MiM Award Judges
Ray is Chief Executive of Bango, the business that uniquely enables content providers to market, deliver and sell their products and services directly to mobile phone users on all networks world-wide. He co-founded Bango in 1999 after realizing that the convergence of the internet with the ubiquity of mobile phones could open up huge opportunities for content and service providers. Ray positioned the company to benefit from the opening up of the operator portals in 2004, and the transition of the mobile content business from a messaging model to a customer friendly browse and buy Internet model.
Ray was a founding investor in a variety of growing companies including TeamStudio, Tenison Technology, Electronic Share Information (sold to E*Trade), Aspective, Trigenix (sold to Qualcomm), RE5ULT (82ASK), Shortfuze, Midentity and other technology businesses. He holds a 1st Class Degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University. He is a keen pilot.
Max has worked at IQ Capital since 2001, first building the seed part of IQCP ’s business and then leading the fundraising of the IQ Capital Fund. He has invested in over 30 high-technology companies – including DanioLabs (Summit), Novacta, Phonetic Arts (Google), Revieworld, Quotient (EKF), Veebeam and Transversal – and currently sits on the boards of Grapeshot, Moviestorm, OnRelay and Power Challenge. Max started his career in Millicom and then Metrosvyaz, both private equity players investing in mobile telecoms companies in Eastern Europe and other developing countries. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Max enjoys flying sailplanes and riding motorcycles.
Russell Buckley is a leading practitioner, speaker and thinker about mobile and mobile marketing. He is also a previous Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association, a founder of Mobile Monday in Germany, an Angel Investor and holds numerous non-executive positions in mobile technology companies.
Russell is currently an advisor (previously Chief Marketing Officer) for the leading pioneering mobile couponing and vouchering company, Eagle Eye Solutions. Eagle Eye powers digital redemption of coupons for partners such as Blockbuster, Comet and The Aurora Group, with a many more partnerships expected to be announced in the coming months.
Russell’s previous role was with mobile advertising startup, AdMob. He learned about AdMob, soon after its launch, and joined as its first employee in 2006, with the remit of launching AdMob into the EMEA market. Four years later, AdMob was sold to Google for $750m.
Before specializing in mobile, he spent over 15 years working in marketing, including advising leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Diageo, Texaco and Mars. In 2000, he was recruited to be Director of Marketing of mobile marketing start up, ZagMe, one of the leading pioneers in mobile advertising and location based marketing.
Russell is also fascinated by the socio-political implications of technology and recently graduated from the Executive Program at the Singularity University, founded by Ray Kurtzweil and Peter Diamandis to “educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges”.
Director of Mobile, Telegraph Media Group, London, England. Responsible for commercialisation of all mobile and tablet services/apps for one of the world’s major media groups.
Also International and European board member of The International Newsmedia Marketing Association (www.inma.org). The organisation networks latest trends and ideas via newspaper groups across the globe. (Mark has his own mobile and tablet blog on inma’s website).
20+ years inside newspapers/media, holding senior commercial roles previously at Trinity Mirror (Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror), Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro) and now The Telegraph.
5 years in the mobile consultancy arena…clients from a diverse field: The American Marketing Association, Showcase Cinemas, Metallica and Girls Aloud music bands and major newspaper groups in Australia and India.
Also sits on the Code of Advertising Practice (CAP) panel for the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), deciding what is legal, decent, honest and truthful in high profile sales promotional campaigns.
Ann Cook joined ITV in November 2005 as Controller of ITVi and .com. Ann is a UK and International TV Broadcasting & Media Marketing Director, with extensive experience at senior level and proven success in launching and developing new media channels and brands in cross-cultural organisations. Ann was Director of International Client Relations for The Associated Press responsible for client relations for the world’s largest news agency with some 2,000 clients outside North America. Customers included the world’s leading broadcast, newspaper and media groups. Prior to this Ann was Managing Director, International of Frank N Magid Associates managing the international division of this leading American strategic media research and management consultancy with clients such as the BBC, Disney, The Guardian Group, Electronic Arts, MTV3 (Finland), RTL4 (Holland), TVNZ (New Zealand) and Telecinco (Mexico). Ann was also Director of Marketing at Granada Sky Broadcasting helping launch seven cable and satellite TV channels achieving £30m turnover and profitability within five years.
Frédéric joined Advent in 2001 and focuses on global investment opportunities in mobile, consumer internet and software. While at Advent he has led or co-led investments in Vitrue, Farfetch, Zong, Echovox, Qype, Fizzback, Ubiquisys and Dailymotion. He was closely involved in Advent’s growth equity investments in Snell and Cartesis. Frédéric previously worked for Societe General in Milan and Lazard in London, Milan and New York. He co-founded Lazard’s Telecommunications and Technology team in London and was involved in transactions worth over $100bn. In 1999, Frédéric co-founded Etexx in France, a VC-backed online marketplace and collaboration platform for the global textile industry. He currently sits on the board of several companies including FarFetch, Qype, and Vitrue. A graduate of ESSEC and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.
Peter is a Cambridge University Engineering/Computing graduate who has worked in Bavaria and the UK. Peter has owned and run technology and construction businesses for 30 years and has angel invested in start-ups in Cambridge, York and London. For over a decade, Peter has been involved in charity and social enterprise governance as chair and treasurer of various trustee boards. Peter is a board member of the Cambridge Angels, and has run mentoring schemes for many years. Peter has also setup and now runs the Martlet start-up investment fund of Marshall of Cambridge.
Scott joined Google in 2008 as a product manager on the Mobile team. He led development of mobile Gmail and recently moved into the commerce team working on Google Offers. Scott studied Computer Science at Princeton University and worked previously at Microsoft and a Cambridge, England based startup.
Andy Favell is a London-based freelance journalist and Web editor. He has been writing about business and technology for a dozen years for umpteen trade titles and national newspapers (both British and International ones) and has worked as a Web editor/producer on BBC and Channel 4 websites.
In 2008, he became the editor of mobiThinking – a dotMobi resource for mobile marketers. mobiThinking is best known for The big compendium of global mobile stats and Guide to mobile advertising networks and its guides to all the major mobile markets from Japan to USA.
Find out more at: http://mobithinking.com
Laurence primarily focuses on venture growth opportunities in the information technology sector for the European market. Prior to joining Highland, Laurence spent over 14 years in venture capital with 3i. He left 3i as head of the European technology team and a member of the 3i venture leadership team. He was responsible for investments in several communication and technology companies producing realized returns of overthree times invested capital. Laurence’s investments include: CSR plc (IPO), UbiNetics Ltd (acquired by Aeroflex Inc), Trigenix Ltd (sold to Qualcomm Inc), Ezurio Ltd (acquired by Laird Technologies plc), Icera Inc, Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd and Insensys Ltd (acquired by Moog Inc).
Aman joined Accel in 2010 and focuses on investments in software, internet and digital media companies. Prior to joining Accel, Aman worked at Credit Suisse Securities in San Francisco and London, advising clients in the Technology space. He has worked on transactions including the sale of Ogone to Summit Partners, bond offerings for Nokia and Interxion, and IPOs for NXP and 3PAR. Aman graduated with High Distinction from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Matt Gierhart currently sits as the Head of Social for OgilvyAction‘s global network exploring consumer behaviour and how it relates to purchase decisions.
Matt began exploring Social Media in its infancy by being one of the first to advise major companies adoption of twitter and facebook as a marketing tool. He started a think tank, The New Celebrity, to introduce the impact of digital behaviour to brands, economic development groups and public sector bodies. His career with The New Celebrity concluded with lectures at the London School of Economics on the use of social structures as systems.
Matt now serves as the head of social for OgilvyAction’s global network. His team’s main task is exploring the impact social media has on purchase behaviour. “We are less interested in what a brand has to say to consumers, rather we focus on generating insights for strategy and creating opportunities for consumers to talk to consumers around our client’s products.” At Ogilvy Action he works with global brands to provide purchase behaviour insights.
Matt Gierhart’s eclectic experience has provided him a platform for speaking at events such as SxSWi, Next 2011, Oxford’s Economic Group, The Consumer’s Good Forum and the International Economic Development Summit.
Tim has been writing about mobile content since the market’s inception in 1999. A longstanding commentator on games industry issues and formerly a senior analyst with leading market forecaster Screen Digest, he now heads up Mobile Entertainment across its website, events and more. Please don’t invite him to any 3D press events because he can only see out of one eye.
Duncan joined Netbiscuits in 2010 and runs the company’s commercial operations in the EMEA region, positioning the award-winning Netbiscuits Cloud Mobile Publishing Platform to brands and mobile service providers. He has held a number of senior commercial roles over the previous 13 years at pioneering international mobile and Internet communications companies including Skype, mBlox, Netsize & Mobile Streams. He is happiest when achieving challenging targets and building and executing go-to-market strategy. Duncan is an expert on the business aspects of successful mobile channel strategies. As a regular participant in events on mobile he offers tips and insights on creating viable mobile propositions, understanding of the mobile landscape and hands on experience integrating mobile in an operational sense.
Duncan studied Marketing at Leeds Met University and his interests include oenology, mountain-biking, windsurfing and sailing.
Ed Hodges is the Head of Mobile for RBS’s Business & Commercial division where he’s charged with bringing the first set of transactional banking applications to life for businesses while defining RBS’s wider mobile business banking strategy. Ed recently worked with Tesco setting up their mobile application development team, advising on mobile strategy while delivering the first wave of Tesco’s apps including the successful iPhone Grocery app. Previous to this he was Head of Mobile at Touchnote the award winning photo-messaging and mobile postcard service.
Helen Keegan, Founder, Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival A marcomms professional with over 20 years work experience, Helen has specialised in mobile media for more than 10 years. Helen pioneered location based mobile marketing in 2000 at ZagMe. Since then Helen has been consulting for clients including the BBC, NewsCorp, DMGT and Vodafone as well as media owners in the Nordic region. She runs the popular mobile networking event, Swedish Beers, and has organised Mobile Monday London events and initiatives. Helen blogs about mobile at technokitten.com and is a regular on the conference speaker circuit both at home and abroad. She judges various awards including the Meffys, Sony Radio Awards and EMMAs.
Helen was recently voted in as one of the top 50 most influential women in mobile content globally for Mobile Entertainment Magazine for the third year running. Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival was held in Barcelona during the week of Mobile World Congress. Inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the aim is to bring together the existing side events, especially the under the radar cool stuff, that are held during MWC and to help you find them and put them in your diary.
Gerry Kelliher is Senior Director of UK & Ireland Sales Operations at Research In Motion (RIM). His primary role is to provide the strategic insight to shape the commercial direction of the business in the UK & Ireland. Gerry is responsible for driving new commercial activities, including business development and also manages the UK & Ireland applications strategy, ensuring alignment with wider business objectives to achieve ongoing sustainable success. Since joining RIM in 2002, Gerry has held several different positions within the company (most recently as Director of Commercial Relationships for Telefonica O2 Europe) and has been instrumental in the development and launch of BlackBerry services across Europe. Prior to joining the company, Gerry worked for Swedish software solution provider Telelogic, where he developed early 3G mobile technology. Gerry holds both a BEng. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland and an MBA from Henley Management College.
John Kenny joined Delta Partners in their London office in 2008. He focuses primarily on ICT opportunities in the UK, however occasionally leverages his background to work on healthcare related deals. John started his venture career in 1999 with Great Hill Partners in Boston, before joining Delta Partners for the first time as a Dublin-based Associate in 2001. After two years with Delta, John moved back to the USA for business school, and upon graduation joined Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in their Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management group, where he remained until rejoining Delta in 2008. John received an MBA from Wharton Business School (2005), and Masters in Int’l Business Studies from University College Dublin (1998), and a BA from Trinity College Dublin (1997).
Libby has worked at NESTA investments since 2004, first as an analyst and then as investment manager. She has invested in a wide variety of high tech start-ups, including Gnodal, Skimlinks, eoSemi, Meciria and PlayMob. She is an NED of EMANetworks, a business accelerator seeking to help with the challenges faced by microelectronics start-ups. She began her career at Intellect, the UK’s high tech trade association and has an MSc in Mathematics from Imperial College, London.
Mark is the founder of The BLN. He was part of the founding team at Library House, an investment research business based in Cambridge serving the global venture capital & banking communities. He led the business development activities for the organisation & built a network of angels, early stage, venture & corporate investors.
Ewan founded Mobile Industry Review (or “SMS Text News” as he originally christened the site) back in October 2005 — but actually began publishing daily, two months later, on the 26th of January 2006. The site is one of the most influential of its kind, totally dedicated to the mobile industry, but rooted firmly in the consumer mindset. It is far too easy to forget that, at the end of the day, the mobile industry is powered by billions of normobs (“normal mobile users”). Predicting how they’re likely to act has become nothing short of a fine art for Ewan.
Peter runs a technology concepting team building lightweight software prototypes across various devices and platforms. These experiments help an organisation like News International to ascertain the potential business value of emerging technologies and feed the key learnings back to various developer and editorial teams. A key role of R&D is to investigate new channels and platforms including social media. One area of interest is how microblogging and the rise of the social graph changes the way we curate and distribute the news in the face of changing market forces and customer patterns.
David advises both private and public companies on equity transactions, including acquisitions, fundraising and group re-organisations/demergers etc. Recently he has been particularly focused on various trade sales involving companies
Backed by European Venture Capital funds.
Rob is a Principal at Balderton Capital, responsible for sourcing & evaluating new investments. Balderton Capital is one of the leading venture funds in Europe, managing ~$2B of assets, investing early stage in companies with $B potential. The firm has made ~100 investments over the last 10 years, across the tech/media sector. Successful exits to date include MySQL, Betfair, Lovefilm, Yoox & Bebo. Since joining the firm in 2009, Rob has been involved in Balderton’s investments in wooga, Housetrip & TouchLocal amongst others. Prior to Balderton Rob was at Google, managing the EMEA sales strategy team. This role involved developing growth strategies for a number of Google’s new businesses – reviewing potential acquisition targets as well as organic growth options. Rob started his career with five years at Bain.
Alex heads up the European business of OpenMarket – the leading mobile payments and messaging hub in the US and UK. Before OpenMarket’s acquisition of MX Telecom, Alex was responsible for MX Telecom’s worldwide business, operated through its offices in London, New York and Sydney. Prior to relocating back to London in 2008, Alex spent five years establishing MX Telecom’s US operations as one of the leading aggregators in North America. Before MX Telecom Alex was a strategic planning manager at Reuters Plc, the global connectivity, content and transactions company. He holds a Masters degree from Cambridge University.
Max has been working in the European technology industry for ten years. He joined Accel Partners in 2012 to focus on consumer internet, mobile, gaming and SaaS investments. Prior to joining Accel, he founded, ran and sold Qwerly, a consumer data marketing business. Before Qwerly, Max was an investment professional at Atlas Venture in London and co-founded Myblog.de, Germany’s largest blogging community. Max is an active angel investor in companies such as OneFineStay, Boticca, Skimlinks and Last.fm (acquired by CBS). He holds a Ph.D. in management from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.
As well as being co-founder and director of MobileMonday London, Jo is a consultant CTO providing technology strategy and development management with a focus on mobile and publishing. His experience includes being CTO at dotMobi, Flirtomatic and at Reuters Mobile. Between 2005 and Jan 2011 he co-chaired the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, and was editor or co-editor of lots of mobile-related W3C Notes and Recommendations. While at Reuters, Jo developed the first version of the news industry interchange standard, NewsML as well has being responsible for the development of the Reuters foreign exchange dealing system. Before that he helped start the UK’s first public electronic mail system, Telecom Gold.
Colin is IT director at Domino’s Pizza. Colin started his career in retail IT in the 1980s at Argos, where he spent a decade. After that, he held senior positions at companies such as News International and businesses such as easyJet and lingerie retailer Figleaves.com.
Scott’s joined DFJ Esprit in 2010 and his current areas of interest include mobile, consumer internet and enterprise software companies. Previously, Scott worked in marketing, business development, finance and research roles at Smarkets, BVCA and UBS. He is currently a board observer at Taptu and Redkite and has advised and invested into other web companies in Europe. Scott is one of the co-founders of City Meets Tech where he helps start-ups find the right mentors and seed capital.
Kat is CCO at The Next Women and an advisor at Astia, a community of experts committed to building women leader and accelerating the funding and growth of high potential, high-growth, women-led startups. Prior to this, Kat held a number of roles including founder and CEO of OpenAd Group and Director at Venturing Unlimited.
Ross has more than 15 years experience in digital media, both client and agency side. With a background in traditional marketing and advertising, his entrepreneurial drive led to his involvement in several groundbreaking digital companies, founding BMP interaction (now TribalDDB.com), Fingertips, an innovative online entertainment recommendation engine, Heresy, part of the Chime Group, dedicated to digital and direct marketing, and most recently becoming one of the founders of Virgin Games. For the last two years, Ross has concentrated on mobile as a platform, developing strategies, sites and applications for a variety of blue chip clients including The Independent, Dennis Publishing and Macmillan. Ross has advised Number 10 and the DCMS on interactive media development, and has formulated award-winning digital strategies for clients including Associated Newspapers, Reuters, Universal Sci-Fi Channel, Sony and British Airways. Ross has also judged major creative and effectiveness awards in digital media and speaks regularly on digital issues.
Chris Smart is a founder and General Partner of Acacia Capital Partners (www.acaciacp.com) a venture capital company which invests in technology companies across Europe. He has been active in venture investing for more than 20 years and before founding Acacia ran the early stage funds Cambridge Research and Innovation and IDG Ventures Europe. In this time he has been actively involved with numerous companies including board roles in Cambridge Display Technology, Solarflare, Shazam, Mirics, Skinkers and Cambridge Positioning Systems. He is Chairman of Datasift, a Governor of St Mary’s school in Cambridge, an advisor to Aptivate and an Honorary Member of Magdalene College Cambridge.
Alex Spencer writes for the Mobile Marketing website and print magazine, which launched online in November 2005. Updated several times each business day, the site now attracts over 35,000 unique visitors per month.
Mobile Marketing also runs webinars, conferences, the Mobile Masterclass series and the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards. In October 2012, Mobile Marketing is staging Mobile Marketing Live, a new two-day exhibition and conference for the global mobile marketing business.
Mobile Marketing also runs the Mobile Training Academy, whose mission is to raise the standard of knowledge and best practice in the mobile marketing business.
Rory is the Investment Director at MMC and focuses on sourcing high quality deal flow, executing investments and working to support existing investee companies. Prior to MMC, Rory worked as a generalist mergers & acquisitions analyst at Greenhill & Co, before going on to found a start-up business within the online media space.
Andrew is founder of VentureRadar, an information services company focused on aiding in the discovery and tracking of innovation and growth companies. Previously Andrew was an early member of the research team at investment research company Library House where he was responsible for the data that underpinned the company’s online products, events, and consulting. The database content was subsequently integrated into Dow Jones’ VentureSource division. More recently Andrew was at Cleantech Group, where he led the company’s research practice focused on innovation and investment trends. Andrew has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University where he was awarded a Sims Scholarship.