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Asokan Ashok

Founder at UnfoldLabs Inc.

San Diego, United States

5784 Followers

Leadership, Enthusiasm, Innovation, Vision and a recognized ability to execute are characters that have marked the successful professional experience of Ashok. With over 25+ years of senior technology management experience in high-tech companies like Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson and Compaq (HP), Ashok is currently the CEO of UnfoldLabs, an innovative & strategic product development company in mobile & cloud platform technologies. He has expertise in driving customer insights into thriving businesses and commercializing products for scale.

Ashok is an expert in Innovation/Ideation of next-generation products & services (Mobile/Web/SaaS/PaaS/Cloud), recommending strategies to address technology & market trends as well as strategic alliances. He is a respected speaker at international trade shows and conferences on technology. He authors technology and visionary articles for magazines around the world as well.

He carries skills blended in technology, business, engineering and management, and he is very effective in "Technology Management," in addition to understanding and deploying the technology trends to suit business needs. Ashok is involved in technology planning and driving of new strategic initiatives in multiple organizations. He is equipped with the blended knowledge needed to lead companies to create company strategies and achieving their vision.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: California
Speaking Topics: Technology, Customer Experience, Leadership

Asokan AshokPoints
Academic40
Author36
Influencer62
Speaker24
Entrepreneur128
Total290

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Technology
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: 26 years

Areas of Expertise

5G 30.13
Agile 30.11
AI 30.73
AR/VR 30.66
Autonomous Vehicles 30.78
Big Data
Blockchain
Business Continuity
Business Strategy 31.19
Climate Change 30.52
Cloud 31.20
COVID19 31.16
CRM 30.54
Customer Experience 30.30
Cybersecurity
Design Thinking 33.39
Digital Transformation 30.16
Emerging Technology 33.07
Entrepreneurship 42.06
ERP
Fintech
Future of Work
Healthtech
HR 30.04
Innovation 33.50
IoT 30.60
Leadership 32.51
Mental Health
Mobility
Open Innovation
Predictive Analytics 30.10
Privacy
Quantum Computing 30.58
Renewable Energy 30.49
Risk Management
RPA 30.53
Social 30.14
Startups 37.89

Industry Experience

Automotive
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Telecommunications

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Publications

1 Advisory Board Membership
Member Of The Board Of Advisors
American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin
January 01, 2018
Asokan is the Member of the Board at the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI), SoCal Chapter. ASEI is an organization of professionals of Asian Indian Diaspora living in the United States of America that shares knowledge among its members, shapes the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists and perform community service helping the disadvantaged and underprivileged in communities across the world.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership

21 Article/Blogs
Nine Architectural Principles To Consider Before Building An IoT Platform
Forbes
December 01, 2020
No longer a mere cutting-edge technology, IoT has shown its potential in transforming society and technology. It now also has a substantial economic impact: The global IoT market will exceed $1.5 trillion by 2025.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, IoT

Seeking Top Tech Talent? 14 Ways To Begin Your Programmer Search
Forbes
November 19, 2020
To help you find the right tech talent, Forbes asked the tech leaders of Forbes Technology Council how they fill programmer vacancies and where they begin their search.

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Tags: HR, Innovation, Leadership

Becoming Successful in Business — A Strong Technology Strategy
Import from medium.com
November 11, 2020
Becoming Successful in Business — A Strong Technology StrategyBecoming Successful in Business — A Strong Technology StrategyTechnology has become integrated in every industry in almost every possible, which leads to almost nothing that can be classified as low-tech.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Emerging Technology

How Innovative AI Solutions Can Help Combat Global Warming
Forbes
October 14, 2020
Some prominent and innovative AI projects to combat global warming.

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Tags: AI, Climate Change, Renewable Energy

12 Things You Need To Know About Facial Recognition Technology
Forbes
September 30, 2020
Due to the facial identification features in today’s smart devices and laptops, many people are familiar with the concept of facial recognition technology. However, they may not know exactly how it works or realize how many software programs and applications use this technology to function. Tech experts aren’t the only ones discussing the current state and potential of facial recognition technology; politicians, human rights advocates and others are examining both its possibilities and its troubling drawbacks, and it’s wise for the public to stay informed about both the pros and cons.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation

About Facial Recognition Technology
Forbes
September 30, 2020
Facial recognition is in its nascent stages. There is so much more work to be done. Don’t trust and believe when industry leaders tell you that we are in advanced stages—we have yet to get there. Two other areas are yet to be understood—the safety and security of solutions based on facial recognition. Be careful about what you are doing, how you are doing it and if you are storing any data.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation

13 Fourth Quarter Factors Tech Leaders Need To Consider
Forbes
September 23, 2020
As the world navigates an ever-changing “new normal,” agility has never been more important for tech leaders. Businesses everywhere must be ready to modify or change course at the drop of a hat, but this is especially true in the tech sector, as both companies and consumers increasingly rely on technology to carry out everyday tasks.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Leadership, Startups

Disruption in Software: Top Dozen Trends for 2020
Import from medium.com
September 16, 2020
Disruption in Software: Top Dozen Trends for 2020As the software industry is booming and contributing billions to the economy, software engineers play the pivotal role of delivering quality software. There will be an estimated 27.7 million software developers worldwide in 2023, with the USA leading

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Leadership

15 Clear Signs Your IT Project Needs A Course-Correction
Forbes
September 16, 2020
Spotting the signs that an IT project needs a course-correction takes experience. In this article, 15 tech leaders from Forbes Technology Council along with me shared signs your IT project needs to shift focus.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

Top 7 COOLEST Technology Innovations Inspired by Nature
Import from medium.com
August 24, 2020
Top 7 COOLEST Technology Innovations Inspired by NatureWhenever we hear the words ‘’innovation’’ or ‘’creativity’’, we tend to typically think of technology, R&D labs, cutting-edge corporations, and prestigious academic institutions. Despite the ingenuity and engineering ability

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Leading With Humanity: Six Traits For Successful Leadership
Forbes
August 04, 2020
Every great leader has a unique psychological mindset that enables them to possess certain traits that elevate them above and beyond any other "good" leader. These traits directly affect the entire team that takes direction from their leadership.

Here are six exceptional qualities (and examples for each one) that shape an extraordinary leader

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

COVID19 Diaries: Cloud & Cloudification Everywhere
UnfoldLabs
May 01, 2020
Cloud Computing has certainly been the buzzword of the 21st century, and nearly 90% of enterprises were already on the way to adopting the cloud. But no one saw the pandemic coming or a huge surge in cloudification becoming the most important aspect of life.

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Tags: Cloud, COVID19, CRM

Exceptional — 20 Top Personal Branding Strategies for 2020
Import from medium.com
April 07, 2020
Exceptional — 20 Top Personal Branding Strategies for 2020Exceptional — 20 Top Personal Branding Strategies for 2020The Hard Truth — If You Do Not Become A BRAND Then You Become A Commodity! Regardless of age, title or gender, you must be the CEO of your own and your top priority

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership

Ashok’s Take: 7 Positives of L.I.F.E to Reflect @ Covid19 Outbreak
Import from medium.com
March 26, 2020
Ashok’s Take: Covid19 Outbreak — 7 Positives of L.I.F.E to ReflectIt takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.- Robert H. SchullerCovid19 aka Coronavirus or any pandemic for that matter is not for just passing

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Tags: COVID19, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Top 50 Advanced Personalization Statistics & Predictions (2020–2025)
Import from medium.com
March 23, 2020
Top 50 Advanced Personalization Statistics & Predictions (2020–2025)Artificial Intelligence (AI) Personalization Statistics & TrendsCurrently AI is helping to make sense of 2.7 Zetabytes digital data. 80% of emerging technologies will have AI foundations by 2021. 75% of commercial enterpr

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Innovation

AI & Automotive — 8 Disruptive Use-Cases
Import from medium.com
March 06, 2020
AI & Automotive — 8 Disruptive Use-CasesAI & Automotive — 8 Disruptive Use-CasesA driverless car running on roads may sound like a screen taken from a sci-fi movie. However, fiction is turning into reality, and we thank Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the same. AI technology com

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Tags: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Innovation

Ethical Hacking
Import from medium.com
July 26, 2019
The Evolving Role for Security in TechnologyContinue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Leadership

Five Reasons Why IoT Is Not Ready For Prime Time
Forbes
September 20, 2018
IoT as technology has been in a media hype cycle for the past few years. It has connected millions of devices, and it won't slow down anytime soon. According to Gartner, the number of IoT devices connected to the network is expected to reach 20.8 billion by 2020.

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Tags: AI, IoT, Quantum Computing

Four Trends In Cloud Computing CIOs Should Prepare For In 2019
Forbes
July 05, 2018
As the traditional role of the CIO keeps evolving, 2019 promises higher pressure on them to deliver IT solutions that will meet the expectations of customers, partners and employees.

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Tags: Cloud, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Autonomous Driving  -  Shifting to Overdrive
Asokan
November 17, 2017
Autonomous driving once thought of as a thing of the future and sci-fi movies, is believed to become a reality soon. Self-driving cars, although hit with some setbacks, continue to be tested by numerous OEMs and tech giants like Google and Uber. Able to navigate with little or no human interference, autonomous driving is classified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by levels from 0 to 5  -  with 0 having no autonomous functions and 5 being a fully autonomous car.

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Tags: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Technology

The Future of Automotive
asokaninc
July 26, 2017
2017 has been a year where we've heard a lot of buzz about autonomous driving  - from Google hiring a new lobbying firm to work on self-driving car issues to the spotting of Apple's rumored autonomous vehicles. Not only have there been developments in autonomous vehicles and their regulations and guidelines locally, but worldwide as well.

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Tags: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Technology

2 Board Memberships
Founding Board Member
Collective54
February 01, 2020
The Collective 54 network fosters the exchange of valuable perspectives and new ideas between members by embracing the passion and creativity. As a national network, members are a mix of creative thinkers, curious leaders, distinguished professionals and like-minded business owners. We’re united by the desire to collaborate and guide other business leaders to professional excellence.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

Board Member
neXva
April 01, 2015
Currently serve in the board of neXva - neXva creates app stores for mobile operators, brands and value added service providers around the world - and has access to about 200M Users and 20 Operators.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Emerging Technology, Innovation

1 eBook
8 Tips to Maximize your Mentorship
SoftClouds LLC
December 04, 2020
The amazing power of mentoring is that it keeps on giving and it is only indispensable to have a mentor in our life!
In this eBook you can find 8 powerful habits to maximize your mentorship based on years of my experience on being a mentor and a mentee! Practicing these habits will not only help you be a great mentee but also have a valuable mentorship experience.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

1 Executive Director
Board Member
SoftClouds LLC
February 14, 2009
Serve on the Board of SoftClouds LLC, based in San Diego.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

7 Industry Awards
Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers
The Awards Magazine
October 21, 2020
Recognised as one of the "Top 100 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers" by The Awards Magazine

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Tags: Innovation

Entrepreneur of the Year 2020
Stevie Awards
September 28, 2020
Honored with the Golden Stevie Award as “Entrepreneur of the Year - Consumer Services”.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Best Successful CEO's of 2020
Industry Era
September 17, 2020
Recognized as “10 Best Successful CEOs of 2020” by Industry Era, a leading technology magazine that focuses on companies and individuals revolutionizing future and rediscovering business.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

20 Visionary Companies to Watch in 2020
Insights Success
April 29, 2020
Ashok’s extensive support and accomplished efforts resulted SoftClouds to get listed one among "20 Visionary Companies to Watch in 2020” by Insights Success.

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Tags: Startups

CEO of the Year 2019 - Finalist.
SanDiego Business Journal
June 13, 2019
The San Diego Business Journal’s 2019 CEO of the Year Awards recognizes local industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders To Watch
Insights Success
January 10, 2018
“Recognized for Innovation by industry leading experts makes me feel awesome, thrilled and excited to create more ground-breaking products,”

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Tags: Innovation

Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition Announce Winners, UnfoldLabs Recognized!
Fierce Innovation
November 20, 2017
UnfoldLabs announced today that is has been selected as a winner in this year's Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, a carrier-reviewed awards program from the publisher of FierceWireless and FierceTelecom. UnfoldLabs was recognized as a winner in the category of Cloud Services.

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Tags: Innovation

2 Influencer Awards
Top 100 Influencers in RPA/Robotics
Onalytica
December 04, 2020
Recognized as the “Top 100 Influencers in RPA/Robotics” – as the Influential Voices & Brands in the “Who’s Who in RPA” Report by Onalytica.

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Tags: RPA

Top 5 people in AI you should follow on Twitter
techmelife
November 30, 2018
Are you one of those geeky people who love to read the latest news about artificial intelligence? If yes, then you are in the right place. we have researched and found top 5 artificial intelligence related accounts on Twitter whom you should follow right now.

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Tags: AI

5 Infographics
The Future of Automotive 2035
UnfoldLabs
June 17, 2021
Welcome to the new world of AutoTech— the fusion of electric, self-driving automobiles, and ride-hailing to build a new economy that will thrive. This new amalgamation, which is linked to digital networks and a slew of amazing technology, has the potential to upend the global vehicle industry!

Newly empowered market participants, such as suppliers, on-demand platforms, digital giants, and cities that have an active role in mobility, will challenge automotive OEMs' competitive positions.

I also foresee a broader lifetime of better-informed consumers and greater transparency in the future. Consumers will make decisions based on information rather than marketing. Technological advancements are rapidly moving to a future in which the car performs most driving functions. Although legislation and regulations are proving more difficult to manage.

I have no crystal ball, but the technology and consumer today suggest a clear direction towards these trends for 2035.

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Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation

10 CRM Trends 2021
SoftClouds
December 04, 2020
Here are the top 10 CRM trends for 2021

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Tags: AI, CRM, Customer Experience

11 Effective Leadership Qualities
UnfoldLabs
October 07, 2020
Management persuades but leadership inspires. Be a Leader!

Here are 11 effective leadership qualities that make a great leader.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership

Top 21 Technologies for 2021
UnfoldLabs
October 01, 2020
Here are the top 21 technologies for 2021

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Tags: 5G, AI, Emerging Technology

A Minute in Social Media 2020
UnfoldLabs
September 16, 2020
What happens in a minute on social media?

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Social

1 Membership
Official Member - Forbes Technology Council
Forbes
March 01, 2018
Ashok Shares Insights on Forbes.com by writing business articles, industry-related tips.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

8 Speaking Engagements
How to become an executive and CEO of million to billion dollar companies without an MBA?
WhoWeAre
November 16, 2020
My podcast with WhoWeAre, where I share my thoughts on life as an engineer and my journey or entrepreneurship.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Build Next Generation Customer Experiences with IBM Watson
IBM
February 11, 2019
The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace. Newer trends in technologies like Natural Language Processing (NLP), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Predictive/Prescriptive analytics has led to innovative platforms like IBM Watson that helps product/solutions companies.

SoftClouds, a leader in technology and innovation, has been at the forefront of driving these trends into strategic solutions for customers. One such solution is SoftClouds’ Qupplet, a Natural Language Search engine for Siebel that uses IBM Watson that helps non-technical users with natural queries. The strategic and innovative solution uses Watson Assistant, Watson Knowledge Studio and Watson Natural Language Understanding.

Key takeaways include:

Trends affecting CRM/CX
Siebel & IBM Watson – an Innovative Solution
Solution Architecture – The Journey & How Watson Made the Difference
Futuristic CX Use Cases with Watson
Views on the Future – CX-2025, Cloud & Watson

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Tags: AI, Customer Experience, Predictive Analytics

Top 8 AI technology trends in 2018, and state of cloud, IoT, blockchain by 2020 revealed
NexGen
December 28, 2017
The NexGen 2017 Conference was specifically designed for cloud solution providers, managed service providers and other IT solution providers who bring new business models built around next-generation technologies. They act as the innovators who leverage the cloud and cloud-based technologies to drive new revenue and future profits.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, IoT

The World Of Artificial Intelligence -  - Trends To Watch For 2018 And Beyond
NexGen
December 11, 2017
Artificial intelligence has been the "talk of the town" in 2017. There has been a lot of hype around AI and its various applications, from autonomous vehicles to virtual personal assistants. AI has been applied almost everywhere be it object, face, speech and handwriting recognition; virtual reality and image processing; natural language processing, chatbots, and translation; email spam filtering, robotics, and data mining. According to market intelligence firm, Tractica, the annual worldwide AI revenue will grow to $36.8 billion by 2025.

Key takeaways include:

AI trends and industry in 2018
Who are the players set to win the AI game
Issues slowing down adoption of AI
Where is the money flowing in today?
Advantages and disadvantages of AI

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Emerging Technology

The Next Billion Dollar Opportunity
TiE South Coast, San Diego Chapter
December 26, 2015
The world of technology is rapidly changing and expanding in every area of life imaginable. Disruption, which has been traditionally perceived as a threat opens up the floor for the creation of billion dollar opportunities. Connectivity, Communication, Content, Context and Collaboration have helped startups to become billion dollar corporations in the past few years. Innovation, Ideation and Creativity has brought in revolutionary changes in the Business & Industry landscape (like Whatsapp, Uber, Nest), and has transformed the way people look at life and solutions of the past century.

The session will address the following:

Trends to watch in the industry
Upside and pitfalls to entrepreneurs while building their businesses
Local vs global and how to segment markets?
Where is the money flowing in today?
How is humanity and crowd reacting to solutions in the market place?

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Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Leadership

Product Innovation in an Ever Changing Technology World
Product Innovation Congress - Conference
October 23, 2014
The world of technology is rapidly changing and expanding in every field imaginable. Ubiquitous connectivity on the other hand has transformed the ways we interact with technology and communicate. Faster Processors, Higher Bandwidth, Bigger Displays, Larger Memories have opened up new possibilities from digital media to health to agriculture. This has also had a huge impact in consumer behavior and the way in which people see the new world of innovation in products and services.

The session will address the following:

Evolution of devices, applications and the cloud
The cloud as the backbone for the 'Internet of Things
Making better use of the data
Creating a Seamless, Coherent and Integrated User Experience across Devices
Innovation Process in the creation of Next-Generation Products & Services

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership

Cloud Based Mobility An Industry Perspective
IEEE Cloud Computing Conference
June 29, 2012
Abstract With the explosion of smart phones and media tablets worldwide, ubiquitous connectivity is constantly transforming the mobile landscape. Armed with ever more powerful hardware and increasingly sophisticated software and applications, consumers and enterprises now desire unified user experiences between the traditional Internet and mobile devices. Cloud based mobile computing can provide a foundation of technologies and business. This session will address the current trends, challenges, cloud into mobile networks, cloud-based mobile applications and services, recommendations, etc.

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Tags: Cloud, Leadership, Startups

The device, mobile applications & the cloud
Spring CTIA 2012
May 08, 2012
Ubiquitous connectivity is constantly transforming the mobile landscape. Bigger, Hi-Resolution Displays, Larger Memories, Faster Processors have helped increase device and network usage. Higher bandwidth for mobile devices has opened up new possibilities in spaces ranging from digital media to mobile health. All of this has had a huge impact in consumer behavior. Consumers are starting to ask for anywhere, anytime experience today and people don't want to be tied down to devices, platforms or physical spaces when it comes to storing, accessing and consuming data ?user experience has come to the fore-front.

The session will address the following:

The evolution of devices, mobile applications and the cloud
Making better use of the data overload
The cloud as the backbone for the 'Internet of Things
Creating a Seamless, Coherent and Integrated User Experience across Devices & Platforms
The search for the 'Killer App

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Tags: Cloud, Design Thinking, Startups

1 Steering Committee Membership
Honorary Member - Executive Committee
TiE South Coast
November 01, 2014
As Honorary Member of Executive Committee of TiE South Coast, San Diego – Actively engaged in generating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs in San Diego.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

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