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Innovation & the Spectrum Crunch: Challenges & Opportunities of 4G & LTE

SF New Tech II

Friday, November 11, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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Innovation and the Spectrum Crunch:

Exploring the Challenges & Opportunities of 4G and LTE


This private roundtable panel discussion at AT&T Interactive will explore 4G and LTE innovation and the challenges in making enough spectrum and wireless capacity available to meet demand.  

We'll dive into: how developers are gearing up their mobile applications for 4G and LTE; the spectrum crunch and the potential impact of spectrum exhaust; the investment climate for raising capital to leverage LTE and 4G; how LTE and 4G will affect industry (cleantech, others); as well as how mobile developers can best connect with AT&T.



  • Ed Schmit, Director, AT&T Developer Program
  • David Calabrese, CEO, Bleacher League
  • Nick Allen, Partner, Spring Ventures
  • Larry Downes, Policy Analyst & Author
  • Marc Blakeman, AT&T, Regional Vice President, External Affairs
  • Myles Weissleder, Founder & CEO, SF New Tech (moderator)



2:00 - 2:30 - Arrivals, mingling
2:30 - 2:45 - Upfront Remarks (Ed Schmit)
2:45 - 3:45 - Panel discussion (Myles: Ed, Nick, David, Larry, Marc)
3:45 - 4:00 - Q & A (Myles)
4:00 - 4:15 - Closing Statements (Ed)
4:15 - 4:30 - Mingle, adjourn



Ed Schmit, Director, AT&T Developer Program
Ed provides support and guidance for the developer community. During his five years at AT&T, he co-authored the Wireless Reference Architecture and several white papers related to mobile application development. He enlightened budding mobile application entrepreneurs through programs like AT&T's "Fast Pitch." Before AT&T, he worked for Intel for nine years in a variety of roles.  http://developer.att.com

David Calabrese, CEO, Bleacher League
David has 14 years as successful entrepreneur closing 7 figure BD deals, generating 8 figure revenues,  executing user acquisition strategies driving 300% market and revenue growth and bringing companies to multiple exit opportunities. 4 years VC experience as EIR/Principal at Eastern Technology Funds; investors in Nutrisystem, SeamlessWeb, ReverbNation, Xtify, Ecko Code, Ryzing.  Bleacher League Entertainment opens up Live Sports Betting for sports fans and casual  gamers worldwide by making sports betting fun, easy to understand and legal. We allow sports fans to experience the rush of sports betting by wagering virtual Bleacher Bucks (U.S.) and real cash (Western Europe, South/Central America, Asia, Canada, Caribbean) when predicting what will happen in real-time as their favorite player steps up to the plate or walks up to the line of scrimmage. As Bleacher Leaguers build or lose their bank their status within the game moves up and down with the ability to earn special bonuses and status for everything they do in the game from being the biggest trash talker to having the longest win streak. Bleacher League is 100% mobile available on the iPhone and coming soon to Android. Bleacher League Live Sports Betting is built upon the fastest live data feed in the market, matching play by play what you view  on TV or listen to on the Radio.  http://bleacherleague.com/

Nick Allen, Partner, Spring Ventures
Nick has deep experience and an accomplished record in cleantech investing. In 2005, he combined his experience of financial markets and transactions with a passion for climate and the environment to join ThinkEquity's founding Greentech banking franchise.  In 2008, he helped initiate Morgan Stanley's equity research efforts in clean energy and later headed the group's North American efforts. His focus spanned power and transportation industries including solar, wind, efficiency, smart grid, emission reduction and advanced energy storage markets. Covering companies like First Solar, SunPower, A123 and EnerNoc Nick became the #1 ranked equity analyst in stock performance across all of Morgan Stanley and one of the top sell side analysts on Wall Street.  In 2008, he worked with Sunil Paul on the Gigaton Throwdown project, which helped lead to a focus on innovations in finance and information technology as a key lever to unleash the innovations for the clean economy.  http://springventures.us/

Larry Downes, Policy Analyst & Author
Downes is author of the Business Week and New York Times business bestseller, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance" (Harvard Business School Press, 1998), which has sold nearly 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology. His new book, "The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age" (Basic Books 2009) offers nine strategies for success in the emerging world of information law. It combines Downes's unique perspective on economics, law, and innovation in the digital age.  Downes is also a Partner with the Bell-Mason Group, which works with Global 1000 corporations, providing corporate venturing methodologies, tools, techniques and support that accelerate corporate innovation and venturing programs.  He has written for a variety of publications, including USA Today, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, CNet, Strategy & Leadership, CIO, The American Scholar and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He was a columnist for both The Industry Standard and CIO Insight. He is currently a member of the CNET Blog Network, writing regularly on the intersection of technology, politics and business.  Downes has held faculty appointments at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he taught courses on corporate strategy and technology law. From 2006-2010, he was a nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. He is currently a Senior Fellow with TechFreedom, a non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank. http://larrydownes.com/

Marc Blakeman, AT&T, Regional Vice President, External Affairs
Marc Blakeman is Regional Vice President - External Affairs for AT&T California's San Francisco region.  In that capacity, he works with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders on the deployment of mobile infrastructure.  Prior to coming to California, he served in a similar capacity with AT&T Illinois in Chicago.  He joined AT&T's predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.  A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.



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Friday, November 11, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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