mobeam, inc. is transforming mobile commerce with its unique and patented light based communications technology. The company was recently named one of the fastest growing technology companies in San Francisco for 2012 by business research firm Lead411. Mobeam’s technology overcomes the technical barriers that currently prevent mobile phones from interacting with laser scanners at checkout, providing universal access at point of sale (POS), enabling the transmission of coupons, loyalty offers, gift cards, tickets and other barcode data at retailers worldwide. Mobeam’s technology creates new capabilities for existing mobile phone designs, and requires no changes to retailer POS infrastructure. Mobeam is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Kang is an entrepreneur and recognized global industry leader in wireless technology solutions with more than 20 years of experience. As a Senior Vice President for Samsung Electronics, he led a team that developed a service platform where he deployed over 23 Samsung branded services globally. In 2002, Kang founded fastmobile Inc.; a mobile messaging company that was later sold to RIM. Prior to fastmobile, he built a multi-modal solution at Auvo and successfully deployed this technology with a European operator over 2.5G networks. At Auvo, Kang also led the development of the solution that enabled fastmobile’s unique wireless voice/data instant messaging. As a team leader at Motorola’s service business unit, Kang was directly responsible for taking Motorola’s voice/data product portfolio from the concept stage through successful deployment with wireless carriers. He started his career at AT&T Bell Labs.
Marcia brings over 25 years of diverse experience to lead operations for mobeam, with her role encompassing finance, public relations, marketing, human resources and business operations. With proven expertise in a variety of business environments, from global retailer business exchanges and banking to retailer sourcing and procurement, Marcia leverages experience from her leadership roles with Wells Fargo Bank, GNX and Agentrics. Areas of key experience include community and product development, customer service operations, mergers and acquisition integration and global business partnerships.
Before joining mobeam, John co-founded Tarsin, a provider of a framework that allows retail brands to design end-to-end mobile offerings deploying across all carriers, regions and handsets. Previously, John served as a director and strategic consultant for Motorola, where he helped drive mass-market mobile application solutions. Before Motorola, John helped launch yet2.com, a successful technology and intellectual property licensing company. He also worked in strategic digital business consulting roles with Sun Microsystems and Polaroid, and acted as the entrepreneur-in-residence at a number of other technology startups including 3i, one of the world’s largest VC’s. In his early years, John founded Active Imaging, one of the most successful imaging systems companies in Europe. Working with Apple, Active Imaging helped release the first live WebCast of the Emmy’s in 1995.
John Hennessy was formerly Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Locus Traxx, where he managed sales and marketing teams for produce, perishable foods and shipping industries. He also directed projects with growers/shippers, transportation providers, wholesalers and retailers. Prior to that, Hennessy was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Concept Shopping, where he helped companies sell their items more efficiently by selecting offers for shoppers based on their prior purchases and delivering those highly relevant offers to shoppers through a variety of personal, electronic ad channels. Before Concept Shopping, Hennessy was Senior Vice President of Sales at Information Resources for eight years. Through effective use of consumer purchase and market tracking information, he was able to provide CPG companies with increased sales. Hennessy has a BA in Communications from the Loyola University of Chicago.
Rob joined mobeam in the spring of 2010 to assist in the expansion and build out of the retail and consumer goods vertical. He most recently was a partner at Alaris Consulting, which was purchased by PriceWaterhouseCoopers at the end of 2009. Prior to Alaris, he was Senior Vice President of the Americas for Agentrics (the result of a merger between World Wide Retail Exchange and Global Net Exchange). Rob has over twenty years of experience in technology, gaining experience in outsourcing at EDS, as a pioneer in SaaS at Syncra Systems and traditional ERP at PeopleSoft.
Dave joins mobeam as Vice President of Product Marketing from Ecrio, where he spent three years as Director of Product Marketing. At Ecrio, Dave helped productize the mobeam technology, including early product definition, design, development and market trial. Prior to Ecrio, Dave served as Senior Product Marketing Manager at FusionOne, and was instrumental in the successful launch of the company’s Backup Assistant service with Verizon Wireless. He previously held marketing positions with industry innovators such as Borland, Symantec and Live Picture.
Chris applies his 20+ years of experience leading business innovation across the consumer retail industry to drive mobeam’s corporate strategy and efforts to make mobile handsets relevant and useful at the point of sale for both retailers and consumers. Previously, as CEO of Agentrics, Chris led the world’s leading retailers in business innovation; global sourcing/procurement; logistics; supply chain; and product lifecycle management and development. Prior to Agentrics, Chris held leadership positions at EDS, Syncra and Accenture, and served as CEO for Information Resources, Inc (IRIc) United Kingdom. An undisputed influencer in the retail industry, Chris was voted by his peers and named by Supermarket News to the Power 50 Most Influential Executives in the Retail Industry, two years running.
Ben is Managing Director and co-Founder of yet2Ventures and Fairbridge Venture Partners, both early stage, open innovation based venture capital funds. Ben co-founded yet2.com in 1999, with strategic investment from; Siemens, Bayer, Caterpillar, P&G, Honeywell, DuPont and NTT. Yet2.com has created the world’s largest Open Innovation partner network and has strategic relationships with the world’s largest technology companies.
Through Yet2Ventures, Ben has leveraged his experience to invest in over 40 venture-backed technology start-ups, creating a network of hundreds of entrepreneurs whom Yet2 has advised and guided to successful outcomes. Ben spent 13 years in various divisions of the DuPont company and is currently a director of; Morgan Stanley Capital International (NYSE:MSCI), ACube, Longwood Gardens, Bessemer Trust Delaware and a board observer at Ecrio. Ben has a BSME from Tufts University. You can follow him on Twitter @benjamindupont.
Christopher is Chief Executive Officer of mobeam inc. Previously, as CEO of Agentrics, Chris led the world’s leading retailers in business innovation; global sourcing/procurement; logistics; supply chain; and product lifecycle management and development. Prior to Agentrics, Chris held leadership positions at EDS, Syncra and Accenture, as well as serving as CEO for Information Resources, Inc (IRIc) United Kingdom.
Sanjay focuses on venture and growth equity investments in technology and select energy technology companies and has 12+ years of experience in Principal Investments, Investment Banking/M&A, Operations and Engineering. Prior to MGI, he was an Investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co. advising companies in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) sectors before which he worked at Millennium Technology Ventures, where he was involved in venture investments and launch of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). Sanjay also held various roles within Intel Corporation’s New Business Initiatives Group and as an engineer at Level One Communications (acquired by Intel). Sanjay holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Madras, India, MS Electrical Engineering from California State University and a MBA from Cornell University. His other investments/board representations include Virident, OpenX, Location Labs, 4info, Solaria and Redwood Systems.
Perry is the founder and Managing Director of DFJ Athena. He focuses on investments in Korea and the US. He has been an active investor since 1998 when he founded Athena Technology Ventures. He has invested in and/or served on the board of many successful companies including Ipivot (INTC), Demandtec (DMAN), Imparto Software (PKS), ProfitLogic (ORCL), and Zantaz (AUTNF). He also served as an interim CEO at two different companies. He serves on several portfolio company boards. In addition, he serves on the board of Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE), on the board of CKA (Council of Korean Americans), on the Visiting Committee at MIT, and on the Leadership Board of McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Michel is a founding partner of Nexit Ventures, a fund focused on mobile internet opportunities. Nexit has raised 100 million EUR to invest primarily in Scandinavian and US-based early stage companies, leveraging Nexit’s presence in the ‘wireless Mecca’ and Silicon Valley. Michel has 20 years of broad experience in international building and scaling of infocommunication businesses, including high tech operations in Finland, Sweden, France and the US. His responsibilities have included executive positions within sales, marketing and business development for companies like Mentor Graphics, OrCAD and Cadence Design Systems. Michel has also been involved with several technology companies as an angel investor, board director or adviser.
yet2Ventures is a technology investment firm focusing on start-ups delivering revolutionary products to market. yet2Ventures is an Open Innovation fund that specializes in corporate spinouts, medical devices, electronics, materials science and clean tech.
Mitsui Global Investment (MGI) is a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., which invests in opportunities that have potential for growth. MGI is headquartered in Tokyo, and also has offices in Silicon Valley, New York, Shanghai and Beijing. MGI investments reach beyond these geographical barriers creating a diversified global portfolio. Launching new businesses and helping existing businesses grow have been hallmarks if Mitsui since its inception.
Fairbridge Venture Partners is a peer-to-peer venture fund that invests companies which are using technology to bring solutions for real-world problems. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, Fairbridge is a specialized private investment vehicle for family offices and sophisticated investors to co-invest in promising seed and early stage companies.
Ecrio is the leading supplier of LTE/4G all IP communications client solutions for the mobile industry and offers a comprehensive suite of standards compliant (3GPP, GSMA) Communications Client Solutions. Ecrio’s mobile communications client solutions are all built on a robust, scalable, carrier grade, SIP/IMS Client Framework that has been deployed on more than 50 million handsets. Ecrio’s customers include industry leaders such as NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless.
DFJ Athena is a venture capital firm focused on investments in leading startups in the global technology sector. With offices in Silicon Valley and Seoul, South Korea, DFJ Athena is particularly focused on opportunities that leverage Korea’s advanced technology infrastructure and on technologies with global relevance. DF Athena’s portfolio includes companies focused on software, semiconductors, networking systems, network-based services and clean tech. Recognizing an increasing importance of Korean market to the global economy and leveraging an unequaled access to Korea market, DFJ Athena was launched in January 2007 to focus on cross-border investments between Korea and the global markets. The investment team has had significant successes with its prior fund, Athena Technology Ventures, including investments in CDS, DemandTec, Ipivot, ProfitLogic and Zantaz.