The Open Mobile Summit is kicking off in San Francisco next week featuring some influential people with one common topic of discussion - Open VS Apple. Speaking at the summit will be some of the biggest names in mobile, Internet and media.
The 4th annual Open Mobile Summit conference will invite high-profile figures in the mobile industry to discuss the best way to build and monetize “the open mobile Internet,” according to the organizers.
They say “This is critical as everyone in the industry looks to provide a viable alternative to Apple’s closed application ecosystem – as Google’s Android gains market share - and as smartphones, tablets and connected TVs drive apps to the cloud.”
With Steve Jobs gone, the speaker line-up looks like a bunch of sharks sensing blood in the water:
John Donahoe, CEO, eBay
Kevin Rose, CEO, Milk (and Digg.com)
David Small, CTO, Verizon Wireless
Kevin Packingham, SVP, Samsung
Albert Cheng, EVP Digital Media, ABC / Disney
Jason Spero, Head of Mobile Americas, Google
Tom Conrad, CTO, Pandora
Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive
John Loughlin, EVP and GM, Hearst Magazines
Jim Eadie, SVP Digital, MTV
Jeff Jordan, Managing Partner, Andreesen Horowitz
Pete Distad, VP Distribution, Hulu
Jeff Smith, CEO, Smule
Andy Miller, Highland Capital (former VP iAds, Apple)
Jinsung Choi, SVP, LG Electronics
Francisco Varela, Global Head of Platform, YouTube
Scott Devitt, Consumer Internet Analyst, Morgan Stanley
Now, I would like to stress that in order to discuss open versus Apple in a fair manner, there should be a coupe more Apple advocates in that lineup.
Not saying that Apple’s way is the right way to do things but, otherwise, the purpose of that discussion is really just to see who is more annoyed by Cupertino’s business model.
So anyway, the summit takes place next week, November 2-4, at The Marriot Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco, the organizers have confirmed today. The seats are almost fully booked so hurry up and get your place.
Disclaimer: this pamphlet is the editor's personal take on the news that mobile industry buffs are to meet up next week to discuss open vs Apple at The Open Mobile Summit.