Location Based Advertising: 2009 and Beyond

Location Based Advertising: 2009 and Beyond


We have finalized our terrific panel for the discussion on location based advertising. It should be an engaging discussion on one of the hottest topics in the industry. Hope to see some of you there

January 27th 2009 — Networking @ 4:00pm, Panel @ 4:30pm – 6:00pm

WCA LBS SIG presents Location-Based Advertising : 2009 and Beyond
Venue: Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto CA

With better support in the newest smartphones for positioning, the opportunity for Location-Based Advertising is bigger than ever before. Will 2009 be the year it finally takes off? Find out on January 27th. The Wireless Communication Alliance’s Location-Based Services SIG will host a panel in which industry leaders will talk about technology, measurement, payment models, and the future of location-based advertising.

Moderating the panel is Chetan Sharma, President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Chetan has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space, and is the author or co-author of five best-selling books on wireless including Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (John Wiley, 2008), which has become the industry reference on the subject.

— Brian Levin, Useful Networks
— Ujjal Kolhi, RhythmNewMedia
— Ilan Zorman, AdYouNet
— Blair Swedeen, Placecast
— David Turner, NAVTEQ

Brian Levin, Useful Networks

Mr. Levin is CEO and co-founder of Useful Networks, a mobile

technology company creating Location Based Services for mobile

consumers.  Useful Networks is a subsidiary of Liberty Media.

Prior to Useful Networks, Brian was co-founder and CEO of

Mobliss, a wireless media and marketing company.  He serves on

the Board of Directors of the Cellular Telecommunications

Industry Association (CTIA) and the Mobile Marketing Association


Ujjal Kolhi, RhythmNewMedia

Ujjal Kohli, CEO of Rhythm NewMedia, is an entrepreneur in the

mobile advertising industry with an extensive background in

the wireless industry. Working with 60+ media companies and

50+ top name brand advertisers, Rhythm is number one in mobile

video advertising. Ujjal brings a unique perspective from both

the on and off deck worlds, recently launching vSNAX Videos, a

free entertainment app for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch that

showcases Rhythm’s services for media and operator partners

including ad sales, ad serving, mobile site design, video

serving, application development, and hosting & management.

Previously, Ujjal was EVP of Marketing & Sales for AirTouch

Cellular, a $3.5 Billion revenue wireless carrier. Ujjal holds

a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), an

MS from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Harvard

Business School.

Blair Swedeen, 1020 Placecast

Blair has more than nine years of experience across product

and business development in the LBS, digital content and

software areas. At 1020 Placecast, Blair is responsible for

responsible for 1020’s marketing and business development

activities with ISPs, web publishers, mobile application

providers and other distribution partners. Prior to joining

1020 Placecast, Blair founded Partenza Consulting, a strategy

and business development consultancy advising leading players

and investors in the LBS industry. Before Partenza, Blair had

overall responsibility for the Internet/Wireless product line

at NAVTEQ and launched the company’s mobile content product


David Turner, Navteq

David is Technical Product Manager responsible for the

technical roadmap and architecture of the NAVTEQ

LocationPointâ„¢ location-based advertising services.  David

joined Navteq in 2006, and prior to moving into location

based advertising he led the design and development of

NAVTEQ’s Traffic.com Voice and Mobile Products.   Before

joining Navteq, David worked for Reuters developing

brokerage web sites.  David has over 15 years of experience

in technology development and over 10 years of experience in

Project Management.   David has a B.S. in Computer

Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Computer

Engineering from Villanova University.

Ilan Zorman, AdYouNet

Ilan has more than 15 years of expertise in location

monetization models and local advertising in particular.  A

serial entrepreneur, Ilan has been on the founding teams of

numerous companies including Nexus Telecom (Metro-Location

services, NASDAQ), Wireless OnLine (smart antennas), AppStream

(enterprise software), and ComMagine (UMA – Cellular/WiFi).  At

present, Ilan is the founder and CEO of AdYouNet, an internet

platform for web direct marketing.

Cost: $10 at the door.

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