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Jun. 21, 2011 SVForum Visionary Awards 1

On June 21, 2011 at Kelly Porter’s home in Lost Alto Hills, SVForum held its 14th Annual Visionary Awards. Ken Comee of IBM introduced Promod Haque of Norwest Venture Partners. Bill Elmore of Foundation Capital introduced Dr. Hermann Hauser of Amadeus Capital. Eric Benhamou of Benhamou Ventures introduced T.J. Rodgers of Cypress Semiconductor/Sunpower. Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft introduced Bud Tribble of Apple.

CEO Susan Lucas Conwell spoke about the organization’s transition from Software Development Forum to Silicon Valley Forum to better reflect its continuing mission to connect, engage and excel.

More pictures here and here too.

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Dec. 10, 2010 SDF Mobile Internet Tsunami

On December 10, 2010 in Mountain View at Microsoft, SDForum’s Business of New Media Conference held “The Mobile Internet Tsunami.”The mobility revolution driven by consumers is changing the way we work. Every aspect of mobility was discussed, from devices and networks to content and profitability

Matt Thompson of Microsoft made the opening remarks.

Guy Kawasaki of Alltop gave the opening keynote on his upcoming book called “Enchantment.” Be a mensch.

Joe Jasin of DNA Partners moderated panelists Monique Farantzos of doubleTwist, Jeremy Geiger of Retailigence, Jeff Haynie of Appcelerator and Jeff Smith of Smule. They discussed “The Mobile Internet – Taking it Anywhere” What does it mean to sectors to have service on a mobile device rather than on a desktop?

Ted Shelton of Open-First moderated panelists Deborah Hopkins of Citigroup and Kevin Nix of SAP. They discussed “The Fall of Bricks and Mortar to Mobile” How is mobile disrupting the enterprise and traditional ways of doing business – what’s coming up?

Kevin Efrusy of Accel Partners gave a Fireside Chat.

Harold Yu of Orrick moderated panelists Lars Leckie of Hummer Winblad, Brook Wessel of T-Mobile Ventures, Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners and Richard Yen of Saban Capital Group. They discussed the investment landscape.

Afternoon Keynote: Susan Welsh de Grimaldo of Strategy Analytics

Howard Greenfield of Go Associates moderated panelists John Loughney of Nokia, Satya Mallya of Orange FT-Group, Lindsay Newell of Alcatel-Lucent and Ben Riga of Microsoft. They discussed where is the industry going and what they think is next.

Gamiel Gran of Sierra Ventures moderated panelists Aaron Emigh of Shopkick, Vishal Gurbuxani of Mobclix, Bruce Jones of GetJar and Ben Lewis of TapJoy. They discussed where the money is. From both the “start up” to the “started up” side, what new business models are emerging and who should we pay attention to?

Note: Hello Miamisburg!

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Apr. 9, 2010 SDF Analytics Revolution

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On Friday April 9, 2010 in Mountain View at the Microsoft Auditorium SDForum held “The Analytics Revolution Conference.” The fact that you can now do large-scale analytics changes the way you model and run your company. Text from DJCline.com

Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft did the welcome and introduced the opening keynote speaker Ronny Kohavi of Microsoft formerly of Amazon. Kohavi presentation “Online Controlled Experiments: Listening to the Customers, not to the HiPPO.” The Highest Paid Person in an Organization is a HiPPO and while they may sign the paychecks, it is the customer that sends him the money. If you don’t properly analyze the data you will miss important cues that drive more sales. Ask what you are optimizing for.

David Steier of PricewaterhouseCoopers moderated panelists DJ Patil of LinkedIn, Ken Rudin of  Zynga, Neel Sundaresen of Ebay and Kevin Weil of Twitter. They discussed Competing on Analytics at the Highest Level.” The demand for professionals with solid database development is increasing. Look for people with experience in Oracle data warehousing, SQL, Cloudera, Vertica, Tableau, Hadoop, Pig and Memcache D. Start budgeting and being very nice to the database people you hire.

Sanjay Poonen of SAP gave the second keynote presentation “Leading the Analytics Revolution.” You can now do analytics from mobile devices like the iPhone using SAP apps.

Owen Thomas of VentureBeat moderated panelists Amr Awadalla of Cloudera, Joshua Klahr of Yahoo, James Phillips of Northscale and Joydeep Sen Sarma of Facebook. They discussed “Analyzing Big Data.” Cloud computing frees you from poorly structured datasets tied to old hardware. Learn Hadoop and MapReduce to process big data, awesome data and stupendous amounts of data.

Before and during lunch there were short pitches from exhibitors and startups like Karmasphere, Accept Software, Agilis Solutions, Aster Data, CTPartners, Dyyno, Execustaff, IBM, KXEN, Medallia and MergerTech.

Peter Norvig of Google gave the third keynote presentation “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data.” Believe it or not, more data means better results. The closer two points are to each other, the more likely they might share the same characteristics. The original picture of Mona Lisa will be at the center of a cluster.

Brett Sheppard of BigDataNews.com moderated panelists Jie Cheng ofAcxiom, Vispi Daver of Sierra Ventures, Peter Farago of Flurry, Tom McLaughlin of Accept Software and Jeff Minich of CalmSea. They discussed “New Frontiers for Analytics.” The breakthroughs in analytics are speeding up business cycles.

Jeff Kreulen of  IBM gave the fourth keynote presentation “Analytics: An Applied Researcher’s Perspective”

Harold Yu, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP moderated panelists Stacey Curry Bishop of Scale Ventures, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Kevin Efrusy of Accel, Sumeet Jain of CMEA and Lars Leckie of Hummer Winblad. They discussed “The Investor Perspective.” They don’t want invest in anything that will quickly become a generic commodity. Companies want more than a small incremental lift. They want analytics to give them a dramatic change in the way they do business.

Jaap Suermondt of HP Labs gave the fourth keynote presentation “Research in Analytics for Operational Impact at HP.” A commitment to R&D at HP is producing clear improvements to everyday operations.

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Video of the conference can be seen at:


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Jan. 20, 2010 SDF Australia

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On January 20, 2010 at the Microsoft in Mountain View, SDForum and Austrade held the fourth annual “Australian Innovation – A Shoot Out”. The keynote speaker was Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft. Mark Anderson of Strategic News Service moderated judges Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury, Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group, Prashant Shah of Hummer Winblad and Chris Shipley of Guidewire. The six Australian State finalists presented were: Text from DJCline.com

Digisensory (www.digisensory.com), DigiSensory combine smart imaging devices with their web-based real-time distributed intelligence system to deliver an end-to-end security and surveillance solution.

Intelliguard (www.intelliguardit.net), a provider of DDoS protection for online enterprises and Internet service providers.

Mid-Comp International (www.midcomp.com.au), a supply chain management infrastructure provider.

MultiTrode (www.multitrode.com), a specialist in lift station control and monitoring for water and wastewater facilities around the world.

Solar Gem (www.solar-gem.asia), a creator of affordable off-grid energy based on clean solar technologies.

Synengco (www.synengco.com), a provider of technology that helps companies assess and reduce their greenhouse gas and other emissions.

Zarloc (www.rosterwithross.com), creator of the ROSS web-based employee scheduling software that brings sophisticated workforce management software to the small business owner.

There was also a drawing for a free trip for two to Australia. Text from DJCline.com

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