Mr. Sanjiv Parikh, Director, Mobility Emerging Business, Microsoft Corp

Sanjiv Parikh is a Director for the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, based in Silicon Valley. The Emerging Business Team manages Microsoft's 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. He advised large corporations and assisted early/mid-stage companies with their private equity needs: which included M&A, spin-outs, financings, and interim management.

Previously, Sanjiv was a Managing Director of Atrium Capital. Atrium Capital is a 16 year-old Sand Hill Road venture capital firm which, in addition to having its own financial fund, managed the venture capital activities of Fortune Brands, Hallmark Cards, R.R. Donnelley & Sons and W.W. Grainger. Atrium's investments include AdForce, B2BWorks, DigitalPersona, FieldCentrix,, 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.; a merchant bank specializing in private equity finance and turnaround management. 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) in Silicon Valley since 1994. He organized the venture capital seminar for the 1994, 1995 and 1996 annual conferences. 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.

On a personal note, Sanjiv is an avid sailor, having been sailing for over 25 years both competitively and for leisure. Sanjiv has sailed off the coasts of California, Maine, Maryland, Florida, and in the Mediterranean off the coasts of France, Italy and Greece.

Sanjiv holds an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Topic: Telco 2.0 in the Mobile Landscape
Abstract: Telco 2.0 is defined as the convergence of Carrier’s foundation/network services integrated with Web 2.0 type services by 3rd parties. The presentation will address how the mobile landscape is changing vis-a-vis carriers and not only what Microsoft is doing to enable this, but how some smaller startups are delivering applications that are helping the transition to Telco 2.0. The talk will also cover the emerging mobile businesses with an overview on the markets and applications.

Dr. Arthur Lin, Corporate Vice President & CTO, Enterprise Solutions,, NOKIA

Dr. Arthur Lin has over 20 years of experience in Internet and Telecommunications industries and has held a number of executive-level positions that span engineering and business management.

Dr. Lin is Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Enterprise Solutions at NOKIA. Previously, Dr. Lin was Corporate Vice President and CTO of Core Networks, and Vice President & General Manager of Intelligent Packet Core Product Business at NOKIA.

Prior to Nokia, Dr. Lin was the co-founder, President and CEO of Tahoe Networks (acquired by Nokia in October 2003). Before Tahoe, Dr. Lin was the co-founder, CTO, and Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Shasta Networks and later, the Executive Vice President and General Manager for Nortel's IP services and routers business group (Shasta Networks was acquired by Nortel Networks in early 1999 for US$350M). Prior to Shasta/Nortel, Dr. Lin was a Director of Engineering and has held various senior technical and leadership roles at Cisco Systems for many years. Before Cisco, Arthur worked at Apple as a Senior Software Engineer & Architect and at Pacific Bell/AT&T as a Technology Consultant.

Dr. Lin has extensive track records in developing breakthrough products, services, applications, and solutions for the mobile and Internet industries. Dr. Lin has been awarded 16 patents and has published more than 100 technical papers. Arthur was also the recipient of two Best Paper awards and the author of two book chapters published by the IEEE Press and World Scientific. Dr. Lin has served on the Board of several privately held companies.

Dr. Lin received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Topic: Mobile Web and Converged Devices
Openness is a critical requirement for convergence: its what fuels innovation  

  • Open innovation w/ business partners and communities

  • Internet is transforming mobility
  • Both Device convergence and Internet convergence are happening

  • Mobility is transforming the Internet
  • Mobility will take the Internet to new places
  • New application/service access/UI functionality

  • Both will transform business and consumers
  • Companies to interact, collaborate and develop with their customers, partners and suppliers in completely new ways
  • Companies and Consumers interacting on Second Life
  • Smart technologies adapt to me and my context

  • Everything goes Mobile, IP/Internet and Broadband

    Ms. Sophia Liu, CEO, Sagacity Networks

    Sophia Liu is the founder of Sagacity Networks LLC, who provides remote health care and location based services solutions. Sophia was cofounder of Advanced Technologies Inc., a RFID logistic solutions provider and Scattercom Inc., a wireless hot spot solution provider.

    Sophia worked in the telecommunication field for over 20 years in both traditional voice and VOIP communications before get into the wireless area. She designed systems for major telecom players such as Northtel, Harris, Aspect, and Clarent.

    Topic: Wireless Health Care Market
    Abstract: Wireless communication has already been proven to increase work quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The system eliminates manual data input and saves valuable resources. Compatible with the mobile attributes of present day healthcare, wireless data networking is also seen as a decision-support system, not simply a collector of data. The power of portable information appliances and wireless infrastructure plays an important role in the health care industry. From computers to cell phones to pagers to PDAs and tablet PCs, these tools can help the health care providers to maximize performance and capabilities, and help reach critical business and patient-care goals.

    Due to the need of increasing aging population, the medical devices, products and technologies are converging to revolutionize home- and self-care health systems, making it possible for people to play a greater role in maintaining their own health. The in home health care systems are geared toward a prevention-oriented, consumer-driven model for health care that includes innovations such as "smart devices" that can "think" for themselves, customized wearable devices, electronic patient records, and wireless Internet-linked systems--all expected to deliver convenient, user-friendly, intelligent health care in the home.

    Mr. Charlie Oppenheimer, CEO, Digital Fountain

    Mr. Charlie Oppenheimer is the CEO of Digital Fountain. He has more than 20 years of experience, specializing in networking and communications. He was formerly chief executive officer at Aptiva (acquired by Yahoo!); chief operating officer at Oneworld Systems Inc.; and senior vice president and general manager, products division, at Global Village Communication. While at Oneworld Systems, Charlie conceptualized and developed a unique new wide area networking product family providing integrated access devices. Charlie was also at Apple Computer from 1984 to 1993. Charlie holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS in Computer Science from Union College.

    Topic: End-to-End IPTV in the Wireless World
    Abstract: Mobile multimedia is one of the important growth opportunities for wireless operators worldwide. Consumers expect entertainment content wherever they are. Mobile operators need to determine which technologies can best enable a high-quality experience despite highly variable reception conditions. And at the same time, infrastructure requirements must be considered so that costs do not get out of control. Mr. Oppenheimer will review some of the alternative service models, technology choices and strategic tradeoffs. A demonstration of relevant Digital Fountain technologies will also be presented.

    Mr. Katsuhiko Nakazawa, General Manager of Digital Consumer and Connectivity BU, NEC Electronics America, Inc.

    Kats Nakazawa is the general manager of the digital consumer and connectivity strategic business unit for NEC Electronics America. In this role, he is responsible for the development and growth of the company's digital AV and computer/peripheral connectivity business in the Americas.

    Mr. Nakazawa joined NEC Corporation in 1979 as an applications engineer and, throughout his career in various NEC divisions, has held successive engineering and leadership positions for Microcontroller, ASIC and system LSI for Digital Consumer, PC Peripherals and connectivity business. Most recently, he served as general manager of the PC Peripherals Systems Unit and assistant general manager of the PC Peripheral Systems Division for NEC Electronics Corporation.

    He holds a bachelor of electronic communication degree from Tokyo Denki University in Japan.

    Topic: Wireless USB Markets and Applications
    From Wired to Wireless, Certified Wireless USB.
      NEC and NEC Electronics have been contributing Certified Wireless USB (WUSB) standardization and productization as the one of board member of USB Implementers Forum. This chapter explains about the advantage and key feature of wireless USB.

    Basic Function and Configurations of Certified Wireless USB
      Certified WUSB inherits key concept and gene from USB2.0, about its configuration mechanism and data transaction protocols. This chapter explains briefly about basic of connection scheme of certified WUSB referring to existing USB2.0 wired technology.

    Multi Band OFDM UWB and regulation trend
    Certified WUSB utilizes UWB (Ultra Wide Band) RF transmission at Physical connection. This chapter explains about key feature of Multi Band OFDM UWB defined by WiMedia and recent trend of frequency spectrum regulations in some counties.

    Market outlook and NECEL Direction
      Certified WUSB is now about to launching in the market. We NECEL would like to give our market outlook as well as overview of our product features set and future directions.

    Mr. Dilip Venkatachari, Director, Product for Mobile Ads, Google

    Dilip manages Google's mobile ads and monetization. Dilip joined Google from eBay/PayPal, where he was Vice President of Payment Services and Business Operations, responsible for PayPal's payments infrastructure, relationships with financial institutions, risk and fraud management, and compliance. Previously, Dilip was the President & Co-founder of CashEdge, a provider of online payments solutions for financial institutions; and has held a variety of executive roles in technology companies such as Commerce Soft, Aspect Communications and Tandem Computers. Prior to that, Dilip has worked in management consulting, with McKinsey & Co and in investment banking, with Goldman Sachs.

    Dilip earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School, an M.S.E.E. from Rice University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

    Mr. Ben Choi, Senior Associate and Kauffman Fellow of Storm Ventures

    Ben is a Senior Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Storm Ventures. He focuses on investments in the mobile, Internet, and software sectors.

    Prior to Storm, Ben served as VP Strategy at Greystripe, the first mobile in-game ad network, where he remains a Strategic Advisor. Ben began his career in venture capital at RRE Ventures, where he helped source and lead their investment in Massive Incorporated (purchased by Microsoft in 2006), an in-game ad network for PCs and consoles. He later joined the strategic venture capital arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel, as a Sr. Associate.

    Prior to venture capital, Ben held operating roles in several technology startups. As a product manager at Yahoo, he directed the Southeast Asia mobile strategy and launched several groundbreaking mobile services. Ben was also an Engagement Manager and early employee at ZEFER, an Internet consulting firm (acquired by NEC), which raised over $150M in venture capital financing and grew to over $100M in annual revenue. Prior to ZEFER, Ben was a product manager at DESoFT, an online brokerage ASP (acquired by Merrill Lynch).

    Ben received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, with Dean's List and Beta Gamma Sigma distinctions, and his B.A. in Computer Science with honors from Harvard University.

    When not geeking out on the latest technology, Ben is an avid traveler and a published amateur digital photographer.

    Dr. Chunder Wu, Advisor, Institute for Information Industry (III), Taiwan

    Dr. Wu is an Advisor to Institute for Information Industry (III) to promote M-Taiwan Program, WiMAX, and MultiMedia Technology. Before joining III, he was the V.P. of Product Management in DBTel (大霸) and he also worked in APBW (亞太無線寬頻), a 3G operator, served as the V.P. of MultiMedia Internet Technologies. Before APBW, he worked for Lucent Technologies in US and in Taiwan as a Director of CDMA2000 Technical Management. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. degree from University of Cincinnati and BS degree from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. He has more than 20 publications under his name in various fields. His current interests are multimedia technologies, new wireless business paradigm, and WiMAX Technology.

    Topic: WiMAX, and Its Markets and Applications in Taiwan
    Abstract: This talk will start with the WiMAX global market and technology development which consist of the global market and technology trend, worldwide deployment and the major vendor activities. WiMAX was originally a technology for the air interface access. To be a complete and competitive mobile system, the network architecture becomes a major task for the community, the network system will depend on the service scenario, the interconnection with other network, like WiFi, UMTS, or CDMA2000. The comparisons between 3G and WiMAX will also be an interesting topic for the industry to think about.

    The M-Taiwan program status and how the government policy to create demand and supply in parallel will be shown. Besides promoting WiMAX technology and telecommunication industry in Taiwan, M-Taiwan is supposed to improve the Taiwan citizen life, government efficiency and learning opportunity. Two years after M-Taiwan program initiated, it is time to examine its progress such as license issuance, WiMAX deployment, IOT and certification, and product roll out from major Taiwanese vendors.

    The application and possible business cases will also be discussed. The applications for global deployment and the M-Taiwan program will be the conclusion for the talk.


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