Digital Media Quarterly Series



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    Description: Following up on last year’s highly successful conference, join SDForum for this new quarterly dinner series as we track what’s happened since then and delve deeper into the hot topics related to the business and technology behind digital media today. What are the business models that will sustain digital media companies going forward? Where are the pitfalls/ And what technologies are driving new media? Who controls the content? These topics and many more will be addressed in this quarterly evening series.

    Topic Description: There were over 3 billion mobile phones last year across the world, the most ubiquitous device for communicating and consuming media that exists- more than laptops, ipods, game boys. Mobile phones represent
    our every day "entertainment-delivery-devices"  and will continue to
    grow as the technologies supporting them improve.

    This panel will focus on what this trend means for media, how media
    companies are going mobile and what the next generation of devices and
    content will look and feel like. What are the devices of the future?
    What content will people expect to have and what will they use? What
    new technologies and services are coming our way? Who cares and who's
    investing now for the future?

    Speaker Bios:



    Etay Gafni, VP of Products, Veodia. Etay brings to Veodia more than 13 years of experience mastering multiple disciplines including software development, user-experience, design, multi-media and eLearning production, community development and global management. Prior to Veodia, Etay was Senior Director of User Experience and Technology for SAP. Etay is one of the founders of the SAP Developer Network and worked closely with the office of the CTO, SAP Ventures and product teams, defining, designing and building SAP's next generation Enterprise 2.0 applications. Prior to SAP, Etay was part of several startup companies in Israel. Etay holds a BA in Computer Science from IDC in Israel and was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence.


    Beau Laskey, Managing Director,Steamboat Ventures. Beau has spent the last 15 years in technology, finance and operational leadership roles where he focused on media, entertainment and consumer infrastructure technologies.

    Beau currently serves on the boards of Kapow Technologies and Ontela.  Beau’s prior investments include Zyray Wireless, acquired by Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM), Clarity Technologies, acquired by Cambridge Silicon Radio (LSE: CSR), Sircon, acquired by Vertafore, Arbor Networks, Alfalight, Arxan Technologies, IntelePeer, RockeTalk, Greenplum, and Xtera Communications. 

    Early in his career, Beau was a Managing Director of EDF Ventures in San Diego, an early stage venture capital fund.  Beau started his career as an officer in the SEAL Teams and completed deployments with SEAL Team One and Eight to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. 

    Michael C. Doran, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C. He is a member of the firm's Corporate and Securities Group. Mr. Doran's practice focuses on a full range of corporate and securities matters for technology companies, including corporate formation, angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling for both public and private companies. He has extensive experience with counseling public and private companies in the telecommunications, software, hardware, e-commerce, and information technology industries in a broad range of transactional matters. Mr. Doran previously worked as an associate at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison LLP and a partner at Tomlinson Zisko LLP. Prior to law school, served as an institutional equity broker at Salomon Brothers International, London.

    Louisa Shipnuck, Global Business Development Executive,IBM’s Media and Entertainment industry. In this role, Louisa sizes new digital media opportunities for IBM, focused on emerging content and advertising services and solutions, including multiplatform content packaging, preparation, security, delivery and storage. Louisa formerly served as the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) Global Media and Entertainment Industry Leader, overseeing business research efforts and thought leadership. She has recently co-authored thought pieces, including "The end of advertising as we know it," "Navigating the media divide: Innovating and enabling new business models,” “The end of television as we know it," and "Beyond access: Raising the value of information in a cluttered marketplace" all of which focus on competitive positioning in a tumultuous Media marketplace. Louisa has served as a Senior Managing Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services, leading and contributing to numerous business and operational strategy engagements in technology, media and entertainment. In her prior business manifestation, Louisa worked as a political media consultant in Washington, DC. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    2009 Dates for Digital Media Series:


    Price: $20 Members, $30 Non-Members, $0 Platinum Pass

     Location: Fish & Richardson, 500 Arguello Street, Suite 500, Redwood City, CA 94063



    6:00-6:30 pm     Registration, Networking, Cocktails
    6:30-7:00pm       Introductions
    7:00-8:00pm       Panel Discussion:

                             Etay Gafni, Veodia
                             Beau Laskey,
    Steamboat Ventures
                             Stephan Noll,
                             Louisa Shipnuck,
    Moderator: Mike Doran, Fish & Richardson

    8:00pm              Q&A and Networking
    8:30 pm             Event Concludes