Track: KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS (K)
Keynote Presentation - Google Voice
|Wednesday - 01/20/10, 3:30pm
Craig is the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group at Google which encompasses the voice, chat and video product teams that develops unique communications applications and services for users worldwide. Prior to joining Google, he was a co-founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications, which Google acquired in July 2007. Prior to that, he was Senior Director, VoIP at Yahoo! Inc.
Prior to Yahoo!, he was CEO of Dialpad Communications, Inc., which Yahoo! acquired in 2005. Earlier he was a venture capital investor at both Sterling Payot Capital and at TeleSoft Partners. Prior to that, he was a corporate securities attorney at both Gunderson Dettmer and at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Craig has a JD degree from University of California, Berkeley Law School, an MBA degree from Georgetown University and earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Group Product Manager, Real Time Communications Group
Keynote Presentation - Polycom
|Wednesday - 01/20/10, 4:00pm
Jeffrey Rodman has been at the forefront of audio and video communications for most of his career. Rodman co-founded Polycom in 1990 and has been instrumental in the realization of Polycom's iconic products for voice, video, network communications, and other media. He is CTO of Polycom’s voice communications solutions group.
In 1984, Rodman was recruited to build a hardware engineering organization and implement a revolutionary architecture for the new startup PictureTel (then PicTel), building the foundation for a family of systems that transformed the industry, and continued as director of hardware development through PictureTel’s formative years. In 1980, Rodman joined Harris Video Systems where he became director of engineering, pioneering new digital video processing systems for broadcast and production applications. He also spent six years developing and enhancing video and test capabilities for military guided missile systems for Hughes Aircraft Company. During this time, Rodman created a novel approach to sound synthesis that formed the foundation for his Master’s thesis, and co-founded Specialty Video Systems to market digital video effects to the entertainment industry.
Drawing from this diverse experience, and from his background as virtuoso pianist and composer, Rodman has developed a keen appreciation for the importance of clear, reliable vision and sound in human interaction, and the ways in which delivery of transparency in perception can be delivered in remote conferencing. He sees the industry move toward IP telephony and media as an epochal change in the nature of personal remote communications, one that presages dramatic enhancements in sound quality, reliability, and richness of features. Rodman has spoken and presented at numerous forums, and is delighted to be a continuing part of Polycom, where he is a strong champion of technologies and products that bring the best and clearest quality to users around the world.
Rodman holds a BSEE Cum Laude in electronic engineering from CSUN.
Co-Founder and CTO
Keynote Presentation - Sprint
|Wednesday - 01/20/10, 4:30pm
Mathew Oommen is vice president of device and technology development. He is responsible for driving the network architecture, device and technology development for Sprint, in collaboration with Sprint’s partners and customers.
With a focus on wireless convergence that applies not only to networks, but also to devices, applications and systems, Oommen is helping Sprint deliver an enhanced customer experience today and usher in a new era, centered on a digital lifestyle. Prior to joining Sprint in the fall of 2008, Oommen was President of technology and services for the Reliance Industries Group in India. He also has served as executive vice president of Network at Reliance Infocomm/Communications and chief technology officer at Flag Telecom (a Reliance Company).
Prior to that, Oommen held executive positions at Optical Datacom, Williams Communications/Wiltel Group and MCI Worldcom.
Mathew graduated from Oklahoma State University with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and telecommunications.
Vice President, Device and Technology Development
Keynote Presentation - Skype
|Thursday - 01/21/10, 9:15am
Christopher Dean, Skype's CSO, has 20 years of experience in business and corporate development, strategy consulting and advising startups. He specializes in deals to grow revenue, create new distribution channels and develop and launch new products.
Christopher has led several business development and strategy teams that have defined and prioritized strategic partner targets and identified, negotiated and closed partnerships. He was most recently the co-founder of Texada Capital and responsible for new business development. Earlier, he spent four years as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at Face Time communications, a leading vendor of security, management and control solutions for enterprise-oriented instant messaging.
Christopher also was an executive in business development at Epoch Partners, SmartAge.com, Worlds, Inc. and a consultant at Regis McKenna, Inc. He has consulted with Apple, Adobe Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Placeware, prior to its sale to Microsoft.
He has a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Keynote Presentation - Digium
|Thursday - 01/21/10, 9:45am
Danny Windham joined Digium, the Asterisk Company, in February, 2007 as CEO. Digium is the creator, sponsor and primary developer of Asterisk; the most widely used open source telephony software. Digium's product lines include a wide range of hardware and software to enable resellers and businesses to implement turnkey solutions or to design their own VoIP systems. In his role of CEO, Windham is responsible for setting corporate strategy and executing day to day business operations.
Prior to joining Digium, Windham served as president and chief operating officer of ADTRAN, a global provider of networking and communications equipment. Windham joined ADTRAN in 1989 following ADTRAN's successful acquisition of Processing Telecom Technologies, a company Windham co-founded in 1986. Prior to becoming president/COO in 2005, Windham served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Networks Division.
Windham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University where he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2001 and also holds an MBA from Florida Tech.
Chief Executive Officer
Keynote Presentation - Verizon Wireless
|Thursday - 01/21/10, 10:15am
Brian Higgins is Executive Director for Ecosystem Development within Verizon Wireless. In his current capacity, Brian has responsibility for the management of the LTE Innovation Center and developer support for the Verizon Developer Community. With more than fourteen years of wireless telecommunications experience, Brian has played a lead role in various initiatives within Verizon Wireless and its predecessor companies, including enterprise software development and support, new product implementation, nationwide in-building management, spectrum acquisition and planning, and custom solution development for both enterprise and public safety. Brian holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rutgers University. He has also earned an additional master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Executive Director for Ecosystem Development
Product Roadmap Implications for Users
|Thursday - 01/21/10, 12:00pm
A can't miss enterprise/SMB/channel panel discussing the important questions regarding how this major acquisition will affect the current communications landscape and implications for users' assets and plans.
Frank Stinson (Moderator)
Jim Burton (Moderator)
CXO - CT Link, llc
Co-Founder - UCStrategies.com
Rich Tehrani (Moderator)
CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief
Director of Products and Solutions Marketing
David H. Yedwab
Market Strategy & Analytics Partners