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Sand Hill Road Series: The Future of Mobility

Join a panel discussion of VCs, and industry leaders on this highly current topic based on research conducted by Wharton West students through the Global Consulting Practicum (GCP)

The proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace has generated a significant appetite for new B2B applications. With company expenditures on these applications expected to reach $9 billion by 2011, increased network data strength, and an increased accessibility to carriers, there is a significant opportunity for a new generation of software companies to ride a new wave of B2B mobility.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Hottest US trends in mobile B2B applications
  • The future of mobility platforms: which standards are consolidating and which platforms are opening up to new entrants
  • Vision for the future: what will happen in the next 3-5 years and how can the newcomer be best positioned to take advantage of the growth in this space

Join the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum, the SD Forum, and the Wharton Club of Northern California in an exclusive opportunity to learn from a panel of industry experts about US mobility trends.

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Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Networking Reception & Registration. 7:00pm-8:30pm Program, Q&A.
Location: Wharton West, 101 Howard St, Suite 500
Registration: WCNC Members, members of affiliate clubs, and their accompanied guests: $20 per person. Non-member alumni and other guests: $40 per person. If available, $10 additional for tickets purchased after 6:00pm, Tuesday, May 6. The WCNC's standard cancellation policy applies for this event.

Event Speakers & Panelists
Welcome: Dean Thomas Robertson, Dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Opening Remarks: Richard Wong, Accel Partners
Panel Discussion: “US Trends in Mobile Enterprise Applications”
Moderator: Aidan Collins, Partner, Bain & Company

  • Isaac Hepworth, Technology Program Manager, Google
  • Dan Finnigan, Entrepreneur in Residence, Benchmark Capital
  • Larry Robinson, Senior Director Mobility Product Management, Salesforce.com
  • Richard Wong, Partner, Accel Partners
  • Joseph Salesky, President & CEO, ClairMail, Inc.

About the Companies
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Founded in 1995, Benchmark Capital is an early-stage venture firm that's based on the principles of teamwork and an intense dedication to building technology companies of lasting value. They provide superior service to entrepreneurs through a unique, team-oriented partnership in which every full-time general partner is equal in terms of both contribution and compensation. This team approach not only makes it more fun for them to come to work every day, but more importantly, it benefits their portfolio companies. Instead of competing for resources, they share ideas, contacts, resources—whatever's needed to get the job done and help their portfolio companies succeed.

Salesforce.com was founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Marc Benioff, who pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise applications via a simple Web site. Salesforce.com is constantly building on that legacy by improving and expanding its award-winning suite of on-demand applications, its Force.com platform for extending Salesforce, and its one-of-a-kind AppExchange directory of on-demand applications. The growing list of global business partners dedicated to providing complementary products and services to salesforce.com customers includes IBM, Microsoft, BEA Systems, Sun, TIBCO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Miller Heiman, and dozens more.

For over 25 years, Accel and its entrepreneurs have shared a common vision: be first. Their goal is to be the first to see the opportunity, first to define a category, and first to transform the industry. They partner with entrepreneurs around the world who have unique, breakthrough ideas and the courage to be first. At any given time, each partner is pursuing multiple "prepared mind" initiatives. These initiatives emanate and constantly evolve from the interplay between our deep base of domain knowledge, and more importantly, the creative inspiration and insight of entrepreneurs. Most recent areas of focus are China and Digital Media.

ClairMail optimizes any mobile phone for 2-way customer interaction. As the only solution that supports a mobile phone's existing software and standard capabilities - including messaging, mobile Web and client applications - ClairMail empowers financial institution customers to easily access secure information, conduct transactions and get no-hold customer service. Additionally, ClairMail's Actionable Alerts™ enable financial institutions to deliver complete service to customers as an alternative to expensive channels like call centers and IVR. Unlike other proprietary, inflexible client software-based solutions, the ClairMail system is a turnkey, standards-based offering that requires no new mobile phone software, seamlessly integrates with financial institution systems of record, delivers the fastest time to value and removes the friction from customer interactions.

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