Are Foreign Wireless Innovations Driving Developments in the US?



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    Presenting a panel of international wireless CEO’s, founders and VC’s who will provide a unique insight into the state of wireless in the US.



    Stan Skafidas Ph.D. (bio) - CTO and Co-founder, Bandspeed Inc. (Australia)

    Daniel Chatelain (bio) – Founder and CEO Bozca Corp. (France)

    Duncan Davidson (bio) - Venture Partner, VantagePoint (USA)

    Rob Trice (bio) – Nokia, Venture Partners (USA)

    Rajeev Krishnamoorthy (bio), Founder and CTO - TZero (USA)



    Gerry Purdy (bio), Principal Analyst, MobileTrax LLC Venture Consultant, Diamondhead Ventures

    Presentation Overview

    This panel of foreign-born entrepreneurs and VC’s are uniquely qualified to provide a fresh outlook on the integration of wireless solutions in the US. They will highlight the areas of opportunity, what their companies are focusing on now and in the future, and what challenges companies face as wireless integration expands in the US. The panel will be comprised of Australian, Scandinavian, French, and Indian innovators in wireless.


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    Speaker Bios


    Daniel Chatelain – Founder and CEO Bozca Corp.

    Daniel started his career more than twenty years ago as a pioneer of the Minitel, focusing on banking, telecommunication and media services. He is a serial entrepreneur and has launched several technology ventures within the EADS Group (Airbus, Ariane Espace, Eurocopter) and the Lagardère Group (Elle, Woman’s Day, Car & Driver, Hachette, Canal Satellite). Most recently, he founded Bozca Corporation in San Francisco, an upcoming player in the wireless security and payment field. Daniel Chatelain graduated in 1982 from the University of France with master's degrees in physics and mathematics, and a specialty in semiconductors. He is on advisory boards of several startups in the Silicon Valley and Europe.


    Efstratios "Stan" Skafidas, Ph.D., CTO and Co-founder – Bandspeed Inc.

    Dr. Skafidas brings vast communications expertise to his role as CTO at Bandspeed. He has co-authored over forty journal publications, international conference papers, and book chapters in the fields of signal processing, communications systems, and control system design. Dr. Skafidas has one patent granted and over 15 patents pending in communication system design, noise mitigation, wireless system design, and signal processing. Dr Skafidas is the co-inventor of Adaptive Frequency Hopping, an industry standardized coexistence technology for Bluetooth and 802.11 systems. Previously, Dr. Skafidas worked on numerous projects relating to high frequency radar, ionospherics, and microwave communication systems design for the Defense Science and Technology Organization at the Australian Department of Defense. Dr. Skafidas received his PhD in Signal Processing from the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, and is an honorary fellow at the University's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


    Duncan Davidson - Venture Partner , VantagePoint

    Duncan Davidson is a Venture Partner working with the Communications sector group and has worked for 15 years with new ventures and alliances in all aspects of broadband technology: networks (DSL, satellite); services (VOD, music, mobile connectivity); and enabling technologies (DRM, WiFi). Previously he was a founder and senior executive at several notable startups, including SkyPilot Network, Covad Communications, and InterTrust Technologies. Before joining InterTrust, Duncan was Managing Partner of Gemini McKenna where he was involved in the planning and formation of some of the most significant efforts to create a "third pipe" alternative to the incumbent telecom and cable companies, including Americast, the interactive television venture of three major phone companies and Disney, and Spaceway, an advanced two-way satellite system developed by Hughes. In the 1980s, he was one of the leading attorneys in intellectual property issues, and authored a seminal report of the American Bar Association on the legal protection of software. Duncan received a BS from Brown University in Physics-Mathematics and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.


    J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D.

    Dr. Purdy is a nationally recognized industry authority in mobile computing and wireless data communications. He is the principle analyst with MobileTrax, a professional services firm in Cupertino that conducts market research and publishes reports for the enterprise market.

    He is also a Venture Consultant with Diamondhead Ventures in Menlo Park where he identifies, attracts and recommends investments in emerging companies in the mobile and wireless space.

    For over 15 years, Dr. Purdy has been consulting, speaking, researching, networking, writing and developing state-of-the-art concepts that challenge people's mind-sets and developing new ways of thinking and forecasting in the mobile computing and wireless data arenas. Often quoted, his ideas and opinions are followed closely by industry watchers who read his insightful column, "Inside Mobile."

    Dr.Purdy is writing a book on the next 50 years in mobile and wireless. Dr. Purdy is a frequent and sought-after speaker and moderator about both present and future trends in mobile & wireless at major industry conferences.

    Throughout his education and his career, Dr. Purdy has built the knowledge, experience and intellect that give him his unique vantage point on the industry. He has worked in hardware systems (Compaq Computer - now HP - and Poqet division of Fujitsu), software (Phoenix Technologies & Metier Management) and was VP and Chief Analyst at Dataquest before launching his own analyst and consulting practice in mobile and wireless.

    Dr. Purdy is also a founding member of the IBM Mobile Computing Industry Advisory Council, is co-author of ThinkPad: A Different Shade of Blue; Creation of a Successful IBM Brand, and a past member of the COMDEX Conference Advisory Board and the Advisory Board for TECHXNY.

    Dr. Purdy holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Tennessee (1965) and advanced degrees including an M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA (1968) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Exercise Physiology from Stanford University (1972). Dr. Purdy is also a member of The World Futurist Society.


    Rob Trice – Nokia, Venture partners

    Rob joined Nokia Venture Partners in January 2001. He came to Nokia Venture Partners from DIRECTV in Los Angeles, where he worked in a variety of operational and business planning roles in the U.S. and overseas. He helped to launch the company's joint venture operations in Japan; worked in the U.S. operation's Customer Service organization; managed the company's projects with the affiliate television networks; and led a number of enterprise-wide initiatives, including the company's CRM project. Rob has also worked as a policy analyst at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. He holds an M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Political Science.


    Rajeev Krishnamoorthy, TZero

    Rajeev Krishnamoorthy is founder and CTO of TZero Technologies, a broadband wireless semiconductor company. His background is primarily in the development of advanced communications systems. Prior to TZero, Rajeev did a short stint at Globespan Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He came to Globespan Capital from Iospan Wireless, where he was VP, Technology. Rajeev spent the early years of his career at Bell Labs (AT&T/Lucent/Agere). As part of his tenure he spent a few years at the wireless LAN division of Lucent in Utrecht, Holland, where he co-invented and developed the high-speed version of the extant system which Lucent proposed to the 802.11 standards committee resulting in the current 802.11b (Wi-Fi) standard. Rajeev received his PhD from Cornell University and his BS from Caltech.


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    6:00–7:00pm Registration, Networking & Appetizers

    7:00-9:00pm Panel Discussion



    Microsoft Main Campus

    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1

    Mountain View, CA



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