Proudly presented by Relay Ventures with the gracious support of Deloitte, Silicon Valley Bank, Dentons, Redwood, Fortis, RBC, and Gunderson Dettmer.

Strictly Mobile® 2014 Program (videos here)

BY INVITATION ONLY (videos here)

What: Strictly Mobile® 2014

When: Thursday April 10, 2014, 8:30am to 12:00pm followed by lunch

Where: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Content: Simply the most impactful half-day event that you can attend all year.  


Breakfast & Registration: 7:30am

Opening Remarks: Kevin Talbot, Managing Partner, Relay Ventures

Keynote: Dr. Eric Topol, The Creative Destruction of Medicine

Spotlight: The Citizen Doctor, a conversation with Walter de Brouwer, CEO, Scanadu

Fireside Chat: Education's Digital Future with John Couch, VP Education, Apple

Start-up Demo: Next Generation Wearables moderated by Redg Snodgrass, Wearable World

Executive Unscripted: An un-moderated panel with Gary Clayton, Nuance, Steve Yankovich, eBay, Jeff Bonforte, Yahoo! and Brian Wong, Kiip

Closing Presentation: Inventing the Impossible by Marco Tempest 

Lunch to follow


About:  Dr. Eric Topol

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Healthcare today is in the midst of a thrilling transformation: the rise of digital medicine. Mobile technology and cheaper gene sequencing are opening the door to a whole new kind of care. Patients, who have tools as good as their doctors, are becoming true partners in caring for themselves. Portable devices are taking care out of hospitals and offices and into everyday life. Real-time tracking is allowing patients to monitor their health at any time — not just at an annual checkup. And the combination of personal trackers and individual gene sequencing will finally replace the outdated model of “population medicine” with true individualized medicine.

This isn’t science fiction. It’s fact — and it’s already happening. His dazzling talks take you on a whirlwind tour of the advances in medical technology happening all around you and show how they will transform your health care and your business. Eric communicates the thrill of working in such exciting, transformational times — and the urgency of not being left behind.

Voted the #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare, Eric is also one of GQ’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science”. He is the author of the bestselling definitive book on the digital-medical revolution, The Creative Destruction of Medicine.

Eric is also a leading practitioner of digital medicine. He is the director of the the flagship NIH-supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and a co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. He also serves as Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health. He additionally took on the Editor-in-Chief position at Medscape in 2013.

A practicing cardiologist, Eric is widely credited for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care. While there, he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks.

His achievements include the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro. He was the first physician to raise safety concerns about Vioxx.

In 2011, the University of Michigan initiated the Eric Topol Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine to recognize his contributions. The University of Rochester awarded him the Hutchinson Medal, the University’s highest honor. He also was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

One of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine, Eric has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. His research earned him the title "Doctor of the Decade" from the Institute for Scientific Information.

About: Walter de Brouwer, CEO, Scanadu


Walter de Brouwer is a Belgian internet and technology entrepreneur, futurist, academic and scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Scanadu, a NASA Ames Research Center-based company with the mission of making this the last generation to know so little about our health.

After his son suffered a severe brain injury in 2005, he set out to learn more about medical technology, and founded Scanadu in 2010 to revolutionize home medicine and build the tricorder once imagined in Star Trek.

Prior to Scanadu, de Brouwer was the CEO of One Laptop Per Child Europe, aiming to empower the world's poorest children through education. Before that, he was the founder of Starlab, which specialized in blue skies research, deep future research, and BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurons and Genes) research. Walter was also involved with Eunet-Qwest Comm and internet company Jobscape-Stepstone, both of which went public.

De Brouwer earned a Masters degree in linguistics from the University of Ghent and a PhD in Semiotics from Tilburg University. He was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and an adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco from 2001-2004. 


About:  John Couch, VP Education, Apple


John Couch is an American technology executive most closely associated with Apple, Inc. He currently serves as the company's Vice President of Education.

Couch holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Berkeley, 1969. He earned his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1970. John spent an additional two years in the Computer Science PhD program. He left the program to work for Hewlett Packard as a software engineer. In 2010 John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Philadelphia University for his innovative contributions to education.

At Hewlett Packard, John took on management roles at the same time teaching graduate courses at Cal State San Jose. He coauthored the textbook published by SRA (Science Research Associates) titled "Compiler Construction: Theory and Practice". In 1978 John was recruited by Steve Jobs as Director of New Products for Apple Computer, Inc. In early 1979 John was promoted to Vice President of Software. Like Steve, John was influenced by their visit to Xerox PARC and managed the initial graphical user interface for the Lisa system.

John was promoted to General Manager and Vice President of the newly created Lisa division, called "Personal Office Systems". He ran the Lisa division through launch.
In the early years of Macintosh development, a Lisa was needed to compile software for the new machine. Bruce Horn tells a story in which he needed a Lisa for this purpose, and Steve Jobs directed him to just take one from John Couch's office when he was away. Horn did so, and even decades later "I still don't know to this day whether Steve had arranged this with John, or if John came back to the surprise of an empty desk".

The truth being, at the time, the Macintosh was under development and there were a limited number of Lisa machines available to develop Macintosh software. John felt it was more important for the Macintosh developers to have the use of the machine than for him to have one on his desk.

Couch left Apple in 1984 to take over a struggling Christian school in Solana Beach, CA.

Couch served as Executive in Residence for the Mayfield Fund. In 1997, he became CEO of biotechnology software maker DoubleTwist (then called Pangea Systems), and served in this capacity, and then as Chairman, until the company failed in 2002. At this point he returned to Apple to fill the newly created role of vice president of education.