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STRICTLY MOBILE® 2015

@strictly_mobile

BY INVITATION ONLY 

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

8:00am           BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION

8:30am           Opening Remarks
                         Kevin Talbot, Relay Ventures       

                        Transforming Mobility with Self-Driving Cars 
                        
Jennifer Haroon, Google

                        Manipulation: The Next Frontier in Mobility 
                        
Manish Kothari, SRI International

                        The Case for Autonomous Transportation
                        Paola Santana, Matternet.us

                        Pioneering the Lunar Frontier - Expanding Earth's Economic Sphere to the Moon & Beyond
                        
Bob Richards, Moon Express

                        Strictly Mobile Innovation Awards

10:00am         BREAK

                        The Mobile Front Lines: Local Matters
                        
Ezra Kucharz, CBS Local Digital Media          

                        Will Technology Love Me Back?
                        
Gary Clayton, Clayton MultiMedia

                        Ghost in the Cloud
                        
Kevin Mitnick, the World’s Most Famous Hacker

12:30pm         LUNCH

Strictly Mobile Speakers

Gary Clayton

Currently Gary is a member of several advisory boards and Boards of Directors for companies he feels he can contribute to.

As Chief Creative Officer for Nuance Communications, Gary Clayton held a unique role that sat at the intersection of strategy, innovation and design. Spanning the healthcare, consumer and enterprise markets, Gary’s team interpreted technology trends through a design lens to create next-generation user experiences. While at Nuance, Gary was been instrumental in creating Nina, Wintermute, DragonTV, Dragon Reader, Dragon Go (Time Magazine Best Apps of the Year) and Dragon Dictation (Apple’s App Hall of Fame).

Prior to joining Nuance, Gary was the Vice President of Speech Strategy for Yahoo! As part of The Brickhouse, Yahoo’s innovation center, he invented un- constricted speech-enabled web search. Launched in 2008, Yahoo! OneSearch with Voice changed the way users interacted with the web and helped accelerate the migration of search from desktop to mobile.

Prior to Yahoo!, Gary was the Chief Creative Officer for Tellme Networks. There, he authored the company value proposition as it moved into the enterprise. Gary oversaw design and development of many applications including Tellme Search, winner of ID Magazine’s Interactive Design of the Year. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft in 2007.

Prior to Tellme, Gary was the founder and president of Clayton Multimedia where he specialized in media production including film, albums, toys, TV and all manner of media. Marrying state-of-the-art technologies to new modes of media consumption, distribution and production, he found himself working with the most inventive artists and technologists of the day including Brian Eno, Michael Jackson, David Byrne, Lucasfilm, SF Ballet Orchestra and many others.

Gary holds fifteen patents and applications, is a Grammy Award nominee, and his innovations have been acclaimed by a number of associations and journals, including the Wall Street Journal Innovation Awards. He is a voting member of the Grammys and the Emmys. 

Jennifer Haroon

Jennifer Haroon is the Head of Business, Self-Driving Cars at Google[x], where she focuses on strategic initiatives, business operations and partnerships. She previously launched Project Link, a wholesale metro fiber network in Kampala, Uganda, represented Google on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and launched a number of Google’s health-related initiatives, including Google Flu Trends and the Flu Vaccine Finder.  

Prior to Google, Jennifer was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. From the San Francisco and Stockholm offices, she worked with organizations ranging from global public health to private equity. Jennifer also worked as an Associate in the Equity Research group of Thomas Weisel Partners. Jennifer received her B.S. from Duke University and MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Manish Kothari

Manish Kothari, Ph.D. Is the Corporate Director of Ventures at SRI, where a core area of his focus includes commercialization of robotics and robotic devices for consumer, industrial and medical markets. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and humanity and how that intersection transforms our world and also transforms all of us. His background includes various positions in multiple start-ups in the device and software area. He has a PhD in biomechanical engineering from Cornell University and a post-doc from UCSF.

Ezra Kucharz

Ezra Kucharz has more than 20-years experience creating, evolving, and managing a number of leading Internet properties.  He has served as President of CBS Local Digital Media since January 2010, and oversees the online and mobile strategy for CBS Television Stations and CBS RADIO utilizing the assets of more than two dozen television and 126 radio stations.

During his tenure, Kucharz has developed a vast platform of news, sports and entertainment web destinations, bringing together the most trusted brands in media and offering visitors a truly “local” experience. The division’s digital offerings include live and on-demand audio and video streams, original programming, editorial features, as well as coverage of live concert events.  Kucharz also has spearheaded the creation of several award-winning mobile applications including Radio.com, YourDay and Audio Roadshow.

Kucharz joined CBS from FiLife.com, an IAC and Dow Jones personal finance joint venture, where he served as President and General Manager of the financial question and answer platform that connected people who have personal finance questions to experts in the field.  He led all day-to-day and strategic activities including revenue growth, new business and product development, technology, research and editorial operations.

From 2007-08, Kucharz was Executive Vice President, North American Online and Global Platforms at Oberon Media. Prior to that, he held a number of senior level positions at NBC Universal, including Chief Operating Officer for iVillage following its acquisition by the media company in 2006; Senior Vice President, Digital Innovation and Senior Vice President, Digital Media. As one of the first digital employees hired by NBC Universal in 2004, he was instrumental in launching the company’s digital media business unit and its broadband studio.

The United States Tennis Association hired Kucharz in 2001 as its Managing Director, Advanced Media.  He was charged with implementing the strategic vision for the new USTA business unit, and also produced and directed the operations of the popular USOpen.org website.

In 1995, Kucharz founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports. In addition to developing numerous pioneering online sports technologies including the first online cybercast of a college basketball game and locally managed community-based college sports publishing, Kucharz managed sales and business development activities for a network of 105 websites. He also has served as executive producer of several major sporting events’ online destinations including the Final Four, College World Series and U.S. Open Golf Championship.

Kucharz earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in biomedical engineering and worked for NASA in their space shuttle and space station medical operations departments following graduation. He later earned master’s degrees in engineering management and medical informatics at the University of Houston and Duke University, respectively.

In March 2012, research and consulting firm Borrell Associates Inc. named Kucharz the esteemed recipient of their 2012 Borrell Award of Merit, which recognizes executives who have fostered and driven significant change within their organizations. He was cited for his “intelligence, innovation and most of all the execution of strategies within a big legacy media company.”

Kym McNicholas

Kym’s true purpose in life is to make sure everyone she comes in contact with knows they have a story to tell and lessons to teach.

Kym is a 3x emmy nominated reporter who now is building her fifth video department from scratch. She started working at PandoDaily in March. Along with being the Executive Producer at PandoDaily, a Silicon Valley tech blog, she covers entrepreneurship and technology. She joined PandoDaily after four years at Forbes where she built and ran the video department on the West Coast as well as wrote a blog and contributed regularly to the magazine. Her favorite article was on fellow Summiteer Ido Leffler, CEO of YesTo. The companion video to that piece was the only piece nominated in the “Interview/Feature Segment” category in the 2012 Emmy competition in the SF Chapter.

The highlight of each week at Forbes was being on Fox News Channel Saturday mornings at 8am as part of the “Forbes On Fox” broadcast. She also appeared on NBC 11's pressHere monthly. She continues to appear on NBC 11 as well as CBS as an expert in technology. Kym has worked in the news business for 18 years during which she’s covered business, sports, and general news. 

Kevin Mitnick

There is no one like Kevin.

Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide.

Kevin and The Global Ghost Team™ now maintain a 100 percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering. As CEO and chief "white hat" hacker at one of the most advanced boutique security firms in the world, Kevin mentors leaders, executives, and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering, topics on which he is the leading global authority. Kevin also helps consumers—from students to retirees— learn how to protect their information and themselves from harm, using understandable terms and a friendly approach.

Kevin's insights on current events are highly sought, leading to hundreds of media appearances. He is the world's top cybersecurity speaker, and has been a commentator, security analyst, or interview subject on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBC, BBC, Radio Moscow, Tech TV, National Public Radio, Playboy, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes—to name just a few. He has been called before Congress (both the House and the Senate) to testify on security matters affecting the United States. Kevin also works in partnership with KnowBe4 to produce critically acclaimed security awareness training programs to counteract social engineering and to improve security effectiveness.

Kevin's books include Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, which are mandatory readings for security professionals. His autobiography, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, a New York Times best seller, is now available in fifteen languages.

Bob Richards

Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. 

Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). 

He is a contributing author of "Blueprint for Space"  (Smithsonian Institution 1992); "Return to the Moon" (Apogee Books 2005) and "The Farthest Shore" (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Paola Santana

Paola is an entrepreneur, lawyer and public policy expert. She is Co-founder and COO at Matternet, a Silicon Valley startup creating the world’s next generation transportation system using networks of flying vehicles.

A Fulbright scholar, GoodxGlobal Tech Fellow, Gifted Citizen awardee, and graduate from George Washington, Georgetown and Singularity University, her work aims to enact comprehensive regulatory frameworks and commercial ecosystems allowing the first networks of flying vehicles for transportation in the world.

Previously with the World Bank, the OECD, the Dominican Republic’s National Elections Court and Constitutional Court, she has developed striking public infrastructure projects and designed strategic plans to integrate advanced exponential technologies into E-Government platforms.

Paola enjoys exploration, disruptive thinking, philosophy, and the arts, and dreams of advancing the human race forward.

Kevin Talbot

Kevin is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing. Kevin has been an entrepreneur, operator and investor in both Canada and the USA for over 20 years. From 1997 until 2010, Kevin was with the venture capital arm of Royal Bank of Canada where he was Vice President of Venture Capital and Managing Director of RBC Venture Partners. He was focused on investments in financial services, SaaS and enterprise software throughout North America. He co-founded Relay Ventures in 2008 with John Albright.

He presently sits on the boards of Galxyz, Kiip, Curriculet, Payfone, Jelli, Scanadu, Appia and Tempo. Previously, he served on the boards of Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!), Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle), iPhrase Technologies (acquired by IBM), Inea Corp. (acquired by Business Objects), Infobright Inc., Tacit Software (acquired by Oracle), CashEdge (acquired by SIG), Brickstream, Igloo, Jana, and WorldMate (acquired by Carlson Wagonlit). He was also an investor and advisor to WiFiSlam (acquired by Apple).

Kevin holds an MBA, with distinction, from York University, a BA degree in Strategic Studies and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Corporate Governance College at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Kevin also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto. Kevin is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.