Decisions, decisions, decisions . . . On June 17th we’ll gather a select group of about 90 entrepreneurs, investors and technologists at Orange Labs to engage in a town hall forum to debate how companies and developers are at a turning point for their choices in developing for the mobile web. There’s no charge to attend, and it’s strictly by invitation.
Even as a “standard in progress,” HTML5 in combination with other open standards such as WebKit is taking a shot at proprietary technologies like Silverlight and Flash. The HTML5 choices of companies like Apple and Google and the sheer size of their installed base of devices are setting a de-facto standard.
Join us as we get the perspectives from a diverse mix of startups and major platforms about the choices they are making for their users, and just as importantly, for their developers.
Yahoo – Lee J. Parry, Senior Product Manager
Netflix – Kent Brewster, Developer Advocate & “API Agitator”
Clicker – Ryan Massie, EVP Products & Content
Moblyng – Greg Ovalle , EVP
Ext JS – Michael Mullany, VP Products
Opera – Molly Holzschlag, Web Evangelist, Group Lead Web Standards Project
We would like to thank Orange Labs for their generosity in sponsoring the event and making it possible.
Please join us for the next SF Mobile event on “Mobile Productivity”. We’ve picked a set of companies that provide mobile services to the enterprise, SMBs and the prosumer segment across social networking, security, expense management and your email inbox. They are backed by some of the best known VC firms, such as Ycombinator, Sequoia, BlackBerry Partners Fund and Khosla Ventures and represent the best of what’s out there in mobile productivity services.
As always, there’ll be plenty of pizza, beer, wine and soda. We would like to thank Xobni for offering their offices to host and sponsor this event.
On the presenting companies:
“Xobni is a San Francisco-based startup, created in 2006. We offer a unique and intelligent way to manage and search your contacts and email through Outlook and on the BlackBerry – because we believe that people spend too much time searching unsuccessfully for conversations, attachments, and other important information in their inboxes.”
“Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Our mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”
“Lookout is a mobile security company dedicated to making the mobile experience safe for everyone. Today, with users across 400 mobile networks in 170 countries, Lookout is a world leader in smartphone protection. Every month, Lookout blocks thousands of malicious applications, finds countless lost phones and restores important information that our users thought they’d never see again.”
“Expensify does “expense reports that don’t suck!” If you’re sick of the painful expense reporting process, Expensify is the fastest and easiest way to manage it. Expensify imports expenses and receipts from 82% of U.S. smartphones and 94% of U.S. credit cards and lets you submit everything through email and get reimbursed entirely online.”
“IntoMobile delivers breaking news, information, and analysis on the latest mobile phones and mobile technology. IntoMobile is the leading and most read daily mobile technology news site that caters to early adopters, mobile professionals, technology enthusiasts, and technology consumers alike. Founded in late 2005, IntoMobile now serves a global audience of over 3.5 million monthly unique visitors* looking for complete coverage on mobile technology – making us the most trafficked mobile tech news resource on the web.”
Augmented Reality is a technology with growing popularity among mobile developers, and there are early examples of successful commercialization of applications beyond AR as a feature. Yelp was one of the first applications that deployed AR as a means to visually enrich information on a mobile device, and if you attended SXSW, the recently launched Junaio AR browser 2.0 enabled “ScavengAR Hunt”, an example for engaging mobile users through AR and a mix of location-based services, virtual tags, the mobile browser and social networks.
For our next event, we have invited a set of speakers from different parts of the AR ecosystem – a handset provider, two AR enablers and their respective show case consumer AR products and a digital marketing agency.
In addition, we will feature an exclusive preview of Windows Mobile 7 – join us to be among the first to see a prototype Windows Phone 7 series device in action. We’d also like to thank Microsoft for sponsoring this event.
Registration link: http://sfmobile0410.eventbrite.com/
SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS
The Mobile Internet is exploding. 8 quarters since the launch of the iPhone, there are 57+ million active users, more than 5x the users for the desktop Internet 8 quarters after the launch of Netscape. We invite you to join a select group of your fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and and industry colleagues for an invitation-only interactive discussion on ideas in the cutting edge of the Mobile Internet. The event is hosted by The Kauffman Fellows Program, Verizon Wireless, Silicon Valley Bank, and SF Mobile. Verizon will be present a keynote on their development center and APIs for mobile applications. Our open forum discussion will feature short presentations from early stage companies innovating in the Mobile Internet ecosystem.
For “Everything Android” we’ve managed to organize a line-up with some of the best known start-ups in the Valley, and with Erick Tseng presenting you’ll get a chance to hear directly from Android’s Lead Product Manager on what’s new and what to expect.
Our speakers this time:
All speakers will discuss Android-specific aspects of their products & services. We’ll provide some more background information on speakers and companies later this week.
Our August event will focus on the use of the voice channel (or VoIP, for that matter) for something else than just “talk”. We have a line-up of five companies, plus a team from PayPal that will talk about their new platform API.
PayPal – Platform API Preview
Fabio Sisinni, Director, Strategy and Product Management at PayPal Mobile http://www.linkedin.c…
Trevor Healy, CEO
“JAJAH, the world’s most innovative communications company, offers flexible, next-generation telephony solutions for consumers and businesses. JAJAH’s award-winning communication services make it easier for people to stay in touch using any device, on any network, anywhere. Leveraging a universal open telecommunications platform, JAJAH’s managed services allow mobile operators, landline carriers, cable companies, technology companies and other businesses to adopt its voice solutions with minimal investment and time to market.”
Steven Echtman, Founder & CEO
“HearPlanet delivers location information that really speaks to you. It’s like having a professional tour guide always by your side. Leave those bulky tour books behind and let HearPlanet show you the way. We make it easy to find what you’re looking for – fast!”
Robert Acker, Founder & CEO
“Aha is uniquely positioned in the navigation/location based services (LBS) marketplace. Rather than providing typical turn-by-turn directions, our free application is centered around making drivers smarter as they drive their familiar roads every day. The company is creating the first driver-to-driver network which connects drivers to each other and to relevant information from the internet. Aha answers questions like “What is the driver ahead of me seeing out his window?” and “I’m hungry, when will I be passing by a highly-rated pizza place?” Because its driver interface is optimized for 65 MPH, Aha does not require you to study a map while driving to get answers to your most common quesitons. ”
Neil Goldberg, Sr. VP of Sales & Corporate Development
“At SayNow, we set out to fundamentally change how we communicate with groups and started by re-inventing how we can use a phone number. SayNow numbers are different from ordinary phone numbers because they’re designed to: Make communicating with groups more personal, authentic, and immediate – you can use SayNow to talk to or broadcast voice messages to your community from wherever you are. Unlike text messages, blog posts, and email, which can be written by someone other than you, no one else can can speak for you because your voice is unique.”
Tony Levitan, Founder & CEO
“Lexy is a band of talented Internet, music, communications, technology, and advertising veterans performing along side a crew of recent college grads who have come together to revolutionize the way you use your phone. The nucleus of our team includes a core group from Egreetings Network, the company that was instrumental in creating the Internet’s pervasive digital greetings category. When you subscribe to an audio feed, Lexy diligently checks for updates on the publisher’s site. Each time a new episode is released, Lexy downloads it (so you don’t have to) and sends you a message -text or email, depending on what your preference is. You then can listen to the newest episodes here on our site, or on your mobile!”
Mark your calendars for a new event hosted by one of our sponsors and San Francisco Mobile, showcasing the brilliant work of women in Silicon Valley. Get ready to hear from 6 forward thinking presenters:
5:30 – 6:00pm: Registration
6:00 – 7:00pm: Presentations
7:00 – 8:30pm: Cocktail reception
Our Sponsor will also present results from an ongoing study of women’s role in tech, most recently captured in a short documentary called Her Code: Engendering Change in Silicon Valley. We’ll be previewing the video at this event to you and an exclusive group of European press and business reporters from Europe. As usual, the wine will be flowing and the fromage will be French!
Have your friends and colleagues sign up here:
Mobile Analytics is one of the hottest topics du jour in mobile digital media. With an ever increasing number of apps, discovery and retention have become the major roadblocks for application developers to get traction for their apps. Mobile analytics help developers to better understand user-generated actions, enable dynamic parameter settings and in the process increase relevancy and provide a better user experience.
For the June event, we have a selection of the hottest start-ups in the mobile analytics field – they will share how they’re approaching analytics, and how their product can help to increase the number of loyal users and create higher conversion rates for advertising.
Flurry offers cutting-edge analytics, deployment and monetization tools for mobile application developers. Its services platform is offered free to application developers allowing them to better save money, increase revenues and improve their products. Flurry’s platform is built by developers for developers, based on its pioneering experience as one the first developers to build, deploy and market direct-to-consumer applications.
Mobclix is a complete mobile application platform focused on real-time application analytics to provide business insights into an application, yield optimization and rich media advertising, distribution and viral growth through social media. Mobclix helps developers to transform applications into businesses.
AdMob Mobile Analytics is a free tool that helps mobile site owners gain insight into their traffic and site usage, allowing them to make data-driven driven decisions. Developers can gain insight into critical details about visitors such as their location, their device, and their level of engagement with a mobile site.
With AdWhirl, a developer can launch an app first and then decide which ad networks to use, switching between multiple networks at a time, all without users requiring to update. AdWhirl can automatically optimize CPMs across all networks and maximize revenue.
Medialets develops technologies that enable mobile application developers to measure their audience and monetize their applications through advertising. The company offers a rich media advertising and analytics platform for applications built for the iPhone and Android, with support for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm Pre devices coming in 2009.
Ringleader Digital is a mobile ad serving and network optimization platform company. Their latest product “Media Stamp” delivers persistent and carrier-independent device identification technology and tracks unique users throughout multiple sessions while delivering real-time visibility and management to agencies.
Tapjoy helps mobile publishers profit more from their applications. The Tapjoy Mobile SDK offers powerful ad optimization, a turn-key virtual goods store powered by OfferPal, analytics, and more.
We’ve got our line-up completed, seven (!) companies will come and present us their views on enterprise mobility.
We’ll start at 6:30pm sharp, networking with pizza & soda right after the presentations around 7:30pm.
We’ve got our line-up completed, seven (!) companies will come and present us their views on enterprise mobility.For the first time we’re hosting a joint event with the Facebook Application Developer Meetup. Just one week after Facebook has launched Facebook Connect for the iPhone we’ll be featuring a number of companies that run mobile products and interact with the Facebook platform. This time we’ll have a little bit of everything, from porting Facebook applications to a mobile environment, over messaging to mobile advertising and monetization in the context of the Facebook platform.
In addition we have Joshua March who runs London Facebook Developer Garage and is also a co-founder of The iPlatform – Josh will tell us about what’s going on in Europe right now and provide an update from what happened at SXSW around Facebook Connect for iPhone.
Plus, we’re still trying to get the big cheese speaker. Keep your fingers crossed and keep checking for updates.
Welcome to our first Meetup in 2009! We’ve come a long way since our first event last year in June, and an indicator of how popular “SF Mobile” has become maybe is that two of our presenters are flying in from other states, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Well, maybe not exclusively for this event, but still.
The line-up for our Tweetup:
Alex Payne heads the Twitter API team as you may know, so this will be a chance to get a look into the inner workings of what’s probably the most talked about mobile start-up these days. Our other presenters will share what they’re working on and how they run their apps/services on top of the Twitter API.
Your chance for your four minutes of fame: if you’re also working on an app that runs on the Twitter API and want to present it, drop us a note!
A small but important request – please be considerate with your RSVPs: Feel free to change your RSVP until the day of the event, however if you do RSVP “yes”, then make sure you attend. We’re at a point where we get more RSVPs than we can host, and we don’t want to turn people away like we had to last time. Much appreciated, thank you!
PLEASE NOTE: NO RSVP, NO SEAT IN THE AUDIENCE.
REGISTRATION AND SIGN-UP ARE CLOSED, WE’RE AT CAPACITY FOR TONIGHT. WE’VE CLOSED THE GUEST LIST AND IF YOU HAVEN’T RSVPed YOU ARE NOT ON THAT LIST AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET IN – SORRY!
We have a great mix of presenting companies from different parts of the value chain:
We have another great mix of presenting companies with different business models at the intersection of SMS and the Web! The combined amount of SMS traffic that our presenting companies process on a daily basis pretty much dwarfs everything else out there (even excluding mBlox). And with mBlox, we have the #1 SMS gateway provider in the U.S., if not even on a global level. All here at San Francisco Mobile!
Plus, for the first time we have our very own demo pit with mobile start-ups providing demos of their products before and after the presentations:
The event officially starts at 6pm and we’ll kick of the presentations at 6:30pm. If work is boring on Thursday however, feel free to drop by as early as 5:30pm as the first demo stands should be ready by then.
Two days to go to our next Meetup, and we have our speakers!
With Tony Nethercutt and AdMob we have the 800 pound Gorilla of the mobile advertising world in the room – AdMob’s scale will be hard to beat in this market. 4INFO is the leader among the SMS-based business models, while RocketBux has some early successes with mobile coupons. Ringleader Digital is somewhat new to the game but has developed some interesting pieces of technology that they’ll disclose during our Meetup.
The keynote goes to AdInfuse’s Brian Cowley: Brian has over 25 years of experience in advertising of which roughly 10 years in the web and mobile space – that’s prime experience; free at your finger tips, no less.
UPDATE: at the last minute, we also got Cellfire to present – another mobile coupon company!
We have our speakers locked down:
Sam will announce and demo Loopt’s new iPhone application at our event – now how’s that for a world premiere?
There is also slight chance that we’ll also get Brady Becker – the founder of Brightkite – as a speaker. Brightkite is on a roadshow on that day in the Valley, and depending on how early they finish they might still make it!
Plus, we’ve got Catherine Burton, organizer of the wildly successful Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Group Meetup. Catherine will give us a short overview of that group’s activities – a prime opportunity for those who want to dig deeper into the LBS space!
We’ve also listened to your feedback and will change the format of the Meetup a little bit; focus will be more on interaction and Q&A with the speakers and on networking.
The Meetup starts at 6:30pm to allow for all of us to make it through the traffic and then we’ll kick of the presentations at 7pm. This time we’ll introduce a “3x3x3 max” hard cut for each speaker (except the for the keynote):
- 3 slides max
- 3 min max presentation time
- 3 direct questions max from the audience
Following the presentations, we’ll close the official part and move on to the networking part with the opportunity for individual conversations with the presenters.
This Meetup will focus on mobile operating systems and mobile digital media.
Hetal Patel, Manager Business Development, Symbian
Feel free to invite your friends who work in Silicon Valley Tech companies, startups, media, advertising or VC. Please RSVP as soon as possible because seats are limited. The Meetup will last 60-90 minutes and provide an opportunity to meet the speakers.