development, design and marketing, including identifying and driving T-Mobile’s innovative product roadmap and corresponding go to market initiatives to drive customer adoption, satisfaction and loyalty.
Andrew leads a talented team of approximately 75 marketing and product management professionals that share a passion for making the latest wireless mobile internet services affordable and easy to use for everyone.
Andrew has been with T-Mobile for 9 years and prior to his role as senior vice president, he served as Vice President, responsible for managing the development of marketing communications. He led advertising, media strategy, in-store merchandising and managing events and sponsorships.
Before coming to T-Mobile, Andrew worked as a Marketing Manager for Clorox, developing and implementing the business plan, growing volume, share and profit. He has also served as Brand Manager for GLAD trash bags, leading cross-functional teams, developing marketing strategies and plans, and managing profits and loss.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Bart Decrem is SVP and General Manager for Disney Mobile, the Disney unit behind the wildly successful Where’s My Water smartphone phenomenon. Previously, Bart as founder and CEO of Tapulous, one of the first companies in the iPhone space, and makers of Tap Tap Revenge, the most popular music game of all times. Bart also founded Flock (acquired by Zynga), co-founded Eazel, and ran marketing and business affairs for the Firefox 1.0 launch. In between, Bart has been an Entrepreneur In Residence at Doll Capital Management and worked on a number of community projects. Bart was born and raised in Belgium, holds a JD from Stanford Law School. Bart has been featured as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business (May 2009). in Advertising Age’s “2010 Creativity 50” (March 2010) and Newsweek’s Silicon “Valley Future Superstars” (April 2010).
Ben Milne is a payments outsider and founder of Dwolla, a next generation payment network charged with picking up the torch that Visa and Mastercard lit over 50 years ago. With its cutting edge technologies and innovative processes, the new system fixes the underlying inefficiencies, hazards, and fraud encumbering
today’s current electronic payments landscape.
A repeat entrepreneur, Ben built his first international company at the age of 19, turning a $1,200 investment into a multi-million dollar company with over sea operations and consulting clients, including Toyota and Ford. Having become obsessed with traditional card fees, Ben sold the company in 2008 to focus on Dwolla full-time.
Ben also has extensive leadership, investment, and mentorship experience with numerous companies, charities, and organizations in the Silicon Prairie region. n 2012, he was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list.I
Bob Friday is Chief Technology Officer for the Wireless Networking Business Unit, part of Cisco’s Network Services Group. He manages strategic wireless initiatives for the fast-growing WiFi (wireless LAN) and WiMAX broadband (wireless WAN) businesses.
Friday’s career has been focused on developing unlicensed wireless networking technology and products. He came to Cisco as the Chief Scientist and cofounder of Airespace, the wireless LAN leader acquired by Cisco in 2004. At Airespace, he leveraged his background in the outdoor wireless service provider market to introduce a centralized controller architecture for enterprise 802.11 wireless networks. He was also responsible for location technology, mesh, wireless routing technology, radio hardware development, and radio resource management algorithms.
Prior to Airespace, Friday was Chief Scientist at Metricom, a wireless WAN infrastructure company, and was directly responsible for the performance and capacity of the company’s nationwide wireless wide-area Ricochet network.
Friday has been awarded 13 patents. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.
Brian brings 15 years of experience to the position and most recently was vice president of corporate partnerships at Yahoo!, where he oversaw the business unit that operates Tier 1 partnerships. While at Yahoo!, Curry managed partnerships with Comcast, EBay, Walmart, Turner Broadcasting and Adobe among others.
Prior to his tenure at Yahoo!, Brian was a vice president of AOL’s Premium and Subscription Services unit, where he was responsible for AOL businesses involving licensed access to the AOL network, integration of AOL services in third-party products, and development of subscription services. In this capacity, Brian created and operated strategic relationships with Microsoft, IBM, Reuters, and WebEx to name a few.
Before joining AOL Premium Services, Brian was part of the AOL Instant Messaging unit where he managed AIM Network licensing and was a member of the AOL Strategic Development team. He joined AOL through its 1999 acquisition of Netscape Communications where he managed the Design Center practice for Netscape Professional Services.
Brian taught advanced design and information architecture at the University of Illinois before joining Netscape, and participated in Web-related research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
He holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Design and Technology from the University of Illinois.
During his career in the telecommunications industry and with Verizon Wireless, Brian has focused on driving innovation for the company and its customers through a wide range of collaborative projects. He has taken a leading role in various initiatives, including enterprise software development and support, network product development and implementation, nationwide in-building management, spectrum acquisition and planning, custom solution development for both enterprise and public safety.
Brian holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University. He has also earned an additional master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Tapjoy, Chris developed and managed publisher networks for RockYou Ads, the largest display ad network on Facebook, and VideoEgg (now SayMedia), pioneers of brand cost-per-engagement advertising. He also spent a number of years at Yahoo! as a Content Producer for Yahoo! Video. Chris received his BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chris is the cofounder and CEO of Life360, the largest family focused mobile application on the market. Over 10 million people use Life360 to keep their families safe and in sync by using it to see where loved ones are located, get help in an emergency, and group chat with their family members. Prior to a Life360, Chris worked at Goldman Sachs and was in the US Air Force. Chris received a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, and gave up his spot at Harvard Business School to start Life360.
Chris Worthington is a Manager of Business Development at Gap Inc. Direct, where he supports online marketing and operations for the Gap Inc. brands including Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta. In addition to managing Display, SEM, SEO, Affiliate, CSE, Mobile and Social Media programs, his team is responsible for evaluating new and emerging marketing technologies, partnerships and programs. Among Chris’s current duties is the overall strategy and management of mobile acquisition and direct marketing efforts for Gap Inc. Previously he has held positions in Finance & Strategy with Gap, an e-commerce start up, and at Value Retail – a Europe-based private equity group that focuses on investment and development of commercial, retail and tourism centers in Europe.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs and Economics from The George Washington University.
Clarence So joined salesforce.com in 1999, its founding year, and currently serves as senior vice president of Strategy, focused on developing the mobile platform for social enterprises. During his first five years, he served in the role of vice president of Product Marketing, responsible for bringing the company’s first dozen product lines to market. Following that, he led salesforce.com’s global marketing efforts as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to salesforce.com, Clarence worked in a variety of engineering, sales and venture capital roles at IBM, Motorola and US Venture Partners.
Clarence was born in Toronto. He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and MBA from UC Berkeley
Cyriac co-founded shopkick in 2009, backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s iFund and Reid Hoffman/Greylock, and Citi Growth Ventures. Shopkick was named the top retail app in the Wall Street Journal Top 10 Apps of 2010, and one of the World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies In Retail by Fast Company, along with Apple, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Prior, Cyriac spent a year at Kleiner Perkins as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, incubating shopkick. At CBS (NYSE: CBS), Cyriac was the founder and EVP of CBS Mobile, responsible for mobile entertainment, sports, news and the CW Network. Cyriac created U.S. industry firsts such as location-based mobile advertising, and grew CBS Sports Mobile into one of the Top Ten ad-supported mobile websites in the U.S.
In 1999, Cyriac co-founded 12snap, a mobile marketing and entertainment company with clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, L’Oreal, adidas and MTV Europe. Prior, he worked with global media, software and high-tech players in Europe and in Silicon Valley while at McKinsey & Company. Cyriac received the first Lion Awards for mobile concepts in Cannes in 2003 and 2004. In 2007 and 2008, Cyriac and his team received the only Emmy Award nominations for Mobile.
Prior to his engagement with Box, Dan served as interim CEO of Picateers. Before that, he spent 6+ years at Intuit in a variety of roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Small Business Group, Vice President and General Manager of the Quicken Health Group, and Vice President of Product Management.
Previously, Dan spent thirteen years in venture-backed startups, including senior executive roles at ReplayTV which was acquired by Sonic Blue (SVP and CTO), GuestConnect which was acquired by 4th Network (founder and CEO) and Books That Work which was acquired by Sierra On-Line (co-founder and President).
Dan joined Accel in 2010 and focuses on early stage investments. Prior to joining Accel, Dan founded chart.io, a Y Combinator-backed company specializing in visualizing data. Before chart.io Dan was at TechCrunch where he conducted industry research and published quarterly reports about industry trends, funding and M & A. Dan graduated from Yale University, where he was a sprinter on the track team. He now lives in Palo Alto, California.
Darya leads the team, which handles international publishing of GI’s games on the world’s largest social networks and develops business relationship with payment solutions providers.
Since she joined Game Insight, Darya developed and brought the company’s products into global social gaming markets including networks in USA, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Korea and Japan thus, making international direction the most profitable division of the company. Before joining Game Insight, Darya worked as Independent Consultant on investments and conducted assessment of investment attractiveness of private/public enterprises.
Darya holds Master Degree in Economics from Kharkiv University of Humanities “People’s Ukrainian Academy” (Ukraine) and Master Degree in Public Policy and Management from University of Southern Maine (USA).
Dave is a consumer-focused inventor specializing in mobile, convergence and digital entertainment. He has worked at the startup stages of projects like boxee, Slingbox and is an inventor of the CueCat consumer bar code reader. Always tinkering, he has 70+ U.S. patents granted and has appeared as a technology expert or host on some 300 television shows. Dave has written for PC Mag, is a founding contributor of O’Reilly’s MAKE and other consumer-tech outlets as well as industry publications. After the dot-com bubble burst, he was tapped by the Chairman of RadioShack to help re-kindle the spirit of innovation within the retail giant. Through his efforts, several products made it to market and many technologies were created with the help of his Asian and US based teams.
David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets, leads product strategy, marketing and execution across AT&T’s extensive portfolio of wireless and consumer communications and entertainment products and services. His responsibilities include overall product direction, planning , and marketing, youth and diversity marketing, research and development; customer lifecycle management; and national advertising, strategic sponsorships, promotions and pricing.
Previously, Christopher served as chief marketing officer for AT&T’s wireless business unit. In that role, Christopher led all marketing functions and drove the company’s strategy to introduce groundbreaking devices and applications that better integrated voice and data services for a simple and enhanced user experience. Prior to that, Christopher served as vice president of product management for AT&T’s wireless unit.
Before joining AT&T, Christopher worked at Palm, serving most recently as vice president – Product Marketing and Management with responsibility for the team that defines, develops and manages all Palm-branded product lines worldwide from concept through end of life.
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Christopher serves on the Ad Council’s board of directors and its executive committee.
Deep Nishar has nearly two decades of experience as a leader in the Internet and software industries. He joined LinkedIn in January 2009 and is currently responsible for setting and executing the company’s worldwide product strategy. Deep came to LinkedIn from Google, where he headed product strategy for the Asia-Pacific region, led the company’s worldwide mobile initiatives, and built the back-end systems used for managing Google’s global customer base. Deep was also the Founder and Vice President of Products at SOA software company Patkai Networks. Deep holds an MBA with highest honors (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, a MSEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B. Tech with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology. He has co-authored seven patents and received the Google Founders Award, given to employees who have made extraordinary contributions to the company.
Ernie Cormier is the CEO & President of Nexage and responsible for the company’s strategic direction and business operations. He has built a successful career in wireless, digital media and content, software, and the Internet. After a well-rounded engineering education, Ernie started in product design and development, thereafter demonstrating consistent advancement to senior executive leadership roles.
He was most recently CEO of a venture-backed start-up in mobile gaming and consumer electronics, sold in December 2009. Just before that, he completed two years as the Chief Commercial Officer and MD Group Strategy and Corporate Development for Virgin Media in the United Kingdom (NASDAQ: VMED), with 9.5 million customers (mobile, cable TV, broadband, and fixed-line telephony), with approximately $6 billion in revenue. At Virgin Media, he was responsible for the consumer business P&L, including all sales channels; marketing; brand; product; content acquisition; PR; care; retentions; credit and collections; strategy; corporate and business development; and all related functions.
Ernie holds a BS degree in Controls Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has completed certificate and related training at the Georgetown and Harvard business schools. He is also on the Mobile Advisory Board of the Mass Technology Leadership Council.
Fared Adib, Product Chief and Vice President Product, is in charge of all product strategy, planning, portfolio (handsets, smartphones, tablets, embedded devices, and M2M), vendor management, engineering, logistics, development, device quality, software services, and application platforms. He is responsible for procuring over $10 billion of devices and services for the prepaid, postpaid and wholesale businesses.
Due to his expertise of the telecommunications industry Fared has been quoted in Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Engadget, CNET, and other national publications. Fared was also recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the Smartest People in Tech in 2011.
Prior to Sprint Nextel, Fared held various engineering and product development roles for IBM and Sun Microsystems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Missouri and an MBA from University of Chicago.
Hans Peter is a high-tech executive and successful serial entrepreneur who has spent his career at the intersection of technology innovation and empowering consumers. He has invented several novel software applications and built businesses around them.
Hans Peter is currently head of the innovation office in Nokia’s Location and Commerce business unit where he is leading the incubation of new imaging, social and location based products and web services. As a member of the extended CTO leadership team he works closely with Nokia Growth Partners, Nokia’s venture capital investment arm.
In 2005 Hans Peter co-founded Plum, acquired in September 2009 by Nokia. Plum was one of the first web and mobile applications for private social networking and group conversations, targeted at real world social groups such as families, close friends and co-workers.
In 1996 Hans Peter founded Post Communications a pioneering email marketing software-as-a-service (SAS) company. Post was acquired by Netcentives in 2000. Prior to Post, Hans Peter co-founded DiVA bringing digital video editing to consumers in the early 90s. DiVA was acquired by Avid Technology in 1993 where he was CTO of the desktop video group for two years before moving to Silicon Valley. Hans Peter has also held positions earlier in his career at Apple in Tokyo, and at CERN in Geneva (the Center for European Nuclear Research).
Hans Peter is the author of The Engaged Customer (Harper Business, 2000) http://bit.ly/97Evd8, a NYT best-selling book on Email Relationship Marketing. He has testified at US Senate and FCC hearings on Internet privacy and spam and has addressed more than 50 conferences in the past several years on topics ranging from the new models of sharing and social collaboration on the Internet, to privacy, entrepreneurship and the broader impact and influence of technology on individuals.
Hill Ferguson is the head of mobile at PayPal, where he leads the mobile product management team guiding PayPal Mobile’s product strategy and marketing efforts. Hill has more than 12 years’ experience creating and launching new consumer Internet products for both large and small companies.
Prior to PayPal, Hill was the vice president of product and marketing at Zong, where he led product management and marketing functions. Hill has also previously worked with Yodlee, Yahoo! and founded LoanBack, a web service for setting up and managing loan agreements. At Yodlee Hill helped develop and market personal management (PFM) and consumer payments products used by top-tier Financial Institutions.
Hill received a BS in Political Science and Spanish and an MBA with a Marketing Concentration from Vanderbilt University.
Humphrey D. Chen is Executive Director of New Technologies Development for Verizon Wireless and is focused on accelerating the commercialization of innovative Venture-backed technologies amidst the increasingly competitive market dynamics within the wireless world. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Humphrey was responsible for driving the Google and Microsoft strategy for Avaya in the area of Enterprise Unified Communication
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.
Jim Goetz is a General Partner at Sequoia Capital. He has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market leading positions both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. He currently serves on the board of Appirio, Barracuda, Clearwell, eMeter, Jive, Metaswitch Networks, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks, Sencha and Widgetbox. He was previously on the boards of AdMob (Google), Dash (RIM), PeakStream (Google), Peribit (Juniper), Rhapsody (Brocade) and involved with Timetra (Alcatel) and TopSpin (Cisco). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners. In 1996, he co-founded VitalSigns Software (Lucent) where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management with Net.Medic and application and network performance market with VitalSuite. Within four years, VitalSigns grew into the market leader in network and application performance management software with $100M in bookings and 25M+ agents deployed. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks (Synoptics) where business segment revenues increased from $80 million to $396 million, Optivity’s market share grew to a dominant 51% and their embedded RMON market share grew to 43%. Prior to Bay and Synoptics, he held various product and marketing positions at AT&T and Digital Equipment. Jim has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Jim Payne is CEO and founder of MoPub, a monetization platform for mobile publishers, backed by Accel Partners and Harrison Metal Capital. Jim founded MoPub in 2010 to help mobile app developers monetize their apps more effectively. Prior to MoPub, Jim was on the product team at Google, where he managed the Google Maps Premier product line and started Google’s real-time search initiatives. After Google, Jim joined AdMob to develop new advertising products for performance-oriented advertisers. Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT and is passionate about technology, travel, skiing and music.
Joe Bayen is the Founder and CEO of ICS Mobile Inc. and its flagship website and application FreeAppADay.com. Prior to launching ICS Mobile Inc, Joe Bayen joined In-Fusio Games, a pioneer in the mobile game industry, as COO of the US operations. Joe started his career in 2004 as a managing partner at Allegorithmic and helped lead the company to become a major industry player in the middleware industry.
Joe graduated from the University of Miami on the Dean’s list and holds a BA in International Finance and Marketing. He was also the recipient of a full track and field scholarship and competed professionally in the 100m until he retired in 2004.
As President and CEO of MBRDNA, Johann Jungwirth is responsible for all Mercedes-Benz Research & Development activities in North America, including Infotainment & Telematics, Customer Research & HMI, and Society & Technology. He fulfills these responsibilities using his past experience as the head of development for Mercedes-Benz’s “New Telematics Generation 2.5″ head-units, and overall more then 17 years of experience at Mercedes-Benz R&D and Daimler.
MBRDNA was founded in 1995 to focus on research, advanced engineering, product testing, and new design projects. Since 2009, it has been under the leadership of Johann Jungwirth (or “JJ”, as he is known among his engineers). Mercedes-Benz has the most extensive commitment to innovation in the United States, which has been strengthened by JJ’s leadership and vision.
JJ gave keynote speeches at multiple Telematics Conferences like Telematics@China and Telematics Detroit 2010 and 2011.
John Burbank oversees strategic initiatives for Nielsen. Appointed to this role in November 2010, John is responsible for leading Nielsen’s innovation and new business opportunities across online and e-commerce.
For two years prior to this role, John was CEO of Nielsen’s Online Division where he led the company’s global internet measurement business. During his tenure as CEO, John established strategic relationships with industry leaders such as Facebook, and continued Nielsen’s growth in key international markets. Prior to his Online role, John served as Chief Marketing Officer for Nielsen.
Before Nielsen, John was Chief Marketing Officer for AOL, and before that, he served as Vice President Marketing at AT&T / Cingular where he led the company’s consumer growth segments and new media programs. For 10 years, John was employed by the Procter & Gamble Company where he pioneered online marketing and e-commerce activities on the Pampers brand. Earlier in his career, John worked for the Chicago Tribune Company.
He received a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.
John Donham is the CEO behind the world’s fastest-growing music and listening service TuneIn. John co-founded his previous start-up, social gaming company Metaplace, which was acquired by gaming giant Playdom in 2010. Playdom subsequently sold to Disney and soon after John was promoted to co-COO of Playdom, overseeing product and technology. John has a long-standing track record in consumer internet, entertainment and gaming. He was previously a Vice President of Development for Sony Online Entertainment where he led the development of dozens of popular titles including the EverQuest franchise and Star Wars Galaxies. When he’s not obsessing over product, you can find John building high-quality custom speakers. Some of his creations now pump out the sounds of favorite employee shows and stations through the TuneIn offices. John’s favorite stations and shows on TuneIn include ESPN, Hot 97, WSB, KQED, and Radio Paradise.
Mr. Donovan is Senior Executive Vice President-AT&T Technology and Network Operations. In this role, he oversees the company’s global information and network technology strategy; IT planning, engineering, implementation and operations; network planning, engineering, construction and operations; field operations, installation and maintenance; global supply chain; corporate fleet operations and corporate real estate.
Mr. Donovan previously served as chief technology officer for AT&T where he oversaw the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Donovan was executive vice president of world wide sales and services for VeriSign, where he was responsible for leading VeriSign’s global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability. Prior to joining VeriSign, Mr. Donovan was CEO of inCode Wireless, where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. In addition, he has delivered projects for major U.S. network operators, focusing on the strategic and technological implications of wireless voice and data technologies. Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999.
He frequently speaks on strategic and wireless technology topics at industry events. Mr. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.
As the use of smartphones and mobile apps began to skyrocket, John saw that consumers needed greater protection from mobile-based fraud and identity theft. John quickly recognized that security for a mobile device had to be different from complex, resource-hungry PC security software. The right solution had to be simple to use, lightweight and consumer friendly. The right company had to be an advocate for consumer protection, not a source of fear and concern.
To bring his vision to reality, John co-founded Lookout with his fellow USC classmates James Burgess and Kevin Mahaffey in 2007. In recognition of John’s pioneering leadership and passion for technology, BusinessWeek named him one of their “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” and Fortune Magazine featured John as one of the “Smartest People In Tech.”
At the age of 28, John has already founded three successful companies. Prior to founding Lookout, John was the CEO of Daily Wireless, a trusted source of daily news on the wireless marketplace. John’s strong track record enabled him to secure top-tier funding for Lookout from Khosla Ventures, Trilogy Equity Partners, Accel Partners, and Index Ventures—the same investors that backed other industry-shaping companies like Facebook, Skype and Groupon.
As a leading voice for information security, John is also a popular speaker at premier innovation, technology and security events: RSA, CTIA, Black Hat Technical Security Conference, DEFCON, Microsoft’s Bluehat Security Conference, and FORTUNE Brainstorm TECH.
Josh is responsible for strategic revenue projects, data science and R&D. He is responsible for driving Kontagent’s world class proprietary data processing, analysis platform and algorithms into new verticals and markets. A serial entrepreneur, Josh has led two successful start-ups to two large exits – the first as CTO at an early big data firm in automated real-time financial securities analysis which was acquired in 2003, and the second as CEO and CTO at a leading game technology company which was acquired in early 2007. Josh is an investor and loves helping other entrepreneurs however he can. In his personal time, he… well, mostly just works more, much to his lovely wife’s bemusement and occasional chagrin.
Lars is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Growth Strategy Practice. In his work he mainly focuses on the mobile web and digital services at the intersection of consumers, media and technology.
Lars has been with Accenture since 2001 and worked for Accenture’s offices in Vienna (‘01-‘03), Rome (‘03-‘05) and since 2006, in San Francisco. Lars completed over 40 projects in the U.S., Europe and Asia with Accenture global blue chip clients, covering infrastructure, chipsets, devices, web services & digital media at every major step of the value chain. Clients include Cisco, Microsoft, BestBuy, Comcast, Samsung, Nokia, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia Mobile, SK Telecom, Orange, Telefonica Moviles.
In FY ’08 & ’09 he was Accenture’s North America Telecoms & Wireless Knowledge Lead and as of FY 2010 he is Accenture’s Global Consumer Technology Segment Co-Lead. He also serves on the IAB Mobile Advertising Committee (since FY ’09).
Lars went to college and graduate school in Germany and Italy, he holds a Dipl.-Kfm degree from Passau University (Germany). He is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.
Laura currently leads strategy and execution for Alcatel-Lucent’s companywide push to transform the network into an application platform for service providers, enterprises and developers. Laura has spent 20 years in high tech product management, marketing and business development. She was most recently VP of Marketing and Business Development at Mashery, one of the earliest entrants in the Cloud and API Management infrastructure industry. Previously, In her role as CEO at the Software Development Forum, the leading non-profit in the United States for technology entrepreneurship; her organization assisted thousands of entrepreneurs in defining business plans and raising over $100 million in venture funding. She has also lead product teams for the Sybase App Server, Powerbuilder Development Tools, and the Intershop E-Commerce Platform. Before joining the high tech community, Laura was involved in technology transformation projects at Ford Motor Company and Pepsi-Cola.
Lawrence Coburn is the founder and CEO of DoubleDutch, a company that embraces mobile and social to change the way people work. DoubleDutch makes mobile enterprise applications that leverage game mechanics and social functionality to massively increase engagement and transparency.
After launching DoubleDutch at SXSW in 2010, Lawrence has made quite an impact in the mobile, enterprise, and geolocation world. He has spoken at many conferences including 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Applications, Enterprise 2.0, Dreamforce, ITEXPO, APPNATION Enterprise Summit, and the Mobile Enterprise Summit.
Lawrence is also the geolocation editor for The Next Web, a mentor for UC Berkeley Computer Science students, a mentor at IO Ventures (a San Francisco based incubator), and a member of the Enterprise 2.0 vendor board. A three-time entrepreneur, Lawrence also founded RateItAll, a top ten consumer review property.
Prior to his Internet career, Lawrence worked for Nortel Networks in a variety of roles throughout Latin America.
Maria Alegre is co-founder and chief executive officer of Chartboost, a San Francisco based company that offers a platform for mobile game developers to do advertising deals with each other instead of paying a 50-percent fee to an ad network. Chartboost recently closed $2 million Series A funding with SK Telecom, Translink Capital and XG Ventures.
Prior to Chartboost, Alegre was one of the early employees at Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge, the #1 music game on the iPhone, where she worked on revenue optimization and was responsible for pricing virtual goods, managing ad networks, selling direct advertising campaigns and launching weekly content and new games. After Tapulous was acquired by The Walt Disney Company, Alegre became head of the Tapulous Labs Studio for Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG). In this role, she led the development of two games from conceptualization to launch.
Alegre holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
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).
Matt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat. In the fall of 2009 he also took on the role of Executive Producer of DEMO, the premiere launchpad event for emerging technologies. Prior to starting VentureBeat, Matt covered the venture capital beat for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat. Matt was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Matt, against California’s public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments. Matt was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, “The Bank: the Birth of Europe’s Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power” (Random House, 1999). He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Matt Murphy is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and manages the iFund, a collaborative initiative with Apple that focuses on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet. Matt’s expertise is in mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology. He is either a director or works closely with the management teams of Aerohive Networks, Apperian, AutoNavi, Booyah!, Egnyte, GOGII, RGB Networks, Puppet Labs, SessionM, Shazam, shopkick, Stoke and WorkSmart Labs. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO) and led KPCB’s investment in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010). He also served as a director at Pelago (acquired by Groupon in 2011), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM in 2009) and Peakstream (acquired by Google in 2008).
Before joining KPCB, Matt led product management at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) and worked at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.
Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Michael Bayle is 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, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Digital and Print Media.
Most recently, Bayle was Vice President of Monetization and Marketing at Amobee, a leading mobile marketing developer, where he led global ad operations, North American business and market development and strategic partnerships. Prior to Amobee, Bayle was Senior Director of Global Mobile Monetization at Yahoo!, where he launched Yahoo’s mobile advertising business, while building a global team that created mobile campaigns for Fortune 500 partners in 29 markets. Bayle also held business development positions at Yahoo!, Microsoft and International Data Group (IDG).
Bayle is a graduate of Stanford University, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, as well as a bachelor of arts in Japanese. He is also co-founder of Drink Exchange, a monthly global internet networking event.
Mihir Shah is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tapjoy. He joined the company in December, 2009 as Chief Revenue Officer, bringing with him more than 17 years of online advertising and gaming industry experience as a top-level executive.
Prior to joining Tapjoy, Shah was Vice President, Ad Network for RockYou, a leading provider of applications and widgets across the social media space, with application properties on major social networks including Facebook, MySpace, and Hi5. In a short time, Shah grew the company’s revenues by more than 500% and more than quadrupled gross margin. He was responsible for 15 billion monthly ad impressions, as well as sales, account management, performance marketing, analytics, and publisher management.
Mihir also founded CookEatShare.com, a vertical social network catering to home cooks and professional chefs. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and General Manager for Direct Selling Solutions at QuinStreet, the largest performance marketing firm in the country. Earlier, Mihir was the President and CEO of Liquid Software, a Sutter Hill Ventures backed enterprise application integrator. Mihir earned his BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University.
Mike Ghaffary is the Director of Business Development at Yelp. Prior to Yelp, Mike was the Director of Business Development at TrialPay, where he led partnerships with Facebook and a variety of other companies. Before that, he was the co-founder and VP of Business Development at Stitcher, and VP at Summit Partners. He is also co-founder of BarMax, the most expensive iPhone and iPad app, and previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group and MSC Software. Mike holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Neeraj is a Director of Product Management in the Mobility Product Group at Dell and responsible for all Smartphone and Tablet technology planning for both Windows and Android OS platforms. Neeraj brings a diversified background and relevant experience spanning 15 years of the wireless industry. Prior to joining Dell, Neeraj spent five years in the venture capital industry, most recently at Venrock, evaluating deals in the mobile/wireless, core tech and clean tech space. As a venture investor, Neeraj pursued entrepreneurs and startups ranging from wireless semiconductors to mobile applications and content. Prior to his venture capital career, Neeraj was a Senior Product Manager at Yahoo! Mobile where he was responsible for launching Yahoo! Search for Mobile. He also spent time as a senior consultant at inCode Wireless he provided business strategy and consulting services to handset and infrastructure OEMs, wireless carriers and enterprise customers. Neeraj began his professional career in the cellular network division at Motorola as a systems engineer and product manager. Neeraj has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Patrick is a Managing Director at SK telecom ventures, the venture arm of Korea’s leading mobile carrier. He started his career as a corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA. Between two stints at WSGR, Patrick worked at Kim & Chang, Korea’s pre-eminent law firm, advising Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Kim & Chang, Patrick was Director of Business Development at Dialpad Communications (acquired by Yahoo), where he negotiated and closed both of Dialpad’s financings, which raised $66 million. Patrick invests in mobile, internet and media companies and is based in Palo Alto, California.
Peter Yared is responsible for CBS Interactive’s central technology including ad serving, data warehouse, data centers and content management. Yared joins CBS Interactive from Webtrends where he served as the General Manager of the Social product line, and came to Webtrends via the acquisition of his social marketing platform startup Transpond. Yared was the founder and CEO of four e-commerce and marketing infrastructure companies, which were respectively acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends and TigerLogic.
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.
Richard joined Accel in 2006, with a focus on mobile, software, and energy technologies. Rich currently serves on the board of Google’s AdMob, the mobile advertising player, Parature, a leader in SaaS based customer support, SunRun, the leading provider of residential solar power, and Getjar Networks, the largest mobile development community and open mobile app store. Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave and previously GM of Messaging Products, and Chief Marketing Officer at Openwave. Previously Rich was EVP/GM at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble Rich holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Rip Gerber is the founder of “Location-as-a-Service” (LaaS) and built Locaid into the world’s largest LaaS platform that now locates over 350 million wireless devices for the world’s biggest banks, mobile agencies, brands and application developers. Rip is a noted mobile industry visionary, entrepreneur, public company executive and international best-selling author.
Prior to Locaid, Rip served in senior executive roles at various public and private companies. At Nokia, he served as General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer of Intellisync, where he’s recognized for transforming the company’s brand and products and orchestrating the $510M acquisition by Nokia. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President at Carlson, a $38 billion company and one of the largest family-held corporations in the United States. Rip was also on the founding executive team of Commtouch, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, he was a lead executive in taking the company public in 1999. Earlier in his career, Rip founded @once, an email marketing company that was later acquired by InfoUSA. He also served in engineering and management roles at Deloitte Consulting, American Express and Firestone Tire & Rubber.
Rip holds several patents in location technologies, sits on the Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) Leadership Council of the CTIA-The Wireless Industry Association and has spoken at many industry events, including the DMA, CTIA WIRELESS and the Consumer Electronics Show. His thrillers have been published by Random House and Forge. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Rip is an avid classic rock musician and has amassed the world’s largest collection of map postcards.
Robert is the founder and Managing Partner of Crossroads Ventures. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, technology leader and investor with more than 30 years of experience building companies from early-stage startups to established enterprises.
Most recently Robert was a member of the early executive team at Zynga serving as its first senior vice president of business operations and corporate development. His work resulted in key revenue initiatives, global partnerships, and strategic acquisitions, which contributed to Zynga reaching over $1 billion run rate in revenue, growing its employee base to over 2,500 worldwide and expanding distribution to 100 countries worldwide in less than three years. Robert also established and led Zynga’s operations in Asia where he guided the company’s expansion onto multiple SNS and mobile platforms.
During his career, Robert helped lead three companies to initial public offerings and has been involved in numerous successful exits. Previously,Robert has been the Managing Director of managing director of venture operations at Idealab where he pioneered the capital-efficient strategy of “innovation through milestone investing” which tied frequent operating and innovation milestones to successive capital investments.
Prior to Idealab, Robert spent more than 20 years in senior management, corporate investment and strategy positions at media, e-commerce and enterprise software companies.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Columbia University in New York City.
A travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur, Sam previously founded and was CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. SideStep acquired TravelPost.com and Sam stayed on as VP of business development until its fortunate acquisition by Kayak. Sam also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and NexTag. Not at all surprisingly, he was an assistant to Wes Craven on the film Scream. He HotelTonights at the Ace New York.
Serge Matta currently serves as President, Operator & Mobile Solutions at comScore and has been with the firm since its inception in late 1999. In this capacity, he overseas comScore’s Telecom and Mobile Practice Worldwide. He has been instrumental in the expansion of comScore’s telecom solutions globally, including the 2010 acquisition of Nexius, Inc. and the growth of comScore’s syndicated and custom mobile measurement products for in-depth consumer insights. Within the telecom industry, comScore is proud to have customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile, Sprint, Orange, etc. In addition, comScore’s exclusive arrangement with all five UK wireless operators in association with the GSMA falls within Serge’s group.
Serge has been on several panels and speaking engagements at shows such as CTIA, CTAM, NCTA, US Telecom Board, Ad Tech, CTAM and e-Metrics.
Serge was previously with MicroStrategy where he led their consulting group. Serge holds an MBA from American University and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Flurry is the leading data-driven mobile app advertising platform, with its services used by over 55,000 companies across more than 150,000 apps on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Simon is responsible for Flurry’s day-to-day operations. He has been an entrepreneurial executive for over 20 years, having built numerous consumer, media and enterprise solutions that have generated over $800 million in M&A and IPO transactions. Prior to Flurry, Simon held senior executive positions at Novell, Worldtalk and Volera, among others.
Steve Yankovich is responsible for eBay’s mobile business and product development worldwide on device platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, RIM, Android, tablet and mobile web. Transforming eBay mobile into the worlds largest m-commerce player in 2009, 2010 and in 2011 with $5B through eBay’s mobile footprint and over 74+ million downloads. globally and expects $8B in 2012.
Before eBay, Steve was Adobe’s Entrepreneur in Residence where he Created an Adobe seed project targeted at knowledge and information workers. Before Adobe, he was the founder/CEO/CTO of Movaris an Enterprise BPM software company that saw a 10 year run before being acquired. Over a 28 year career Steve went from CPU designer, to software architect and start-up entrepreneur to Fortune 500 company executive. When Steve isn’t busy tinkering with technology, he enjoys building and driving fast cars.
Steven is the co-founder to mig33, a leading mobile social entertainment service with millions of users in South and South-East Asia. He has extensive private and public board experience, has served as a keynote speaker and panelists conferences throughout U.S. Australia and Asia, and appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, the Economist and a number of other international publications.
Sundeep (Sunny) Madra is a technology visionary within the mobile and web applications community. Sunny co-founded Xtreme Labs with the goal of engaging the captains of industry in world-class development projects that will define the present evolution of the Internet experience. Sunny provides the vision for Xtreme Labs’ software development and business process that has been optimized for the highly iterative and agile nature of application software.
Tim Lee is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Tim works with mobile, cloud and software companies.
Previously, Tim 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, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge UK. Tim has a Masters in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Travis Boatman is Senior Vice President of Mobile for Zynga, Inc. Based in San Francisco, Travis is responsible for overseeing the expansion of Zynga’s mobile social game portfolio including the production of next generation titles across multiple platforms and devices.
Travis is a Silicon Valley native with almost 20 years of experience working in the videogame industry where he has worked on PC, console, and over 12 years in mobile. Prior to joining Zynga, Travis grew JAMDAT Mobile Studios from a start-up to a publicly traded global leader before being acquired by Electronic Arts. He continued on at Electronic Arts for over six years where he led their global studios and oversaw production of more than 150 mobile titles spanning genres such as sports, action and adventure, board games, and racing.
Spanning his career, Travis has managed and delivered content for all major mobile platforms ranging including WAP, BREW, J2ME, Symbian, WebOS, Kindle, Android, and iOS. He is a true believer in the future of mobile, and has dedicated his career to the global possibilities and freedom of play that the mobile platform provides.
Travis’ favorite Zynga mobile social game is Scramble With Friends.
Wallace Pai is Vice President of Motorola Mobility. He leads Corporate Development for the company and is also managing partner of Motorola Mobility Ventures, the company’s strategic investment arm responsible for identifying and executing minority-equity investments (at early and later stages) in start-up firms. His role includes strategic planning, M&A and working actively with entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talent for all Motorola Mobility businesses. His areas of specific focus include software and mobile services, Internet and new media, wireless and computing devices.
Wallace is a member of the senior leadership team that restructured Motorola. He was involved in developing the strategy to re-launch the handset business and establish Motorola Mobility as an independent entity encompassing both the Mobile Devices and Home businesses. In addition, Wallace has led a number of strategic acquisitions key to establishing competitive differentiation for the new company. These included acquisitions in software platform, tools, location-based services, context aware, enterprise security and multi-screen cloud-based media platform.
Prior to joining Motorola, Wallace worked at Qualcomm in a number of leadership roles, including leading global business development for 3G and strategic planning for the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. He has also worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, and at Heidrick and Struggles. Early in his career, Wallace led product development and was a microprocessor designer at Intel Corporation.
Wallace holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BSEE from Boston University.