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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?

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Nov. 3, 2009 SDF SAP Enabling Innovation

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On November 3, 2009 SDForum and SAP presented “Enabling Innovation”. Chris Shipley of Guidewire Group moderated panelists Gamiel Gran of Sierra Ventures, Kimber Lockhart of Increo Solutions, Dan Pistone of Bridge Bank, Mark F. Radcliffe of DLA Piper and Jeff Seibert of Increo Solutions. They shared their best practices and lessons learned about fostering innovation and entrepreurship with high level SAP Labs leaders from around the world.

Invention is proving a good idea works. Innovation is bringing that idea to market. Small start-ups can move fast. Big companies have more resources. How do you duplicate the startup/venture capitalist/entrepreneur environment in a large corporation?

Silicon Valley evolved a culture of high risk and failure that is contrary to the traditional culture of corporations. Entrepreneurs expect eighty percent of our projects to fail. They are positive in outlook and pragmatic in practice. Some entrepreneurs have a clear idea of what they want. Others are like sculptors and go through a process of subtraction of what they don’t want. To succeed you must try, fail fast and try again, quickly learning from your mistakes. This is hard to do when you are responsible to shareholders and fellow employees. Create a culture of risk taking, be patient but set milestones and limits the way a startup would. Be flexible. Get ready for radical changes in direction overnight, always aware that the clock is ticking.

An important part of innovation is cross-pollination. This process that seems unique to Silicon Valley is cross pollination. At a large company people may stay at the same position for a long time. Entrepreneurs change jobs are constantly, learning from one situation and applying it to another. They get several lifetimes worth of experience they could never get anyplace else. The more you move, the more you learn.

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