The final hours to register for the inaugural LAVA Mobile event, Feb 21st at 6:30 PM at the Working Village in Santa Monica are fast approaching. The event is free to LAVA members and guests, all others will pay $25 to attend. The event will sell-out and pre-registration is required for everyone attending – no walk ups!
It almost goes without saying that Mobile is one of the hottest, most interesting areas in business and technology today. The disintermediation of the carriers, the ascension of companies like Apple and Google in the mobile space, and the maturation of new mobile ecosystems, technologies, and consumer adoption has created a whirlwind of new business and venture activity. Within this activity we are seeing a plethora of business models: Some that incorporate new concepts like the “check in” and others that build upon traditional models like display advertising.
- What are some unsolved business problems that mobile might solve?
- Where in the mobile space are businesses beginning to generate new or incremental revenue? What are they doing?
- All our panelists are touching the local SMB space in some way. What are the problems there, from a service provider and advertiser perspective and how can mobile solutions solve those?
- What’s missing in the mobile ecosystem that is hindering success for some business models? Point-of-sale technology for mobile coupon redemption, for instance.
- What technology is missing?
Shuki Lehavi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gumiyo, a platform for delivering the world¹s information to every device. The Gumiyo platform powers over 27,000 mobile sites and apps, built and distributed by the leading publishers and technology providers globally. The company was founded in 2006, and offers cloud-hosted tools to build SMS programs, mobile sites and apps.
Peter Marx is vice president of Business Development at Qualcomm and handles commercialization of emerging technologies on behalf of Qualcomm’s Global Market Development Group. Previously, Marx was vice president of Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc., Analog Protocol, a consultancy specializing in leading technologies for media and entertainment and chief technology officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and vice president of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios.
Andy Vogel is the Senior Vice President of Digital & Mobile for Tribune Company. In his role, he is responsible for all digital, mobile, branded and converged media executions across the Tribune portfolio that includes 8 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and 23 broadcast television stations, including WGN America on national cable and KTLA. Prior to joining Tribune, Andy held senior level business development, technology marketing and sales positions in the software, Internet, automotive retailing and newspaper industries.
And keeping this group focused on the matters at hand:
Lori Kozlowski is a journalist and digital editor. Most recently, she served as a senior web editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she headed mobile technology and emerging digital platforms. She also served as a staff writer, writing about science, technology, and business. Previously, she was on staff at Entrepreneur Magazine, and has freelanced for various national publications.
The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group is dedicated to providing useful intelligence for LAVA members on investment in So Cal and West Coast Mobile technology ventures via strategic information, networking information and collaboration with leading companies and industry associations. The group and this event are generously sponsored by Ernst & Young.