Forumoxford event Nov 23 – A day for mobile startups, new funding models like crowdfunding

The forumoxford conference is upon us again on Nov 23 with an awesome lineup of speakers and innovators as usual.

Now in it’s eighth year, the event is a unique gathering which I co-chair alongwith Tomi Ahonen

This year, the theme is - Mobile startups – making the UK the next Silicon Valley

I remember a conversation I had back in 2000(the early days of .COM).

I called up a company and the reception asked me – ‘Are you a .COM?’

I said – we were ..

She replied happily ‘So are we!’ i.e. to be a ‘.COM’ signaled a sense of uniqueness

Fast forward to today’s world, everyone is a .COM (ie has a web presence) and most companies are expected to also have a mobile presence.

Many of us have been working with mobile data technologies for a decade, and finally the Mobile revolution is truly here.

Venture Capitalists like Fred Wilson now advocate a ‘Mobile first’ strategy.

A plethora of mobile innovation is upon us with many mobile technologies like location, mobile payments and mobile apps becoming mainstream; more significantly, a commercial ecosystem is developing for mobile apps. Not only are we prepared to pay for apps – but an investment ecosystem is developing around mobile apps.

So, this forms the backdrop of our conference this year

We hope that the ForumOxford Conference will act as a catalyst to take your ideas to the next level.

Five reasons to attend the ForumOxford Conference:

  • Learn how to take your ideas from concept to execution.
  • Network opportunities across the ForumOxford ecosystem – technologists, operators, investment experts.
  • Learn about new funding models (Crowdfunding).
  • Understand how start-up accounting is different.
  • Become a part of the ForumOxford ecosystem.
  • Svetlana Grant, Director of Smart Cities, Connected Living Programme, GSMA
  • Simon Dixon, CEO, Bank to the Future
  • Dan Appelquist, Head of Product Management for BlueVia, Telefónica Digital
  • Russell Buckley (Founder of AdMob which is now Google AdMob), MobHappy
  • Jouko Ahvenainen, Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder, Grow VC Group
  • Tony Fish, Entrepreneur and Strategic Thinker, AMF Ventures
  • Prof Khalid Al-Begain, Professor of Mobile Computing and Networking, University of Glamorgan, and Glamex Security Ltd
  • Fabian Stelzer, Co-Founder and CMO, EyeQuant
  • Rudy De Waele, Mobile Strategist, Business Angel and Appreneur
  • Torsten Stauch, Co-Founder and CEO, AppShed
  • Muriel Devilliers, Founder- Managing Director, LUMU Invest
  • Andrew Griffin, Monitise
  • Margaret Gold, Chief Marketing Officer, Ether Books
  • Neil Driver, Partner for Davis Grant LLP
  • Aditya Jaokar, Feynlabs – Concepts of Programming Language for Kids

Should be a great day! Mobile startups – making the UK the next Silicon Valley