The mobile app market is expected to hit $30 billion by 2015, creating one of the fastest growing areas in technology today. How have these apps changed the way consumers play games, interact with music and connect with each other?
Though Apple dominates today's app marketplace, how will Android and Windows Phone 7 provide user value and steal valuable mindshare? How will application compete with the mobile web? What areas are investment hotspots in the app space? Join the Commonwealth Club's panel of mobile industry experts to answer these and many more questions.
Timothy Chang, principal at Norwest Venture Partners, focuses on investments in mobile, gaming, digital media, and also leads NVP's investment practice in China and Asia-Pacific. Chang led NVP's investments in and joined the boards of directors of ngmoco, Lumos Labs, Brite Semiconductor and 3jam. He also led NVP's investment in Playdom, a leader in social gaming, and PCH International, a turnkey global supply chain services firm based in Shenzhen. Chang is a board observer working closely with Borqs, deCarta, Double Fusion and Veveo.
Chang began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures K.K., a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.
Chang currently serves on the advisory boards of the Silicon Valley Telecom Council, Dealmaker Media, Digital Hollywood, TiE Wireless SIG, MIT/Stanford VLAB, VC Task Force, and Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association. He was also listed on the AlwaysON Hollywood IT List recognizing technology leaders in the entertainment industry, as well as by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch.
Reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane joined The Wall Street Journal in 2006.
She has covered Japanese consumer electronics, video games, and telecommunications companies. She currently covers Apple and consumer entertainment companies.
Lisa Marino is the Chief Revenue Officer for RockYou, overseeing all business functions and leading all brand and ad sales initiatives for the company. Prior to this role she served as RockYou's Vice President of sales where she created and led a team which generated more than $6 million during its first year. Prior to joining the RockYou executive team, Marino was the National Sales Manager for eBay Motors, calling on major automotive original equipment manufacturers as well as their franchise dealers.
Marino co-founded Cima Systems, a leading fixed operations customer relationship management provider for auto dealers. She began her career in Silicon Valley as a technology mergers and acquisitions investment banker for Montgomery Securities. Marino is a thought leader in social media marketing and has spoken at leading conferences and events including, OMMA, iMedia Summit and Digital Hollywood.
She holds an Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University's School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shervin Pishevar is a technology entrepreneur, published researcher and technology incubation expert. Prior to SGN, he was Co-Founder and COO of Webs.com (formerly Freewebs). As the second largest web hosting company in the world empowering millions of users, Webs is positioned to help lead the web presence space as more and more people flock to the web and organize and share their digital lives.
Pishevar was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications policy working group that helped create the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan. His achievements have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, CNN and CNBC.
Krishna Subramanian is co-founder of Mobclix, the industry's largest mobile ad exchange network.