International SIG: Entering Europe: Opportunities in the wireless sector



  • The Monthly Meeting of the International SIG


    Presentation Overview

    Entering Europe: Opportunities in the wireless sector

    In 2004, mobile subscribers in Europe increased to over 340m, a penetration rate of over 87%. This growing consumer market has led to a considerable demand for products and services. The increasing roll out of 3G networks has also created a growing subscriber base and an increasing demand for new services, software and hardware. In addition, the planned enlargement of the European Union in 2007, will offer a huge single market of nearly half a billion people. Is this an opportunity you can ignore?

    This event will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the European wireless market for Silicon Valley companies. Some of the topics under discussion will be current trends, market opportunities, market entry strategy and potential pitfalls. Joining us on the panel will be experienced venture capital investors and trade advisors.



    Tim Wilson – General Partner, Partech International

    Tim joined Partech in 2001, where he focuses on communications and component investments. He’s currently a board member of ARIO Data Networks, Discera, InvenSense and Teknovus. Prior to joining Partech, Tim was Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (acq. by Cable & Wireless). Prior to Digital Island, Tim was General Manager of Lucent Technologies' $2B Business Communications Systems unit (now Avaya), where he led international product management efforts, and co-authored a VOIP related patent. Before Lucent, Tim held a variety of senior management positions with AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs. Tim has a BA in Physics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bowdoin College, and an MBA and is a Fuqua Scholar, from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


    Kwan Yoon - Principal, BlueRun Ventures

    Kwan Yoon focuses on wireless software and component investments with particular interest in location based services, multi media enabling technologies, network optimization, power management, and nano technology. Currently he is working with BlueRun Ventures' portfolio companies Wavemarket and Prior to joining BlueRun Ventures in August 2000, Kwan worked in various industries including project finance and corporate banking in Belgium and France, e-commerce and biotechnology in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, and private equity and consulting in the U.S. Kwan graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering.


    Dale E. Smith - Vice Consul, Advisor on Information & Communications Technologies, British Consulate-General

    Dale Smith is based in the San Francisco office of UK Trade & Investment at the British Consulate-General where he is an advisor on trade and investment opportunities in information and communications technology (ICT). In this capacity, he is responsible for a team providing advisoryservices to British and American firms seeking expansion or partnership opportunities in the ICT markets of the US and the UK, respectively. As a career corporate/business development professional he has cultivated a very broad perspective on contemporary developments in information and communications technology as a basis for advising on strategic growth opportunities in overseas technology markets. He has published articles on topics ranging from wireless technology to software localisation and international standards in information security. Prior to joining the British Consulate, Dale led a business development team at Cisco Systems responsible for technology investments, strategic alliances and international market development initiatives. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of San Francisco.



    Kevin Braithwaite, Cambridge Network in Silicon Valley

    Kevin is chair of the recently formed Silicon Valley chapter of the Cambridge Network. The aim of CNSV is to act as a bridge between Cambridge, UK and Silicon Valley. Cambridge or “Silicon Fen”, is the hotspot of technology entrepreneurship in Europe with a world class university, large numbers of start-ups and numerous home grown success stories such as Autonomy, Cambridge Silicon Radio and ARM. CNSV is a special interest group of the Cambridge Network, a community of like-minded people from business and academia in Cambridge (UK) that support technology enabled enterprises. Since its inception in 1999, the network has grown to over 1,000 members and numerous special interest groups and international activities. CNSV builds on the international success of the Cambridge Network in Boston, Munich and Shanghai.


    Event Logistics


    Bingham McCutchen

    1900 University Ave. (Located in University Circle, the corner of University Ave. and Woodland)

    East Palo Alto, CA 94303



    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments

    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions

    7:15-8:30pm program

    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

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    No registration required

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