TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections


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Jim Anetsberger
Vice President, Business Strategy
U.S. Cellular
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Stephen Buckley
Senior Manager, Senior Technical Fellow - Electrical/Electronics Engineering
FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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Steve Carlin
Chief Strategy Officer
SoftBank Robotics
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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.
Christina Claure
Manager, Emerging Business
Christina 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.
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Ian Collins
Thomas Cottereau
Mr. Thomas Cottereau is an internationally-recognized technology leader with years of experience in strategic development, R&D management and user engagement. As founder and CEO of SightCall, he and his team built the first fully virtualized Cloud Video Communication platform that is used by over 40 insurance companies around the globe. With SightCall, companies like Allianz have replaced onsite claims adjustments with remote video assessments, saving millions of kilometers in drive time, increasing employee productivity and customer satisfaction.
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Michael Crane
Business Development and Partner Management
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Jonas De Cooman
Jonas De Cooman’s path to grow into a technology entrepreneur has taken him from bio laboratories over marketing management to digital visual artificial intelligent algorithms. Indeed, Jonas started his career as a bio engineer in his early days, but rapidly grew into business; graduating from a master in economics and General Management a few years after his bio engineering degree. His career had a rapid growth. As the EU lead of Unilever & Coca-Cola, he launched the first stevia-containing soft drink within The Coca-Cola Company. Jonas met Michel while starting YouBridge, a non-profit organization, next to his full time job. YouBridge was present in 12 countries with more than 2500 "change makers" & with influential senior stakeholders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and European President Herman Van Rompuy. It was through YouBridge, that Jonas discovered his real mantra & decided to dedicate his career to becoming an entrepreneur & changing positively society. However, to bring this to success, he felt he needed some additional tools and hence graduated with excellence from the executive MBA at the University of Chicago. Spott the ad-tech presented at Wired today, was launched in 2015. There, Jonas and Michel share the Co-CEO roles & Jonas is responsible for the strategy & sales. Jonas has a solid understanding of the SPOTT technology, but above all, he is a natural people manager, initiator, communicator and negotiator.
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Allen Dixon
VP Business Development
Allen is a business development professional with a passion for integrating technology and business to successfully create new opportunities and new solutions. With more than 20 years of Telecom experience, Allen has sourced and developed collaborations with leading technologies including Apple, Amazon, innovative startups, and more. Allen is currently VP of Business Development at He holds both a Master of Engineering Management / MBA from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Lisa Gao
General Manager
China Mobile
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Hans Geerdes
Head of Software Strategy & Business Development
Hans is within Nokia’s Corporate Strategy team focused on driving growth in the Telecoms Software business. He has been with Nokia in various strategy roles since 2013 and previously worked as a management consultant in the Telecoms and IT industries.
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Elad Gottlib
Chief Development Officer
Shoof Technologies
Served as the Head of RF and Hardware Design Group at Silver Spring Networks, architecting and designing five generations of radio platforms which shipped in upwards of 20M units. Elad started in the defense industry where he worked on airborne communication, RADAR, and Electronic Warfare, then moved to Motorola Communication where he worked on iDEN, Trunked Radio and Cellular. Elad holds key wireless Patents throughout his career.
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Terry Guo
VP, Product and co-founder
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Tim Harris
Swift Navigation
Rob Hull
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.
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Gabriel Ionita
Director, Group Partnering and Business Development
Deutsche Telekom
Ankur Jindal
Vice President - Corporate Venturing and Innovation
Tata Communications
Ankur Jindal heads the corporate venturing and innovation for $2.9bn Tata Communications (TCL), a global digital infrastructure service provider, and is based in the Silicon Valley. TCL is part of $103 bn TATA Group, reputed 34th in terms of world’s leading corporate brands. In his 20+ years of experience in the ICT space, Ankur has held many leaderships positions across sales, strategy, operations, M&A, consulting, innovation and venturing, operated in multiple geographies. In his current role, he is responsible for incubating internal start-up ventures, driving start-up partnerships, university engagements as well as investments globally, working closely across multiple lines of businesses. Areas where TCL is sourcing innovation span across SDN/NFV, IoT, Analytics / AI / deep learning, end-to-end security, mobility platform & services, AR/VR, block chains, media platforms, process transformation, employee and customer engagement. He is an electrical engineer from IIT Delhi and MBA from IIM Calcutta, both India’s premier education institutes. His interests beyond work include travelling, golfing and coaching.
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Samrah Khan
VP Business Development
Instart Logic
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Saehwan Kim
Head of US Partnerships
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.
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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Stefan Kuentz
Investment Director
Swisscom Ventures
Stefan Kuentz is Investment Director at Swisscom Ventures mainly engaged with investments in Silicon Valley and Swiss Early Stage Fund activities. Stefan has played a key role for building up an investment portfolio in SaaS, virtualization, cloud and mobile technologies and is currently serving as board director/observer at Actility, Bexio, Matrixx Software and furthermore manages Arviem, PIQ and Stefan's prior investments (exits) include Amplidata (acquired by Western Digital), Boundary (acquired to BMC), Exoscale (acquired by Telecom Austria Group/A1 Digital), Piston Cloud (acquired by Cisco), Plumgrid (acquired by VMware) and ServiceMesh (acquired by CSC). He also sits on the board of Swiss Startup Invest, Switzerland’s leading financing platform for hi-tech companies. Stefan joined Swisscom in 2002 and held several business development and senior management positions, including managing Swisscom’s innovation and scouting activities out of Silicon Valley from 2007 to 2010. Prior to Swisscom, Stefan spent many years with IBM, latterly heading IT strategy consulting.
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Rui Li
Co-Founder & CEO
Robby Technologies
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David Lindez
Head of Business Development
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Jeff Mucci
RCR Wireless News
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Marc Naddell
VP of Marketing
Gyrfalcon Technologies, Inc.
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Andrea Peiro
VP, Product Strategy and Development - GM, Advanced Products Group
Patrick Pfeffer
Managing Director
Juniper Ventures
Patrick leads the growth strategy and venture investment group at Juniper. Juniper is an active 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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Satish Ramakrishnan
VP of Technology Outreach
Spencer Rosen
Strategy & Business Development
Verizon Telematics
Spencer Rosen helps executive teams make decisions about strategic partnerships and investments to drive exponential revenue growth and enhance product market fit. Over the past two years he has supported the launch and dramatic growth of Verizon Telematics’ connected car consumer aftermarket product, Hum -- which now counts more U.S. subscribers, miles traveled, and driver behavior data points than all competitors combined. Rosen has thrived as an automotive/mobility industry specialist with Verizon for the past 8 years by applying his prior experience and ongoing passion for helping tech startups grow. He loves working with top talent from across the auto-tech ecosystem, from start-ups to multinationals, to solve hard problems while bridging the adoption of technology for safer driving today to driverless vehicles in the future. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their six year old son.
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Craig Samuel
Senior Vice President (Americas)
Jersey Telecom Group Limited
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Prakash Sankaranaraynan
VP Product Development & Partnerships
Reliance Jio
Adrian Shatku
UNIFI Communications Inc
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Industry pioneer, disrupter and founder of UNIFI Communications, Inc. and UNIFI Holdings Companies. CEO of recently acquired WIS Telecom SPA and WIS Telecom SA (formerly M- Link Orascom and Wind International Services) ranked top 15 in the world by Telegeography in terms of volume in 2014. Mr. Shatku is one of the true visionaries of the IP telephony UC (unified communications) technologies. Early believer in the power of the Internet to transform global telecommunications, in the early 90’s. Mr. Shatku established UNIFI as one of the first providers of top-quality Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service. Providing leadership and entrepreneurial spirit to help UNIFI become one of the world's largest international carriers. Mr. Shatku has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Alumni.
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James Shea
DeepSig Inc.
Mark Sherman
Managing Director, Telstra Ventures
Telstra Pty Ltd
Driving venture investments for Telstra Ventures. Led over 50 investments ranging from $2M to $18M; average IRRs over 40% on 10 liquidity events..
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Mallik Tatipamula
Ericsson Silicon Valley
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Einaras von Gravrock
Einaras is the co-founder and CEO of CUJO AI. It is an AI platform offering SaaS solutions to network operators and gateway manufacturers. CUJO AI platform consists of AI security, advanced device identification, and digital parenting solutions. Gravrock was named one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs. He was nominated for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Einaras was also nominated for the GLL Award by the President of Lithuania. Gravrock is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, which connects 22,000 business leaders in more than 125 countries. He holds an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.
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Tamotsu Yamamoto
Director, Business Development
SoftBank Telecom America
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Vince Yamat
VP, Products
Globe Philippines