With five billion subscriber connections worldwide, mobile has emerged as the largest technology platform in human history. Having predicted a decade ago that wireless would have far greater impact than the wired Internet, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs remains intent on leveraging the power of mobile to redefine computing, health care, education, social media, commerce and more. Qualcomm is now shipping about a million wireless semiconductors daily, making it the world’s #1 supplier of chipsets for the mobile industry.
Former chairman and CEO of Palm turned HP executive, Jon Rubinstein was instrumental in developing Palm’s webOS platform and the Palm Pre smart phone. At Apple he was a driving force behind the creation of the iPod, the disruptive device that changed the way we buy and transport our music. He also led the Apple team that built the original iMac, the personal computer that revitalized Apple and revolutionized personal computer design.
Come and find out what visions of the mobile future these two industry and thought leaders are betting on now. Join the conversation with Jacobs and Rubinstein, led by influential journalist Kara Swisher of the D Conference and AllThingsD.com
Paul Jacobs has served as CEO of Qualcomm since 2005 and was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. Under his leadership, the San Diego–based company has emerged as the leading provider of chipsets for mobile devices and is consistently ranked at the top of its industry on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies.” Jacobs joined Qualcomm as a development engineer in 1990. Over the past two decades he has led numerous advances in wireless communications and has received more than 40 patents. In 1997 he became president of Qualcomm Consumer Products, where he spearheaded development of the first commercial smartphone. Other breakthrough innovations include the integration of GPS into cell phones and a platform that enabled over-the-air downloading of apps. He is the 2009 winner of the IEEE CASS Industrial Pioneer Award and has been named “Best Telecom CEO” four years in a row by Institutional Investor.
Jonathan J. Rubinstein is an American computer scientist and electrical engineer who helped create the iPod, the portable music and video device first sold by Apple Computer Inc. in 2001. He has been elected to serve as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He left his position as senior vice president of Apple's iPod division on April 14, 2006. He became executive chairman of the board at Palm, Inc. in October 2007. He was the CEO of Palm, Inc., replacing former CEO Ed Colligan. He is now an executive at HP.
Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com. Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues, as one of its first hires to cover the Web, and also wrote feature articles on technology for the newspaper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called “Home Economics.”
HP Executive and former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein says he recently talked to a T. Rowe Price fund manager who only invests in technology he's seen on "Star Trek". "The tricorder is going to happen," says Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs. "It's going to happen in emerging markets first."