“Why Mobile? Why India? Why Now?” – Stanford Panel

“Why Mobile? Why India? Why Now?” – Stanford Panel

As you might know, India is adding approx 7M subs a month, clearly one of the hottest market. Stanford is hosting an event to discuss the ins and out of the VAS market in India. It is a free event. Mark your calendars: 5th Dec 6-9PM.

 RSVP Mohit Gundecha : mohitgundecha@gmail.com

“Why Mobile? Why India? Why Now?”

An evening to discuss how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs can participate in the explosively growing Indian Mobile market…

Alongwith release of research report,

“Future of Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) in India

by Mohit S. Gundecha – Research Associate, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford University and

Prof. Tom Kosnik – Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford University

in association with


Event Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Location: Hewlett 201, Hewlett Teaching Cente, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA – 94305 (Map)

Free parking on Campus after 4:00 PM; Stanford Campus Parking Map


Jeffrey Belk – Senior Vice President, Strategy & Market Development, QUALCOMM

Ashok Narasimhan – CEO, July Systems

Ojas Rege – Vice President, Global Mobile Products, Yahoo! Inc.

Chetan Sharma – President, Chetan Sharma Consulting

Niren Shah – Managing Director – India, Norwest Venture Partners


Eric Allen – Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer, FunMobility Inc.


6:00 PM – 6:50 PM – Networking & Reception

6:50 PM – 7:00 PM – Introduction by Prof. Tom Kosnik

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM – “Future of Mobile VAS in India”, Research Report release by Mohit Gundecha and Kunal Bajaj (Director India, BDA)

7:30 PM – 7:50 PM – QUALCOMM: Enabling Mobile Phone growth in emerging markets – Jeffrey Belk

7:50 PM – 8:50 PM – “Why Mobile? Why India? Why Now?” – Panel Discussion

Event Description:

Is the Indian Mobile VAS Market overhyped? Why are Silicon Valley VCs pouring money into Indian Mobile VAS Companies? What are the growth drivers & inhibitors? Is the market overcrowded? Who are the dominant players in the Indian Market? Who are the promising players? When will 3G networks be installed? How will 3G change the market landscape? Will India leapfrog to Mobile platform for Internet use? Will advertising be an effective revenue model? Will innovation happen only around SMS? How can Silicon Valley participate and benefit from the explosive growth?

The event attempts to understand the explosive growth in the Indian Mobile Market and how Silicon Valley companies can participate and leverage it.

The event is the culmination of a cutting edge research project on “Future of Mobile Value Added services in India” done by Stanford University graduate student Mohit Gundecha and Prof. Tom Kosnik in association with BDA, a leading telecom consulting and research firm in India. The study is targeted at entrepreneurs/ VC’s /angel investors/ students and will encompass different components of the Indian Mobile VAS Value chain. The study evaluates the competitive landscape and offer detailed profiles of established as well as emerging players across the value chain.

This event will bring together a variety of leaders in the industry from both India and North America, along with budding entrepreneurs, aspiring students and prominent authors and bloggers.

Join us for the event to get a FREE copy of the Research Report – Future of Mobile VAS in India!!

More information here