Mr. Arun Bhikshesvaran has over 14 years of experience in the wireless communications industry. He has been with Ericsson since 1995 and is currently Vice President and General Manager of Strategy and Market Development within the North American Market Unit. Mr. Bhikshesvaran is Ericsson抯 technical and business strategy in North America including identifying Ericsson's long-term vision and defining the overall company strategy to create business value for Ericsson customers.
He has served in a variety of roles within the industry including Systems Solutions and Integration, Field Engineering, R&D and Global Product Marketing.
Mr. Bhikshesvaran has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed a Post Graduate Executive Program at Columbia Business School.
Mark Chandler is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade and Commerce. Mark has been a member of the Mayor's Office for twenty years and has worked for five mayors.
For the last seventeen years, Mark has been responsible for the international business programs of the City of San Francisco, including Sister City ties, trade and investment projects, trade missions, import and export promotion and international business attraction. Mark has coordinated over thirty overseas missions to locations diverse as Mexico, China, Vietnam, Ireland, Australia, The Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Japan.
Mark focuses on projects that require close business-community-government cooperation in order to assure that San Francisco expands its role as an international gateway and commercial center. His efforts for the SF Sister City program include having the program named the Best Sister City program in the United States and both the Manila and Shanghai Committees have given Mark commendations for his long time support of their activities. Mark was instrumental in the founding of the SF-Ho Chi Minh Sister City program, the first US-Vietnam relationship and the recent San Francisco-Zurich, Switzerland relationship.
Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Global Trade Council and the Bay Area World Trade Center. He was previously a member of the Advisory Board for the Southeast Asia Business Center at City College of San Francisco, the Asian Business Association Advisory Board and the Britain Meets the Bay Board of Directors.
Prior to working for the Mayor's Office, Mark spent seven years in the private sector as a Corporate Marketing Manager for U.S. Sprint and Pacific Intermountain Express.
He has a BA in Economics from U.C. Davis and an MBA in International Marketing from UC Berkeley. Mark also studied Japanese Language at the Tokyo Academy of Japanese for 1 ?years while living in Tokyo. Originally from San Luis Obispo, California, Mark has lived in the Bay Area for over twenty-five years and is married to Carolyn with a young daughter, Lea. He, his wife and daughter enjoy travel, gardening and are avid San Francisco Giants fans.
Mr. Chang brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in wireless and digital media as well as business development initiatives in Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining NVP in 2006, Tim was a principal at Gabriel Venture Partners where he was actively involved in over a dozen wireless-related deals and led Gabriel's investments in Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm), Eyespot, Sequoia Communications, Sandbridge, and Kajeet. He also contributed to the boards of Placeware (acquired by Microsoft) and Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), TestQuest, NextG Networks, and IPWireless. Tim built Gabriel's wireless sector practice and helped establish business development capabilities through strong, strategic relationships across the wireless value chain, particularly in Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Gabriel, Tim spent more than five years working in Japan as a product manager at Gateway Inc. Prior to Gateway, Tim was a development engineer for General Motors. Tim 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.
Tim currently serves on the advisory boards of the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA), IBD Under the Radar, Digital Hollywood, VC Task Force Wireless SIG, Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association, as well as the IBF Wireless Investor Summit.
Tim holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in electrical engineering/system engineering as well as a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
As Senior Vice President at MINO Wireless, Andy is responsible for Business Development and Strategic Partnership. Prior to joining MiNO, Andy led the industry wide WiFi and mobile device ecosystem partnership at Skype and helped catapult Skype beyond the PC platform onto the mobile device market, and attributed to the eBay acquisition of Skype in 2005.
Andy's career also includes senior executive positions at Motorola, Cisco, HP, Novell and Banyan. As Senior Director of Business Development at Motorola, he led strategic partnerships on several key initiatives, including seamless mobility, mobile payment and intelligent network management. Andy was also one of the early VoIP pioneers while at Cisco, from 1997 to 2001, where he launched and led Cisco's VoIP ecosystem partnership and created the industry-first softswitch platform based on a joint collaboration with HP, which attributed to Cisco抯 #1 position in VoIP today.
Before Cisco, Andy worked at Banyan Network, the leading NOS (networking OS) company whose famed StreetTalk NOS revolutionized Local Area Networks (LAN) at the Fortune 1000 enterprises. Andy spearheaded Banyan抯 entry in Asia where he led Banyan's Marketing and Sales in the region. Before Banyan, Andy worked at Novell as a channel Sales, Marketing manager and contributed to Novell's 65% NOS market share position when Novell抯 Netware revolutionized the entire PC networking market. Andy started his career at HP where his last role was head of program management managing HP's legendary company-wide transition from CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) to RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) architecture which later became HP-UX.
Andy is a graduate of Jiao-Tong University, and earned an MS from Stanford University.
Mr. Ruowei Chen is currently the Vice President of the System Business Unit, Potevio (Putian) Group, China, which is one of the biggest manufacturers of telecom systems in China. He is now heading the functions of the product solution and system marekting of System Business Division.
Before joining Putian group, Mr. Chen was the CEO and board director of Huchison-Optel Telecom company Ltd. He founded Optel Telecom in 1996, which was later acquired by Huchison in 2004.
Mr. Chen has been in the Mobile/Wireless industry for more than 20 years with rich experience in product delelopment, operation and business development. Some of remarkable achievements include delivering the first commcial SDH system and first MSTP system in China.
Mr.Chen graduated from Tsinghua university in 1983. He also holds a Master of EE in BUPT and an MBA degree.
Chief Architect and Sr. Vice President of Product Development, Cray Research
Fellow, US National Academy of Engineering
Fellow, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
During 1999-2005, Dr. Chen was the Founder, CEO and Chief Architect of Galactic Computing, designed and manufactured the world抯 first 128-blade High Productivity Grid Supercomputers. During 1996-1998, Dr. Chen was the EVP/CTO of Product Development and Board Director of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc., a leading provider of large enterprise servers for commercial applications, later acquired by IBM Corp. During 1988-1995, Dr. Chen was the CEO/President of Chen Technology Inc. focusing on advising top management of large international and small startup companies in assessing their core competencies, market competitiveness, industry trends, customer requirements, product directions, technology roadmaps, and alliance strategies. During 1979-1987 at Cray Research, Inc., Dr. Chen led his team in developing the most commercially successful parallel vector supercomputers, the Cray X-MP and Y-MP, which accounted for more than 90 percent of Cray Research抯 worldwide supercomputer installations with more than $1 billion in revenue.
Dr. Chen graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Dr. Chen has many U.S. patents and published papers in high performance system architecture, hardware design, software development and application optimization.
Before jointly establishing Mtone, Dr. Chin was the Chairman of the Board and also a Director for Proxim Inc. Dr Chin led Proxim to develop the first wireless LAN and to pioneer this industry. Proxim became the first wireless LAN company listed on the NASDAQ. Dr. Chin also served as a general partner for multiple Silicon Valley venture firms and also at Ameritech Development Corporation, the new business development subsidiary of Ameritech.. He has also worked in the field of optical semiconductor devices.
Mr. Chin obtained his doctor's degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana.
James focuses on investments in Internet, wireless and new media. James sits on the board of Co-Op Land, PingCo, and UiTV. Prior to GSR, James was the co-founder of AsiaInfo (NASDAQ: ASIA), one of the earliest and most successful technology companies in China. During his tenure as CEO, he guided the company to the first IPO on NASDAQ by a Chinese technology company. He remains as the Chairman of AsiaInfo, and is also an independent board member of Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU).
James graduated from the executive program at Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. He holds a M.S. in Information Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University.
James is a founder of e-China Alliances.
Joel Dreyfuss, editor-in-chief of Red Herring Inc., oversees all print and Internet content. He is a journalist and editorial executive with more than 30 years experience in print, broadcast, and Internet publications. He is a former senior writer at Bloomberg Markets and was editor-in-chief of Urban Box Office, an Internet startup.
Mr. Dreyfuss was editor-in-chief of Information Week, the editor of PC Magazine and served two stints at Fortune magazine, first as an associate editor and Tokyo bureau chief and then as a senior editor and personal technology columnist.
Mr. Dreyfuss has been a reporter and culture critic for the Washington Post, New York bureau chief for USA Today and executive editor of Black Enterprise magazine. His freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Tikkun, Playbook, Redbook, Family Circle, Salon.com and other national publications. He is co-author of 揟he Bakke Case: The Politics of Inequality?(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989). Many of his articles and essays have been included in anthologies.
He worked as a news producer and writer for KPIX and was an on-air reporter for KQED抯 Newsroom. He has also written and produced video pieces for WNET抯 51st State and for other public television programs.
He is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned a B.S. degree at the City College of the City University of New York and is a former Urban Journalism Fellow at the University of Chicago. He has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, a judge at the National Magazine Awards and a board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Born in Haiti, Mr. Dreyfuss has lived in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and San Francisco and internationally in Monrovia (Liberia), Paris, and Tokyo.
John Elms is the Chief Executive Officer of Azalea Networks. Elms comes to Azalea Networks from SpectraLink Corporation, which is now a part of Polycom, where he was the president and CEO of the NASDAQ-listed company until its sale in March of 2007.
At SpectraLink, after assuming the CEO position in the fall of 2003, Elms successfully transitioned the company from a North American-focused direct selling entity to that of a global OEM provider of wireless telephone systems for the enterprise. Under his leadership SpectraLink began selling to industry leader such as Alcatel, Avaya, NEC, Nortel and Siemens, with sales growing from $71 million in 2003 to $145 million ending 2006 with approximately a third of revenues from outside of North America.
Prior to assuming the president and CEO roles at SpectraLink Corporation, Elms was the Vice President of Operations from 1999 responsible for manufacturing, distribution, purchasing and the customer services business unit. Prior to SpectraLink, Elms served in several sales and service leadership positions at PictureTel Corporation in both the U.S. and Hong Kong. Elms holds a bachelor of liberal arts from Harvard University and is conversant in Mandarin Chinese. He is headquartered in the Milpitas office location.
Stella is responsible for IDGVC's Silicon Valley investment operations since 1999. Stella has 18 years of experience in operations, consulting, and technology investments. She has advised and assisted startups with their business expansion and growth strategies targeting Greater China. In particular, she works with portfolios in their corporate structuring, team building, business development, marketing, sales, and distribution. Prior to joining IDGVC, Stella served as partner at Vantone Investment Group. Prior to that, Stella was co-founder and vice president at Lorrex Health Products. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant at Electric Power Research Institute and a project manager at Unison International. Stella received her M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis and B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University. She attended Beijing Foreign Languages University before moving to the U.S.
Jyri Huopaniemi is Head of Interaction Core Technology Center in Nokia Research Center. The Interaction Core Technology Center is responsible for strategic and long-term research in usability and user interfaces, multimedia and personal content technologies, immersive communication and collaboration technologies.
Jyri studied acoustics and audio signal processing, multimedia and information technology at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), and received his M.Sc., Lic. Tech., and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees in electrical and communications engineering in 1995, 1997, and 1999, respectively. His doctoral thesis was on the topic of of virtual acoustics and 3-D audio. Dr. Huopaniemi worked as a research scientist and group manager at the Laboratory of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing of the HUT from 1993 until 1997. During 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. Since 1998 he has been with Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to his current role at Nokia, he was Head of Strategic Research at Nokia Research Center, responsible for strategic research in multimedia, applications, services and software platforms. He was appointed Docent (Adjunct Professor) of Audio Technology and Software at Helsinki University of Technology as of July 1, 2003, and continues to lecture on courses related to audio and multimedia signal processing and software.
Mr. Hane is Counsel in the firm's Communications practice group. He concentrates on transactions, spectrum licensing and special projects in electronic media distribution and satellite communications. Formerly an attorney with a predecessor to the firm, Mr. Hane spent more than a decade as an in-house lawyer, lobbyist, development executive and entrepreneur before returning to private practice with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 2006.
A broadcaster from the age of 15, Mr. Hane has developed a unique portfolio of experience in the business, law and technology of media distribution and satellite communications and has achieved success in a number of complex spectrum allocation and licensing proceedings. As NBC's Washington Counsel in the 1990s he played key roles in NBC's successful efforts to eliminate outdated FCC regulations and enable the transition to digital television broadcasting.
At New World Communications Group Mr. Hane spearheaded the company's lobbying of the 1996 Communications Act and later shepherded the sale of the company to News Corporation through legal and regulatory approvals, marking one of the fastest approvals of a major News Corporation acquisition in the 90s.
Mr. Hane led domestic and international regulatory affairs for Lockheed Martin's commercial satellite division, representing Lockheed Martin Telecommunications before the FCC, the ITU, and other regulatory agencies worldwide.
As an executive officer of Pegasus Communications, then the third largest DBS service provider in the US, Mr. Hane was intimately involved in the growth of satellite television into a full service multi-channel video competitor. He negotiated more than a dozen transactions and strategic joint ventures while at Pegasus, including procurement of a satellite and launch vehicle valued in excess of $200 million. Mr. Hane led the Pegasus team that launched the first duplex satellite broadband service to be bundled with a DBS service. He was the first to advocate use of Ka band satellite spectrum for delivery of local broadcast stations to DBS customers and was among the first to propose “tweener” assignments in the DBS bands. Mr. Hane won preferred satellite licenses for Pegasus' Ka-band FSS satellites and was also the first to obtain rights to use Canadian satellites to broadcast into the US from facilities in the US.
Mr. Hane has counseled institutional investors on industry trends, risks and opportunities, has advised a consumer electronics company on litigation and communications strategy, and has assisted a client in achieving a landmark ruling in a novel antitrust case. Mr. Hane's knowledge of the business, technology, law and regulation of the media and telecommunications industries brings a unique perspective to client needs
Mr. Hane is the inventor or co-inventor on several patent applications covering integration of satellite and terrestrial media distribution, electronic sale and fulfillment of digital advertising, terrestrial re-use of satellite spectrum, secure wireless communications, and asynchronous wideband satellite media distribution.
Michael Kuptz is Vice President & General Manager with Lenovo Group Limited. He has responsibility for Americas Consumer Business Group, (CBG). The General Manager of CBG is responsible for the launch of Lenovo抯 Consumer Products in the Americas. All functional lines of business; finance, marketing, sales, service & support operations, product management and human resources are aligned within CBG. The consumer launch in the Americas is scheduled in the Third Quarter, 2007. Previously, he served as the Vice President & General Manager of the US Channel, Mid-Market and Transactional Business. These businesses generated over $2.6B annual sales and were the highest revenue and profit growth segments in Lenovo. Michael came to Lenovo from IBM's Personal Computer Division (PCD) and was part of the Lenovo Acquisition of the IBM Personal Computer Division in May 2005.
Bill Li is a Venture Partner at Mayfield China (GSR Ventures). His area of interest includes Mobile/Wireless, Consumer/Internet, Advertising/New Media, Enterprise Software/Open Source/System, and Vertical Application/Security.
Bill Li is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded multiple Internet/mobile companies in Silicon Valley and China. He has 18 years of extensive R&D and management experience in work-class companies as well as startups. He was most recently the head of mobile engineering in Google, where he built the mobile team from scratch and led the team to launch ground-breaking products/services with the biggest carriers in the world, including China Mobile. Prior to Google, he was co-founder and VP of engineers for three internet/mobile startups in Silicon Valley and China. Before that, Bill was a senior architect in leading software companies including Oracle, Sybase and Versant Object Technology.
Growing up in China, Bill Li graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology with Bachelor degree of Computer System. He also has Master Degree of Science from USF and Executive MBA.
Dr. Fuyun Ling: Vice President of Technology, QUALCOMM抯 Corporate R&D Group
Dr. Fuyun Ling currently serves as vice president of technology for QUALCOMM抯 Corporate R&D group. Throughout his career, Dr. Ling has been working on digital communications and digital signal processing and their application to wireless and wireline communications. From 1984 to 1998, he was with Motorola Inc. working on research and development of various wireline and wireless communication technologies and products.
In 1998, he joined Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, California, as a vice president of technology and worked on research and development of new wireless communication technologies. Since 2003, he has been working on QUALCOMM抯 MediaFLO?mobile broadcast platform and is currently responsible for the FLO?Physical Layer specification and development.
Dr. Ling received his B. S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1968, and his MS and Ph. D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., USA, in 1981 and 1984 respectively. He holds over 60 US Patents with a number of other patent applications pending, and has published over 80 papers and two books. Dr. Ling is an Adjunct Professor of Tsinghua University and a Fellow of IEEE.
Isabel Mahe is currently the Sr. Director of Wireless Software Engineering for Palm, responsible for CDMA, UMTS, WIFI, BT and Data Networking software for all Palm's smartphone products. She brought wireless technology in house and built the wireless software team from ground up for Palm. Prior to joining Palm in 2002, she was the system architect for AirPrime, a wireless embedded module company that was later acquired by Sierra Wireless. She also held important management and technical positions at many other wireless companies: Philips Semiconductor/VLSI (CDMA baseband chipsets), Glenayre (paging infrastrucure) and VTech (coredless phone). She holds a BSEE and a MSEE majoring in wireless communications, and is currently completing the part-time MBA program at UC Berkeley.
Tom MacTavish is Vice President, Motorola Labs' Center for Human Interaction Research which is comprised of laboratories in Phoenix (AZ), Schaumburg (IL), and Shanghai (China). This center of excellence focuses on creating next generation user experience solutions for Motorola products and services by applying user centered design principles and appropriate interaction technologies including voice dialogue, tactile, vision, and intelligent systems. Tom is an experienced research and engineering manager and has led global teams that have created high volume, high impact products including smart-phone applications, wireless data (802.11) products, telecommunications applications, multimedia kiosks, and bar code scanning systems.
Tom is active member of the human/computer interaction research community and has spoken at many industry conferences and forums including design conferences, automotive conferences, human/computer interaction forums, and seminars including the automotive industry抯 biennial Convergence conference, SigCHI, HITS (Humans, Interaction, Technology, and Strategy) Conference, IBM抯 Make IT Easy, and Design for the New China Markets (Beijing) conference. In addition, he has served on the advisory board for the Illinois Institute of Technology抯 Institute of Design Tangible Knowledge Consortium and the advisory board for Georgia Tech抯 Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center WWW Survey Council. Currently, Tom serves as the Motorola liaison to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Georgia Institute of Technology. Tom is a member of Motorola抯 Science Advisory Board Associates and Motorola抯 Responsible Driving Council.
Jason Ma serves as CEO at Vanteus, a premier provider of systematic SAT and college prep (in-center and online) services for high school students. Over 20% of Vanteus-prepared students have achieved 2300 to perfect 2400 SAT I scores, ranking in the top 1% nationally. Numerous Vanteus-prepared students are accepted by Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn, Stanford, MIT, CalTech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Williams, Amherst, and other prestigious colleges. Jason brings 23 years of experience in the education, Internet, wireless, new media, and software service sectors. Globally well connected, Jason is seasoned in strategy, sales/marketing, and general management across the U.S. and Asia Pacific.
Previously, Jason served as acting CXO, Board Director, Advisor, Co-Founder, and/or Angel Investor at several private Chinese and U.S. companies. Earlier, as Managing Director of iPass Asia Pacific and Japan, Jason led international sales and was central in taking iPass from early stage to world market leadership and beyond the first S-1 for IPO. Previously, he was Head of International or Asia Pacific for several US technology companies, which IPO抏d or were acquired. A thought leader and dynamic speaker, Jason is often tapped to be a guest speaker or to provide commentary or advice for top-tier international CEO conferences, media properties, Wall Street analysts, and universities. These include Forbes, CNBC Asia Pacific, CNET, Sing Tao, China Europe Business Meeting, Stanford, UC Berkeley, INSEAD, NUS. Jason holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Sanjiv Parikh is a Director for the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, based in Silicon Valley. The Emerging Business Team manages Microsoft抯 interaction with venture capitalists and start-ups world wide to accelerate innovation and foster the software ecosystem. Within the Emerging Business Team, Sanjiv is in charge of engagements with mobility oriented start-ups, venture capitalists and enterprises. Prior to joining Microsoft, Sanjiv was Managing Director of FairWinds Ventures, a private equity advisory and investment firm. Previously, Sanjiv was a Managing Director of Atrium Capital, a 16 year-old Sand Hill Road venture capital firm. Atrium抯 investments include AdForce, B2BWorks, DigitalPersona, FieldCentrix, InfoUSA.com, MapQuest, MetaTV, Multex and RedEnvelope. Prior to joining Atrium Capital, Sanjiv helped launch RightWorks Corporation; an enterprise software company in supply chain management and procurement that was sold to Internet Capital Group for $1.25 billion and is currently part of i2 Technologies. Previously, Sanjiv was a Principal with Mehta & Company, Inc.. Sanjiv invested in and helped turnaround several portfolio companies in various operating capacities, including: a $50 million nationwide healthcare services firm and a $100 million European seat belt manufacturer, among others.
Outside of work, Sanjiv has been actively involved with The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1994. He is currently a Charter Member and on the board and faculty of the TiE-Institute which aims to further education for entrepreneurs. Sanjiv also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wharton Club of San Francisco, a community and professional development organization of The Wharton School.
Sanjiv holds an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jake Seid: General Partner, Lightspeed Jake has seven years of venture capital experience and three years of operating experience and has worked with a variety of Lightspeed抯 portfolio companies across mobile (Rhythm New Media, Icebreaker), internet (Kosmix, TheFind, StyleHive), systems (Identity Engines, Aerohive), software (Personeta, Skybox) and components (Unity, SiPort). Jake also focuses on Lightspeed's investment activities in India. Prior to Lightspeed, Jake was a product line manager for Cisco Systems. He was responsible for launching and managing the industry's first DOCSIS-based cable modems and routers and led his product to win "Best of Show" and "Best Networking Hardware" at Comdex '99. Previously, he worked in business development for Boston Technology (Comverse) in Tokyo. Jake serves on the Board of the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Nexus India Capital, an India-focused venture capital firm of which Lightspeed is a limited partner. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. While at MIT, he co-founded and acted as co-director of the MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative (MIT-CETI). Before making his final departure from MIT, he was the recipient of the Irwin Sizer Award and the Karl Taylor Compton Prize. Karl J. Weaver is a Washington State-based and globally trained, International wireless industry executive with bilingual Mandarin Chinese language and Asian cross-cultural business expertise. As a specialist on Asia-Pacific, Greater Chinese and Indian wireless & mobile device markets, he has spent the past 20+ years focused on selling and marketing convergent PC-Telecom-Wireless communications products into Asia-Pacific, Greater Chinese and Indian Sub-continent markets in the emerging "Pacific Century". From the edge of the Pacific Rim in Washington State's Puget Sound region, Karl has built up an Asia-Pacific focused high-tech career path. Utilizing Seattle to jump-shoot into Asia for sales and marketing of wireless communications products, he has worked for locally-based, well-known (Zetron, Metawave, Leviton Voice & Data and Intrinsyc Software International) and out-of-state (Protura Wireless and Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor) wireless and telecom firms to successfully open up Asian markets. Karl started his global career by first receiving a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese through the Taiwan Governmental Ministry of Education @ National Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, Taiwan from 1982~1985. After finishing his Chinese Language Certificate studies, he worked as an Export Sales Manager for Digicom, Inc. in Taipei from 1985~1992, selling microcomputer technologies in Europe and Asia. Karl has a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University (1982) and also a Certificate of Wireless Communications from the University of Washington's Evening Technology Certificate Program (2004). He is a member of the Washington State China Relations Council and the Washington State Software Alliance. In addition to being a public speaker around the world on Smart Phones in China/India, Karl is a sales and marketing professional, equally trained in cross-functional areas of business development, product marketing, account management, channel management, and direct global sales roles. He has been involved in setting up sales offices in Europe and Greater China as well as managing a stocking bonded warehouse facility in Pune, India. Currently, Karl is on a global tour promoting the Global Smart Phone Revolution - China: Mobile Digital Dragon & India: IT Super Tiger and also The Global Mobile WiMax Revolution: Greater China Digital Dragon. Karl抯 workplace has always been Asia, and when he抯 not in Asia, he resides with his wife and daughter in Woodinville, Washington State in the pristine Pacific-Northwest, USA. *********** 9.29.2007 @ Computer History Museum
Jake has seven years of venture capital experience and three years of operating experience and has worked with a variety of Lightspeed抯 portfolio companies across mobile (Rhythm New Media, Icebreaker), internet (Kosmix, TheFind, StyleHive), systems (Identity Engines, Aerohive), software (Personeta, Skybox) and components (Unity, SiPort). Jake also focuses on Lightspeed's investment activities in India. Prior to Lightspeed, Jake was a product line manager for Cisco Systems. He was responsible for launching and managing the industry's first DOCSIS-based cable modems and routers and led his product to win "Best of Show" and "Best Networking Hardware" at Comdex '99. Previously, he worked in business development for Boston Technology (Comverse) in Tokyo. Jake serves on the Board of the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Nexus India Capital, an India-focused venture capital firm of which Lightspeed is a limited partner. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. While at MIT, he co-founded and acted as co-director of the MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative (MIT-CETI). Before making his final departure from MIT, he was the recipient of the Irwin Sizer Award and the Karl Taylor Compton Prize.
Karl J. Weaver is a Washington State-based and globally trained, International wireless industry executive with bilingual Mandarin Chinese language and Asian cross-cultural business expertise. As a specialist on Asia-Pacific, Greater Chinese and Indian wireless & mobile device markets, he has spent the past 20+ years focused on selling and marketing convergent PC-Telecom-Wireless communications products into Asia-Pacific, Greater Chinese and Indian Sub-continent markets in the emerging "Pacific Century". From the edge of the Pacific Rim in Washington State's Puget Sound region, Karl has built up an Asia-Pacific focused high-tech career path. Utilizing Seattle to jump-shoot into Asia for sales and marketing of wireless communications products, he has worked for locally-based, well-known (Zetron, Metawave, Leviton Voice & Data and Intrinsyc Software International) and out-of-state (Protura Wireless and Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor) wireless and telecom firms to successfully open up Asian markets.
Karl started his global career by first receiving a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese through the Taiwan Governmental Ministry of Education @ National Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, Taiwan from 1982~1985. After finishing his Chinese Language Certificate studies, he worked as an Export Sales Manager for Digicom, Inc. in Taipei from 1985~1992, selling microcomputer technologies in Europe and Asia. Karl has a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University (1982) and also a Certificate of Wireless Communications from the University of Washington's Evening Technology Certificate Program (2004). He is a member of the Washington State China Relations Council and the Washington State Software Alliance. In addition to being a public speaker around the world on Smart Phones in China/India, Karl is a sales and marketing professional, equally trained in cross-functional areas of business development, product marketing, account management, channel management, and direct global sales roles. He has been involved in setting up sales offices in Europe and Greater China as well as managing a stocking bonded warehouse facility in Pune, India. Currently, Karl is on a global tour promoting the Global Smart Phone Revolution - China: Mobile Digital Dragon & India: IT Super Tiger and also The Global Mobile WiMax Revolution: Greater China Digital Dragon. Karl抯 workplace has always been Asia, and when he抯 not in Asia, he resides with his wife and daughter in Woodinville, Washington State in the pristine Pacific-Northwest, USA.
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