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I’m delighted to announce the latest speakers at MobileBeat2009, our mobile industry conference for executives next Thursday (July 16):
Brad Stone, New York Times (at left)– Stone, a leading reporter in the New York Times‘ Silicon Valley bureau, will be moderating our fireside chat with Alex Moukas, chief executive of Velti, AJ Rhodes of Disney Interactive, and Dave Smith, chief executive of MediaSmith, a well-known San Francisco media agency.
David Marcus, chief executive, Zong (middle above)– Zong is a significant player in mobile payments. He’ll be speaking on the mobile social panel, where payments can help grease the wheels of the emerging mobile games industry.
Andrew Lacy, co-founder and chief operating officer, Tapulous (above right)– Tapulous is parent company of some leading mobile game companies on the iPhone, including Tap Tap Revenge.
Eric Chu, head of Android App store, Google (left)– Chu is responsible for driving the application ecosystem for phones operating on Google’s Android operating system. Aside from the iPhone, Android has emerged as one of the most exciting operating systems for smartphones. Chu works with members of the Open Handset Alliance, and also leads Android developer initiatives, including content recruitment and the Android Market. Prior to Google, Eric was the CMO for Aplix, a leading supplier of mobile middleware in handsets. Eric also spent 10 years at Sun, driving Java ME business and marketing as one of the key contributors that grew the Java mobile ecosystem to over 1 billion devices.
Ilja Laurs, founder and chief executive of GetJar (above middle) — Getjar is the world’s largest independent mobile application store, something that has been forgotten with the emergence of the gee-whiz iPhone App store. Getjar operates mostly outside of the U.S., however, which is why it isn’t as well known here. But the service is partly why Mig33 has become one of the most downloaded apps. Every month, 35,000,000 downloads are served from GetJar site and its network of OEM and carrier partners that include Vodafone, Sony Ericsson, and Blackberry.
Jason Devitt, chief executive of Skydeck Mobile, CEO (above right) — Skydeck is a new application providing more information and transparency about phone calls on your monthly bill, but now has moved to offer you an address book as the central part of your communication, as well as other free management services.
We’ve got a great time in store for MobileBeat. Our start-up competition has proven competitive, and we’ll be seeing 10 companies launch with brand new products. Buy tickets here.
We’re thrilled to have sponsorship support from so many mobile industry leaders: Qualcomm, Velti, AdMob, GetJar, Symbian, beamME, Sun Microsystems, Cc:Betty, Greystripe, Mozes, Nvidia and SGN.
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