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22Mar/10

Mobility in Healthcare – Recap

Fresh off the success of the 3rd Annual DEMO Night, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic was back at it with a strong showing for its latest networking event, “Mobility in Healthcare”, produced in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Philadelphia.

Close to 300 entrepreneurs, wireless mobility executives, technology and healthcare professionals gathered at the state-of-the-art Cira Center on March 15 for a panel presentation moderated by KYW Newsradio’s Dr. Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP.
Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic board member Chip Cleary welcomed the crowd and set the stage for the evening’s panel discussion by framing the mobile industry’s role in contributing to the overall efficiency of healthcare.

With healthcare being such a hot-button topic all across the United States, Cleary welcomed the event’s sponsor, the Consulate of Canada, as he introduced David Marshall, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Philadelphia. Marshall pointed to Canada’s investment in mobile technology and to the more than 3,000 healthcare professionals leveraging telemedicine as ways in which mobility can support and transform the provision of care in the region.

Marshall then turned the microphone over to the panel moderator, Dr. Brian McDonough. McDonough discussed how the panel would address the topic of wireless technology supporting medical service providers (physicians, hospitals, home healthcare companies, nursing homes, etc.) in their primary mission – delivering high quality personalized medical care. He also highlighted the concerns of the medical community in achieving “meaningful use” with mobile technology. He then turned the program over to introductions. The diverse panel included:

Highlights of the panel discussion included:

  • Speeding up communications services
  • How the healthcare field is using federal funding
  • Tapping into residents and “younger talent” that are more likely to adopt new technologies
  • Security concerns over how data is collected, mined, stored and deleted
  • Barriers for entry – “breaking old habits”
  • The importance of having the “right info at the right time”
  • The challenge of integrating into existing systems
  • The challenge of investing resources in applications that might not be “the next big thing”
  • HIPAA compliance issues
9Feb/10

Next event: Mobile Health, March 15th 2010

Consulate of Canada


In collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Philadelphia, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic presents “Mobility in Healthcare”, Monday 15 March, 2010.

The event will bring together healthcare and communications professionals from both local and national organisations to discuss ways in which mobility can support and transform the provision of care in the region.

Moderated by KWY Newsradio’s Dr Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP, panellists will discuss how wireless technology can support medical service providers (physicians, hospitals, home healthcare companies, nursing homes, etc.) in their primary mission – delivering high quality personalized medical care.

Moderator:

Dr Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP, KYW News radio

Panel:

Bayada Nurses: Mark Baiada, Founder and President

Independence Blue Cross: Gregory Barnowsky, Chief Architect, Enterprise Architecture

Jefferson Medical College: Dr. John Kairys, M.D., FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Life:WIRE: Howard Rosen, President

Verizon Wireless: Harry Martin, Director of Advanced Technologies

RSVP now to reserve your place – seating is limited.

Date: Monday March 15th

Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Venue: The Hub at the Cira Center, Philadelphia

Tickets $7 in advance, $10 on the door. Students free with valid ID.

28Jan/10

Record Turnout Ushers in 2010 at Mobile Monday’s 3rd Annual DEMO Night

A record crowd of more than 300 Philadelphia-area technology professionals and entrepreneurs were on hand last night as Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic hosted its 3rd Annual DEMO Night. DEMO Night gives mobile-related businesses from the Mid-Atlantic region the chance to present their products, innovations or business ideas to an audience of local and national industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and media.

Ten local companies were each given five minutes to present their products, ideas and visions to a standing-room-only crowd. Attendees were able to rate the presentations via their mobile phones courtesy of real-time surveying and polling provided by Philadelphia-based start-up Yorn.

Congratulations go to the winner of the Mobile Monday Members’ Choice Award, Venmo, a simple, fun way to collect and send money in person using your cellphone, by sending a text message.

Close behind in 2nd and 3rd place respectively were ReadySetWork, an employee scheduling tool, and PlaySay, a fully customizable mobile language learning service.

The audience were also able to hear updates from PhindMe Mobile (since acquired by Movitas), and Smarter Agent, both alumni of past Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic DEMO Nights.

Thanks go to all of our presenters (full details below) as well as to Philadelphia City Councilman At-Large, Bill Green, for his introductory keynote, and to all of our sponsors (Morgan Lewis, ETF Venture Funds, CLEAR, and Ecquire).

Haiti Relief Foundation: MoMo members have already raised several hundred dollars for the Haiti Relief Foundation. To contribute, simply text “pay relief 20 to help haiti” to 646.863.9557.

Next event: Mobile Health, March 15th

The 10 presenting companies:

2WAYTXT is a self-serve, web-based platform which allows companies to launch, implement and maintain mobile marketing campaigns with their customers while offering real-time communication on news, offers and opportunities. CEO Noah Krug cited the growing number of text messages and the high open rate (95%) as key reasons to begin mobile marketing outreach.

Next up was AirClic – headquartered in Trevose, PA. AirClic provides real-time information for mobile workforces easily and quickly from handset applications designed to streamline and automate data captured from field operations.

The third company to present, CLEAR, is the largest provider of ‘4G wireless broadband’ service in the United States. With speeds up to five times faster than that of 3G networks, it gives users the same speeds they are used to at home or the office, but on the go. CLEAR offers products to plug in or to create your own hotspot, both at home and on the go.

Liquid Interactive showcased SOCIALTIVITY, a social media content manager that decreases staff time devoted to social networking sites because they can all be managed from the platform.

Mobile Attainment featured Success Advisor, an application designed for executive coaching, and looks to connect with training organizations, large corporations, self-improvement programs and health maintenance organizations.

PlaySay took third place in the voting as they demonstrated a fully customizable language learning service. PlaySay empowers busy people to extract value from any idle minute, by learning a language one word at a time.

Second place in the voting went to ReadySetWork, an employee scheduling tool designed by restaurateurs looking to maximize efficiency and cut down on the pain point that is coordinating staffing schedules.

Snac presented its downloadable app which creates a personalized dashboard, or alternative home screen, mimicking an iPhone user interface. This application is available on more than 300 different types of phones across all major networks.

The team at Venmo presented their social text payment solution and preached “cash and checks are inconvenient and your friends don’t take credit cards.” Highlighting their service, the team demonstrated its product in action as they encouraged attendees to donate money for a sponsored relief mission to Haiti.

Yuxi Pacific Group rounded out the evening showcasing their mobile banking application that enables banking customers to deposit checks for anywhere at any time. Banks are charged a one-time fee to customize the application and banking customers can download the application from the iTunes store. A convenience for customers while allowing smaller banks to compete with bigger banks in the space.

19Jan/10

Presenters and keynote announced for 3rd annual Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic DEMO Night

DEMO Night gives mobile-related businesses from the Mid-Atlantic region the chance to present their products, innovations or business ideas to an audience of local and national industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and media.
Date: Monday January 25th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
RSVP: RSVP to reserve your ticket, as seating will be limited. $7 admission in advance, $10 at the door. Students free. (Admission fee is used solely to support Mobile Monday event programming.)
Where: The Hub at Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St, Philadelphia

Opening Remarks: City Councilman At-Large Bill Green
Following Councilman Green, the audience will hear from ten shortlisted businesses, each of whom will have five minutes to convince attendees to support their idea with a vote:

  • 2WAYTXT
  • AirClic
  • CLEAR
  • Liquid Interactive
  • Mobile Attainment
  • PlaySay
  • ReadySetWork
  • Snac
  • Venmo
  • Yuxi Pacific Group
We would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible.

Headline Event Sponsor: Venture Capital Partner:
Table Sponsors: Venue Sponsor:
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Real-time survey and polling provided by:
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Event Overview:
This year’s event will start with a keynote address delivered by City Councilman At-Large Bill Green, a huge advocate for businesses in the Philadelphia region. Councilman Green played an integral role in helping to save Philadelphia’s citywide wireless network, which is now the largest free municipal wireless network in the United States, and was recently acquired by the city.

Companies featured in previous DEMO Nights include Traffic.com (acquired by NAVTEQ/NOKIA); Smarter Agent (recently raised 15 million in venture capital); and PhindMe (acquired by Movitas).

RSVP now to reserve your ticket, as seating will be limited. $7 admission in advance, $10 at the door. Students free

17Dec/09

Mobile Monday announces 3rd annual Philadelphia DEMO Night

Applications are now open for Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic’s 3rd annual DEMO Night, to be held in Philadelphia on January 25th, 2010.
Date: January 25th, 2010
RSVP: RSVP now to reserve your ticket, as seating will be limited. $7 admission in advance, $10 at the door. Students free. (Admission fee is used solely to support Mobile Monday event programming.)
Where: The Hub at Cira Centre

Philadelphia PA,5:30PM – 8:30PM.

One of our most popular events of the year, DEMO Night gives mobile-related businesses from the Mid-Atlantic region the chance to present their products, innovations or business ideas to an audience of local and national industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and media.

Each shortlisted company will be given the floor for five minutes, after which a vote will be cast to determine the winning firm.

Application is free, and the shortlisted firms will be selected by the Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic board based on innovation, originality and commercial viability.

Companies featured in previous DEMO Nights include Traffic.com (acquired by NAVTEQ/NOKIA); Smarter Agent (recently raised $15 million in venture capital); and PhindMe (acquired by Movitas).

To apply for one of the DEMO Night spots, simply download and complete the application form by Friday January 15th 2010.

16Dec/09

Life without a Wallet – Blog Recap

Entrepreneurs, wireless mobility executives and technology professionals gathered at the state-of-the-art Cira Center on November 2nd for the latest Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic networking event, “Mobile Commerce: Life without a wallet.” The event explored the concept of a ‘cashless society’ where wallets disappear and consumers use their phones to make purchases, manage bank accounts, pay bills and conduct a wide range of financial transactions.

The event featured experts from all facets of the mobile spectrum debating the present and future of mobile commerce.

Harold Hambrose, CEO, Electronic Ink, and author of “Wrench in the System,” opened with remarks concerning the importance of design considerations when developing technology. He demonstrated the struggle between engineering and designing for the human experience with the iPhone “level” app. While the screen looks like a level, the app itself is hindered by the design of the phone—a slick metal surface with buttons that do not allow it to rest flatly on a surface. He maintained that technology needs to bring what it promises—with a unique balance of both engineering and design.

Roy Sosa, Founding Partner, MPOWER Ventures and Chairman & CEO, MPOWER Labs, gave the keynote address, highlighting the potential of mobility in bringing financial empowerment to users. As mobile devices gain global penetration, the delivery of financial services to poor and underserved communities has not yet been realized. This would help 2+ billion people around the world who are living cash economies with very high transaction costs and no savings opportunities.

Through mobility, the needs of this population, including money transfers (a $300 billion International business), utility bill payments, and commerce, can be served. With 80% of these mobile subscribers using prepaid opportunities, Sosa pointed out that this is a lesson that technology does not necessarily need to be adopted from the top down.

Following Sosa’s address, Omar Green, Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives for Intuit, offered a case study on how mobile payments are becoming a reality. Intuit’s GoPayment product enables credit card acceptance at the time of service. As a first step in revenue-generation for mobile payments, Omar drew attention to three areas of need for merchants it addresses. GoPayment allows merchants to be paid on the spot, reduces data entry across business systems and provides ready access to information such as how much money was made on a particular day.

Green also addressed integration with carriers. The Intuit product helps boost revenues streams for carriers, decreases churn, requires minimal bandwidth, and works with current systems through a seamless setup. He also summarized lessons learned through the process of deploying a product to the merchant market – itemizing the things the company did right vs. what they could’ve done better.

After seeing a real-world example of mobile payments, the evening shifted to a panel discussion.

Rick Rasansky, Founder and CEO, Yorn LLC, and Co-Founder, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic, moderated a panel of experts from varied parts of the mobility spectrum including:

  • Noah Glass, Founder and CEO, GoMobo
  • Omar Green, Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives, Intuit
  • Harold Hambrose, CEO, Electronic Ink
  • Anil Jacob, First VP of Card Strategy for JPMorganChase
  • Roy Sosa, Founder and Chairman, MPOWER Ventures
  • Mike Urban, Senior Director, Fraud Solutions, FICO

Highlights of the panel included:

  • M-commerce has not grown as quickly in the US as other countries because carriers have more control.
  • Firewalls for smartphones are not widely available or used, leaving information susceptible to viruses and trojans
  • The delay in the adoption of mobile payments and m-commerce is partly because It is still undetermined who owns the revenues and risk; carriers and banks are in talks to find the best way to bring opportunities to customers
  • Value needs to be added to m-commerce in order for widespread adoption; example it took time for people to become comfortable in moving from the bank lobby to the ATM
  • Governments throughout the world, particularly Latin America, see the potential opportunities mobility holds and are working with companies to encourage widespread use of mobile for financial services
15Dec/09

Mobile Premier Awards

Note for members: the deadline for the Mobile Premier Awards is also rapidly approaching. Apply by December 31st 2009 for the chance to represent the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mobile Monday. Winners will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2010. http://www.mobilepremierawards.com/
26Oct/09

Next Event Nov. 2, 2009: Mobile Commerce: “Life Without a Wallet”

We’ve all heard about the “cashless society”. But is it fact or fiction? Will mobile technologies play a role in accelerating the demise of our wallets and transform the way we will all transact our financial affairs? If so, when? What is the overall business case that drives the value for mobile commerce – and how can we accelerate its realization? Hear what the experts have to say about this revolutionary topic that is sure to affect all 6.5 billion mobile users worldwide, more than half of which reside in developing countries…
Date: November 2, 2009
RSVP: RSVP now, as seating is limited. $7 admission in advance, $10 at the door. Students free. (Admission fee is used solely to support Mobile Monday event programming.)
Where: The Hub at Cira Centre, Philadelphia PA,5:30PM – 8:30PM. Business casual
Opening Remarks: Harold Hambrose, CEO, Electronic Ink and author of “Wrench in the System”
Keynote: Roy Sosa, founder and chairman, MPOWER Ventures
Intuit Case Study: Omar Green, director of strategic mobile initiatives, Intuit
Moderator: Rick Rasansky, CEO, Yorn LLC
Panel:
Noah Glass, Founder and CEO, GoMobo
Omar Green, Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives, Intuit
Harold Hambrose, CEO, Electronic Ink
Anil Jacob, First VP of Card Strategy for JPMorganChase
Roy Sosa, Founder and Chairman, MPOWER Ventures
Mike Urban, Senior Director, Fraud Solutions, FICO
Agenda:
5:15 Registration Opens & Networking
6:00 Welcome and Introductions
6:05 Opening Remarks
6:15 Keynote
6:30 Intuit Case Study
6:45 Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:35 Closing Remarks
7:40 Networking and Book Signing
8:30 Conclusion
Event Sponsors:
Event Overview:
There’s no question that mobile web use is on the rise as cellular networks worldwide are seeing major increases in usage. In fact, concerns abound that the current infrastructure won’t be able to keep up with the new demands. With these levels of growth, related mobile services are exploding. App stores are fueling unprecedented usage of airtime, mobile video usage is booming, and mobile ad markets are seeing dramatic growth. However, there’s one area that hasn’t yet caught up to the mobile revolution: mobile commerce.Despite the massive numbers of mobile users, those using their phones to make purchases and conduct widespread financial transactions are still few and far between…at least here in the U.S. Privacy and security concerns are still at the forefront of both shoppers’ and retailers’ minds as well as the lack of standardization in the mobile space – not to mention a subpar user experience. Another major problem is with the number of platforms now available, perhaps leading companies to drag their feet when it comes to introducing their own mobile commerce plans.

However, developing m-commerce applications is only one part of the equation. For mobile e-commerce to be successful, ubiquitous mobile payment platforms must be adopted as well. Only recently have we begun to see some advances in this space – at least in developed markets like the U.S. With the recent launch of a new wave of mobile payment services, consumers should soon become more comfortable and open to the concept of using their phones to make purchases and conduct all sorts of financial transactions. Notwithstanding these challenges, the “immature” m-commerce sector is actually growing at impressive rates.

Gartner estimates by the end of 2009, there will be 74.4 million people using mobile devices to purchase goods and services globally, and predicts that number will double by the end of 2012.

Join your host, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic on November 2 for a lively and informative panel discussion and debate on this fascinating subject that will eventually touch the lives of anyone who uses a mobile device.

Click here to download the program.

Opening Remarks

Mr. Harold Hambrose

CEO, Electronic Ink

Author of “Wrench in the System”

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Roy Sosa

Founding Partner, MPOWER Ventures,

Chairman & CEO, MPOWER Labs

Mobile-based innovations are quickly emerging as the new frontier in transforming government, health, banking, education and many other sectors due to fast growing penetration of mobile phones across the diverse global social strata. For the first time ever, many public and private services have now reached poor households and underserved communities through a multitude of highly innovative mobile applications. However, the enormous potential of mobile devices transforming delivery of financial services is still largely untapped. The opportunity to deliver universal remote access to banking services and to develop and nurture a yet unrealized savings mentality for this underserved market is not only Roy Sosa’s passion but also the focus of his business career. You will find his comments and perspective in this realm not only fascinating, but also a motivating lesson in that not all technology is adopted from the top down.

Mr. Sosa co-founded the socially committed venture fund, MPOWER Ventures, and the affiliated business accelerator, MPOWER Labs, in order to identify, create and invest in early-stage financial service companies focused on underserved markets.  The MPOWER Ventures portfolio spans international payments, mobile payments, asset building and retail financial services and operates in regions across the globe, including North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Sosa is an accomplished entrepreneur who pioneered the multi-billion-dollar prepaid debit market as the co-founder of NetSpend Corporation, a highly successful company that serves millions of unbanked Americans. While at NetSpend, Mr. Sosa also created innovative programs such as the National Savings Program, which remains the only savings program linked to a prepaid debit card. Mr. Sosa’s success at NetSpend has been recognized by multiple awards, including the 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2003 NASBIC Portfolio Company of the Year Award.

As a leading voice for underserved consumers around the world, Mr. Sosa pledged to the Clinton Global Initiative to bank five million consumers in five years through the work of the MPOWER group of companies.  He serves as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Financial Empowerment and as a Board Director for ACCION International. Mr. Sosa also served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps where he received numerous meritorious citations and promotions, including the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement and National Defense Service medals.

Intuit Case Study

Mr. Omar Green

Director of strategic mobile initiatives, Intuit

We all know Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax. But leave it to Intuit to innovate in other areas that are not so common to us yet. Omar’s expert grasp of the intricacies of mobile payments is clearly articulated when he discusses Intuit’s first steps into mobile payments with “Credit Card Acceptance – a first revenue-generating step toward mobile payments.”  Keeping it at a high-level, Omar will outline how Intuit approached the mobile payments space (focusing on small businesses and not the general consumer), and how they leveraged technology and services they already had as assets.  He will also talk about the specific problem of getting paid quickly, a problem that their merchant customers had, and why mobile was a profound way to solve the problem.  Lastly, Omar will talk about how they got operators interested in the offering, and about the things that were missed in putting the offering together.

Omar Green is director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit, where he is responsible for the company’s overall mobile strategy and for driving its execution across Intuit’s business units. Omar has been at the center of several recent mobile application launches at Intuit, including GoPayment (mobile credit card acceptance) in conjunction with Sprint/Nextel. Prior to his service at Intuit, he was director of personalization technologies at SavaJe Technologies, where he created one of the first user context-sensitive mobile operating systems. A graduate of MIT with a combined degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, Omar spends his spare time directing short films and music videos for his production company, AuteurLabs, and working on his context-awareness startup, AppleSeed Networks, where he is co-founder and CEO.

Panel
Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic has brought together an incredible panel of leading industry experts and visionaries from MPower Labs, Intuit, Electronic Ink, JPMorgan Chase, FICO, GoMobo and others (subject to change) who will directly address issues such as
  • The how, when & where’s of paying with a mobile device
  • Mobile banking
  • Mobile money transfers
  • Bill pay
  • Micro-payments and digital goods
  • Developing a “comfort level” to use such services
  • Simplification of user/consumer experiences
  • Security, adoption, availability and usability
  • Cost of mobile transactions
  • Contactless technologies at physical point of sale: NFC, bar code scanning
  • Social implications
Moderator:
Rick Rasansky, Chapter Co-Founder, Founder and CEO, Yorn LLC, has served as founder, c-level officer and a principal partner of public and private entities spanning software, telecom, financial and consumer services. Since founding one of the earliest SaaS companies which grew to over one million users in less than six months in 1999, to building mobile payment systems, Rick is considered an expert in viral marketing techniques. In addition to focusing on mobile and Internet technologies, his expertise spans payments, user authentication, and privacy, most specifically in the highly regulated financial services sector.

Currently, Rick is leading Yorn in redefining market research by using crowd-sourcing and social media to aggregate web and mobile users as panelists for any business, political cause, organization, or individual who has a need to obtain directional feedback, trends, votes or opinions in near real-time and at low cost. Previously, Rick was a founder and CEO of Sapphire Mobile Systems, which was acquired in 2007 after the successful development of its patent pending, mobile payment infrastructure. Rick was also Chief Marketing Officer of TRM Corp, an operator of an international network of over 22,000 ATM terminals and CEO of eCal Corp, which he founded in 1997.

Mr. Rasansky is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, attended the Moore School of Engineering and served two years as an AVROC in the U.S. Navy. An invited speaker and panelist at numerous international conferences, Mr. Rasansky also serves on the boards of several start-ups, charitable, and industry organizations in addition to being actively involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs. Rick is also a patent holding inventor who resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife, three children and two dogs.

Panelist Bios:
Noah N. Glass is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GoMobo, a mobile and online ordering provider for major restaurant chains, including Applebee’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Quiznos, and Subway. GoMobo, dubbed “Fandango for Food” by New York Magazine, allows customers to place and pay for orders online or from a mobile device, so that they can Skip the Line™ at their restaurant of choice.

Businessweek recognized Glass as a “New M-Commerce Baron” in 2006. He and GoMobo have been featured in “ABC World News,” Advertising Age, “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” Bloomberg TV, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, “Good Morning America,” Inc. Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and more. Glass lives in New York City with his wife, Maeve. He is an avid Oakland Athletics fan.

Omar Green is director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit, where he is responsible for the company’s overall mobile strategy and for driving its execution across Intuit’s business units. Omar has been at the center of several recent mobile application launches at Intuit, including GoPayment (mobile credit card acceptance) in conjunction with Sprint/Nextel. Prior to his service at Intuit, he was director of personalization technologies at SavaJe Technologies, where he created one of the first user context-sensitive mobile operating systems. A graduate of MIT with a combined degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, Omar spends his spare time directing short films and music videos for his production company, AuteurLabs, and working on his context-awareness startup, AppleSeed Networks, where he is co-founder and CEO.
Anil Jacob is First Vice President of Card Strategy with JPMorganChase and leads the mobile strategy and innovation efforts for Chase Card Services, the largest issuer of general-purpose credit cards in the United States with more than 159 million credit cards issued that process in excess of $300 billion in payment volume annually.

Jacob joined Chase in 2003 and has been part of their growth strategy group that is responsible for identifying and incubating new growth ideas to drive top line revenue growth in the 3-5 year horizon. He has been intimately involved with assessing the mobile landscape and articulating a comprehensive mobile strategy for Chase across multiple dimensions. He helped launch Chase Mobile, the suite of mobile banking products for Chase customers that encompass text banking, an optimized mobile browser, and the Chase Mobile iPhone app.

Jacob has led a number of distinct innovation efforts that explore the business viability of new mobile technologies related financial services. He developed and launched multiple in market pilots for mobile payments & mobile commerce – testing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, mobile gift card network solutions with national and regional retailers, mobile customer service, and mobile loyalty and rewards. He has also been instrumental in setting up and institutionalizing a test kitchen environment for Chase and leading multiple projects related to various alternative payment, loyalty and ecommerce initiatives.

Roy Sosa is the Founding Partner of MPOWER Ventures, and Chairman & CEO of MPOWER Labs. Mr. Sosa co-founded the socially committed venture fund, MPOWER Ventures, and the affiliated business accelerator, MPOWER Labs, in order to identify, create and invest in early-stage financial service companies focused on underserved markets.  The MPOWER Ventures portfolio spans international payments, mobile payments, asset building and retail financial services and operates in regions across the globe, including North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Sosa is an accomplished entrepreneur who pioneered the multi-billion-dollar prepaid debit market as the co-founder of NetSpend Corporation, a highly successful company that serves millions of unbanked Americans. While at NetSpend, Mr. Sosa also created innovative programs such as the National Savings Program, which remains the only savings program linked to a prepaid debit card. Mr. Sosa’s success at NetSpend has been recognized by multiple awards, including the 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2003 NASBIC Portfolio Company of the Year Award.

As a leading voice for underserved consumers around the world, Mr. Sosa pledged to the Clinton Global Initiative to bank five million consumers in five years through the work of the MPOWER group of companies.  He serves as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Financial Empowerment and as a Board Director for ACCION International. Mr. Sosa also served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps where he received numerous meritorious citations and promotions, including the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement and National Defense Service medals

Mike Urban, one of the financial service industry’s most sought-after experts, has over 15 years experience in banking and electronic payment systems. Mike currently serves as Senior Director, Fraud Solutions for FICO, where his responsibilities include managing the operations for the ATM network fraud solution as well as leading numerous fraud initiatives. He analyzes fraud issues and trends to provide continuous improvements in fraud detection technology and management strategy.

Mike’s industry recognition includes ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) Crime Fighter of the Year 2005 and ATMIA Most Influential Member of the Year 2004. He is also a founding board member of the Global ATM Security Alliance (GASA), and is a member of and the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). Mike is a steering committee member for the Santa Fe Group Vendor Council, which is a collaborative forum of fraud, risk and compliance vendors who work as industry activists on non-competitive issues such the Identity Theft Victims’ Bill of Rights. The Santa Fe Group has partnered with the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) to develop a white paper titled ‘Risk Associated with Upcoming Broadening Channel Technology: Mobile Banking’. Mike is an MBA candidate in Fraud Management at Utica College.

Harold Hambrose: (Bio Soon)
Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic (MoMo Mid-Atlantic, www.momo-ma.com) is a non-profit global community of wireless industry professionals. Our goal is to promote a vibrant mobile community from Princeton to Philadelphia to Baltimore. With over 1,000 members joining since it was founded two years ago, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic is the fastest growing technology networking organization in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our chapter organizes events around wireless mobility featuring industry-leading keynote speakers and panelists. Past events have been attended by 200-400 people to network with other entrepreneurs, executives, students, developers, marketers and professionals and to learn more about mobile marketing and advertising, location based services, next generation wireless, mobile social networks, emerging mobile companies (demo day) and mobile in the enterprise.

The Mobile Monday phenomenon began almost by accident in Helsinki, Finland during the autumn of 2000. A couple of well-known Finnish visionaries invited the who’s who of the Finnish mobile industry to a pub for an informal get-together and a warming drink. The only time suitable for such an event was Monday evening. With agreement to continue these meetings, the movement started to spread to other areas of the world and new MoMo chapters were started in Tokyo, London, Sydney, San Francisco and New York. Today there are over 70 chapters with 70,000 active members around the world.

Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic is an open forum to its members. All individuals and organizations with good standing in the community with a common interest or use of any mobile or wireless technology may participate as members.

Lisa Allen, Brad Blumberg, Rebecca Bottorff, Charles Cleary, Ron Braunfeld, James Drobile, JP Finnell (chair),and Rick Rasansky currently serve on the board of organizers of Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic. If you would like to make a difference in creating a vibrant mobile community, get involved with one of our committees. Central contacts are listed below:

Committee

Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic Board of Organizers Central Contact

Membership Rebecca Bottorff, rebecca@venturesavvy.com
Sponsorship Ron Braunfeld, rbraunfeld@ulocate.com
Communications Lisa Allen, lisa.allen@nelsonbostock.com
3Oct/09

Mobile in the Enterprise: Blog Recap

The latest Mobile Monday event drew nearly 200 entrepreneurs, wireless mobility executives, and technology professionals to the Union League of Philadelphia.

Stephen Goodman – an influential authority for his work with emerging growth companies and partner at Morgan Lewis — inspired the audience. He noted the possibilities and opportunities that exist when future world-class companies, and a community of professionals to help those companies, gather in the same room.  His optimism continued, pointing out as the longest-tenured member of the advisory board for the Wharton Entrepreneurship Program he has never seen a higher quality business plans than over the past year and now is a great time to start a company.

Scott Snyder, Ph.D., author of “The New World of Wireless,” then charmed the audience with his musical skills — playing a recorder on his iPhone using the Ocarina app as an example of application innovation. He then reminded the audience how hard it is to predict the evolution of wireless citing that in 1984 AT&T estimated there would be a total of 1M cell phone users by 2000 when in fact there were 740M.

Snyder urged companies to be innovative and take risks by saying, “the real show is not the technology, but what people do with it.”Snyder conceded that taking risks is not easy, but companies need to embrace the technology and forge ahead.  This includes evaluating the ecosystem of your organization consisting of the network, employees, customers, and vendors.  He suggested companies to select a group and test 4G capabilities and use the feedback to make changes.  He acknowledged that there will be bumps in the road, but this needs to happen to improve the quality of service.

Scott’s words resonated throughout the room as the forum shifted to a panel discussion.

JP Finnell, CEO Mobility Partners, moderated the panel featuring a dynamic array of wireless and mobility experts, including:

·         John Carrow, Carrow Consulting, former CIO of Unisys, former CIO City of Philadelphia
·         Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Director, Industry Solutions, AT&T Mobility
·         Scott Minor, Vice President of Software & Service Solutions, Infologix
·         Alan Scrime, Chief, Spectrum Analysis & Frequency Management Branch, US Army
·         Charles Goodall, Manager, Technology Strategy & Architecture GlaxoSmithKline
·         Fred Wilf, Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Commenting on Snyder’s remarks as well as the trends they are seeing within their organizations, the panel discussed the following topics:

Sensor Networks

·         The panel noted examples of how enterprises are capitalizing on wireless technologies:

  • Sensors controlling and monitoring the irrigation of vineyards in Napa Valley, CA
  • The US Army is utilizing sensors to control UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to fly between Las Vegas, NV and Iraq

State of Corporate Liable
·         The general consensus among the audience and panelists was that many companies offer basic mobile devices and do not support smartphones on their systems.  However, one panelist noted his company is offering stipends to employees to select their own phone.

·         The security of information on employees’ devices is a burning issue.  Encrypting information is essential as companies shift toward wireless.

·         While certain sectors including healthcare and logistics are innovators in the space of leveraging wireless mobility, many companies operate with a limited thought process.  Rather than beginning with the technology, they need to consider how technology can alter and aid business processes.

Looking Forward
·         Look for the financial market to be the next up and coming area, specifically in the third world. Current state: 4 billion cell phone users, only 1.6 billion bank accounts. Tremendous opportunity exists.

·         Keep a pulse on how youth utilize technology because ultimately it will come upstream.

·         Continue asking yourself, “What is it that you will do right now to make something happen tomorrow?”

·         As security measures develop and increase, so too will privacy laws.

12Aug/09

Next Event: Mobile in the Enterprise

How to compete in the wireless future; meeting user demand; containing costs
Date: September 21, 2009
RSVP: Click here to RSVP now as seating is limited. The event is free, a $10 donation at the door to support Mobile Monday events is requested, but not required.
Where: The Union League, Philadelphia PA, 5:30PM. Union League requires business casual, collared shirts and no jeans (see dress code).
Opening Remarks: Stephen M. Goodman, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (and the “dean of technology business wisdom”)
Keynote: Scott Snyder, Author: “The New World of Wireless”. CEO of Decision Strategies International; Senior Fellow Wharton School.
Moderator: JP Finnell, CEO Mobility Partners
Panel:
John Carrow, Carrow Consulting, former CIO of Unisys, former CIO City of Philadelphia
Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Director, Industry Solutions, AT&T Mobility
Scott Minor, Vice President of Software & Service Solutions, Infologix

Alan Scrime, Chief, Spectrum Analysis & Frequency Management Branch, US Army

Charles Goodall, Manager, Technology Strategy & Architecture GlaxoSmithKline

Fred Wilf, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Agenda:
5:30 Registration & Networking
6:00 Opening Remarks
6:10 Keynote
6:30 Panel Discussion
7:30 Closing Remarks and Networking
Event Sponsors:

Partners:
Event Overview:
Keynote Speaker
Our Keynote Speaker, Scott Snyder, author of “The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution,” will explore the disruptive potential of wireless as an innovation platform to transform organizations and industries. He will share his perspectives on strategic decision-making and managing uncertainty related to the impact wireless technologies will have in our lives and organizations.
Panel
There’s never been a better time to get your “enterprise mobility house” in order than now. Not only can you cut costs significantly, mitigate security risks, and improve employee satisfaction by giving Millennials the tools they need to work collaboratively – but also enable your company to compete successfully as broadband goes mobile in 2010. Our panel will discuss best practices and opportunities around topics such as:
  • Funding new mobile infrastructure and justifying enterprise mobile applications
  • Raising wireless readiness “WiQ” across business units, departments and management levels
  • Optimizing wireless engagements, mobility policies, and service management
Moderator:
JP Finnell, CEO Mobility Partners, LLC, Chair & Co-Founder Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Finnell is the former General Manager of Mobility Professional Services worldwide for the Enterprise Solutions division of Nokia, where his team consulted with large enterprises across multiple industries. As a recognized thought leader in wireless mobility, JP produced “Work Goes Mobile: Nokia’s Lessons from the Leading Edge”, pioneered research in mobility and identity management with Stanford University, and is a frequent public speaker on emerging trends, best practices, and strategy in the wireless industry. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and was a Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
Panelist Bios:
John Carrow, Carrow Consulting – John is the former VP & CIO of Unisys where he directed the centralized 650 person IT organization and managed a global IT budget of $200M supporting 35,000 UNISYS employees operating in 119 countries. Before that, he was the first CIO in the history of Philadelphia, establishing the strategic direction for the use of IT across the diverse enterprise of 45 departments, 25,000 employees and a $2.5B operating budget. He has also held leadership positions at GE Aerospace and the US Army. He was an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University in Computer Sciences, holds an MS. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a BS in Engineering from West Point.
Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Director, Industry Solutions, AT&T Mobility – Mr. Gopalakrishnan works with Line of Business, IT and vertical industry executives to define, deliver and deploy business solutions that help enterprises wirelessly enable their business applications for the business customer segment of AT&T. Vishy was formerly Nokia’s global head of the Strategy and Application Mobilization practice areas for Mobility Professional Services worldwide and co-authored “Work Goes Mobile: Nokia’s Lessons from the Leading Edge.” Vishy held prior leadership roles for Mobility Partners, LLC, Capgemini, and Motorola. He holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and a BE in Computer Engineering from Shivaji University, India.
Scott Minor, Vice President of Software & Service Solutions, Infologix – Mr. Minor leads design and delivery of mobile managed solutions, on-demand software applications, mobile infrastructure products, and strategic consulting services to over 2,000 clients in North America including Kraft Foods, Merck and Company, General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, MultiCare Health System and Stanford School of Medicine. Scott is former EVP of Sales & Marketing at Prime Technology Group, CEO & President at Speechvantage and CEO at Bridge of Independence. He has also held leadership positions at Ernst & Young and Lotus/IBM. He holds a BS from the Drexel University, College of Business and Administration in marketing and finance.
Scott Goodall, Manager, Technology Strategy & Architecture GlaxoSmithKline – Mr. Goodall focuses on strategic and architectural integration of communications and mobility initiatives to support the priority of streamlining processes to simplify and reduce costs in IT while improving productivity and enhancing communications and collaboration internally and with external partners. GSK is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Charles has 20 years of global strategic and architecture planning and technical engineering design experience in all Telecom related areas and Networking.
Alan Scrime, Chief, Spectrum Analysis & Frequency Management Branch, US Army
Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic (MoMo Mid-Atlantic, www.momo-ma.com) ­is a non-profit global community of wireless industry professionals. Our goal is to promote a vibrant mobile community from Princeton to Philadelphia to Baltimore. With over 1,000 members joining since it was founded two years ago, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic is the fastest growing technology networking organization in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our chapter organizes events around wireless mobility featuring industry-leading keynote speakers and panelists. Past events have been attended by 200-400 people to network with other entrepreneurs, executives, students, developers, marketers and professionals and to learn more about mobile marketing and advertising, location based services, next generation wireless, mobile social networks, emerging mobile companies (demo day) and mobile in the enterprise.

The Mobile Monday phenomenon began almost by accident in Helsinki, Finland during the autumn of 2000. A couple of well-known Finnish visionaries invited the who’s who of the Finnish mobile industry to a pub for an informal get-together and a warming drink. The only time suitable for such an event was Monday evening. With agreement to continue these meetings, the movement started to spread to other areas of the world and new MoMo chapters were started in Tokyo, London, Sydney, San Francisco and New York. Today there are over 70 chapters with 70,000 active members around the world.

Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic is an open forum to its members. All individuals and organizations with good standing in the community with a common interest or use of any mobile or wireless technology may participate as members.

Lisa Allen, Brad Blumberg, Rebecca Bottorff, Charles Cleary, Ron Braunfeld, James Drobile, JP Finnell (chair),and Rick Rasansky currently serve on the board of organizers of Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic. If you would like to make a difference in creating a vibrant mobile community, get involved with one of our committees. Central contacts are listed below:

Committee

Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic Board of Organizers Central Contact

Membership Rebecca Bottorff, rebecca@venturesavvy.com
Sponsorship Ron Braunfeld, rbraunfeld@ulocate.com
Communications Lisa Allen, lisa.allen@nelsonbostock.com