The MOCOM2020 Website is the place to start an online conversation, discuss ideas and summarize results. Here is an overview of the contributors and authors of MOCOM2020.com
Alvin Graylin is CEO and Co-founder of mInfo Inc., the leader in mobile search in Asia. Alvin is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and business leader with over 16 years of management experience, eight of which are in Greater China. Alvin was born in China, and emigrated to the United States when he was nine. Growing up as the son of a Chinese artist father and Eurasian ballerina mother, Alvin has been exposed to a multicultural environment and personal creativity his whole life. He grew up in the US and graduated top of his class with a BS in Electrical engineering from the University of Washington, earned his MS in Computer Science from MIT, his MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Mr. Graylin started his career on the technical side with IBM and then moved to Intel. Alvin is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, which has been invaluable in his ability to be productive in China. In 1994, he shifted to a more business track and returned to China to develop his career. He took on a 3 year assignment with Intel to help startup their Shanghai office and drive the consumer PC business this emerging market. He grew the business 6 fold in three years. Alvin later went on to oversee Asia Marketing for Intel Online Services, and soon after switched companies to drive the global Enterprise and Consumer divisions for Trend Micro while based in Taipei. In addition to his long corporate management track record, Alvin also has a rich history of entrepreneurial experiences having been the founder and CEO of three venture-backed technology start-ups. Two were in the US and mInfo based in China. Alvin co-founded mInfo in early 2005 with a long time friend, Derek Huang, after months of reviewing a number of potential start-up ideas related to the China market. The basis behind mInfo leveraged the skills and experiences of both founders and targeted a void in the market that would become quite sizable in the next few years. mInfo is now China's leading Mobile search and pull-based advertising company. mInfo services millions of Chinese users, thousands of advertisers and was recently named the official mobile search provider to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Benjamin is a renowned expert on social media and telecom convergence in Japan, South Korea and China. He is the CEO of +8*(www.plus8star.com), the leading cross-market and cross-cultural strategic consultancy focused on Internet and mobile innovation in Asia. Its team of experts brings the digital equivalents of compass, gunpowder and printing press to global and local clients such as China Mobile, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Zhengai, Adidas and Sands Capital. Benjamin is also the founder of Mobile Monday in Beijing, a community of over 3,000 mobile professionals in China and a member of the global Mobile Monday global network. He is a regular keynote in industry events (O'Reilly GSP Conference, ITU Asia, Red Herring Asia 100, Asia Venture Capital, etc.) and was selected among China's Top 100 Mobile Industry Influencers in 2007.
Dr. Charles M. Savage, President and Mentor, Knowledge Era Enterprising International, helps companies discover the tremendous human potential of knowledge era enterprising. He writes, consults and speaks widely in the United States, Asia and Europe. His book, Fifth Generation Management, has been widely acclaimed and translated into Japanese and Korean. Tom Peters named it his business book of 1991. A revised edition, subtitled, Co-creating through Virtual Enterprising, Dynamic Teaming and Knowledge Networking, has been released in 1996 and German, Chinese and Portuguese translations are also available. And at present he is working on his next book, Co-Creating the (Ac)Knowledging Economy to help us prepare for the era after Peak Oil where we will have to again live in a very low carbon economy. In addition, he is a German patent holder of an innovative Future Center concept. Dr. Savage works with and coaches company presidents, division managers and other senior executives committed to improving their knowledge strategy, organizational culture, innovation approaches and customer focus. He has pioneered the discussion of Fifth Generation Management as a way to tap and team the creative capabilities of professionals within and between companies. In particular, he has been focusing on the shift from the steep hierarchies of the Industrial Era to flatter network organizations based on virtual enterprising for the emerging Knowledge Economy, including support for Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 developments. His clients include ABB, Alstom, British Telecom, Carl Zeiss, KarstadtQuelle, Optus Cable & Wireless, Heidelberger Druck, Intel, Sappi, Saudi Aramco, Suez and Siemens. He is a founding member of the Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA) and the Muslim Heritage Advisory Group, initiated by Prof. Salim Al-Hassani (see: www.1001inventions.com) . Prior to forming his own company, he was responsible for Digital Equipment Corporation’s worldwide Organizational Effectiveness Practice. He has worked as a Vice President of Gray Judson, Inc., a management consulting firm in Boston; a Principle in the D. Appleton Co., Manhattan Beach, CA, where he pioneered the human side of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM); and as Director of the Boston Office of the Scandinavian Institutes of Administrative Research (SIAR). He has been active in the Computer and Automated Systems Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (CASA/SME) where he served for many years on their Board of Directors. He has also taught at Boston College, Suffolk University and is now teaching MBA courses in “Leadership” at the University of Applied Science, (FHM), the Munich Business School (MBS) and Fachhochschule für Ökonomie & Management (FOM).
Taewoo Danny Kim is one of the leading Web 2.0/Tech bloggers in Korea behind TechnoKimchi(technokimchi.com)(English) blog and qOoOp Media(qooop.kr) and Taewoo's log(twlog.net)(Korean). He's also known as the very first full-time blogger in Korea. His passion is about informing the rest of the world about the “cool digital things” happening in Korea. He’s been featured on numerous mainstream media, such as CNN, SBS, and several other newspapers also has spoken at conferences such as X Media Lab, Open Web Asia, and Le Web. Taewoo Danny is also the author of Meconomy, a book on the economic analysis of Web 2.0. Prior to becoming a full-time blogger, he worked for Samsung SDS as a researcher for 4 years and is currently helping Openmaru with global marketing. Danny holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in computer science from Cornell University.
Fasol is works with Japan's telecom ecosystem since 1984, when he came first to Japan to help build an R&D cooperation with NTT Labs on semiconductor lasers. After working on semiconductors at Cambridge University, as Manager of one of Hitachi's labs, and as faculty on the NTT Telecommunications Chair at Tokyo University, he founded the company Eurotechnology Japan KK in Tokyo in 1996/1997. He initiated and managed a "Sakigake" (Pioneer) R&D project on Spin-Electronics (for next generation memories) for Japan's Science and Technology Agency STA. Eurotechnology develops business, sells, helps with M&A, and works with the investment industry. Eurotechnology focuses on mobile communications and environmental technologies - green tech. Fasol has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, UK. He reads, writes, negotiates, presents and dreams in Japanese.
John is CEO of Strand Consult and is one of the best-known consultants in the business. Anyone who has met John Strand knows that he always speaks his opinion. Being honest - and giving his honest opinion on current issues in the mobile industry has become John's trademark - even when it means being controversial or treading on some toes The fact that John works in an industry that loves to hype new products and services, stands out clearly, however on the other hand John is the the first one to speak out - Hype does not work on John. He is the first one to cut through the BS and detail the difference betveen hype and what will happen in the real world. Together with his team of analysts, John Strand has a unique ability to predict the future of the telecom industry and the other industries that this exciting business is converging with. Many people are naturally sceptical about fortune-tellers - John Strand's attitude is that people should not judge him on what he is predicting about the future, but instead on what he previously predicted would happen today. His uncanny ability to predict coming challenges for the mobile market and his straightforward attitude to what customers are doing right and wrong has made John a valued speaker at mobile conferences all over the world and he is constantly quoted in the Scandinavian and International press.
Kevin Leong is the Founder and CEO of Mo'Blast. He is both the technical and business chief of this innovative startup in the location-based mobile services space. Kevin bootstrapped and assembled a team of designers and engineers around the globe to create a stunning collections of mobile apps that have received rave reviews. While building Mo'Blast, Kevin was an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State Universty. Prior to this and two other startups, Kevin was a Management Consultant with Mitchell Madison Group and AT Kearney. Before that he spent eight years at IBM where he held lead technical and project management positions. Kevin was the creator of IBM C++ class library and co-author of a C++ graphical user interface programming book. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BBA degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas.
Marco Koeder is the Executive Director of CyberMedia K.K., one of Japans leading mobile and web communication agencies. Part of his daily business is to develop and manage digital strategies for global brands in the Japanese market and beyond. Especially in the interactive and mobile field he spearheaded the global digital strategies of brands like Lufthansa, Renault, Volvo, Nikon and others. Being a digital expert and advisor who knows how to “walk the talk”, Marco published a wide range of reports and articles about Japans mobile and online industry and is frequently holding speeches and seminars on the future of mobile and digital communication for Japanese and international executives. He just finished writing a book about” The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile: A Manual for the Future Success of the Global Mobile Industry”, to be published by Wiley in mid 2009. Marco is also an independent advisor to several global companies in the telecommunication and digital content business.
Mark Wächter, aged 43, is a graduated economist and marketer with many years professional and leadership experience, national and interna tional market know-how in the areas of FMCG / food trade (Unilever), IT / Internet (UUNET / WorldCom) and telecommunications / cellular phones (T-Mobile). In May 2005 he founded MWC.mobi, a management consultancy focusing on the development of Mobile Strategies for companies who (plan to) use mobile phones as a medium to address their target group. Mark is head of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) in Germany and member of MMA’s Global Board of Directors. In 2006 he launched MobileMonday in the German market. Today Mark is Co-Chairman of MobileMonday Germany with 5 chapters live and running. In Europe Mark is respected as Mobile Media evangelist.
Dr. Mehmet Unsoy is a Partner at Cartagena Capital, responsible for the North American market. He is a telecom technology leader, with 30 years of data, IP and wireless communication experience. Mehmet has extensive global market experience working with wireless and wireline operators in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, while being based in Ottawa, Tokyo, London and Dallas, during his career. He was most recently CTO / VP Technology & Chief Architect for BT, BT Wireless and mmO2, a major mobile operator with operations in the U.K., Germany, Holland and Ireland, with total 19 Million subscribers. Prior to joining BT, he was with Nortel Networks, for 17 years, with senior management responsibilities in technology, product development, marketing and business development roles, in Nortel's enterprise, wireline and wireless divisions. He is currently or was serving as Advisor and Consultant to several large VC firms in the U.S., such as Vesbridge/St.Paul Venture Capital, Flagship Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Atlas Venture, Kodiak Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. He is currently or has been also on the Advisory Boards of several wireless related technology companies, in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Bridgeport Networks, mBlox, Roundbox, Mobile Wisdom, Kajeet, Teltier Technologies, Chantry Networks, Context Connect, Incucomm, Visage Mobile, Proquent Systems, Taral Networks (now Airwide Solutions) and Megisto Systems. Mehmet has a BSEE degree from METU in Ankara, Turkey, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Michael is Chief Marketing Officer at Zameen Group and Vice Chairman of ooober; as well as a strategic advisor to mobigenics, Graham Sanborn Media and The Centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College. He is Chair of the dotMobi Advisory Group and co-author of the Wiley publication Mobile Internet for Dummies.
Monty Metzger is an Entrepreneur, Blogger and Trend-Scout. He is initiator and head of the MOCOM2020 project. He studied Business Administration in Germany and Switzerland and specialiced early on electronic Marketing. Since Monty founded his first company in 1998 he realised inspiring projects like BMW’s Web TV in 2001 or BMW’s first Mobile Marketing activities in 2002. He attended the “Innovation Academy” at the Harvard Business School and is blogging at monty.de He found the german office of the global Trend Research and Trend Consultancy “CScout” and expanded the company in China. Since 2008 he is focusing on the growth of “Ahead of Time“, an innovation agency focusing on Emerging Media, such as Social Media and Mobile Media.
Paul Golding is an innovation architect specializing in the creation of new business and new product strategies for mobile products and services. He has a 20-year track record of being on the leading edge of the mobile industry, defining, designing and implementing exciting many new products and services. He is the inventor of the mobile internet portal. His clients have included leading operators, Fortune 500 companies and numerous start-ups. He has worked with mobile projects across the globe and was recently consulting as Motorola's Chief Applcations Architect. He is the named inventor of numerous patents and author of the best selling book Next Generation Wireless Applications. Don't start your next mobile business, project or venture without him.
Dr Phillip Olla is the endowed Phillips Chair of Management and Professor of MIS at the school of business at Madonna University in Michigan USA. His research interests include Mobile Health, Space research, Mobile telecommunication, and health informatics. In addition to University level teaching, Dr. Phillip Olla is also a Chartered Engineer and has over 15 years experience as an independent Consultant and has worked in the telecommunications, space, financial and healthcare sectors. He was contracted to perform a variety of roles including Chief Technical Architect, Program Manager, Solutions Designer and Director. Dr Olla has also participated in various activities to define procedures for sharing and maintaining knowledge generated from space activities between member Space agencies in conjunction with an international group that contained members from CNES, NASA, ESA, and ISRO. He has also worked on workshops and steering committees for the UN and OECD. Dr Olla has also worked on a wide variety of pioneering and innovative European telecoms projects in conjunction with mobile network operators and mobile service providers including British Telecom, Hutcinson 3G, T-Mobile and IBM Global Services. Dr Olla is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Information Technology Research and the Editor Board for the International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics, Phillip is also a member of the Editorial Advisory & Review Board for the Journal of Knowledge Management Practice. Dr. Phillip Olla has a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from Brunel University in the UK, he is an accredited Press member of the British Association of Journalism and a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computing Society, and he has published numerous peer reviewed articles along with 3 books.
Rolf Hansen is CEO and Founder of Simyo GmbH in Germany. Rolf Hansen (1966) studied at the European Business School and Münster College of Higher Education, obtaining a degree in economics (specialist subjects: marketing and finance). From 1990 to 1993 Rolf Hansen was employed by Hutchison Mobilfunk GmbH in Münster, where he attained the post of Marketing Manager. In 1993 he joined Deutsche Telekom Mobilfunk DeTeMobil GmbH in Bonn, where he played an active role in the founding of the company and headed the Marketing Services Division up to 1994. Parallel with this, Rolf Hansen was a co-founder and director of ABC Marketing & Consulting Partners GmbH in Horstmar until 1995. In 1995 he became a co-founder and managing partner of Skillnet GmbH in Hamburg, before setting up his own Rolf Hansen Management Consulting GmbH in 1997. In 1999 he was appointed to the management of the ProSieben Media AG / MGM Media Group in Munich, with special responsibility for multimedia strategy. From 1999 to 2001, Rolf Hansen was both manager and director of Letsbuyit.com in Munich, London and Amsterdam. He was then appointed managing director of Spectrum Strategy Consultants in Düsseldorf, where his clients included Barclays Capital, Bertelsmann and Vodafone D2. In 2002 he founded Rolf Hansen Management Consulting GmbH in Meerbusch, serving clients such as T-Online International and Otto Versand (Mail Order). In his capacity as a consultant, Rolf Hansen headed various projects for Vodafone D2 GmbH in Düsseldorf between 2003 and 2004. Rolf Hansen is both the founder and managing partner of simyo GmbH and has been in charge of the company's market entry operations since April 2004.