It’s always a pleasure to speak at local events hosted by prestigious organizations such as Silicon Valley Bank, so we were pleased when Craig was invited to present at their 2013 CEO Summit on the topic: BE BOLD. Craig’s own experiences at Dialpad, Yahoo, GrandCentral and Google certainly informed his presentation but he reached further back in history to examples that resonate with us today from the likes of Helen Keller and Teddy Roosevelt.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Demoing your startup’s new product without PowerPoint is tough. Competing for an award judged by two very experienced CEOs and a highly respected VC is even tougher.Hosted by former TechCrunch co-editor (now current DEMO Conference Exec Producer) Erick Schoenfeld, the inaugural DEMO Mobile in San Francisco had UberConference CEO Craig Walker sitting with Garrett Camp, Founder & Chairman of Uber and StumbleUpon andChi-Hua Chien, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. (Yes, the UberConference team are Über users – we get asked that one a lot.)
This year’s mobile-and-productivity class included FieldLens, Tylr Mobile, TouchMail, and Altia Systems, who walked away with a DEMOGod award. UberConference CEO Craig Walker actually launched his previous company GrandCentral (today known as Google Voice) at the Demo Conference in 2006.
We’re pretty big fans of mobile here at Firespotter – so far we’ve released 4 mobile apps in the last 18 months. So, when a great mobile conference like the sold-out D:Dive Into Mobile comes up, we had to be there. Where else can you get a line on where mobile technologies are going and hear from all of the movers and shakers in mobile in a jam-packed 2 days?
Hosted by Bay Area journalists Ina Fried and Liz Gannes, in collaboration with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, D: Dive Into Mobile gave a bird’s-eye view of many of the emergent issues in the mobile space. Here are five big ones that stood out at the conference.
- Facebook’s new CTO Mike Schroepfer spoke to Facebook’s biggest mobile challenge – following the migration of his company’s billion-plus users from the Web to mobile.
- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave the low-down Google’s wide-ranging mobile efforts – from Android to Chrome, Admob to YouTube. In a separate talk, Google’s Jason Spero and Millennial Media’s Mollie Spilman went over the importance of tracking user behavior for mobile ads. Spero noted that mobile refers more to a specific context, rather than a use case.
- Waze CEO Noam Bardin talked about his company’s subtle advantage over Google – they’ve got 44 million users and 70,000 volunteer map editors. So far, they’ve validated a billion and a half kilometers (about 932 million miles) of roads. Note: One of Craig’s favorite apps!
- Intel’s Mike Bell and Microsoft’s Terry Myerson – two brands not known for robust mobile presence – gave separate talks to argue why their company shouldn’t be counted out in the transition to the golden age of mobile strategies.
- Movile CEO Fabricio Bloisi Rocha explained how the lower penetration of smartphones into Latin America market will be turned around in coming years by an increase Wi-Fi connections and cheaper prices.
Thanks again to D: All Things Digital founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for hosting such an awesome conference. To stay on top of all of their mobile coverage, go here, and here’s the coverage of the entire conference.
Spencer Ante, Andrea Roesch, Craig Walker
Ever wanted to dance all night with the team from your favorite visual conference call service? Want to meet hundreds of cool people from the Bay Area startup scene, while overlooking a stunning view of the San Francisco Bay?Next Friday night at 8pm, it’s all happening at One Ferry Plaza, on the San Francisco waterfront. And we’re bringing a ton of goodies (American Apparel t-shirts and bottle openers) to the party.When UberConference received the call from our buddy Vasil Asarov, at StartupMonthly and The Online Marketing Institute, we knew this was a party we didn’t want to miss.Here’s the “agenda” for the evening:
- 8pm-10:30pm – Startup showcase
- 10:30 – Remember Your Networking Contacts: Special Presentation with U.S. Memory Champion, Chester Santos – “The International Man of Memory”
- 12:00am-12:30am – Special performance by Zaika, a poi dancer(yes, that’s a Russian fire dancer)
- 10:00pm-2am – Dance music and party with our DJs (Top 40 / Euro / Int’l House)
We’re giving a $10 UberConference gift card – a promo code good for one free month of UberConference Pro – to every single person who comes to the event, and you can get a cool 30% discount on your ticket, just use the discount code UC30.
The $20 ticket price is cut down to $14 – after your discount code, and every attendee will receive the $10 gift card by email.