Mobile Summit 2013 stage

VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit, our annual get-together with top-level mobile industry executives, is kicking off today at the beautiful Cavallo Point Lodge resort in Sausalito, Calif.

Mobile Summit is different from your typical tech conference: It doesn’t have any crowds, and the conversation isn’t driven by PR handlers — and it’s also not set in a cramped convention center. Instead, we’ve invited 180 of the brightest minds in mobile to tackle issues facing the industry in an intimate and relaxed setting.

This year we’re focusing on mobile experience, mobile commerce, the future of infrastructure, and three other topics. We’ll be chatting with folks from AT&T, Google+, and others onstage, and we’re also wrangling all of the attendees for boardroom sessions to debate our core topics. By bringing together executives from all across mobile for spirited discussions, we think we can cut through most of the industry drama for solutions that will help businesses and consumers alike.

Keep an eye out for coverage from the Mobile Summit today and tomorrow on VentureBeat.

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