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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Tell us a bit about yourself
by Tomi Ahonen - Friday, 26 August 2005, 3:41 PM

Dear new member of the Oxford University Next Generation Mobile Apps Panel. Tell us a bit about yourself, about a paragraph or so, so we can see what kind of participants we have. I will start with myself...

I am Tomi Ahonen, an author of 4 books on mobile telecoms and high tech. I am an independent consultant, I lecture at Oxford's 3G courses, and speak around the world. I used to work for Nokia, Elisa, Finnet Group and OSCNY, and ISP on Manhattan. I've been in the IT/telecoms industry for 15 years now. I am based in London.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Oliver Starr - Sunday, 28 August 2005, 12:53 PM
I'm Oliver Starr, blogger for The Mobile Technology Weblog and The Wireless Weblog as well as Chief Technology Officer for Hello, Inc a telecommunications systems management company servicing Fortune 1000 companies. A serial entrepreneur, I've just recently become an Executive in Residence with Angel Strategies, a Venture Capital Fund that focuses on early stage investing in technology and other ventures.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Andrey Gidaspov - Saturday, 28 January 2006, 12:20 PM

Hi everyone!

Thanks to Tomi's wonderful presentation  at the Tokyo 3G Conference, here I am at the forum.

Wow, what a forum! I quickly browsed through various sections and sensed everyone's true interest and enthusiasm on the future of mobile business.

Well, a bit about myself.  I'm Andrey Gidaspov and I have been in the ICT industry for some ten years now.  From 1995 to 2004, I worked for the US Department of Commerce in Russia and Central Asia, as an IT and telecom industry expert, and now am running my own telecom consulting business (AMG Consulting) here in Hong Kong. 

I'm also in charge of business development (Asia, Africa and Middle East) for PlayFon, one of the major EE mobile content aggregators.  Apart from learning and absorbing the "words of the wise" here at the forum, I will be happy to share with you my experience of running a business in Asia, and reflect on further developments in the ICT field in Russia...

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Muhammad Zaki Wahab - Monday, 29 August 2005, 3:30 AM

Hello everybody,

My name is Muhammad Zaki and please call me Zaki. I am attach with the regulatory policy &legal unit of Datastream Technology Sdn Bhd ("DST") a premier communications and broadcasting provider in Brunei Darussalam.

I was previously in various fields for e.g. legal practice, offshore & trust industry prior to DST.

Our website :

I look forward for various inputs and discussion in respect of telcos especially 3G and stuff.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Tomi Ahonen - Thursday, 1 September 2005, 10:55 AM

Welcome Oliver and Zaki

Nice to see you here   :-)    There are more of "us" lurking in there, so don't be shy, lets hear from you others as well.. 

Meanwhile Oliver and Zaki, lets get the discussions going. Want to start a thread? Post a comment or question..  Meanwhile I'll go and post another start of a thread.

Tomi Ahonen / HatRat    :-)

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Dave Birch - Thursday, 1 September 2005, 10:28 PM
Standard short bio:

David G.W. Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, which he helped to found in 1986. Prior to this he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics. Described by The Independent newspaper in 2004 as a “grade-A geek”, and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation in 2005 as “one of the most user-friendly of the UK’s über-techies”, Dave is a member of the advisory board for European Business Review and UK correspondent to the Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce. He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, written for publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Grocery Trader and is well-known for his column in The Guardian’s Online supplement. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ajit Jaokar - Saturday, 3 September 2005, 7:14 AM

Hello all

I chair the Oxford university next generation mobile applications panel. Thanks for joining us. Please feel free to contact me for forum related issues, mobile applications related issues or just to keep in touch!

My email id is ajit.jaokar at

Here is a bit more information about me.

I founded futuretext ( - an innovative publishing / consulting company focussed around mobility and digital convergence.

My current areas of focus include Channels to market for mobile applications (selling mobile applications), Multiplayer Mobile gaming and Bluetooth communities. My reports have been used by companies such as Nokia, '3' etc. I speak at Mobile related conferences - both on strategy and technology. Currently, I play an advisory role to a number of Mobile start-ups in the UK and Scandinavia.

I empathise with developers and my book OpenGardens ( is a personal mission for me.

On a personal note, I live in London. I have three nationalities (British, Indian and New Zealander). I love animation and cartoons (especially Tintin, Asterix and Tom and Jerry). I am a libertarian and a great believer in freedom for the individual and enterprise. Apart from the UK, India and New Zealand I have travelled to many parts of the world and am always interested in hearing from people globally.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Jouko Ahvenainen - Monday, 5 September 2005, 7:21 AM
I'm Jouko Ahvenainen, Executive Chairman of Xtract Ltd ( Xtract is a leading automated customer analytics company, including also Social Network Analytics, that is really a hot topic in the mobile industry at the moment. Personally I have worked in telecom industry around the world in companies like Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Nokia, Powerwave Inc, and Sonera. I have also board memberships in three start-up companies in the ICT and finance sectors. I have also contributed to some Tomi Ahonen's books. I have lived in Finland, Malaysia, UK, and USA.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Christopher Haddock - Monday, 5 September 2005, 3:44 PM


I'm Chris Haddock and for last 5+ years I have been engaged in the developing SIP Applications space with a company called Ubiquity Software. At Ubiquity my main focus is Product Marketing for the Ubiquity SIP Application Server and a specific area of focus for me is the nature and development of applications in the Mobile arena - specifically those applications relating to the IP Multimedia


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Neil Cowburn - Monday, 5 September 2005, 5:07 PM

Neil Cowburn is a man with a great passion about all things mobile and embedded. Currently, Neil is a Technical Consultant for Conchango where he is putting his 8+ years of commerical programming experience to good use. When not consulting, Neil is bettering the mobile device developer community with his work with, which he co-founded. Also, Neil is one of three managers of the Microsoft Mobile & Embeddeded Developers UK user group and is a Microsoft Most Value Professional (MVP) for the .NET Compact Framework. In his spare time, Neil enjoys exploring the mountains and forests around Britain, either on foot or vertically in a climb, or on two wheels. He often writes about himself in the third person.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Peter Foot - Monday, 5 September 2005, 7:29 PM

Hi Tomi, Ajit and all. I read your announcement on the Mobile Applications Club so great to see you're now live.

I focus primarily with Windows Mobile based devices both as a consultant and also by providing libraries and tools for other developers. In particular I'm interested in context aware systems and personal area networking. I'm a Microsoft Windows Embedded Most Valuable Professional (if you are not familiar with what that means there are some details here -, I spend a lot of time helping other developers on various forums and discussion boards and my blog. I've worked with mobile applications from the simplest of WAP phones through to the powerful devices we have today, it's great to see how far we've come and the possibilities ahead.


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ajit Jaokar - Monday, 5 September 2005, 9:04 PM
welcome Peter! good to see you here rgds Ajit
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Neil that was hilarious !! - Tell us a bit about yourself
by Tomi Ahonen - Monday, 5 September 2005, 10:08 PM

ha ha and he writes about himself in the third person...

Welcome Neil, will appreciate the sense of humour here   :-)

And welcome Dave, Jouko, Christopher and Peter. Now please all go and start posting. Comment on the discussions we have, or post your own thoughts, whats on your mind today about mobile. As of Monday evening (London time) we're already at over 60 members and growing fast. Am also hoping our press release gets picked up by some of the media...

Tomi Ahonen / HatRat   :-)

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Vladimir Dimitroff - Monday, 5 September 2005, 10:53 PM

I came to this panel (shall I call it community?) through Ajit's great Club at Ecademy, where I also 'met' Tomi. Congratulations, both, for this initiative - promising to provide a more structured platform for the deeper research and business potential of a growing informal community.

Yours truly is a bit of a 'jack of many trades' (not all, though - I am definitely not an accountant and perhaps not a choreographer, either). Technology and business consultant, I have worked with some great names and in my own businesses for long enough to start spotting patterns, trends and... getting excited about the future.

I am known for the use of keywords, so here we go: technology, innovation, intelligence, insight, strategy, communication, 'new' media, 'new' economy, old fundamental principles, venture, adventure, convergence, mobility, ubiquity, portability ( as in OpenSource, not as in brick-phones), networks, networking, SNA, stakeholders, relationships, analytics... let's stop here. Oh, did I mention communities ?

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ajit Jaokar - Tuesday, 6 September 2005, 7:12 AM
thanks vlad. always appretiate your comments and great to see you here. kind regards Ajit
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by Alex Kerr - Tuesday, 6 September 2005, 2:27 PM
I'm Alex Kerr, long-time ideas man smile. After a few years of working for other people (Verio Webhosting, BBC Interactive TV) and having fantastic ideas that I had neither time nor money to put into practice, I left and founded my own co. last year, PhoneThing Ltd, as a vehicle for putting those ideas into practice. They included various projects for both mobile and web services, subjects I'm both fascinated and motivated by. I'm self funded and currently am a one-man band. I'm looking to grow the company both financially and physically as soon as possible, but without resort to VC funding if at all possible (just to add to my challenges smile ). As such I shortly have two mobile related websites/services launching, which will hopefully enable me to realise further ideas and dreams. I have a variety of experience including 15-or so years programming, technical sales, tech management, tech support, windows and linux sys admin, and running another limited co. I enjoy being invovled in the mobile community through sites such as this one and Ecademy's mobile apps club, attending industry conferences, and always welcome advice or guidance from others more experienced than myself!
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Pawan Murthy - Tuesday, 6 September 2005, 8:55 PM
Hello all - my name is Pawan Murthy. My professional background is in technology marketing -  explaining complex concepts in simplistic models, illustrations, animations, etc. I'm a serial entrepreneur on my 3rd startup ( about to sell to a major player in that industry. My experience ranges from biotech, government, ecommerce and entertainment.
My next venture will be in the mobile realm. Unfortunately, here in the States we're about 5 years behind the rest of the world regarding mobile tech. However, the potential opportunities are endless.

Other info - I'm of Indian descent, raised in Canada and the US, classical and jazz trained pianist and have a degree in genetics from The Ohio State University.

Hats off to starting this forum - I look forward to learning much the other panelists.

Regards, Pawan
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by dan rockwell - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 3:08 AM
Hola from Columbus, Ohio - I'm Dan and I'm currently a user experience researcher... yes thats right, makes everyone go.."yaaahh" well anyways I pretty much work in research and design. 

My all consuming habbit for the past three years has been emerging technology specificy location based awareness and just about everything tied to it.  Bring on the air posting I say!  I look forward to engaging in some exciting conversations with people here. 
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Dan two excellent books for you to consider reading
by Tomi Ahonen - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 11:24 AM

Hi Dan (and anyone else who might be interested in the changes in behaviour that relate to mobile phones)

Good to have you here. You might have missed two excellent books that deal very specifically with this area, and how humans change. The first is the "bible" of mobile phone effects to society - professor Timo Kopomaa's book The City in Your Pocket. It is probably out of print so it may be a bit difficult to find, but definitely a brilliant read. We (the co-author of my fourth book, Alan Moore, and I) quote Timo a lot in our book Communities Dominate Brands, etc.

The other is a brand-new book, just out a month ago, by Mark Curtis of Flirtomatic and Fjord Networks. Mark's book is entitled Distraction, and is on Amazon etc. It is THE book on how we humans react and adjust to the current onslaught of digital convergence upon us. A really insightful and fascinating read. You can also buy Distraction directly from the publisher - ha-ha, sound familiar? - our chief moderator, Ajit Jaokar's company, futuretext, so visit   to see much more about this brilliant book.

Tomi Ahonen / HatRat   :-)

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Re: Dan two excellent books for you to consider reading
by Anne Marie McEwan - Sunday, 25 September 2005, 11:51 AM

Hi all

Thanks for  the book recommendations, Tomi smile. I am grateful to Ajit for inviting me to join this brilliant initiative.

I am a technological ignoramous, eager to learn as much as I can about developments in digital convergence.

I work with businesses to help them to adapt to new ways of working. Although my focus is on transition management of new working practices, especially mobile and remote working, I know that I need to understand the rapidly emerging digital agenda - and what it will imply for management education.

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by Stanley Chong - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 8:28 AM

Hi Everyone,

I am Stanley Chong, involved in the IT and Telecommunication industry for the past 15 years. Currently attached to a Telco principal heading the mobile data division in Malaysia. Mainly focusing on new and emerging mobile data / services for the mobile operators in the Asia region (two of the local operators here just launched their 3G network). One of my main task is to identify and partner with content partners around the region to assist them in launching mobile services with our local mobile operators.

Entrepreneur in nature, have been involved in assisting new start-up and entrepreneur wannabe to explore new business opportunities in Malaysia and the Asia region.

Hence, anyone that have interest to expand or explore business opportunities in Malaysia or in this region are welcome to contact me.


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by rafaqat ali - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 4:09 PM
Hello - My is Rafaqat Ali - I am a technologist/Entrepreneur. I have been working embedded software for the last 20 years, mostly Enterprise productivity applications. I have worked as CTO in a number of wireless startups, worked for a Vodafone/Cap Gemini JV and recently was founder of Rebane , a company created for the provision of live services to 3G devices. I created a call center in Tallinn, with Video Call center representatives.

Currently I am building a world class development team in Tallinn for Symbian/Brew Software consultancy. Tallinn is a little wireless hotspot. Nokia has been developing software there for some time. There is an excellent 2.5G environment for testing and development.

My Interests are :- Mobile Architecture, like mobicents, Devices, Disruptive technologies, speech processing, HCI, m-commerce

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by Bosse Küllenberg - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 4:29 PM
Hi everybody!

My name is Bosse Küllenberg. I am co-founder of one of germanies earliest mobile marketing agencies called We're working for brands like coke (including all subbrands), fast moving consumer goods brands and some financial services or trading companies.

From early days on we focused on creative campaigns and a convincing cross-media strategies for mobile phones. All the time we're looking for the next thing to come after logos, ringtones, etc. We are not happy with the situation of floooding of ringtone-provider, etc.

At the moment a collegue and me are working on a technical book for the european mobile-business market, since good publications are more than rare. Nevertheless we're focusing on inspiration for the future and creativity in the actual market.
Our title shall be a creative opening to this fashioned marketing-theme. We have a long personal experience and will handle the facts from an analytical and – most of – creative point of view. The target group will be Brand-Managers, Marketing-Managers and Advertising Agencies itself. We're going to give our readers the best support to breathe new life into this field, which is still in its infancy. We think: It will be easy to understand, because of its motivational and easy style of writing.
Planned date of publication for Germany: Q1/Q2 2006

And this is the main reason we (more exact my partner and I) joined this forum. We want to discuss some of our ideas and want to get inspired by the ideas of you all.

Thank you.

Bosse Küllenberg

P.S.: I think it could become very interesting here in, when the first articles have been posted. Perhaps I will start with one in the next days.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Aravind TM - Thursday, 8 September 2005, 1:47 PM

Am Aravind. System Test Engineer at a company called Airvana Networks, Bangalore. Airvana is a CDMA infrastructure company and provides EVDO solution.

Am in telecom industry for past five years. Was working with Lucent,Huawei and Siemens previously.

I blog at 

Would be a great feeling to interact with biggies across the seas.



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by Frederic Frederic - Thursday, 15 September 2005, 2:10 AM

Nice to meet you all.

I'm Frederic Condolo. I've been working in the video game industry for 11 years (2 years in the mobile games field for In-Fusio). I'm currently working for Ubisoft Montreal, where I am technical manager for online technologies.

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by Oliver Pfeiffer - Friday, 16 September 2005, 11:27 PM
Hello everybody,

my name is Oliver Pfeiffer and I am managing director of MCS SH GmbH. Founded as a "center of excellence for mobile communication and services" (private-public-partnership). Our main goal is to drive mobile business our region (northern Germany).

Having a look at all your CVs here it seems like I am one of the 'greenhorns' here. I am 31 years old and I ahve studied Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences in Flensburg, Germany. From 1999 until the end of 2004 I worked as Head of Business Development for EXITEC a small IT company in Flensburg,Germany. In 2001 we were taken over by Beate Uhse, europes biggest corporation in the adult industry. From then on it was my job to build up their mobile business. I quit last year and work for MCS SH since then - so I left behind the adult industry and try to focus on 'serious things' now :-) Products and services have a wide range - from hardware production (mainly customisation of mobile phones) and content delivery technologies (e.g. device databases, billing mechanisms and so on) to content aggregation and consulting.

I am really looking forward to exchanging thoughts and ideas with you all.



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by Simon Cavill - Saturday, 17 September 2005, 11:00 AM
I'm Simon Cavill and have been working in the mobile comms industry long before mobile phones and the Internet - I cut my teeth on Prestel, Telcom Gold, 300 Baud modems and the careful use of crocodile clips, so there is very little I have not seen or done in this industry. The only thing that surprises me is how little technologists learn from previous generations....

I'm currently the CTO of Mi-Pay, a mobile payments service provider based in the UK but working on a global scale, providing low risk, low cost mobile phone top-up services for operators and media content companies. Recently created a JV in the UK with Voca/BAC's (process £3 Trillion/year of Direct Debits/Credits) and Retail Decisions (Fraud screening of payments) to create Digital Payments. We will revolutionise mobile payments as we can uniquely provide secure micro-payment facilities from mobile devices directly in and out of all UK Bank/Building Society accounts.



Enabling Low Value Payments

Visit our website:
interested in UK payments? Please view our venture company website:
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by JT Klepp - Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 1:24 AM


I am JT Klepp, currently Executive VP in The Mobile Media company.  I founded, which was acquired by Mobile Media last year, and I have been in the mobile industry for 5 years.

I am Norwegian (although living in Sydney), so I am very familiar with how mobile technology can be completely ingrained in society.  As an interesting example, close to 80% of Norwegian subscribers have bought a premium mobile service, which dwarfs all other countries (including Japan and Korea).

I have also worked as an analyst and Corporate Finance associate within the internet industry for Ernst & Young, and have a background in systems development from Andersen Consulting (Accenture), although my educational background is all business related (BBA + MBA).

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by Joaquín Guerrero - Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 3:39 PM

Joaquín Guerrero: a Manager in DMR Consulting, a consulting firm working in south Europe and Latam. I have been working in the Telco arena from more than 10 years and currently I work with mobile operators. I'm based in Madrid

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by Kapil Chopra - Thursday, 22 September 2005, 2:18 PM

Hello there,

Myself, Kapil Chopra, a first generation entrepreneur. Ours is a company specialised in developing IT solutions with a lot of focus on the Mobile segment.

Personally, I have worked in Norway earlier and was a consultant with CSC before going it alone at 23.

We're one of the early entrants into incorporating the use of SMS for information dissemination in India during the fall of 99.

Our core competency stems from our expertise in understanding core businesses and providing business solutions.

Of late, our focus has been a lot more on mobile applications and using the mobile to make difference to peoples lives.

We look forward to associating and mingling with like minded people on this forum.



Hari Saravanan
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by Hari Saravanan - Saturday, 24 September 2005, 6:19 AM
Hi Kapil,


Hope this forum helps all of us in a big way...

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by Jon Moss - Thursday, 22 September 2005, 6:43 PM

Hi All -

My name is Jon Moss. Great to meet you all!

I am Principal Device Manager at i-mate, where I am responsible for all-things-engineering on our GSM/WCDMA/WiFi Windows Mobile handset range. We have a number of very flexible devices that can communicate via a wide range of connections from home broadband, GSM or WCDMA, for voice, information and entertainment that we sell into markets around the world. Prior to working for i-mate, I was with BT/mmO2, trialling and building 3G mobile phone networks on the Isle of Man, Ireland, Germany and the UK.

I also have the role of Telecoms Director at the Dept for Continuing Education, Oxford. I started the first course on CDMA in Oxford back in the mid 90's with my colleague Andy Street while doing my PhD. The course has evolved over the years and is now the 3-day "WCDMA: System Design and Operation" with myself and Messrs Holma, Toskala, Noel and Ahonen.

Cheers for now!!

Jon approve

Hari Saravanan
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by Hari Saravanan - Saturday, 24 September 2005, 6:17 AM
Hi Jon,

Nice meeting you here!

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Matthew Wheeler - Friday, 23 September 2005, 11:17 AM

Morning All.

My names Matt Wheeler. I've been tampering within the Mobile industry for 5.5years or so. I've been online since the early 90's. Met my wife online 8 years ago, created my first *nix box when I was 15 and created one of the largest SMS sites in the UK.

Now, for all my Sins, I work in Telecoms/Wireless/Gamedevelopment recruitment. Please dont hold this against me. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it ;)

Like so many, I have various projects on the go online, the present one at the forefront being a Online Game Advert system which you can see at - Were hoping to launch in the next week or two.

I'm also fairly addicted to CS:S (Counter Strike Source) and my clan narrowly missed out on playing in the CPL this year.

If you need any more information, welp, drop me a pm or email me :)

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Hello from Ukraine
by Max Garkavtsev - Friday, 23 September 2005, 9:48 PM

Hello , I'm Max Garkavtsev, I'm in mobile business since 2000.We do custom software for PocketPC, Symbian,Palm,j2me,RIM and have some Brew experience. We specialize in outsourcing, our clients were,,, , and many more.

We do mobile casino software (we sold 1st version with sources), now developing next generation and complex Automated testing tool for PalmOS programs.

We do programming and testing on multiple devices - our QA team is about 40 people , total staff is about 200.

Always looking for ventures in developing new products. If you have concept and ready to market it, we can invest in development and share income.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Prabhat Sharma - Saturday, 24 September 2005, 4:09 AM
This is Prabhat Sharma. Barely 4 months out of school with an MBA in Telecommunications & IT in hand from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune, India.

I am working for one of the biggest Life insurance companies in India, SBI Life. Thanx 4 ur invitation to join this group (through ryze) on Ajit.

My specific interest areas are Convergence and Information security.
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by Nigel Nicholas - Saturday, 24 September 2005, 10:22 AM

I am Nigel Nicholas. After 25 years experience at Director & VP Level in developing Strategy and implementing Operational plans in large global Telecommunication companies (AT&T; Lucent), I left corporate life and worked within "Business Accelerators" growing small start up companies in the eCommerce, Internet and Mobile Telecoms industry in roles such as Chief Operations Officer; Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Financial Officer (I'm originally a finance guy).

In 2002 I co-founded  Move2Mobile which is a virtual mobile telecoms incubator and business accelerator focusing in the wireless space. Over the last 3 years we have worked with over 70 start-up companies to accelerate their growth into the mobile telecoms space. We have a five step process to work with and build a relationship with the entrepreneurs/start-ups to take them from the original idea through to commercialisation.

For more information take a look at

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Yogesh Dubey - Saturday, 24 September 2005, 7:46 PM


This is Yogesh aka Yogi, Founder of startup iEmbed Technologies, which works on high profile embedded and realtime design and development.

Parallely I am working as Chief of Operations at DrikTech Electronic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mysore.

I/We have worked mostly on Symbian based phones and applications, and currently trying our hands with Windows Mobile Edition.

My total experience time span in the industry is 5 years, though a toddler among my fello forum mates, I would be pleased to help and to learn.

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by Anil Vedam - Sunday, 25 September 2005, 11:10 AM

Hi this is Anil Vedam working as CTO in GR89 which is a software developemnt company and going to venture into the feild of Mobile applications.

and thankx to Ajit for inviting me... hope to have a great time over here which is going to be learning experience.

Looking forward to learn more...


Anil vedam

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Jennifer Potts - Monday, 26 September 2005, 11:19 AM

Hi - Jenny Potts here.

I own a marketing consultancy that works with start-up businesses to get their marketing plans in place and activities rolling out.  We even offer marketing coaching for entrepreneurs providing them with guidance and support as they roll out their plans.

If anyone needs some marketing advice then just give us a shout!


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by Barbara Ballard - Thursday, 29 September 2005, 2:20 PM
Greetings from Lawrence, Kansas, USA. I work as a user experience consultant for wireless carriers, device manufacturers, application providers, and service providers. My work combines user needs, business needs, market sensibility, and technology capability to deliver the right level of technology at the right price with the best experience possible.

I have written two book-length style guides for mobile application user interface design, one for web (HDML, WML, xHTML) and one for J2ME MIDP 1 and 2.

I have an active industry/user experience blog at, replicated at
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by Chhavi Tiwari - Monday, 3 October 2005, 11:15 AM

I am Chhavi Tiwari working with IMImobile - India. IMImobile is an end-to-end VAS Solution provider.We are present in all the domains of VAS industry such as wireless ASP & solution, content development, content aggregation etc.

Did my Post Graduation in MBA (Telecom &IT).Thus, looking forward to gain knowledge from this forum.

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by Keith Harrison-Broninski - Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 9:55 AM

Thanks to Ajit for inviting me to join this interesting forum.  Here are my bio details, the "Business and IT" bit anyway - if you are interested in my musical activities, check out!

Keith Harrison-Broninski is a consultant, writer, researcher and software developer working at the forefront of the IT and business worlds. He is:

- Author of the landmark book Human Interactions: The Heart And Soul Of Business Process Management (Meghan-Kiffer Press, 2005,

- Contributing "thought leader" to the BPMG book In Search Of BPM Excellence (BPMG, 2005,

- Author of numerous articles on the topic of Human Interaction Management (HIM) and the Human Interaction Management System (HIMS)

- A founder member of the Process Modelling Group.

Keith studied at Oxford University in the 1980s, obtaining a BA Hons in Mathematics (starred double first) then an MSc in Computation. After a short spell working for the pioneering UK software house Praxis Systems plc, he became an independent IT consultant, specialising in short-term high-level assignments related to the management of complex software development, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business process analysis. His clients included organisations such as Hong Kong Polytechnic University, GE Capital, Accor, Eaton Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Athens, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the UK National Health Service, the Scottish Office, and too many others to list here.

Keith has maintained close links with the field of Role Activity Theory since the late 1980s, when he created the central model for a government-sponsored research project to implement an Integrated Project Support Environment. During the 1990s, Keith built diagramming and modelling software, and consulted to many large clients on process re-organisation.

Along with his research and consulting work, Keith is now the CTO of Role Modellers Ltd. The company mission is to develop understanding and support of human-driven processes across industry, a field that Keith has pioneered.

In 2005 Keith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by David Rippetoe - Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 2:22 PM


My name is David Rippetoe.  I am the Director of Product Management for a public US company called AskMeNow, Inc (OWHC).  We have developed a consumer application for all major mobile platforms that utilizes voice, SMS, WAP, and Java technologies to provide our customers access to aggregated content and quick answers to any questions they submit. 

I have been in the wireless data industry for 6 years specializing in enterprise applications and most recently Mobile Marketing.  I consult for several companies that develop software applications for BlackBerry.  I have recently started my own mobile marketing company called MOVO Mobile which focuses on allowing brand managers to create their own mobile marketing campaigns through an easy to use automated system. 

I have a BA in Education and an MBA from Xavier University.  I am interested in sharing ideas and networking with other colleagues in this fast changing industry.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Abdul Parkar - Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 9:50 AM
HI!!  My name is Abdul Parkar.  Just found out about this forum.  MY exoerise lies in project amangement which has included the lauch of 2 GSm networks in the Middle East, launch of Pay TV, privatisation of a number of telcos.  Now mainly based in the UK working with MDs of companies to help them to unleash the hidden potenial that there is within their companies.  Hope to meet up with you soon.
Cheerio for now!!
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Miles Powell - Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 11:51 AM


I am Miles Powell and work as an independent consultant through my company MobileRunway Ltd to help telecoms businesses make more money and acquire and keep customers happy.  We do this by providing management consultancy and project management services for telecoms clients such as Three and ntl.

Ive been in telecoms/IT services for over 12 years and worked with national regulatory authorities in the Far East, fixed and mobile telecom network operators, telecom resellers, enterprise software vendors and European technology start ups.  I'm always interested to discuss potential new ventures/start ups with like minded individuals; those who have a passion for what they do and go for it!   Life is too short to wonder what if.....

More details at please feel free to get in touch.  In my spare time family and light aircraft flying are my main passions!

Best regards,

Miles Powell, 07789 866491

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Stef Coetzee - Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 5:23 PM
Hello all:

Congratulations to Tomi and team on a great initiative (and good to bump into you again Tomi :)

My name is Stef Coetzee, and you can see a little about me in my profile. I have been interested in and focussed on mobility in the enterprise for the last 20 years or so. My company works with the MDA as a board member, producing the MDA's periodic newsletter, Mobile Data Mini Directories and an online portal at

My current focus is on secure, seamless mobility. The benefits of giving workers in the field real-time access to mission-critical applications is increasingly appreciated by enterprises, especially with the increased availibility of wireless choices. The fun bit is that most enterprise applications were not written with wireless users in mind - dropped connections lead to application crashes, lost data, and productivity loss through user frustration. I am working with solution providers, consultants and customers to implement solutions for those challenges. More info at

I am looking forward to getting to meeting folks on this forum with similar interests.

Best regards

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Nick Ris - Friday, 11 November 2005, 3:34 PM

Hi all,

Have been meaning to get involved a little sooner, but Oct/Nov is an exceptionally busy time for the wholesale & premium SMS market and I've been swamped.

I am the sales manager of MX Telecom UK.  MX is a provider of converged mobile connectivity to include; SMS, Premium SMS, MMS, Voice services, Voice Shortcodes, the world's first Video Shortcodes, LBS, and lots of other bits too.  Our clients number around 400 and include the likes of - BBC (81010 shortcode for example), ITV, Endemol, London Congestion Charge, Monstermob, Orange, Three, and down to the sole trader sending 1000 SMS per month. 

I have a personal interest in social networks and how the mobile channel is intergrated.

I blog here (although it's early days)


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Mohammed Lucas - Friday, 6 January 2006, 6:10 PM

Hello Nick,

My name is Mohammed Lucas. I am a Mobile phone reatiler in the Caribbean. I am looking to start up a similar company like MX Telecom in the caribbean. I was hoping you could help by telling me about your company.

I am very much interested in The MX Telecom SMS Server SMSC Edition.

Can you please send me some more info to


Mohammed Lucas

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Nick Ris - Friday, 6 January 2006, 7:18 PM

Hi Mohammed,

Nice to meet you! 

I suspect there could well be an interesting market within the Caribbean region for 3rd Party SMS service provision, not least because the networks are aquiring subscribers at such an explosive speed. 

I will have some information on our SMSC kit sent over to you shortly. 



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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by martin lindner - Thursday, 17 November 2005, 1:56 PM
I'm a researcher at the RSA Studio eLearning Environments (Innsbruck) and teaching Media Studies as a visiting professor / lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. I'm not exactly the early adopter: After 15 years of teaching and researching in various academic projects, and working as a publicist, ad copy writer and curator of museum exhibitions, I became interested - and quite practically involved -- in new web and mobile technologies, and how they transform the knowledge, culture and the society as a whole. What's intersting me most is the micro-aspect: knowledge, social networks etc. falling into very small digital microcontent pieces that form something like a cloud we're living in. The question is: What is happening with old structures in this fragmentation process, and how is the microcontent re-framed and re-contextualized by the mobile micromedia users? I'm blogging personally at Mediatope and professionally at
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Agustin Calvo - Thursday, 29 December 2005, 9:58 AM

I am Agustin Calvo, CEO of MoviDream ( a leading spanish mobile services provider. Besides the "usual" mobile marketing campaigns and TV-SMS interaction we have developped a couple of not so "usual" mobile strengths: on one hand location (via GSM cell id with more than 200.000 locatable users and 90.000 location hits/month in Spain or via GPS/GPRS through small portable devices) which we integrate into mobility solutions and on the other hand packaged mobile services for SME's with more than 1500 SME customers in Spain (mobile marketing and mobile location products).

Prior to founding MoviDream in 2000, I was a Operations Director in Telefonica and Marketing and Business Development Director inTelefonica Moviles (in Spain and LatAm) and prior to that I worked in Nortel Networks.

I have been in the Telecoms industry since 1990 and I am based in Madrid.

I am a firm believer in Communities domination of the coming world and a big fan of Tomi Ahonen and his circle

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by raj sandhu - Sunday, 29 January 2006, 4:31 AM

Hi, since joining this forum (thanks to Ajit for introducing me to this forum), I have little time to log on. Anyways here's my story,

I'm a solutions consultant for UMTS systems and the wireless evolution towards broadband ! My pass experiences includes CDMA IS-95 (with Lucent), GSM (Nokia,Alcatel,Motorola) and UMTS (Nokia). For the pass 4.5 years I have worked on design and optimization of 3G networks accross the globe, from Japan, Taiwan,Germany,UK,Singapore,Malaysia and Finland. I bring to this forum a wealth of system architectures, system evolution and operator strategies and  abundance of experience of issues on 3G networks.

Over the pass years, my interest in mobile content has grown and my current interest lies in VoIP in mobile wireless and location base services content. However my speciality lies still within the system architecture and design of 3G networks.


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Jonathan Madnick - Monday, 6 February 2006, 3:59 PM

My name is Jonathan Madnick. I created and because I couldn't find this site when I was doing research on mobile marketing in the US. As we all know, the US is the laggard, so what is being done elsewhere is interesting but not necessarily relevant.

I created to improve transparency in the ownership of US short codes. You cannot find this information at the official 'registry' of US short codes The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) who authorized Neustar to operate the Common Short Code (CSC) Registry said that "Providing a "whois" directory of CSCs would violate our confidentiality agreements with individuals that lease common short codes."

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ajit Jaokar - Monday, 6 February 2006, 5:13 PM
welcome jonathan. hope you find this site useful rgds Ajit
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Marian Kechlibar - Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 12:31 PM
I am Marian Kechlibar, co-founder (together with Jiří atánek) of CircleTech, s.r.o., a Prague (CZ)-based corporation which produces J2ME software. We also have some experience with Symbian.

I come from a "brownfield" city of Ostrava, whose heavy industry collapsed after fall of communism. It is quite typical for young people from that region to move elsewhere to find reasonable education and jobs, and I was no exception. I studied mathematics (algebra and cryptography) in Prague and finished my PhD. in December 2004. I am still part-time teaching and developing cryptography-related software at the Prague university. Beside this, I am trying to use my programming and cryptography skills in programming (security, but not only security) software for mobile phones.

In my personal life, I am a bit conservative, with a love for nature, country etc. All the time of the year when the weather permits it, I leave the city behind on Saturday, and roam around the country, in mountains, small villages by the rivers or elsewhere. This is me in the masking suit with the map (the girl next to me is my former girlfriend, alas only former :-)

I also like travelling by train, in fact I prefer it as much as I can to a car travel :-)
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A bit about me
by Prue Canham - Thursday, 30 March 2006, 3:17 PM

Hello All, Thanks for your warm welcome Tomi.  I'm Prue Canham, an Alliance Manager (EMEA ) in the billing software arm of Convergys Corporation.  I support our Product Management and "Think Tank" teams, looking at changing trends in the mobile market, and cutting edge technology vendors in the mobile space. I'm not a tecchie - my interest is commercial - how can we connect mobile technologies together in ways that remove complexity and failure points and lower costs, so that everyone can make money, and offer real value to the end users, and how do we take those messages to market.

An observation - is there any way to group or cluster the discussion threads under common subject headings - say Networks, IT solutions, SOA, IPTV, IMS, Convergence, Charging, WiFi, Wimax, Handsets etc?  Obviously there are many possible headings, and many ways to slice the pie, and there will be some overlaps requiring cross-links, but as the Forum grows and more people post, it will get harder to keep track.

Looking forward to learning from your forum.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Hemal Shah - Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 8:01 AM

I am Hemal Shah, working with company Bhartitelesoft, would like to thank Ajit for granting permission in the forum. My intension is to learn and contributing whatever little I can as I see a lot of biggie already n forum. My current work and experience involves mobile device management, J2ME client application development, Symbian application development and currently working on DRM related content delivery solution in wireless space.

Thanks once again Ajit sir for the permission would like to learn things and actively participate.
Thanks to you Tomi as well.

Hemal Shah

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ronan Lehane - Friday, 7 April 2006, 2:09 PM

Hi everyone,

My name is Ronan Lehane and I am from Dublin, Ireland. Thanks Tomi for inviting me to join this forum. I enjoyed meeting you on Wednesday night.

Our comany, VoiceSage specialises in interactive voice notifation services. Our products allow businesses to record voice messages on any PC and deliver them to any amount of landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world.

We are headquatered in Ireland and also have clients currently in the UK and US.

I'm looking foward to being a member on this forum.



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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Darla Mack - Monday, 12 June 2006, 4:03 PM
I am Darla Mack, blogger and customer evangelist at DarlaMack(dot)com.  Nothing really more exciting about me than that... unless you include that I'm a mother of 3 adorable boys.
My interest in  mobile technology has been a part of me for about 4 years now and I'm sure will continue for many years to come. :)
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Colin Goldberg - Wednesday, 21 June 2006, 10:07 PM
Hello Everyone,

As one who has years of IT software application development - but no Telecom - experience, I am here to learn about mobile tech. Based in Westchester, New York, I hail originally from South Africa. Currently, I am both an independent consultant - specializing in web applications and services - and the creator of an Internet service - BizConnector - that features contextual interaction via email (and hopefully in the near future, mobile messaging).

I look forward to lots of growth in this area.

Colin Goldberg

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About myself: Sven Haiges
by Sven Haiges - Monday, 10 July 2006, 9:30 AM
Dear all,

I am very happy to join this community. A brief look at the members list was quite impressive and some old/new friends are in here. Special thanx to Ajit, who invited my to join.

For the most up to date info, please visit my wikiblog. In general, my current interest is mich in mobile strategies and mobile software development techniques. Having a computer science and MBA background I am interested a lot in the current web2 trend (I prefer this to "hype", as I believe there is much truth in it; although not all companies will survice, that's pretty natural). Jobwise, I am currently in transition to a mobile startup here in Munich. Companies I have worked for include: Vodafone RnD Germany, Powderhausen AG, IBM Informationssysteme GmbH.

I am the author of two books about web development: one about Struts and the other about JavaServer Faces. Both books are in German and available via the Software & Support Verlag. Besides the books, recent publications were about AJAX, mobile AJAX and Web Remoting. (all with the German Java Magazin).

Book recommendations: read & buy the 37Signals book "Getting Real". It's all about "small is beautiful" and how small teams and companies can be very successful against the big elephants. It fit's the web2 trend and will certainly apply to mobile, too. Another excellent book is AJit's OpenGardens book. He clearly expresses things that became very apparent to me after reading the book.

Having said all this, please contact me directly / or via the forum to get in contact.  My preferred communication tool is Skype - skypeme at "hansamann".

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welcome Sven!
by Ajit Jaokar - Monday, 10 July 2006, 11:02 AM
great to see you here! rgds Ajit
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Nicolaas Pereboom - Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 4:24 PM

I am Nicolaas Pereboom, founder of Timespots. For eight years now I have been working on concepts related to context-aware mobile services, both in the airline industry and hospitality & tourism. Built our own mobile content platform which integrates (server-based) mapping, (GPS) routing, profiling, information, communication, transaction and more into easy-to-use portals on mobile phones.  Now operational in the Netherlands. Also working on mobile information & orientation services for the blind and visually handicapped deploying text-to-speech solutions and RFID on 'standard' 3g devices. Working on developments related to mobile Ajax, mobile user-generated content and mobile communities.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Graham Jarvis - Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 8:19 PM

I am Editor of The Marketing Leaders (, an independent online magazine and community of 40,000+ marketers interested in the application of technology for marketing. 

I am also:

- An analyst for Bloor Research;

- the former editor of the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Technology group's newsletter;

- A former guest editor of

- And a media services consultant for companies like GOSS (and others including and SiteMorse), offering P.R, journalism, research and copywriting services.

Earlier this year I was invited to write a chapter on Customer Relationship Management for the Institute of Direct Marketing's Marketing Guide, which will be published sometime within the next few months.

I have two blogs: and another on If you would like to know more about me, please contact me, Graham Jarvis, on +44 (0)776 682 3644.

Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Suresh T Kumar - Tuesday, 29 August 2006, 6:02 AM

I am Suresh Kumar T, working with Reliance Communications Limited in India as Head - Corporate Solutions(AP). We ofer a range of products on a Retail Platform under the name " Reliance World" to Corporates and Individuals. We have 240 Operational stores across 105 Cities in India.


We are proud to be in a niche market that covers RIT ( Retail, Insurance & Telcommunications) which are considered the best Industries in India today looking at the kind of growth etc.

I have enjoyed my carer going through a vast experiences in BANKING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS and RETAIL environment.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Jose Bedoya - Monday, 11 September 2006, 4:48 PM
Hello all,

I am Jose Bedoya from London and I work for a multimedia company and my role is in the Support Services.

I would like to ask anyone if they have knowledge of a Directory of Telecom Resellers in Spain as we would like to know more about the market in that country and in other Spanish speaking countries.


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ajit Jaokar - Monday, 11 September 2006, 5:57 PM
welcome Jose,
re telecoms resellers in spain, try Rudy De Waele on this forum? he knows the Spanish market well kind rgds Ajit
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Vasudeva Manjunath - Thursday, 28 September 2006, 12:23 PM
Hi All,

I am Vasudeva M, working as a Software Engineer with a startup in the area of Fixed Mobile Convergence. I have around 4 years of total experience in the Software Industry. I would like to thank panelists(founders, maintainers, posters, facilitators etc...) for providing a wonderful platform for the people(visionaries and learners alike) to share their thoughts, insights and experience on Mobile Technologies.

Looking forward for a great learning experience and to start contributing at the earliest.

Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Suresh T Kumar - Saturday, 30 September 2006, 7:47 AM

Hi Vasudev,

I am in Hyderabad and Work for Reliance Communications ....Let us catch up sometime (

Suresh Kumar T

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Vinoo P Jacob - Sunday, 1 October 2006, 4:49 AM

Glad to be here, I have been looking around for forum like this for years now!!!

Myself, Vinoo P. Jacob, Product Manager at Subex Azure, working on OSS, Fraud Management and Revenue Assurance. My interest in IMS and Next Generation Networks started 5 years back when I was part of a team developing components for IMS networks. Was also involved in standardisation activities of 3GPP.

Looking forward to simulating, interesting discussions here



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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ed Austin - Sunday, 1 October 2006, 5:06 AM
Ed Austin, Independent Mobile IP Application Innovator (or I like to think that way!), most of my career working with IP, both at an Application and Network level for major corporates. Quit to go it alone in the big bad world.

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Welcome - Tell us a bit about yourself
by Tomi Ahonen - Sunday, 1 October 2006, 2:49 PM

Hi Vasudeva, Suresh, Vinoo and Ed

Welcome to our Forum. We hope you will enjoy your time here at our Forum.

Tomi Ahonen / HatRat   :-)

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Osman Koroglu - Friday, 5 January 2007, 7:23 PM
Hi everyone!

I am Internet advisor of Turkish newspaper publishing company Feza Publishing.
I have been an ICT editor for online, TV and printed media since 1998.
Nowadays, my focus is to finish my doctoral thesis about "mobile content and broadcasting/publishing".
I live in Istanbul. I blog in Turkish at
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ricard Bou - Thursday, 18 January 2007, 6:38 PM
Hi all,
    I'm Spanish, I was born in Barcelona (Spain), where I studied Telecom Engineering.

My career as a telecom consultant started in 1998, working mainly for mobile telecom operators, that is Vodafone, Movistar (with "v") and the disappeared "Quam", in Germany. I've done some things for Retevision and ENTEL as well.

Now I'm focusing on innovation and market development.

You can find I have been a speaker in two IIR conferences by now.

Thanks and best regards :-)
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Simon Cavill - Tuesday, 23 January 2007, 6:12 PM
I am the CTO of Mi-Pay Ltd, a mobile payments / banking company who are leading the charge into the next generation of pre-pay topup services, mobile payment / banking and secure authentication all from the consumers mobile phone.

I have almost 30 years of IT and comms experience (George3 anyone?) and have spent the last 15 years working on various areas around mobile comms, building applications for operators, media companies, financial institutions and various corporate companies.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by farooq anjum - Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 3:13 AM
Finally here. Joining this forum has been on my list since long. Anyhow, my name is Farooq Anjum, working for a company called Telcordia formerly known as Bellcore (ages back). I dabble in several areas of which wireless is one. Have had two books published by John Wiley in the areas of call control and wireless security. Also have written several research papers. I look forward to fruitful interactions on this group.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Raviv Tamir - Sunday, 25 February 2007, 4:29 PM

Hi all,

My name is Raviv Tamir and I am currently serving as a Director of Product Management for one of the messaging divisions in Comverse, a Telecom VAS portfolio company (recently in the headlines for all the wrong reasons...). I have been actively involved in past few years in the development of several products and projects meshing up the Internet and mobile worlds including client based applications, web, WAP and voice applications. I'm recently invoved in are service deployment architectures for faciliting E2E solutions in the operators' domain opening telco assets to 3rd parties (under the growing SDP/oppeness trend in the telecoms market).

My interests in this forum are naturally in the evolution of IMS (still waiting for someone to name those elusive new IMS services...), the emerging new eco-system for the mobile web and how the needs of mobile entrepreneurs can be facilitiated in this eco-system and smart advice in general :-)


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Cameron Doherty - Monday, 26 February 2007, 1:45 AM
Hello everyone.

My name is Cameron Doherty, and I am the Chief Executive of a firm in Denver, Colorado called Ultext, where we belief that a proper interface to the mobile web should include voice and speech. Tomi introduced me to this Forum, right after he pointed out the error in some of my logic while blogging about the iPhone last month.

I have been in IT for 10 years, Telecom IT for just 2 years, and serve on the Short Code Committee at the Mobile Marketing Association.

Even though I was born and raised on a farm near Calgary, Canada, don’t let the cowboy hat in my picture fool you into thinking that I actually know how to saddle my own horse. :-) Looking forward to participating in this forum, and will try to add value wherever I can.


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Darius Popa - Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 5:09 PM
I am Darius Popa, director of DigitAIR, a Romanian company based in Bucharest. We have been working with telecom operators since 2000, when we delivered the first wap application to the Romanian GSM operator which has become Orange later. We are working both with GSM and CDMA operators, providing applications and content. Our deepest experience lays in distributing news to mobile platforms (weather, sports), in building end-to-end solutions for the 'mobilization' of printed media, and in the integration of telemetry systems. DigitAIR is also the publisher of a free printed and web magazine dedicated to the mobile lifestyle, covering mainly the mobile content and applications, called Rring!.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Mark Logan - Friday, 2 March 2007, 6:33 PM
Hi All,

I'm Mark Logan, Vice President, Interactive for Barkley, the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the U.S. I'm fairly new to the mobile space, but am a big mobile believer.  I recently launched a new mobile blog, bemomobi, to help me connect with others in the mobile blogosphere.

I've been working in the interactive space since 1992, creating multimedia CD-ROMs and CD-is before moving to the Web in 1996. I co-founded lookandfeel new media, a small web boutique, which gained some international acclaim for our Flash design and development. Barkley acquired us in 2205, and I moved to head up the Interactive group here.

I also lead a cross-disciplinary group called BaMM, Barkley Mobile Marketing, whose purpose is to help our clients understand and utilize the mobile space effectively.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Magnus Hultberg - Saturday, 3 March 2007, 6:20 PM
Good morning / afternoon / evening! For some of you, perhaps even good night?

My name is Magnus Hultberg (aka "Manne" since my parents were clever enough to name me with one of the most popular Swedish names at the time) and I work as CTO and Project Manager at the Livebookings Network. We do software and online booking services for restaurants across Europe.

My interest in mobile applications is mostly personal, and with a solid soon fifteen year background in the field of designing and developing web sites and web applications I have on a number of occasions been confronted with the not so simple task of creating mobile interfaces to projects I have been involved in.

We (Livebookings) are now about to move into the mobile field with our online restaurant booking services, so expect to see questions of very practical nature from me.

Born in Sweden, but now living and loving it in London.

Thanks to Tomi for the invite.

You can read more about me and us at:
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WirelessMatch & Steven Dotsch
by steven dotsch - Thursday, 8 March 2007, 5:42 PM
I am the managing director of WirelessMatch, at  We facilitate funding in pre-screened investment opportunities in UK-based companies with wireless, mobile internet, internet and mobile telecoms activities requiring funding between £25,000 - £2.5m. 
Contact me if you require funding.
We have a growing number of very relevant investors, either individuals with a successful background in growing business with fixed and mobile telecoms, wireless, software, IT, advertising and media activities, or venture capital funds investing in emerging wireless, internet and mobile telecoms companies. If you are an investor, please contact me if you are interested in joining our network?
Best regards
Steven Dotsch
Managing director
WirelessMatch Ltd - UK's Wireless Funding Network
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ITAnyplace and Rock Sehgal
by Rock Sehgal - Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 11:50 PM
Hi All,

I am a co-founder of ITAnyplace (, the first open-source, open standards compliant mobile middleware and applications company based in North Carolina, USA. I have a degree in history and sociology, and am a practicing lawyer and entrepreneur.

We are coming out with the third release of our enterprise server in a week, and will be offering solutions built on top of this targetting different industry verticals. Some of the solutions in the works include a mobile restaurant management, mobile store management and mobile CRM solutions.

I think this is a great forum, not only because of the quality and depth of experience of the members, but also because of the rich global diversity of the members in this community. I look forward to contributing as well as learning a whole lot here!

- Rock Sehgal

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Yoke Kong Seow - Sunday, 20 May 2007, 9:59 AM
Hello, my name is Yoke Kong. I am currently heading technology planning and consumer roaming products in Bridge Mobile, a joint venture formed by 8 of the leading mobile operators in Asia Pacific. I have been in the mobile telecoms industry for over 12 years, with primary interest in mobile data services, convergence, mobile TV and Service Delivery Platforms.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Chhavi Tiwari - Monday, 21 May 2007, 5:44 AM


 Hi Yoke,

This is Chhavi Tiwari from Patni Computer Systems ( I am currenly part of the Patni CME (Communication , Media and Entertainment) Unit as a Business analyst . We are a global IT services and IT consulting organization. Patni CME (Communication, Media and Entertainment) Unit has helped some of the marquee brands optimize Business and Operations Support Systems (BSS/OSS). Our targeted services range from IT Consulting, CRM services, Business Integration and Architecture, Application development, to Quality Assurance and Service Provisioning.

It was good to know about Bridge Mobile. What are Bridge Mobiles'  IT plans for the future? What all services apart from mobile do you plan to offer?


Chhavi Tiwari

+91 99891 70087

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Jonathan Marks - Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 2:20 PM
Hello, my name is Jonathan Marks and I am an insultant - basically because I know many in my field of business loathe consultants. Part of my work is commercial. It offsets work I am doing in Africa which is paid in smiles. The work empowers women through sharing success stories and combines radio and mobile. Biggest challenge in Africa for broadcast media is language - outside the cities there is no business model for TV in local languages. But the community stations I am working with have found a great business in revenue sharing with mobile companies, offering market information in local languages. One station is using skype to connect locals with the Beninese diaspora in the US and Congo. They give locals free access but often ask if they can interview those who come to the station on subjects that concern the community. They also offer prizes to those who come to the station with a phone from their preferred provider. Its inspiring to see what these people are up to - entrepreneurs to the core. Got a newsletter with details of what I am up to at
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Steven Dotsch - Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 9:06 AM
I am the managing director of Wirelessmatch Ltd - UK's Wireless Funding Network. We facilitate funding in early stage and emerging UK-based companies with wireless, mobile internet, online media and mobile telecoms activities requiring funding up to £2.5m.
We are currently expanding our network of sector dedicated investors both individual investors as well VC and development capital funds. We are also interested in considering high quality investment opportunities.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards
Steven Dotsch
Managing director
WirelessMatch Ltd - UK's Wireless Funding Network
Skype: wirelessdotsch
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Eduardo Sciammarella - Monday, 15 October 2007, 6:45 PM
Hello ForumOxford,

I am attending the Mobile 2.0 Conference here in SF. My name is Eduardo Sciammarella. I am an entrepreneur in the mobile space. My product Fidg't aggregates digital identities and integrates them with the phone's addressbook. We have a public alpha at - Before Fidg't, I spent 10 plus years at Sony working on advanced user interfaces.
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Gavin O'Carroll - Monday, 15 October 2007, 10:24 PM
Hi All,

My name is Gavin O'Carroll - founder of ( 27, N.Irish, graphic, brand, web and interaction designer and programmer, a graduate of MA Interactive Media at London College of Communication n '03 I'm looking to create some simple meaningful services in the mobile space!

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Neil Bailey - Thursday, 18 October 2007, 2:27 PM
Hello my name is Neil Bailey and I helped establish a company called WildKey ( currently use (windows mobile) handheld devices to get kids outside identifying wildlife, undertaking multimedia trails and general data gathering...we are a spin out from the 'other' university (Oxford Brookes) and are looking at how we can move away from installing our software onto devices to a web enabled version (we are looking to recruit someone if you are interested!)  
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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Peter Holland - Thursday, 18 October 2007, 3:30 PM

Welcome Neil, Eduardo and Gavin,

Hope you enjoy ForumOxford.


Peter Holland, University of Oxford

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Alex Hurd - Thursday, 18 October 2007, 10:58 PM

Hi - my name is Alex Hurd and I run the UK service for Shazam, the service that allows you to recognise music through your mobile. I'm pleased to have met Tomi at the Mobile Web conference in London recently as I featured his book 'Brands dominate communities' heavily in my MBA disseration a couple of years ago - he made my summer a lot more bearable after I had ploughed through various other books on innovation.

 Looking forward to getting involved in the forum. Alex

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Hiro Whardana - Thursday, 6 December 2007, 9:36 AM

I'm Hiro; know this forum because it mentioned by Tomi couple of times and recommended by him when he present 7th media in Mobile Monday Jakarta last Tuesday.

Trying to catch up with all of the seniors in mobile world; hopefully i can contribute something in this forum as I believe I will have a lot of benefits by join this forum.

I'm in mobile business in Indonesia since illegal ringtones are legal until legal content owners fight for who has the rights for what... :)
since SMS quiz is purely for fun until there are groups of people that become a professional SMS quiz players..
since the day branded contents will ask local company to work with mobile carriers, until all content owners approach mobile carrier directly...

since there was only 3 mobile carriers in Indonesia until 11 mobile carriers.... :)

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Ron Verweij - Tuesday, 11 December 2007, 3:37 PM

Hi There,

My name is Ron Verweij and I am conceptual designer of technology experiences where the physical- meet the virtual world. I am initiator of the lavaspheren project, OP3 and now founder of Mbarc, all companies who are active in the mobile barcode business either as pull barcoding (using camera phones) or as push barcoding with barcodes distributed by SMS/MMS/etc. reading the barcodes from the phones LCD. All these ideas are ignited from an experience point of view, with the technology being an enabler. With the experience approach I also consulted in large selfservice projects.

Hope to get inspired as Tomi inspired me months ago on a Mobile Monday Amsterdam meeting.

Regards, Ron


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Peter Holland - Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 4:31 PM

Welcome Alex, Hiro and Ron,

Hope you enjoy ForumOxford - good to have you here.


Peter Holland, University of Oxford

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Alexei Polyakov - Sunday, 10 February 2008, 8:10 AM

Hello! I'm Alexei Poliakov from Silicon Valley. I am at Fujitsu's mobile phone division doing a technology scouting and market intelligence work. Basically, I am trying to spot any promising mobile applications and services that can help differentiate Fujitsu handsets back in Japan. I meet a lot of mobile startups, VCs, and industry analysts on an ongoing basis. This provides me with good alternative perspectives about mobile market's current status and future. And I would love to share these insights with you and gain some knowledge in exchange. My special focus is on the mobile markets of Japan, Russia and United States.

My early background includes a work experience in Japan in telecoms field. I have been involved in business development, product management, market research, analysis, and marketing activities since then.

My blog: Japan's Cellphone Edge


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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Md. Muntasir Mamun Joarder - Monday, 12 May 2008, 8:03 AM
Hi I am Md. Muntasir Mamun Joarder from Bangladesh. Currently working as Sr. System Analyst in the Value Added Service(VAS) segment of AKTEL, one of the largest telecom operators. I am basically leading the large scale VAS projects. In the project management my major job responsibilities includes: requirement analysis, technical viability study, vendor communication, tender, technical evaluation and at the end rollout.
I have immense interest in Web 2.0 and Mobile Web user experience designing. I continuously write for forum. Also I like to work with Device Adaptive portal, content and service planning & creation.
I have my open source Image Rendering API published both for WURFL and DeviceAtlas.
Also I do self research on user experience behavior on different services and am interested to join with different world initiatives related to web 2.0, user experience designing, usability analysis, innovative telecom business models etc.

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Re: Tell us a bit about yourself
by Deborah Wise - Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 6:01 PM
I am Deborah Wise, also known as Flameheart Sol in the Virtual World of Second Life. I am a consultant and doctoral researcher (hoping to finish a Ph.D. soon) in the area of online learning and specifically how identity is formed in online environments. My background is in Global IT but my heart is in interactive multimedia for learning.

Some of my recent projects have included designing delivery systems for school districts where there is a large percentage of non-English speaking families. These populations don't value Internet access in the home, but they all have personal cellphones, which is what began my interest in mobile delivery. I am working on how to deliver learning to mobile devices (as a long-time GSM owner and current iPhone junkie) and bring more of a multimedia learning experience into the hands of everyone on the planet.

This forum is amazing and I hope to be a significant contributor, as well as an eager student.