Welcome to Jakarta, the world's most active Twitter city
The physical and virtual worlds are converging. Consider Jakarta, which is the world's number one Twitter city in terms of posted tweets, mostly because people in traffic jams have nothing better to do. In addition to coming online, the next billion are moving into cities, which will require massive investments in both physical and digital infrastructure. What does all this mean? Quartz hosts a talk show-style discussion featuring leading designers, technologists and futurists to explore the challenges and opportunities of wired cities.
Chinedu Echeruo, HopStop
Ulrich Quay, BMW iVentures
Martin Varsavsky, Fon
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (Moderator)
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Chinedu Echeruo is a partner, and head of Principal Investing at Constant Capital, a West-Africa based investment bank. Prior to joining Constant Capital, Mr. Echeruo founded two U.S.-based internet companies; HopStop.com and Tripology.com. Tripology.com was acquired in 2010 by Rand McNally and is now owned by USA Today. HopStop was acquired by Apple in 2013. He was also named Black Enterprise Magazine's Small Business Innovator of the Year and listed in the magazine's Top 40 under 40. Before his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Echeruo worked for AM Investment Partners, a USD $500 million volatility-driven convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to completing his M.B.A., he spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase where he was involved in a broad range of M&A, financing and private equity transactions.He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and B.S in finance and accounting (honors) from Syracuse University.
Dr. Ulrich Quay is the Managing Director and partner at BMW iVentures. He has been working for the BMW Group for more than 13 years, holding his current position since July 2011. Ulrich also serves on the board of Chargepoint and MyCityWay. Before heading the Venture Group of BMW, Dr. Quay was a department manager in the legal department of BMW, both in Germany and England. He holds a phD in International Private Law.
Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur and founder of seven companies in the past 20 years. In 1998 he started Jazztel, Spain´s second largest publicly traded telecom operator. In 1999 he founded Ya.com, Spain´s third largest Internet web site/DSL provider that includes the second largest Spanish language web agency viajar.com.
Martin´s current venture is Fon, founded in November in 2005, a community empowered company dedicated to building the world´s largest global Wifi network bottom up, spreading the power of Wifi around the world. Fon attracted British Telecom, Coral Group, Skype, Atomico, Google, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital as partners and quickly became the largest Wifi community in the world, with almost 12 million hot spots currently.
CEO and founder of Fon Martin Varsavsky comments on Europe's growingly pessimistic economic vision for the future. Varsavsky sees the poor of the world financing the developed countries but eventually an equalization of GDP.