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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Neubert, a native German, moved to Silicon Valley in 1991. Today at Deutsche Telekom he is heading the US activities for innovative partnering as part of DT’s Group Business Development & Venturing team.
The initial 10 years he spent primarily in the graphics/multimedia PC industry and as VP/GM at ELSA Inc. he established the US presence until the IPO in 1998. The last 10 years as VP Business Development/Strategic Accounts he was involved in numerous start-ups evangelizing desktop video conferencing and worked with companies like Skype, Yahoo, Google and others.. Before Thomas joint Deutsche Telekom in January 2012 he managed worldwide strategic accounts at Logitech Inc.
He is also a co-founder and Vice-Chairman of GABA (German American Business Association) and is passionate about multi cultural environments. Thomas lives in San Jose, CA. In his free time he is a marathon coach, plays the drums and likes to spend time with his wife and two kids.