Mobile/International SIG: The Mobile Internet Revolution




    This month: Joint meeting of the Mobile SIG and the International SIG.
    Topic: The Mobile Internet Revolution


    Topic Description: As part of our ongoing series on the impact of technology on emerging economies, please join us for our fourth installment focused on the mobile internet revolution.

    In many areas of the world, the first experience of the Internet is not through the PC but through the rapidly growing number of low cost web enabled mobile phones. Emerging markets such as India and Africa are seeing a huge growth in mobile subscribers and an increasing demand for mobile internet services. In areas with unreliable electricity, few computers and no broadband, mobile based internet access is a revolution. As compatible handsets and data charges become more affordable, what impact will mobile internet have on commerce, education, health services and community? Please join us as we discuss market trends, innovative applications, business opportunities and challenges in Asia, Africa and Latin America.



    - Karen Coppock PhD, VP Consulting Services, Vital Wave Consulting (specialists in ICT business growth in developing-country

    - Steven Goh, Co-founder and CEO of Mig33 (a global mobile community with millions of users in over 200 countries)

    Speaker Biographies:

    Karen Coppock, PhD
    Vice President, Consulting Services, Vital Wave Consulting

    Karen Coppock brings over a decade of experience in strategic business planning for emerging markets, and particular strengths in strategy, business development, and research to her role as Vice President of Consulting Services. Prior to joining Vital Wave Consulting, Dr. Coppock served as the Director of Industry Collaboration for the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University. In this capacity, she utilized her strategy, partnership development, and program management skills to improve the performance of IT and telecommunications start-ups from emerging markets around the world. Before completing her doctorate in 2005, Dr. Coppock spent four years with Telcordia Technologies, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Latin America. Prior to joining Telcordia, Dr. Coppock launched and headed the Latin American regional sales office for Williams Communications. She has also held positions with INTELSAT, Pacific Bell, AT&T and Harvard’s Center for International Development (Information Technology Group), Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator and the US Peace Corps.

    Dr. Coppock has led a wide range of consulting projects focusing on business and marketing strategies, technological trends and industry profiles for leading multi-national firms in the telecommunication markets in the United States and Latin America.
    She received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees in international business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her fields of study were development economics, international technology policy and international business. She graduated cum laude with dual degrees in business administration and Spanish from California State University, Chico. Coppock has lived in Latin America for almost a decade and is fluent in Spanish.

    Steven Goh, Co-founder and CEO, Mig33

    Steven is the CEO and co-Founder of mig33, a global mobile consumer internet company, and Executive Chairman of Third Party Platform Pty Ltd, an Australian Financial Services provider.Steven has extensive experience in developing and delivering compelling internet services for consumers, having founded both mig33 and Sanford Securities Pty Ltd, Australia?s first online stockbroking company. From 1996 until 2003, Steven led Sanford?s growth as an innovative financial services firm, becoming the first online broker in Australia, and the only one with its own end-to-end platform (from web and wireless, to custody and settlement).
    Subsequently, Steven went on to co-found mig33. The goal was to build a mobile Internet community by connecting consumers via mobile phones using popular Internet applications. Since its release at the end of 1995, mig33 has attracted more than millions of users in countries all over the world. In 2007, Steven moved the company from Australia to Silicon Valley, and secured additional funding for its growth from top tier venture capital firms including Accel and Redpoint.  Steven began his career at the age of 7, programming Fortran at UWA?s Maths Department courtesy of his father who lectured there. After finishing University in 1990, he worked at Arthur Anderson and then Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor/accountant, as a stockbroker for Saw James Capel then at McIntosh West, before founding Sanford in 1996. He maintains an avid interest in a range of computing languages ranging from HTML and PHP, to Java and C++. Steven was awarded an inaugural WA Business News ?40 under 40? Award in 2002, and he was a finalist in Ernst & Young?s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia?s Western Region. Steven has extensive private and public board experience, has served as a keynote speaker and panelist at several dozen Internet and financial services industry conferences in Australia and Asia, and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.



    1100 Marsh Road
    Menlo Park, CA



    6:30 PM Registration and Networking
    7:00 PM -8:40 PM Presentations



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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