TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections

Main Stage discussions focus on telecommunications networks, network operators, partnerships, case studies, innovation roadmaps, go-to-market, and working with telcos.

  • Case Studies with telcos and their startup partners
  • Fireside Chat with vendors and their innovation partners
  • Fireside Chat with senior carrier executives from R&D, strategy, and innovation divisions

A few excellent communications and telecom startups will be selected in September to pitch to operators and telecom VCs on the main stage. Startups apply here.



Spotlight Stage topics focus on technologies and opportunities. Discussions on the Spotlight stage put technology companies in front of an interested and motivated segment of TC3 participants.

  • Spotlight stage is located in demo and networking area
  • Spotlight topics are exclusive; limited to one agenda session
  • Spotlight topics may be sponsored. Brochure here.


Jim Anetsberger
Vice President, Business Strategy
U.S. Cellular
As vice president of business strategy, Jim is responsible for formulating and driving U.S. Cellular's enterprise strategy and plan for growth and profitability, including evaluation of new lines of business, new markets, large investments, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and enterprise risk management. He collaborates with several teams to ensure that the business strategy decisions help provide a great wireless experience for our customers. Jim has 20 years of progressive experience in the wireless industry across sales, marketing, operations and finance. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and management from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and a master's degree in business administration from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago.
Azita Arvani
Head of Innovation Partners & Venture Management
As the Head of Global Innovation Scouting, Azita leads Nokia’s leading edge global team to leverage external innovation for driving growth or optimizing internal R&D serving five Nokia business groups. The innovations cover technology, process and business model disruptions. Azita Arvani has over 20 years of progressive management, business development and P&L experience across high-tech sectors, including: mobile & wireless, information and communications technologies, software and services, and handheld devices. As the Head of Innovation Partnering & Ecosystem Ventures, Azita leads Nokia’s leading edge global team to collaborate with disruptive innovators – primarily startups - by identifying, evaluating, and managing partnering and acquisition initiatives in new and emerging telecom domains. These domains include cloud technologies for telecom, Internet of Things, and Big Data/Analytics. Azita holds a Masters degree in Management from Stanford University (Sloan Fellow), a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree in Math/Computer Science from UCLA.
John Baker
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies including GM Mobility Infrastructure, Spirent Communications, VP& GM Network Solutions, CommScope, VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia and VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.
Debarag Banerjee
VP, Head of Data Science
Reliance Jio
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Bob Bilbruck
Directed IoT
Mr. Bilbruck is Founder and CEO of B2 Group and Divisional President for Directed IoT, an internationally recognized strategy and consulting firm. He is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of strategy and operations within B2 Group’s organization. Bilbruck’s nearly 25-year career is rooted in strategy services, along with program development, sales and technology development, emerging technologies & business models. Bilbruck is seen as an expert in the Internet of Things, Connected Health, Wellness, Fitness & Aging, Business Modeling, Channel Structures & Venture Capital. B2 Group works with many fortune 500/1000 firms and also many well-funded startups. B2 Group has multiple divisions that specialize in different parts of business & technology and also has an extensive analyst division of the company that works frequently with VC’s and Debt Equity firms as emerging market and technology experts in regards to investments these firms make in these areas. Prior to being the founder of B2 Group, Bilbruck held positions at Brunswick Corporation, Samsung, Konica Minolta, Leviton, Advanced Digital Information Corporation,, US Modular & Mobiletain.
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Samer Bishay
President and CEO
As Iristel's founder, Samer led the company from a small startup to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents. Samer oversees global and domestic strategies for both Iristel and Ice Wireless to ensure business objectives are in line with telecommunications trending needs guaranteeing continued success in highly competitive markets. Samer is also actively participating in many public forums that are helping shape Canadian Telecommunications broadband policy which will have a significant impact on Canada's future in rural broadband development and advancement.
Matt Brannon
Chief Business Development Officer
Scott Brown
Startup Catalyst
logo_cablelabs_100 logo_cablelabs_100 Scott Brown has been a long time technologist and entrepreneur with a strong history of building companies from inception to profitability. Currently, Scott leads startup/venture capital relationships for the global cable industry as part of CableLabs. In addition, Scott is the Executive Director of UpRamp, a new type of startup accelerator sponsored by CableLabs, that is designed to help emerging technology companies find true product market fit with the cable & broadband industry. UpRamp has a focus on doing deals, not demo days.
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Ben Chen
SVP Enterprise Business
China Unicom Americas
Mr. Chen is the Senior Vice President of China Unicom Americas in charge of Enterprise Business. He is also the GM of its Silicon Valley Operation. As one of the world largest telecom company, Ben and his team is responsible for providing global telecom services to enterprises in USA. He brings more than 20 years of experience in both fixed and mobile telecom industries. Mr. Chen was the President of Chinese Enterprise Association of Northern California (CEA) representing more than 200 major Chinese companies invested in Northern California from 2012 to 2015. He is now the Co-Chair of HiTech Committee and is on the board of CEA.
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Roy Chua
SDx Central
Roy Chua is co-founder at, a leading B2B media site focused on next-generation infrastructure technology news and research. Roy has 20+ years of experience in enterprise SaaS, cloud computing, networking and security, and has co-founded companies in the networking, security and identity management space. Roy holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Christina Claure
Business Development Manager
logo_sprint_100Christina has been with Sprint for more than 3 years, after working in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years in various positions in strategic alliance development. She is a technology scout in Sprint's Technology Development organization, located in San Carlos. She is specifically focused on future innovation - helping to ensure that Sprint's early phase business development efforts include ideas and technologies for the best partnership opportunities to enhance Sprint services. She works closely with the VC community, as well as start-ups and developer groups; the Telecom Council is one of the most valuable communities she belongs to.
Skyler Ditchfield
Skyler Ditchfield’s entrepreneurial roots began at the age of 12 when he started his first communications-based systems utilizing local cable networks infrastructure to broadcast ISDN internet signals to his neighborhood. In 2000, Ditchfield built a network business from scratch with $550 in startup capital in his home town of Ojai, California. Ditchfield grew this small I.T. company to 2.1M+ in revenue in 4 years before selling his shares. In 2011, Ditchfield cofounded California Internet L.P. DBA GeoLinks. Under Ditchfield’s leadership, GeoLinks’ has recorded more than 100% growth every year since inception.
John Feland
CEO and Founder
Argus Insights
Dr. John Feland is the award-winning founder and CEO of Argus Insights, a new type of market intelligence company, founded by tech industry veterans seeking to connect the dots between technology innovation and consumer adoption. John holds an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
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Lisa Gao
Company: China Mobile Technology (USA) Inc
Lisa Gao is responsible for the operating and management of China Mobile Technology (USA), Inc. Lisa leads China Mobile Tech USA team to focus on the research of ICT technologies and applications in terminal, infrastructure, network, service, service platform, new IT, big data, IoT, deep learning, AI, etc. areas in Silicon Valley on behalf of China Mobile. Lisa has over 25 years work experience in mobile and ICT industry.
Guenia Gawendo
Managing Director Silicon Valley Office
Guenia Gawendo is Telefónica’s Silicon Valley Managing Director. Her mission is to: identify new trends and customer behavior in the digital world, coordinate Telefonica’s relationships with strategic Mobile Industry leaders; and identify new business opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, Guenia held a number of senior global positions within Telefonica including: CCDO Business Manager; and Chief Operating Officer of Advertising, Telefónica Digital, where she led the expansion of Telefónica’s Mobile Advertising business from Europe to LATAM; Head of Marketing Best Practices, and Senior Manager for Commercial Development. Guenia joined Telefónica as Corporate Strategy Manager after working with management consultant companies like McKinsey and The Boston Consulting Group. Guenia holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Sao Paulo and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate of Management, Northwestern University.
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Will Gibson
Retail Business Optimization Lead
As the Retail Business Optimization Lead for Maplewave, Will is a seasoned consultant who offers insight and concrete solutions to retailers who are looking to take their business to the next level. Will’s retail experience spans over 20 years and 60 countries, and includes major retail projects for international blue-chip companies. In the past, Will has worked for several Telco’s, including Vodafone, Blackberry and Cable and Wireless. Will marries his robust Telco knowledge with his expertise in retail customer experience and total business transformations to deliver true thought leadership. Will uses his can-do mindset to collaborate and drive positive change on every project.
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Amie Gray
CEO & Founder
N³ Innovation
Amie is a collaborative leader of business-driven innovation and strategy for high-tech, B2B companies. Over the past decade in Silicon Valley, Amie has worked extensively with accelerators, VCs, and investors on behalf of corporate clients. She has combined broad industry knowledge with fundamental innovation processes to help clients realize millions of dollars in new market, new product and new technology opportunities. She brings insights from 20 years in high-tech companies, corporate innovation and management consulting. Her innovation-focused career began with international leadership positions with Nokia, Inet Technologies (now Tektronix), Teradyne and Texas Instruments. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Amie is a Board Member for Super Stars Literacy, a literacy intervention non-profit serving low-income elementary schools. Amie is an advisor for the Infuse Entrepreneurial Program. Amie previously held a board position on the San Jose Unified School District Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.
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Chris Heiser
Renovo Motors
Chris Heiser is the CEO and co-founder of Renovo, leading the company’s development of software platforms to accelerate the innovation and adoption of automated mobility on-demand (AMoD) systems. In addition to serving as a founding advisor of San Francisco’s Self Racing Cars Series, Chris is a die-hard gearhead with a passion for motorsports, engineering and technology. He was previously the Director of Product Management at LightSurf—pioneer of the camera phone—before the company was acquired by Verisign. Heiser graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Christine Heiss
Chief Development Officer
The PLDT Group
Daniel Herb
Director, IoT
Graham Holt
Daitan Group
Faraz Hoodbhoy
Director, Ecosystem, Outreach & Innovation
Faraz has 20 years’ experience in the mobile & software industries. Faraz was the Founder & CEO of PixSense, a mobile social networking company with 40M+ subscribers that he successfully exited in 2011. Currently Faraz leads AT&T’s Outreach, Ecosystem & Innovation team at AT&T where he & his team are the formal front door and face of AT&T to the innovation ecosystem (Startups, entrepreneurs, VCs, & big company innovation orgs.) Faraz & his team meet and evaluate 500+ startups a year for technology & business fits and also run AT&T’s equity program. Faraz is an engineer from Rensselaer and the co-author of “Applied XML – A Toolkit for Programmers”, one of the first 10 books published on XML. Faraz is an active mentor to several startups and continues to teach entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering where he’s been a course mentor for 9 semesters.
Rob Hull
VP, Consumer and Networks Scouting
BT Technology, Service and Operations
logo_bt_100"Rob Hull is the VP Network and Consumer Scouting for the External Innovation team within the BT Research & Innovation Directorate. He heads up the Innovation Scouting function whose role is to identify, qualify, then introduce companies with innovative technologies, propositions and business models into the BT Lines of Business. The team is charged with helping BT find new sources of revenue, reduce costs and improve customer service. The team also reports back on Global market trends and helps manage BT's small venture capital activity. He is the author of BT’s external venturing strategy and plays a major role in the evaluation of innovative technologies and propositions with a view to their strategic fit within BT. He then leads the initial business development activity into BT. Projects that Rob has been heavily involved with include BT’s VoIP services for consumers and business, IPTV, Gaming, FTTH and fixed mobile convergence propositions. Before commencing this current role, Rob worked in BT’s Group Strategy and Development Department for 15 months being heavily involved with BT’s strategy on Application Service Provision and API utilisation. Immediately before that, he was Head of Marketing and Business Development for one of BT's F2000 sales sectors where he had had a number of sales and marketing roles over a period of 9 years. Rob has a Master's Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering, and has lived in the Bay Area with his wife and 3 children since September 2000.
Ankur Jindal
VP, Business Strategy and Planning
Tata Communications
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Dirk Jungnickel
Senior Vice President, Business Analytics for Innovation
du - Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company
Alexander Khalin
Director Strategy and Corporate Development
Verizon Ventures
Thomas Kicker
SVP Group Partnering and Business Development
Deutsche Telekom
Thomas Kicker leads Deutsche Telekom Group’s Partnering and Business Development activities. With teams in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, London and Bonn, he is responsible for scouting innovation partnerships to help differentiate and enhance Deutsche Telekom’s product portfolio, as well as developing and managing existing partnerships across DT’s European footprint. Partners range from large OTT players to Category Champions in the AI, IoT, Security, Entertainment and Digitization sectors. Thomas also has responsibility for DT’s incubator programme, hub:raum. He has over 15 years of experience in the telecom industry and has held several senior management positions, with responsibility for driving revenue and new business development. In his prior role as Chief Commercial Officer at T-Mobile Austria, he was responsible for marketing, sales and service for both, B2B and B2C segments.
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Christos Kolias
Orange Silicon Valley
logo_orange_100Christos Kolias is a principal research scientist and head of the Netsquared Studio at Orange Silicon Valley (a subsidiary of Orange). He is a co-founder of NFV and the ETSI group and had led the formation of the ONF's Wireless & Mobile working group of which it was its first chair. He has lectured on NFV and SDN at several events. He has more than 15 years of experience in networking and is the originator of Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ), used in packet switching. Christos holds a PhD in computer science from UCLA where he studied under Prof. L. Kleinrock.
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Tom Komuro
Senior Manager
NTT Communications Corp.
Tom is in charge of making good relationships with startups to do business globally with strength of both of startups and NTT Communications. In order to achieve it, Tom facilitates the startups' business. Currently, Tom focuses on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, AI, Robotics, Healthcare, IoT (Smart home, Connected Car), AR/VR.
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Christina Ku
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.
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Tim Lafferty
Chief Operating Officer
Global Corporate Venturing
Colleen LeCount
SVP, Sales & Marketing
Colleen LeCount leads Sales, Marketing and Product for Mobolize, enabling mobile providers around the globe to better See, Control and Monetize data. Mobolize's device-based software solutions provide a 360˚ view of the customer, providing enhanced mobile data orchestrating to Discover, Optimize, Secure, Block, Push, Sponsor and Reward. LeCount has extensive experience in the mobile industry, including 12 years with Sprint. As General Manager of Global Product & Business Development for Sprint, she was responsible for driving revenue through professional services and the licensing of intellectual property to mobile operators globally. LeCount also has run her own consulting practice, advising telecommunications and technology companies on product launches and market expansions. Previous clients include Enterprise Networking and IoT leader Cradlepoint, where she was responsible for their global expansion and mobile operator partnerships.
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Mark Lowenstein
Managing Director
Mobile Ecosystem
Long-time mobile industry analyst, thought leader, and consultant. Founded and led Yankee Group's wireless practices. Was VP, Market Strategy at Verizon Wireless.
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Victor Magarino
CWS Board Advisor. Professor NYU Stern & ESADE
Cloud Worldwide Services
Ex-Google Director, managing midmarket sales in 6 countries. Keynote Speaker. Professor, Consultant and startup Mentor at prestigious Business Schools such as NYU Stern and ESADE. 25 years Global experience in top Sales & Marketing positions including GE´s NBC Universal, Cadbury Schweppes and McDonnell Douglas. Currently leading CWS Global expansion headed by “Recordia”, its enterprise level converged recording platform in the cloud, a unique value proposition for companies of any size and vertical.
Pat McCamley
EVP Corporate Development
Crius Energy, LLC
Graeme Millar
Jersey Telecom
JTGraeme graduated in Natural Sciences and gained a post graduate engineering qualification from Cambridge University. After a brief period working for 3i plc, he embarked on a career in technology and telecommunications. He has worked for Motorola, Vodafone Group, MTS and latterly JT Group. His work has led him to live in locations as diverse as the UK, USA, Russia, France, Netherlands, Hungary and most recently Jersey. At JT he has led the transformation of this state-owned business from a civil service culture to a 21st century telco. JT recently deployed an LTE-A network and is replacing its legacy copper broadband network with fibre. Currently 90% of homes and businesses on Jersey are Gigabit fibre connected with the project due to complete by the end of 2017.
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Tom Mitchell
Lead, Spectrum SIG
Wireless Communications Alliance
Tom Mitchell is a Silicon Valley wireless and IP industry veteran. As Spectrum SIG co-chair and board member at The Wireless Communications Alliance, Tom's goal is bring tech community stakeholders together on issues surrounding spectrum use and allocation, in order to maximize usability and business value. Tom joined Proxim, an early industry leader in 1992, where he advanced through a succession of roles and firms to become Chairman and CEO of RadioLAN. Tom co-founded wireless startups ThalesESD and BridgeLINK Wireless, and has held senior sales, marketing, and management roles at companies such as Alloy, Apple, Brocade, and Proxim.
Nitin Motgi
Founder & CTO
Nitin Motgi is Founder and CTO of Cask, where he is responsible for developing the company’s long-term technology, driving company engineering initiatives and collaboration. Prior to Cask, Nitin was at Yahoo! working on a large-scale content optimization system externally known as C.O.R.E. Prior to Yahoo!, Nitin led the development of a large-scale fabrication analysis system at Altera, and he previously held senior engineering roles at FedEx. Nitin holds a Master’s degree in computer science from University of Central Florida (UCF).
Sandhya Narayan
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff - SDN/NFV Architecture
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon’s Network Planning Technology Strategy organization. Currently involved in various open source projects at Open Networking Foundation (ONF) centering around SDN/NFV/cloud architectures for access networks and use cases. Sandhya holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science.
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Austin Noronha
Managing Director, Growth Ventures & Innovation
Sony Corporation of America
Austin Noronha heads up the Growth Ventures & Innovation group and helps manage the Sony Innovation Fund in the US. In this role, he and his team are responsible for identifying potential growth areas and innovative start-ups to pursue strategic partnerships and venture investments. Austin joined Sony in 2001 as Director of Strategic Investments. Prior to joining Sony, Austin was founder and CEO of TrueScope Technologies, an immersive video product and services start-up. He has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley at both, large multinational corporations and start-ups. Austin holds a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech, and a bachelor's degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
Davide Pacchini
Head of IoT Cloud
Davide Pacchini has over 20 years of experience as a senior leader driving tech-related partner and product activity around cloud, mobile, networking ecosystems. At Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), Davide has been driving growth with cloud partners to accelerate market coverage from 30 countries in 2016 to 60 countries in 2018. Prior to Sigfox, Davide drove Global Alliances at Avaya and helped transform it into a cloud-based contact center, unified communications and collaboration platform provider. Prior to Avaya, Davide was at Nokia responsible for global strategic agreements on cloud, device interfaces and services. Prior experience also includes seven years at Oracle driving the Java mobile platform to developers and customers. Davide began his career in management consulting delivering telecom product and strategy recommendations, has an MBA from the Kellogg Business School, and a Master’s and Undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Steve Papa
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Parallel Wireless
logo_bt_100Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction & is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful 1st customer deployment into broad commercialization. As founder/CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information, leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition when announced. He was part of the team creating Akamai & led the team at Inktomi. Earlier, he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the 1st use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University & MBA from Harvard Business School.
Lukas Peter
CEO Swisscom Cloud Lab & Head of Outpost Services
Patrick Pfeffer
Head, Growth Strategy and Venture Investment
Juniper Networks
Patrick leads the growth strategy and venture investment group at Juniper. Juniper is an active and seasoned corporate venture investor with a focus on strategic technologies with large impact potential. Since joining Juniper in 2008, Patrick has led Juniper’s packet optical strategy and has developed the concept of next generation central office. Before joining Juniper, Patrick was a managing director for Detecon a management consulting firm, he also worked for Alcatel, Gluon Networks and U S West. Patrick started his career as a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science.
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Joseph Radecki
Managing Director, Group Head, Communication Systems and Technologies
KPMG Corporate Finance
Joseph is a Managing Director and leads the Communication Systems and Technologies sector practice at KPMG Corporate Finance, the investment banking arm of KPMG. In his nearly 30 years as an investment banker , Joseph has worked as a trusted advisor to his clients on over 100 transactions including merger, acquisition, divestiture and equity and debt capital formation assignments. His clients have ranged from emerging innovators to large, multinational industry leaders in verticals including IoT, Connected Car, carrier, industrial and enterprise networks, communication software, and data centers. Prior to joining KPMG, Joseph was a Partner at St. Charles Capital, and before that Global Head of Communication Technologies at RBC Capital Markets.
Greg Raleigh
Founder,CEO & Chairman
ItsOn, Inc.
Greg has a 30-year track record of innovation that has shaped today’s wireless and networking industries. He conceived and proved the groundbreaking theory for multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) wireless transmission, a contribution that completely changed 100 years of thinking and led to dramatic data speed increases and connection reliability improvements in the field of radio communication. He invented and commercialized the MIMO signal processing architectures and algorithm approaches used today in all 4G chipsets and most Wi-Fi chipsets. Most recently Greg co-invented and commercialized Smart Services, the world’s first highly customizable mobile network service technology.
Emmanuel Sauzay
Director, Commercial Space
Emmanuel graduated as an Aerospace Engineer from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (Toulouse, France) and also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Toulouse University. Emmanuel spent most of his career in the Space division of Airbus (formerly Astrium), occupying various positions in spacecraft design and engineering, spacecraft flight operations, program management and sales. Emmanuel has occupied positions in Europe, Asia and Africa. More recently he has been focusing on business innovation for space systems. Emmanuel is now in charge of commercial space activities for Airbus Defense and Space Inc, the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Defence and Space. He is based in the San Francisco Bay area since 2015.
Hardy Schmidbauer
CEO and Co-Founder
Ben Sharma
Co-founder & CEO
Ben Sharma is CEO and cofounder of Zaloni. Ben is a passionate technologist with experience in solutions architecture and service delivery of big data, analytics, and enterprise infrastructure solutions. With previous experience in technology leadership positions for NetApp, Fujitsu, and others, Ben’s expertise ranges from development to production deployment in a wide array of technologies including Hadoop, HBase, databases, virtualization, and storage. Ben is the coauthor of Java in Telecommunications and Architecting Data Lakes, and he holds two patents.
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Mark Sherman
Managing Director
Telstra Pty Ltd
Mark is the Managing Director of Telstra Ventures, which is the corporate venture capital group Telstra Corporation. Telstra Ventures’ mission is to invest in market leading, high growth companies that are strategically aligned with Telstra. We target innovative technology companies that: (i) are typically in the mobile, cloud, analytics and media sectors; (ii) are geographically based in the USA, Asia or Australia; (iii) are managed by lighthouse entrepreneurs; and (iv) typically have between $1M to $50M in revenue. Telstra Ventures plans to complete ~6-8 new investments (typically $5M to $15M investments) plus follow-on investments per year. Mark was previously a General Partner at Hidden Lion Partners, an emerging growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services. Prior to this he was a General Partner at Battery Ventures where he led the firm’s enterprise IT and India investment practices with investments in Coupa, Mformation, Neoteris, and Tejas. He also served as Managing Director at Robertson Stephens & Company, where he ran its software investment banking practice working with companies such as BEA, HNC, Informatica, JD Edwards, Quest, and Siebel. Mark received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Timon Sloane
VP Standards & Membership
Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Curtis Snyder
VP, New Business, Strategic Development Group
Yoshiaki Tanaka
Director of Business Development
SoftBank Telecom America
Soft BankMore than 20 year-experiences in telecommunication industries. Yoshi Tanaka has been engaged in mobile carrier for 15 years. The background- Marketing, Corporate Planning, Business Development. Yoshi has been working in Silicon Valley since October, 2013. The mission is to scout business and technology partners for SoftBank Corporation (Japan ) and SoftBank Group companies all over the world. The current big three focus is IoT, AI and Robotics. Particularly , I’ m looking at AI x IoT, Ai x Robotics business. Vertical wise, digital marketing,(including payment and omani channel), connected vehicles (including autonomous vehicle drones) , smart homes, smart city and healthcare.
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Pete Thompson
Managing Director
Invisible Systems Ltd
Pete Thompson, originally a Mechanical and Production engineer, with the Ministry of Defence, moved into a more commercial business area running a manufacturing facility for Electrolux in the UK for almost 10 years, before transferring to Electrolux in Sweden for 5 years being responsible for International sales. Thereafter a Commercial Director for a UK sales and service company. In October 2003 Pete founded Invisible Systems, a technology company developing and supplying wireless IoT solutions for various industries, starting with clients in the food industry monitoring and reporting conditions for compliance and environmental/energy saving etc. Invisible Systems now have installations all over the world in a wide range of industries, reporting compliance, savings and critical assets from their Realtime Online web platform. Invisible Systems are proud to have won the BT Infinity Lab IoT competition in July 2017. BT went to the market globally for applicants to enter into an IoT competition, over 90 companies entered, we are looking forward to working with BT in the future in the IoT space.
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Tom Tofigh
Principal Member of Technical Staff (Architect)
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Christian Viatte
Christian Viatte is CEO at on-demand tech support company Mila since 2016. Before joining Swisscom (, the leading telecommunications provider in Switzerland, Viatte worked as project manager for an Internet startup for four years. In 2011 he took over management of Swisscom’s Business Development & Innovation division. Together with his team, Viatte established Pirates Hub, the innovation hub of Swisscom, for the targeted promotion of innovation within the company. In this open innovation model, collaborations with startups like Mila played a key role. Under Viatte's leadership, Swisscom Friends (techies that help Swisscom customers in the neighborhood with tech installation and troubleshooting) was launched in collaboration with Mila: After the success of Swisscom Friends, Viatte is now driving Mila's international expansion with customers like Orange, Telstra, Conrad Electronic, Vodafone and innogy. Viatte and his team have won various national and international awards, including the 2014 Golden Headset Award in the area of innovation, the 2015 Crowd Companies’ Crowd Collaboration Award and the KVD Service Management Prize (2016).
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Ron Victor
CEO & Founder
Ron Victor is a Silicon-Valley based entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and expertise in both Fortune 100 companies and launching new ventures and start-ups. To-date, he has enabled raising more than $30 million in capital for multiple start-ups. He has founded and led three companies to successful exits. His latest venture, IoTium Inc., provides a secure, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy Networking as a Service infrastructure for all IoT verticals. IoTium is the first secure network infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allowing mission-critical environments to safely realize the promise of Industry 4.0. Prior to IoTium, Ron served as VP of Marketing and Business Development of Wireless Industrial Technologies, an Industrial IoT company providing IoT solutions for heavy industry such as aluminum smelters, copper tank houses, and more.
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Amy Waterman
Director, Technology Advocacy
Intel Corporation
Amy Waterman, directs programs as part of Intel’s 5G International Advocacy efforts. In her role, she works with Intel’s 5G teams to communicate the company’s leadership as an enabler of end-to-end 5G solutions. Amy works closely on programs to engage external thought leaders within universities, think tanks and analyst firms. With over 20 years of wireless industry experience, she has experience designing and implementing programs to educate and inform key industry stakeholders including media, government officials and analysts.
Sebastien Wickert
Head of External Innovation and Partnerships
Sebastien Wickert is the Head of External Innovation and Partnerships at Winnovation, the Silicon Valley outpost of Bouygues. Bouygues ( is a French conglomerate and amongst the top 40 enterprises in France with diversified activities around the world in construction, real estate, energy, media, telco and transportation. Bouygues’ revenue in 2016 was $35 billions. Sebastien is responsible for sourcing and structuring strategic partnerships, primarily in the startup community. While identifying the potential disruptions that could affect the Bouygues Group in the short term and the long-term, he recommends and implements strategies with partners within different divisions inside Bouygues to solve direct problems or generate new business. Sebastien has created more than 16 partnerships in the past four years, ranging from negotiating with a US-based wearable company to launch their product in Bouygues Telecom’s retail stores throughout France, to deploying drones on quarries for land surveying and analyzing market share of new road construction using AI on satellite imagery. Sebastien has been with Bouygues for more than a decade and has been representing Bouygues in Silicon Valley for the past seven years.
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Mark Yarkosky
Director Product Development
Mark is the Director of Product Development at Sprint. He leads the team responsible for wireless services, messaging and applications, doing both new product development as well as product lifecycle management. Products span consumer and enterprise security, family safety, entertainment services, and social networking. Mark has worked at Sprint since 1996 in a variety of roles, including local wireless network planning, research and development, and RF engineering. He is the holder or co-holder of 35 patents with an additional 30 patents on file.
Chip Yorkgitis
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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Dave Zilberman
Managing Director
Comcast Ventures
Dave joined Comcast Ventures in 2006, and is responsible for identifying, executing and managing new investments while supporting existing portfolio companies. His investment focus is on enterprise IT and financial services. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Dave was a business development manager at Flarion Technologies, where he played a pivotal role in the company’s fundraising activities and ultimate acquisition by Qualcomm. Prior to Flarion, Dave was a communications and media investment banking analyst and asset management associate at Lehman Brothers. Dave holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.