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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Jason Wallis, CTO of Mozu (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Apr 25th 2016

Mozu is a line of business within Volusion, one of the key small business e-commerce platforms that we have covered extensively in the past. Mozu caters to mid-market retailers. Jason discusses the trends he is seeing in that space.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to Mozu and yourself for some context.

Jason Wallis: Mozu is a modern commerce platform that has entered the market a couple of years ago. We’re a cloud platform designed to streamline and simplify the process of retailers adequately serving commerce needs that their consumers expect. We’re the first platform to be built since the mobile revolution was brought on by modern smartphone platforms. I’m the CTO of Mozu. I have been with Mozu since its inception and since we started on this journey to bring this platform to retailers. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Ryan Golden, CEO of Moasis (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Mar 28th 2016

This discussion delves into location based mobile advertising optimization, an emerging arena that will likely grow substantially.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to Moasis and yourself.

Ryan Golden: I’m the co-founder and CEO of Moasis. We provide in-flight location optimization. We discover location opportunities for brand marketers and ad agencies at scale and what we do is we continuously optimize by adjusting the content and ads within location, based on results to increase effectiveness. We believe location is a critical layer in bringing context and relevancy to real time.

Sramana Mitra: Fantastic. Let’s double-click down on customers. What customer segment are you after? >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 3rd 2016

Image and video analytics are at the frontier of mobile and social interactions currently. Read on to understand the use cases and open problems.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Crimson Hexagon.

Stephanie Newby: I’m the CEO of Crimson Hexagon. We are a big data, social media analytics company. We actually have a market leadership position in our market, which is very exciting. The reason is we have three things that’s very compelling from a customer’s point of view. Number one we have a huge base of data set of over 800 billion posted social media data since we started in this business, which was in 2008.

What that enables our customers to do is mine all of this data to get insight from consumers about what they’re talking about whether it’s a brand, or a customer service issue. Secondly, we have very deep data science that is patented and protected and therefore, we have aspects of our technology that enables customers to have the flexibility to ask any question of social media. It could be, “What are people saying about last year’s Super Bowl campaign?” >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Josh Koppel, Founder of ScrollMotion (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Feb 18th 2016

Sales empowerment tools are getting richer by the day. This discussion explores the trends.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to yourself and ScrollMotion.

Josh Koppel: I’m the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of ScrollMotion. ScrollMotion is a platform that lets any company create highly interactive content on an iPad for things like sales, training, and communications.

Sramana Mitra: What’s special about the platform?

Josh Koppel: In the past, it’s been very hard for companies to take advantage of the power of the iPad for sales in a truly revolutionary way. People have been able to move around flat content and maybe open up some PDFs and PowerPoint but have never really able to delve into the experience of touch. That, to us, is truly transformative and truly revolutionary in terms of talking and having a conversation with somebody. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Mike Ryan, CTO of Mobile Labs (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 21st 2015

Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are growing their footprints at an unprecedented scale. Alongside, the mobile app proliferation is gaining tremendous adoption. Mike discusses testing challenges against the backdrop.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as the company.

Mike Ryan: I’m the CTO at Mobile Labs. Mobile Labs is an aspirational name because we wanted to think about all aspects of mobile application development and testing. We started in 2011. I’ve been here for about three and a half years now. Prior to this, I worked for a software emulation company in California for about nine years. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Qstream CEO Duncan Lennox (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 22nd 2015

Qstream uses insights on how the human brain learns to power sales empowerment and training. It’s an interesting concept that could be applied to many other use cases, and it seems like a ripe arena for entrepreneurial experimentation.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to you as well as Qstream.

Duncan Lennox: I’m the co-founder and CEO of Qstream. Qstream is a spin-off from Harvard Medical School. We provide, what we call, a sales performance platform to help organizations manage and improve the capability of their sales force.

Sramana Mitra: Give us a bit more color on this value proposition. Double-click down on some of your customers and tell us how, specifically, are they using your product. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Clara Shih, CEO of Hearsay Social (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Feb 9th 2015

Social media is dramatically changing sales and marketing. In this interview, we double-click down on the insurance and financial advisory sales functions. Clara Shih guides us through the developments in this field, as well as offers suggestions for new venture opportunities.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to you as well as to Hearsay Social.

Clara Shih: I’m the CEO and Founder of Hearsay Social. We’re a 200-person enterprise software company based in San Francisco with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Sramana Mitra: What is Hearsay’s primary business?

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Tom Hogan, CEO of Kony (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Dec 19th 2014

Enterprise Mobility is a major trend. Here, we catch up with Tom Hogan, CEO of Kony, a leader in the space.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about yourself as well as Kony.

Tom Hogan: I’ll be brief with myself. I’ve been in the industry for 33 years in all. This is the smallest organization I’ve been associated with, but arguably the most exciting from a growth and potential relevance to change the landscape of the industry. I’ve spent a little over 17 years at IBM. That was my first job out of college. I spent some time at Siebel Systems in the heyday of CRM and had the opportunity to be the CEO of Vignette, which back in the late 90s was the global leader in the whole movement from classic brick-and-mortar to the Internet. Then I spent five >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Steve Wadsworth, CEO of Tapjoy (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Nov 14th 2014

Tapjoy is a mobile platform that helps monetize freemium apps. This discussion is an excellent overview of the dynamics of app monetization in the mobile world.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with some context. Tell us who you are. Give us a bit of background and introduce us to Tapjoy.

Steve Wadsworth: I’m the President and CEO of Tapjoy. We are a leading provider of lifetime value optimization solutions for mobile app publishers. What that means is that we provide a software platform to allow mobile app publishers to maximize the value of user’s engagement in their app.


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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Samar Singla, CEO of Click-Labs (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 4th 2014

Samar Singla has built an interesting Outsourced Product Development company by latching onto the trend of developing mobile marketplaces a la Uber for large and small customers. This interview is an exploration of the mobile marketplace trend based on his experience catering to a variety of customers.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Click-Labs. What do you do? How do you do what you do, and how do you differentiate from your competitors?

Samar Singla: We work with bigger companies between Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 for their innovation department on new products that they want to launch. We also work with entrepreneurs and help bring their ideas to market. We differentiate ourselves by focusing on some key areas and by trying to create IP in those areas that have delivered hardware with smaller time to market. For example, we focus a lot on sharing products such as Uber. We try to focus on niches and by that focus, we have quite a bit of IP.

Sramana Mitra: You have developed IP in certain types of niches and applications. You are able to re-use that IP and get your customer to a fast time to market turnaround time. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO of Clarizen (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jun 19th 2014

Let’s take a look at the future of cloud-based collaboration with Avi Nowogrodski.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with some of your background as well as introducing Clarizen to our audience.

Avinoam Nowogrodski: I’m actually a second-timer. The first company I built in 1996 was a company named SmarTeam. It dealt with collaboration for bill of materials. I was the CEO of this company for 10 years. I sold it to Dassault Systems after three years of inception.


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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Yaacov Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Mar 1st 2014

This interview explores how enterprises are using composite mobile apps that bring various cloud and mobile services together on a device.

Sramana Mitra: Yaacov, let’s introduce our audience to yourself as well as to

Yaacov Cohen: Thank you for having me, Sramana. My name is Yaacov Cohen and I’m the co-founder and CEO of I am a global entrepreneur. I grew up in France but I lived 25 years in Israel and 5 years in Silicon Valley. is an enterprise mobile vendor and our mission is to define the business consumer experience in the mobile enterprise. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Koolspan CEO Gregg Smith (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Feb 7th 2014

Does government spying freak you out? Read how Koolspan can secure your mobile device.

Sramana Mitra: Gregg, let’s start with an introduction to Koolspan. What is Koolspan? How did Koolspan come about and what are you doing?

Gregg Smith: Koolspan has been around since 2003 and I took over the business in the fourth quarter of 2011. Koolspan is focused on providing high level of security to connected devices such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets. We provide a series of applications to ensure that our enterprise and government customers and even consumers can have secure communication through the connected-device ecosystem in a safe and efficient manner.


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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Sameer Patel, Senior VP and GM – Enterprise Social and Collaborative Software, SAP (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jan 18th 2014

SAP plans to step-up business integration a notch further with an extension to SAP Jam that aims to deliver personalized information to enhance organizational productivity. Join us in this interview with SAP’s Senior VP and GM, Sameer Patel, as he gives us a blow-by-blow account on this new addition to its arsenal and other latest developments in the ERP landscape.

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Not Just Wine in Bordeaux – Interview with Benjamin Mestrallet, Founder and CEO of eXo (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 11th 2013

Benjamin Mestrallet is the founder and chief executive officer of eXo, a company that helps other companies connect their employees through social intranets, websites and dashboards. Benjamin started the eXo project in 2002 while still a student. He holds an advanced master’s degree in management science from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. In this interview he describes his journey with eXo, which started in France and has expanded to several other countries, and talks about the different facets of the open source industry.

Sramana Mitra: Benjamin, where are you from?

Benjamin Mestrallet: I am from France.

SM: Where did you grow up in France?

BM: I grew up in Africa, actually. >>>

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