Event: 'BIG EVENT: Mobility – Opportunities In Digital Convergence'
Business Interface Groups – where Business & Technology collide!
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007 At 06:00
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA Laura Weigant Email: [email protected]
With the advent of wireless as an enabler for mobility the user experience becomes more complex as internet access can be achieved via Wifi, WiMAX cellular and other infrastructures with devices that can accommodate all, and the users who demand to smoothly roam among these networks locally and internationally.
Wireless Convergence is still the magic word in the mobile arena. There are many interpretations to Convergence. For carriers it means transparent roaming among wireless and wire line networks; Device vendors’ interpretation is "the Swiss army knife" of the mobile consumer, such as the iPhone = iPOD and cellular phone; another interpretation for conversion might be one location to store all your information and access it from any mobile device.
Where is all this headed?
Our experienced and opinionated panelists will explore the topic of Digital Convergence in a Mobile World and explore opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups in this huge emerging market including:
• What is YOUR definition of Convergence?
• What services will change from wireless to fixed networks and vice versa?
• What opportunities do you see for entrepreneurs from the recent deployments and developments in voice roaming between mobile and fixed?
• What opportunities do you see for entrepreneurs from the recent deployments and developments in data roaming between mobile and fixed?
• What opportunities do you see for entrepreneurs from the recent deployments in devices toward Convergence?
• What opportunities do you see for entrepreneurs from the recent deployments and developments in cellular / DSL / cable Convergence?
• Sebastian Blum, Managing Director, T-Venture of America, Inc.
• Sanjiv Parikh, Director Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation
• Dilip Venkatachari, Director of Products for Mobile Ads, Google
• Henry H. Wong, Founder & Managing Director, Diamond TechVentures, LLP
Moderator: Tony Perkins, Founder and Editor, AlwaysOn
When: Thursday, June 21
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Business showcase, networking and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 - 8:15 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A
8:15 - 8:30 pm: Additional networking
SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
PRE-REGISTERED RATES (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres):
Members - $20; Affiliates who advertise this event - $29; General Public - $49
Business Showcase Exhibit Table (Includes exhibit table and two tickets to the event.)
Members - $149; Non-members - $500
WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price
This event is co-sponsored by SAP, http://www.SAP.com
Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day.
Sebastian Blum, Managing Director, T-Venture of America, Inc.
Sebastian Blum joined T-Venture in 1999, 2 years after the inception. T-Venture is the corporate venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom group, that manages several VC funds on behalf of the strategic business units of Deutsche Telekom, which also includes T-Mobile. Since 2006, Sebastian is at T-Venture's U.S. subsidiary. As the Managing Director of T-Venture of America, he is responsible for U.S. portfolio companies, new deal flow and projects, the relationships with U.S. venture capital companies, and for managing T-Venture's partnership with TeleSoft Partners.
Sebastian has been actively involved with investments in Silicon Media Group, The Fantastic Corporation (IPO) and Lastminute.com (IPO). In his 4-year tenure as a investment professional with the T-Mobile Venture Fund he has made the investments and been responsible for Flash Networks, MindMatics, UCP Morgen (sold to Qpass, sold to Amdocs), and Apertio. His current investments include Kineto Wireless and Ruckus Wireless.
Before joining T-Venture, Sebastian did his postgraduate MBA degree with NIMBAS, Utrecht (Netherlands). Prior to that, he worked in sales and marketing with Unilever Germany.
Sanjiv Parikh, Director Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation
Sanjiv Parikh is a Director for the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, based in Silicon Valley. The Emerging Business Team manages Microsoft’s interaction with venture capitalists and start-ups world wide to accelerate innovation and foster the software ecosystem. Within the Emerging Business Team, Sanjiv is in charge of engagements with mobility oriented start-ups, venture capitalists and enterprises.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sanjiv was Managing Director of FairWinds Ventures, a private equity advisory and investment firm. He advised large corporations and assisted early/mid-stage companies with their private equity needs: which included M&A, spin-outs, financings, and interim management. Previously, Sanjiv was a Managing Director of Atrium Capital. Atrium Capital is a 16 year-old Sand Hill Road venture capital firm which, in addition to having its own financial fund, managed the venture capital activities of Fortune Brands, Hallmark Cards, R.R. Donnelley & Sons and W.W. Grainger. Atrium’s investments include AdForce, B2BWorks, DigitalPersona, FieldCentrix, InfoUSA.com, MapQuest, MetaTV, Multex and RedEnvelope.
Prior to joining Atrium Capital, Sanjiv helped launch RightWorks Corporation; an enterprise software company in supply chain management and procurement that was sold to Internet Capital Group for $1.25 billion and is currently part of i2 Technologies.
Sanjiv holds an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tony Perkins, Founder & Editor In Chief, ALWAYSON
Tony is a pioneering media entrepreneur and a prominent opinion leader in the technology business and investment editorial world. He founded Red Herring in 1993 and his two current ventures, the AlwaysOn Network and the GoingOn community management platform in 2002 and 2006, respectively. In 1999, Tony co-wrote The Internet Bubble, a book that forewarned the dot-com bust. Tony’s public activities include serving on President George W. Bush's Information Technology Advisory Council. He cofounded and chaired Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum, the Churchill Club in Palo Alto, California. Prior to launching Red Herring and ALWAYSON, Tony was founder and CEO of Upside Publishing and vice president of business development at Silicon Valley Bank.
Dilip Venkatachari Director of Products for Mobile Ads, Google
Dilip manages Google's mobile ads and monetization. Dilip joined Google from eBay/PayPal, where he was Vice President of Payment Services and Business Operations, responsible for PayPal's payments infrastructure, relationships with financial institutions, risk and fraud management, and compliance. Previously, Dilip was the President & Co-founder of CashEdge, a provider of online payments solutions for financial institutions; and has held a variety of executive roles in technology companies such as Commerce Soft, Aspect Communications and Tandem Computers. Prior to that, Dilip has worked in management consulting, with McKinsey & Co and in investment banking, with Goldman Sachs.
Dilip earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School, an M.S.E.E. from Rice University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Henry H. Wong, Founder & Managing Director, Diamond TechVentures, LLP
Henry H. Wong has resided in China & Silicon Valley for the last 25 years. From being a Serial Entrepreneur to a Venture Capitalist, Wong is in a unique position where he can fully utilize his operational experience, investment talent and his Chinese heritage to help and build companies
with a global vision.
In his prior Fund, Crystal Ventures, Wong was active with portfolio companies including SMIC, LGC Wireless, Infinera, and Exavio. A seasoned investor and entrepreneur, Wong has succeeded as the founder, chairman & CEO of SS8 Networks Inc., IP Communications, XaQti Semiconductor, CNet Technology Inc., and Combinet (ISDN Systems). His success, experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an Investor, Serial Entrepreneur and mentor in Silicon Valley.
In 2002, Wong was the finalist to receive the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”. Wong is an Advisor to 6 non-profit organizations and is active with community events. In education, Mr. Wong received a B.Sc. degree in Business from University of Utah and a MBA in Telecom Management from Golden Gate University.
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