|Director, NBC Universal|
|Robert Angelo is an Emmy-nominated Director of Late Night, Daytime & Mobile for NBC.com, a position he has held since 2007. He works closely with network executives, show producers and third party content providers to maintain and expand the wealth of original content both on NBC.com and multiple digital platforms. During his tenure at NBC.com he has expanded the NBC presence on smart phones and mobile platforms to include WAP sites for every show, transitioned the online streaming of full episodes to the mobile space – increasing NBC.com mobile traffic dramatically. He is currently working on expanding content into the 10-Foot Experience as well as developing new mobile applications.
In addition, Angelo produces weekly original online segments of Jay Leno’s Garage for JayLenosGarage.com. The site also includes the Your Garage social network for fans to share their car stories and photos. Jay Leno’s Garage received a 2007 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Class Short-Form Non-Fiction Program.
Angelo started his career at Quokka Sports building websites for the Sydney and Salt Lake Olympic Games. Angelo transitioned that experience to the Disney Interactive Group as lead producer on the international gaming and learning platform, DisneyBlast, before joining NBC.com.
A California native, Angelo earned his bachelor’s degree from The Academy of Art in San Francisco. He currently resides in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife and son.
|Principal, The Arvani Group|
|Azita Arvani - founder and principal at Arvani Group - helps high-tech companies from multinationals to start-up’s - identify and harvest new business opportunities in emerging mobile and wireless markets. She and her team assist a select group of clients to creatively devise new business strategies, objectively investigate emerging technology markets, establish synergistic partnerships, and accelerate innovation to commercialization times.
Azita’s 20+yr experience at Xerox and start-ups in networking and wireless centers around commercialization of disruptive technologies. Prior to consulting, her experience includes leading strategy and business development for ActiveSky (a pioneer in developing rich media technologies for mobile applications), focusing the marketing and business development of Xerox spin-off that became ContentGuard (an enabler of Digital Rights Management for Web-distributed content), and taking on the coveted role of Technical Advisor to Xerox’ Senior Vice President of Research and Development, with responsibilities for research centers, including Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and others throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Azita holds an MS in Management from Stanford University (Sloan Fellow), an MS in Computer Science (Honors) from the University of Southern California and a BS in Math/Computer Science (Magna cum Laude) from UCLA.
|VP, Content and Business Development, Digital Media Wire|
|International media executive focused on the transition from an analog to a digital world, and how to build successful media and entertainment properties accordingly.
Jay plays a key role in an organization which sifts, sorts and filters daily news, finance and entertainment trends to tens of thousands of executives and professionals throughout the world. His responsibilities as VP of Content and Business Development for Digital Media Wire include overseeing the well respected website (www.dmwmedia.com) and daily newsletter, ad and sponsorship sales and strategy, audience development, marketing, as well as strategic partnerships. Last, but not least, Jay heads up the company's prestigious NY and LA Games Conferences.
Jay has a Masters Degree in Media, Entertainment & Technology Management from the Gallatin School at New York University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Goteborg University in Sweden. He has been awarded Wallenberg Scholarships in 2004 and 2006, a Sweden-America Foundation Fellowship in 2005 as well as scholarships for being “A Promising New Media Manager” by Swedish Newspaper Publishers’ Association 2005 and 2001.
Jay has authored a Masters Thesis on the Future of Television, co-authored two books about Marketing to the Millennial Generation and is an avid blogger. He is also a frequent speaker at international media industry events such as the LA Film Festival and Canadian Music Week. Jay sits on the Advisory Board for New Filmmakers LA and the Remedee Foundation.
Follow Jay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/joakimbaage
Connect with Jay on Facebook & LinkedIn: Joakim Baage
|President and CEO, Partners 1993|
|Val Babajov is CEO and founder of Partners 1993 and is an entrepreneur and angel investor with three decades of software development and business management experience. In 2001, Babajov oversaw the launch, market growth, and subsequent sale of WebMessenger to Apptix (OSE: APP). The WebMessenger suite of products—commercially available since 2003 with hundreds of thousands of users—was successfully sold on a site license basis to both IBM and Sybase. In 2008, following a successful management buyout from Apptix, Babajov spearheaded the sale of WebMessenger to CallWave (Nasdaq: CALL) which continues to develop and promote the platform, and has ported it to the iPhone and Google Android operating systems. After the successful exit in 2008, Babajov kept half of the original development team in Partners 1993, Inc. This company is now focused on emerging technologies such as mobile video, virtual worlds, social networking, and mobile messaging.
|Board Chair, MEF Americas|
|Jim Beddows has been creating new businesses, business models and content in the new media space (CD-Rom, Console, Online, Mobile) for the last thirteen years. Most recently, Jim was Head of Content and Application Partnerships for MSN Mobile which launched in 2007 and quickly ramped to 15 million off-deck unique users in the US and has gone live in 17 international markets. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Mobile Entertainment at 20th Century Fox where he saw the mobilization of Fox's most iconic TV and theatrical properties including Family Guy; X Files; Buffy The Vampire Slayer; 24; America's Most Wanted; Aliens; The Day After Tomorrow; I, Robot; Fight Club; Predator; Independence Day; & Fox's Marilyn Monroe movies. Jim also was one of the first in the mobile industry to launch an entertainment property based on an ongoing story arc, doing so with The Simpsons which was distributed into 13 of Vodafone's international markets. Before Fox, Jim was Director of Global Business Development at Disney where he put in place the business relationship with the founder of Square, Masafumi Miyamoto, to launch Disney's first broadband offering in 2001. Jim started with Disney in Tokyo where he was the Managing Director for Disney Interactive Asia and as such established the Disney Interactive brand throughout Asia across multiple platforms, launched Disney's first mobile services in 1998 in Japan with NTT DoCoMo and established the relationship with Square Soft which lead to the creation of the console franchise Kingdom Hearts. Before Disney, Jim was Regional Director for Planning & Finance for PepsiCo based in Hong Kong.
Jim has a MBA from Darden and a MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. He resides in Los Angeles and is currently the board chair for MEF Americas (www.m-e-f.org) and was named in 2008 as one of the top 50 mobile executives by Mobile Entertainment for both the USA and International.
|Head of Mobile, Warner Bros. TV Group|
|Natalie Farsi is a seasoned digital media executive with more than a decade of experience in creating and marketing content on every digital distribution platform including cable, broadband, game consoles and mobile for both Internet and traditional media companies.
She presently oversees Warner Bros. Television Group’s mobile business, supporting the company’s brands in developing, distributing and marketing a diverse portfolio of products, including mobile web sites, applications, games, video channels and messaging products, across all mobile platforms. In this role, Farsi spearheaded the launch of the company’s first ad supported mobile initiatives and expanded upon successful partnerships with major wireless providers.
Farsi previously served as the Senior Vice President of Content and M-Commerce for a unit of Fox Mobile Entertainment, where she was responsible for overseeing Fox Mobile Studios and the company’s direct-to-consumer mobile entertainment service. For Fox, Farsi broadened and diversified the group’s content offering through deal making and partnerships, as well as overseeing content production, development and distribution.
Prior to joining Fox, Farsi served as Vice President of Media at m-Qube, a pioneer in the mobile entertainment space which was acquired by VeriSign. In this position, formed partnerships with
leading media companies, including MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, Showtime Networks, CBS and Warner Music Group to launch new mobile products and direct-to-consumer entertainment services, including the industry’s first cross-carrier video alert service for CBS and award-winning mobile storefronts for Warner Music Group.
In 1997 Farsi leveraged her expertise in emerging technologies and online programming to run a Manhattan based media consultancy business working with companies like AT&T’s a2b Music and TCI Music’s family of media enterprises (including SonicNet and The Box) to develop and implement multi-platform content and distribution strategies. She helped pioneer and legitimize ad supported entertainment services, secure paid downloads, and multi-platform advertising initiatives.
Farsi has also held management positions at America Online and Prodigy where she ran ad supported direct-to-consumer entertainment/music channels and helped launch a number of innovative interactive programming franchises such as AOL's "Celebrity You've Got Mail and Rosie O’Donnell’s “Interactive Mondays.”
She started her career producing programming for ABC and CBS owned and operated TV stations in San Francisco.
|Director of Engineering, Cisco, Wireless Networking Business Unit|
Director of Engineering, Wireless Networking Business Unit
Cisco Wireless & Security Technology Group
Bob Friday is Director of Engineering for the Wireless Networking Business Unit of Cisco’s Wireless and Security Technology Group (WSTG). Within this group, Friday drives strategic wireless initiatives for the aggressively 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 co-founder 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 wide area network 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 and holds a BSEE from Georgia Tech, and a MSEE in engineering from San Jose State University.
|Professor & Director, UCLA - WINMEC|
|Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA where he heads the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major companies including Intel, HP, Sun, Siemens, Oracle, Computer Associates, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Network Systems, Qualcomm, TCS, Satyam, ISMB-Italy and several others are supporting members. Dr. Gadh works in the areas of Mobile/Wireless Internet, multimedia/graphics, RFID-middleware, RFID-sensor interface definitions, wireless enterprise security, multi-media content distribution over the internet, and multi-media over UWB, within the Wireless Media Lab (http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml). He has over 100 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines.
He has a Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. Prior to his academic career, he has worked for two software startup companies. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), etc., and other accolades in his career.
|Executive Vice President, New Media, MTV Networks|
|David Gale is Executive Vice President of New Media for MTV Networks. Since August 2006, Gale has been charged with establishing and running the division to incubate and create original programming, websites and unique experiences on new media platforms.
As its first major project, MTV New Media produced jackass 2.5, the first-ever studio-produced full length film released on the web, which has been seen by over 5 million people. Soon thereafter, the division launched the outrageous website jackassworld.com, which extends the infamous jackass franchise online.
In May, 2009, New Media will premiere “$5 Cover,” a new project from Craig Brewer, the writer/director of the Academy Award winning movie Hustle and Flow. Steeped in the world of Memphis and based on stories of real working musicians, this project transcends traditional media by using new forms of storytelling to suit the most current technology and to provide access to the content on all platforms, taking full advantage of social networks and new media tools
At the 2008 San Diego Comic Con MTV New Media premiered a unique new digital cinematic comic book format called "Bomb-xx." The first series, based on the popular comic book "Invincible" by Robert Kirkman, was presented on multiple platforms, including on-line, digital download services, mobile and television. Millions of people had access to the series at digital outlets as diverse as iTunes, Xbox Live, Amazon, MTV.com, Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, NewYorkTimes.com and IGN.
Gale's division has also produced projects for the skate community (theClustr.com) and a platform for online viewing parties, giving audiences a social method of experiencing online content. MTV New Media is currently developing, among many others, projects involving gamers, musical artists, horror, and the exciting launch of a soon to be announced animation franchise.
Prior to starting MTV New Media, Gale served as Executive Vice President of MTV Films, overseeing the activities of MTV’s feature film division from its inception in 1995 until August 2006. During his tenure, MTV Films established itself as a unique movie label with a slate of diverse and successful films that grossed more than a billion dollars in box office and opened 7 movies to #1 in their opening weekends. Under Gale’s creative leadership, MTV Films released 26 films (many of which he personally produced or executive produced), including Election, Save The Last Dance, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Varsity Blues, Blades of Glory, jackass the movie and jackass number 2, The Longest Yard, the Spike Lee-directed comedy concert film The Original Kings of Comedy, and Coach Carter. The division was also known for its active participation in the independent film market, buying and releasing such Sundance standouts as the groundbreaking Hustle and Flow, Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow and indie smash Napoleon Dynamite, which became a cultural phenomenon and earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations.
In addition to box office success, MTV Films enjoyed large critical acclaim and earned numerous awards and nominations for films such as Election (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; 3 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture), Tupac: Resurrection (Academy Award® nominated for Best Documentary), Murderball (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Documentary), and Hustle & Flow (Academy Award® nominated for Lead Actor and winner of the 2006 Academy Award® for Best Original Song).
|Senior mobile product strategist, HP|
|Art Garcia has an extensive and broad-based background with HP. His current role is within the Imaging & Printing Group's mobile team as the senior mobile print marketing strategy & portfolio lead. This role includes leadership and delivery of the pan business unit mobile solution strategy, plan of record management, and mobile software product portfolio management. Art has a strong background in the mobile and wireless telecommunications domain.
His past roles have included future product strategy development, America’s business development for handheld devices and enterprise servers, printer product management, mobile channel development, WW marketing communications for B2B/B2C eCommerce solutions, the management of key HP alliances such as Cisco and Oracle, customer support/operations, and various sales related roles.
Art has marketed and sold multiple categories of I.T. related software, hardware, and services to consumer, commercial, enterprise, educational, and XSP segment customers/partners.
|Principal, Rustic Canyon Partners|
|Neal Hansch brings over a decade of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, Neal was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. Neal began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit. Neal received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.|
|Senior Vice President, CL King & Associates|
|Mr. Harris joined CL King in January 2008 as a Senior Vice President in the Equity Research department. He covers the telecommunications equipment industry. During his career he has followed several areas in communications technology, including wireless, wireline, cable and networking at Oppenheimer & Co., H.C. Wainwright, Josephthal and Bear Stearns. He was also a senior financial consultant at Arthur D. Little, working on M&A assignments, and as a manager of financial planning and analysis at Rockwell International’s aircraft division. In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Harris was named as one of the "Best on the Street" for stock selection in communications technology by the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, Forbes/StarMine rated him as the most accurate earnings estimator in the communications equipment sector. Mr. Harris has also spoken at a number of conferences, including the Strategic Research Institute Telecom M&A Conference, the Wall Street Analyst Forum and the annual UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) convention. Mr. Harris earned an AB in Economics from Lafayette College and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.
|Mobile Practice Lead, North America, Sapient|
|David Hewitt leads the Sapient Interactive Mobile Practice in North America. David joined Sapient in 1998 and has worked with top brands such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Motorola, MTV Networks, Sony Electronics and Sprint. Most recently, he has spearheaded the design of mobile applications and prototypes for emerging devices and services. Under his leadership, his team has designed numerous mobile experiences that help drive innovation for our client's business.
|Executive Director Original Content, Fox Mobile Group (A News Corporation Company)|
|Bill Janczewski is a Creative Director who has been at the leading edge of entertainment, marketing, branding, and new media for over 12 years.
As the Executive Director of Original Content for Fox Mobile Studios, he is currently bringing The Simpsons and other original brands to the mobile world.
Over the years he has created award winning content for the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV, Mattel, Sesame Workshop, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, the BBC, and Disney.
After serving 8 years as CEO and Creative Director of Unbound Studios, a game and animation studio, he worked with some of the largest non-profits to promote their messages through new media. He has taught communication theory, User Interface design, film and television production, scriptwriting, and cross-media branding.
|President, Maremel Media|
|Ms. Johnson, president of Maremel, is a socio-technologist, fascinated by the interplay of technology, media, decision-making, and change. She creates a wide range of programs – including executive education, graduate programs, and media products – to help individuals and companies take advantage of changing technologies. She advises media and technology organizations on partnerships, products, and strategic direction, as well as speaks as a humorous socio-tech futurist at major conferences and international universities. Current projects at Maremel include a middle-school pilot program to teach teachers about technological change as well as producing the October 2009 UCLA Technology and Aging Conference. In addition, Ms. Johnson is expanding Maremel’s production of web and video tools for tween/teen families on creativity through technology.
Ms. Johnson also teaches graduate and executive programs at UCLA Anderson School and other institutions about transforming business models in media and technology. Until late 2005, she was Executive Director of the Entertainment and Media Management Institute at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She joined UCLA Anderson in 1999 as Director of its renowned Applied Management Research/Field Study Program, and in helped launch UCLA Anderson's Center for Management in the Information Economy as its acting Associate Director.
Past endeavors have included leading two cable/satellite VOD channels as Senior Vice President, General Manager/Kids & Learning for Studio 4 Networks and over a decade in corporate finance at Bank of America, mostly in their Entertainment/Media Corporate Banking practice in Los Angeles and New York. Before banking, she worked for leading advertising and public relations firms, as well as in television finance.
Ms. Johnson has been on the advisory board of the Interactive TV Alliance and is a member of the Interactive Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She also is on the advisory board of SparkWords and advises senior management and boards at several other digital media companies.
Ms. Johnson received her MBA in finance and accounting from UCLA Anderson School and her BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. She currently is pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University.
|North America General Business Leader, IBM Global Business Services|
|With 20 years of experience, Jesus Mantas is responsible for mid-market and growth-market clients in North America, overseeing more than 1,000 practitioners and hundreds of millions in revenue for IBM Global Business Services. He handles all aspects of the consulting business, including training, finance, operations, marketing, sales, and delivery. Mantas’ recent focus has been on understanding leadership and talent management requirements of companies as they transition from a production economy to a services economy.
Mantas also maintains management responsibility for the IBM consulting relationship of a number of clients, where he actively contributes as executive sponsor and steering committee member. He has held relationship management positions for clients in the electronic manufacturing services, consumer electronics and industrial product industries. Mantas has led ERP implementation, IT strategy, merger and acquisitions and emerging technology integration programs extending to the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.
Previously, he was the global and Americas wireless leader for IBM’s wireless business consulting services. Mantas has more than 15 years of expertise in mobile and wireless technologies and is considered one of IBM’s thought leaders in mobile services into the enterprise.
Mantas earned graduate degrees in telecommunications and software engineering and a degree in business administration from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is a regular lecturer at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.
|Senior IT Architect, Raytheon|
|Allen is a Member of Raytheon Space and Airborne (SAS) Systems IT Engineering Services. Allen manages Emerging Technologies, and is a Raytheon IT Fellow. Allen has been with Raytheon (and Hughes) since 1976. Allen earned his BS in Physics in 1974, and as a Hughes Fellow received his Masters in Physics in 1981; both from UCLA. In 1983 Allen joined the VLSI/Corporate CAD program. In 1989 Allen joined Hughes Space & Communications where he managed the development of Satellite Operations. From 1992 until December 1997, Allen managed Support Services (Facilities, CM/DM, Procurement and IT) for Ground Satellite Operations.
In December of 1997, Allen joined Hughes Corporate IT, where he was the System Engineer and Technical Lead of IT Infrastructure Projects. After Hughes merged with Raytheon, Allen became a member of Raytheon Corporate IT as the Project Manager, Architect, and Champion for Collaboration tools.
Current duties in SAS IT Engineering Services include: Innovation, Emerging Technology, Enterprise Architecture, and Strategic Planning. Allen is a member of several Raytheon Enterprise teams including Architecture, Standards, Collaboration and Emerging Technology.
Allen also provides IT leadership and support to several non-profit organizations, including the Raytheon Management Club Board, BSA, YMCA and several LAUSD schools. Since 2004 Allen has been a contributor and advisor to the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) at UCLA; and to Frost and Sullivan’s Mobile and Wireless Enterprise conference.
|Partner, Redpoint Ventures|
|CEO, Fox Mobile Group, Fox Mobile Group (a division of News Corp)|
Chief Executive Officer
Mauro Montanaro is Chief Executive Officer of Fox Mobile Group, the mobile industry’s largest vertically integrated mobile entertainment company, wholly-owned by News Corporation. Mauro is responsible for leading Fox Mobile Group and its business units worldwide.
Prior to joining Fox Mobile Group, Mauro worked for Nokia for more than a decade where he served in a number of senior-level management positions. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Customer and Market Operations for the South East Asia Pacific region where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations for the region. Under Mauro’s leadership Nokia’s market share increased significantly and achieved multi-billion dollar sales in the region. He also was credited for building and growing all aspects of the content and services business in the Asia Pacific region to supplement handset sales.
During his tenure at Nokia, Mauro served as Vice President of Sales and Channel Management for the Multimedia Business Group, where he oversaw all aspects of sales and channel development for cellular handsets and mobile content services including imaging, games and mobile enhancements. Prior to this position, Mauro served as Director of the company’s Imaging Business unit where he was responsible for overseeing the growth of the unit. In this role, he helped drive new growth in the mobile phone market with imaging capabilities by leveraging new business opportunities in the shift from voice to visual communications.
Prior to joining Nokia, Mauro was a lecturer at the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland. He also worked as an independent consultant overseeing numerous projects for Finnish and foreign companies with businesses operations in Finland.
Mauro holds a master’s degree in international law (JJD) from the Universita' di Bologna, Italy, and an M.B.A. from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland, in conjunction with the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom.
Mauro also is a professional singer having released five albums and worked in music video production in Italy and the U.S. for six years.
|Managing Director, Motorola Ventures|
Managing Director, Midwest
Tony Palcheck is a Managing Director at Motorola Ventures, based in Schaumburg, IL. In this role he is responsible for identifying and executing strategic, minority-equity investments, at early and later stages, in start-up firms to accelerate access for all of Motorola's existing and future businesses to new technologies, new markets and new talent. Tony drove Motorola’s investments in the WiMax, WLANs, and related Wireless Broadband technologies as well as investments in M-commerce and Location Based Services. Prior to joining the Motorola Ventures, Tony was a Director in the Corporate Business Intelligence group at Motorola. In this role where he was responsible for identifying emerging technologies, evaluating market opportunities, researching potential investments, divestitures, acquisitions, alliances, and assessing competition. He joined the Intelligence group from Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group where he led the Next Generation Cellular market requirements research, forecasting, and segmentation efforts. Prior to that Tony worked in various Product and Market Development roles at Motorola and Ameritech.
Tony holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing, and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago where he graduated with honors. He has spoken on behalf of Motorola in several Business Intelligence Forums including the Industrial Research Institute, The Management Roundtable, Northwestern University and serves as an advisor in DePaul University's ASK program which provides guidance to masters candidates.
|Vice President, Standards & Commercialization, Motorola Inc.|
|Miguel (Mike) Pellon
Vice President, Standards & Commercialization
Applied Research and Technology Center
Mike Pellon is vice president of Standards & Commercialization for the Applied Research and Technology Center (ARTC) in Motorola. He is responsible for establishing leading positions for Motorola technology in industry alliances and standards organizations for wireless communications, converged services for mobile and fixed networks, consumer electronics, and industrial applications. Pellon is also responsible for leading ARTC solutions teams in the areas of security research, experiences research, video solutions, next generation video and the public safety multimedia.
His current research projects include the research initiatives around Next Generation Video and Public Safety Multimedia. As consumers increasingly want to access content and information in new ways, the Next Generation Video initiative is aimed at creating an integrated platform that will offer consumers interactive and on-demand services. Pellon and his team are working to transform the experience of television from a one-way, scheduled, broadcast service to an interactive, on-demand service that is personalized for consumers. This transformation will change business models in the industry and create new services for industry participants and consumers.
In partnership with Motorola’s Government and Public Safety business, Pellon is also developing technologies that will allow for the management of video records and information together with the voice and text information currently used by Public Safety agencies. The Public Safety Multimedia initiative aims to make video a viable source of information managed by Public Safety agencies in rendering service to the public. Video has the potential to enhance citizens’ safety and provide a cost-effective means of improving the operation of a Public Safety agency and its law enforcement duties.
Before assuming his current position, Pellon spent five years in Motorola’s Messaging Business as a general manager responsible for various businesses in the U.S. and Latin America. He has also served as vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Wireless Messaging Division
Pellon’s career has included leadership roles in both corporate functions and business units. He lived in the UK for 5 years and served as vice president and director of Government Relations for Motorola’s headquarters in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Within the Motorola communication businesses, he has served as product manager, led a strategic marketing team for the land mobile systems business and held sales management positions for enterprise accounts.
Pellon received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University. He has served on the management boards of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization as well as the Wireless World Research Forum.
|Managing Director, Clearstone Venture Partners|
|William Quigley is a co-founder of Clearstone Venture Partners and concentrates on its Internet and communications related investments. During his first 3 years with the firm, he worked out of the idealab! incubator and helped launch and lead investments in many idealab! backed companies. A number of his early-stage investments have gone public, including MP3.com, Tickets.com, Emusic and PeopleSupport and several have been acquired including InternetConnect (sold to Covad) and Phasebridge (sold to Emcore). William’s current portfolio reflects his belief in the enormous opportunity in the wireless consumer and enterprise markets. He began his career at The Walt Disney Company.|
|President producer propagandist, Pervasive Media|
President, Pervasive Media
Consulting with major media companies and startups on entertainment content and market strategies for distribution on mobile and online platforms, Bill developed international mobile creative and business launch plans for CBS Mobile, including their properties Entertainment Tonight, CNET, CBS Mobile News, and the Paramount/CBS/Spelling libraries of television series.
As Vice President, Mobile Programming and Digital Product Development for Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Pictures Television International, Bill developed programming, acquisition, business and production models and technical parameters for the Animax Mobile channel (Sony’s global animé/manga network) from its inception through its sale and carriage on 22 operators in 15 countries in 8 languages. Sanders developed the first on-demand feature full-length movie channel for mobile with pause-and-resume functionality (for Hutchison 3 Italy in 2005), and oversaw the creation of two 200-clip video packages for Sony/Columbia TV’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! series (in 6 languages) and the 20-film James Bond library, which introduced a daily subscription model for clips (the mobile equivalent of the original Ripley’s syndicated newspaper comic strip).
At Sony, Sanders also developed strategy and found technology partners to improve the digital end-user experience through on-device portals, multi-platform unified delivery, on- and off-portal billing, video pause and on-demand streaming functionality, on-device purchasing and advertising insertion and sponsorship, two-way interactivity, social networking and user-generated-or-altered content.
As Senior Vice President of Big Ticket Television, a Paramount/Viacom company, Bill spearheaded the company’s entry into enhanced television with the first interactive sitcom episode, Moesha, in partnership with Microsoft, which led to a year of the interactive Judge Judy on Microsoft’s WebTV. In 1995, he developed one of the first TV show-based web sites (including online merchandising) for the late night syndicated comedy, Nightstand with Dick Dietrick, and oversaw broadband trials of Judge Joe Brown and the viral video email-based launch campaign for the UPN animated comedy, Gary & Mike.
Similarly ahead of the curve, Sanders co-produced a 3D avatar-based virtual convention for the 2002 live Star Trek event in Las Vegas in partnership with Viacom Consumer Products, created online and CD-ROM new media presence for Universal TV’s Dream On before the WWW came into existence, and as Vice President, Original Programming at HBO, steered the network to view and market ongoing television series as event programming through the development of the 7-season hit, Dream On, HBO’s first Emmy-winning show.
|President and CEO, IniTech Consulting|
|Jody Stark is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and served as a senior executive of several successful startups including, ViziWorx, MoBad Games, Transpera, Mixed Signals, iSports and YooMedia.
Currently Jody is President and CEO of IniTech Consulting. This strategic consulting practice is focused on business development, content and distribution strategy, acquisition and programming across online, TV and mobile. Over the last several years Initech has become one of the most sought after consulting practices in the new distribution milieu, with clients including Disney, Viacom, News Corp, NBC, DirecTV, Comcast, Cox, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, BT, Turner/AOL and Google.
Jody has a passion for music, media, technology and social issues and has combined these interests in a number of ways during his career. Mr. Stark completed his studies at the University of Kansas before relocating to California. He and his family live in the south bay of Los Angeles and are active members of their community and strong proponents of California’s active and vibrant lifestyle.
UCLA Mobile Entertainment Media Research
UCLA Mobile Entertainment Media Advisory Board
WINMEC - Wireless Internet for the Mobile Enterprise Consortium