• Social Networking 2.0 - Going Mobile Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 06:00PM to 09:00PM
    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Mobile and Digital Media Group

Social Networking 2.0 - Going Mobile



  • How mobile devices are changing the way we connect and Interact

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    Presentation Overview

    How mobile devices are changing the way we connect and interact.
    The mobile device and the wide spread availability of internet access is creating a new paradigm shift in the way we communicate and interact on both a social and business. For instance if you are considering starting a blog, you should visit www.rabble.com. They challenge the bloggers to go mobile: “You're still blogging from your PC? That's so last year!” Social computing embraces the idea that technology systems and devices are finally at a point where they can be adapted to enhance the way we live, not the other way around. In so doing, they may in fact influence how our lives may be shaped in relation to our social environment. Join us for an informative and spirited discussion of this fast growing phenomenon.

    This and many other bleeding edge technologies will set the stage for a new era in Social Networking and Personal Publishing which we are referring to as Social Networking 2.0 - and it is going mobile!



    Mike Rowehl - Founder Bitsplitter


    Jonathan Abrams (bio) - Founder, Friendster

    Craig Callé (bio)- Founder and Chief Executive Officer, COMMON.net

    Kevin Efrusy (bio) - Partner, Accel

    Anu Nigam (bio)- Founder, PartySync

    Hosted by ANZA, CSPA, Silicon French, Silicon Vikings and SDForum.

    Speaker Bios


    Jonathan Abrams

    Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, best known for creating the popular Internet service Friendster. Jonathan created this innovative social networking service and founded Friendster in 2002. In 2003, Jonathan raised over $14 million in capital from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark Capital, and former Yahoo! CEO Tim Koogle. Previously, Jonathan was the founder & CEO of HotLinks, and worked as an engineer at companies such as Netscape and Nortel. Jonathan holds an Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University.

    Friendster was named as one of Time Magazine’s "Coolest Inventions of 2003." Jonathan was named a "Breakout star of 2003" by Entertainment Weekly, and as one of Advertising Age Magazine’s 2004 "Entertainment Marketers of the year." Jonathan has also been honored as one of the world’s top young innovators in 2004 by the MIT Technology Review, and nominated in the software designer category for the 2004 Wired Rave Awards for his work on Friendster.

    Jonathan is a member of the advisory board of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, and has been extensively involved in the silicon valley entrepreneurial community, including past roles such as co-chair of the SDForum Venture Finance SIG, and a judge for the Stanford Entrepreneur's Challenge business plan contest, the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, and the Stanford-Berkeley Innovators' Challenge.


    Craig Callé

    Craig is the founder and CEO of COMMON.net. COMMON.net provides organizations with a unique “social network in-a-box,” enabling their members to share access to contacts. Strangers establish trust with one another after seeing their shared COMMON Ground: the people, places and things they have in common. The same COMMON Ground data can be spontaneously compared in face-to-face settings using mobile devices such as the Blackberry and cell phones with web access. He is a charter member of the Institute of Social Network Analysis and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    Prior to forming COMMON.net, he was the EVP and CFO of San Bruno, CA-based IPWireless, Inc., a leading broadband wireless technology company backed by a group of prominent venture capital firms. Prior to joining IPWireless in 2000, he was SVP-Finance and Treasurer of Philadelphia-based Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc., where, since 1991, he played a key role in transforming the Company into the global consumer packaging industry leader. From 1985-91 and 1981-83, he was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York.

    He holds BA and BS Econ. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (1981) and an MBA from Harvard University (1985).


    Kevin Efrusy

    Kevin came to Accel in 2003. His background is primarily as an entrepreneur and operating executive. He served two stints as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers where he started Corio, an ASP pioneer which went public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later he served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment which currently sells in excess of $100M/year of equipment and received investment from Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Volvo. Prior to KPCB, Kevin served as a product manager at Zip2 and a consultant at Bain & Company.

    Kevin invests broadly in software and internet businesses, but he focuses on application service providers (ASPs), consumer internet companies, and wireless application providers. He led Accel’s investment in The Facebook, serves on the board of BBN Technologies, and is actively involved in Azul Systems, Datasweep, Riverbed Technology, Transera, and Xensource.

    Kevin has an MSEE, BSEE, and BA in Economics all from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.


    Anu Nigam

    Anurag (Anu) Nigam is the serial entrepreneur who started PartySync. He was previously a founder at hi5.com which is a leading social networking and entertainment site on the Web for the teens and twenties audience worldwide. hi5 has grown to more than 20 million members and 2 billion monthly page views. The company is profitable and is ranked in the top 50 most trafficked sites online. Anu also is an active angel investor with eight other investments.

    Anu started PartySync based on the thinking that social networking on the cell phone is going to be different. PartySync enables group chats and they have future plans for people to connect through affinity groups.

    Anu hold a BS in ECE from Carnegie Mellon University(1995) and is on their Silicon Valley Advisory Council for CIT.

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    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel: 650.233.4500



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