20 Oct

MobileMonday Austin (Nov 2010) | Nielsen on Mobile Applications and Connected Devices

I posted at the MobileMonday Austin website information about the next event…

Please note that seating is limited; please register and reserve your seating and enter the raffle to win a new Nokia N8. For registration and more information, please visit the MobileMonday Austin website at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com/.

The event is sponsored by Nokia and the 2010 Calling All Innovators North America developer contest, presented by Nokia and AT&T.

Topic: Mobile Applications and Connected Devices — New Nielsen Company research on the changing media consumption landscape

When: November 1, 2010 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Cool River (4001 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727-4105)

Come listen to the Nielsen Company present new research on Smartphones, Tablets and the new Application economy. Information in this session will address:

  • Growth of Smartphones, leading platforms and a look forward
  • Behaviors and preferences of mobile app users
  • Which apps are people using and why?
  • How much are downloaders’ willing to pay?
  • Overall look at tablets, e-readers, media players and netbooks – how are users consuming media on these devices?
  • How do tablet users respond to advertising versus smartphone owners?
  • What do media companies need to consider when launching tablet and smartphone content?
25 Apr

Three Cool Mobile Events on 1st week of May 2010 | The Mobile Web & Widgets, The Business of Location, ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010

There will be three cool mobile events on the first week of May:

  1. May 3rd – MobileMonday Austin | Topic: Mobile Web & Widgets
  2. May 5th – Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter | Topic: The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services
  3. May 7th – ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 (Mountain View, CA)

May 3rd | MobileMonday Austin | Mobile Web and Widgets

The topic is Mobile Web & Widgets with Kirk Ballou of Flash Widgets and Dan Podwall of the Nokia Web Runtime Team presenting on the hot topic of mobile and web and the role of widgets.

  • Date: May 3rd. Please arrive by 5:45pm. We will start at 6pm-7:30pm.
  • Cost: Free. Open bar and appetizers will be served.
  • Where: MAX Underground at 207 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin TX 78701.
  • Seating is limited: Please RSVP at the MobileMonday Austin website http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com

For event information see http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com.

May 5th | Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter | The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services

Over the past year, location-based services that take advantage of the capabilities of the iPhone and other smartphones have exploded onto the scene. Many analysts claim that over the next five years, we’ll see location-based services become household names the way Facebook and Twitter have become synonymous with the social web. In order to get there, location companies need to develop clear business models and innovative strategies to monetize geo-aware services. What monetization strategies will work? How profitable will these location services be? How can other businesses benefit from the advertising/market intelligence opportunities that location-aware companies can provide?

Come hear from panelists representing the many different facets of location — from application development to mobile payments to hyper-local advertising to mobile analytics and more.

* Josh Williams, CEO and Co-founder of Gowalla
* Blair Garrou, Managing Director of DFJ Mercury
* Rick Orr, CEO of ATX Technologies (Tabbed Out)
* Chris Treadaway, CEO of Notice Technologies

  • Event Date: 5/5/2010
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: AT&T Conference Center

See The Business of Location: Making Money with Geo-Aware Services.

May 7, 2010 | ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 (Mountain View, CA)

Get ready to explore, think and create the future of Mobile! As in our last event, The Real-Time Web Summit, it will be you – the attendees – who ultimately set the agenda.

People from companies such as Google, UrbanAirship and SimpleGeo are coming to explore the future of mobile in this unconference format. We’d love for you to come and share your thoughts about the future of mobile.

See the events page: ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010.


18 Apr

Post SXSW 2010

This is my first blog after SXSW 2010. After an intense week, I got sick like a dog, and after recovering got super busy with my real day job — bring to market Motive‘s mobile broadband solution for call centers; the level of interest by operators continue to grow by the day.

SXSW Interactive Festival 2010 was great. Great sessions, met and/or re-connected with a number of folks that I haven’t seen in a while. Great networking. Saw a number of bands and on the big rainy night saw the world premier of MacGruber (great decision to go watch it with my buddy Dean McCall); that was a hilarious movie.

During Interactive I ran (for the first time) the Wireless Future15 mini-sessions; it took close to 3 months to organize this and it was a success. At one point we had the room overflowing; I would say close to 300 people? Great speakers; thanks to all.

One area of growth at SXSW this year was in the use of tools (see SXSW Tools) including an improved “my SXSW website” and leveraging the mobile handset and 2D barcodes and location-based social apps such as Gowalla and Foursquare that helped people connect and follow each other. The use of location (context) and barcodes (interactions) combined with mobile handsets is something that I have been researching and writing about for years now and seeing this happening/getting validated at SXSW is great.

Then we had MobileMonday Austin with a great lineup that included Taptu, SimpleGeo, Foursquare, Frog, Little Springs Design, MobHappy, CloudFour and Finn Mobile; so much mobile knowledge/experience! Thanks to all the speakers. The event was smaller and shorter than usual (by design) and limited to around 50 people so everyone could go and enjoy SXSW festivities.

What is next?

I haven’t been blogging anything of real substance in a while. But I’ve been spending time thinking about extensions to my previous thoughts on mobile, interactions and context. I am back at reading and interacting with key mobility blogs. And of course, there is MobileMonday Austin and the Android Dev Austin groups. So stay tuned and see you around!


08 Mar

MobileMonday Austin/SXSWi Special Event | Mobile App Design | March 15 2010

Don’t miss our yearly MobileMonday Austin/SXSW special event. We are having a great set of speakers.. Our Next MobileMonday event is on March 15, 2010; the registration form is at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com. Seating is limited so please register.

Thanks to our sponsors Mobile Behavior and Forum Nokia.

And thanks to the International Center of Austin (ICA) for offering their space for the event. And thanks to the Austin Wireless Alliance/ATI Wireless and Maria OCampo (Collider Media) and Allison Mooney (Mobile Behavior) for the help with logistics.

Seating is limited! (really to about 50 people)

Cost? Free. Light food and drinks will be served, thanks to our sponsors.

Time? 5:00-6:30 or so pm so we can end early and continue the SXSWi Festivities! Arrive by 5:00 pm.

Where? The International Center of Austin (ICA). The IAC is literally 5 minutes walk distance from the Austin Convention center, so it is very convenient. Address: 201 East 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701-4009. See map: http://bit.ly/cpfrBa

Agenda | Topic Mobile App Design:

  • Barbara Ballard — presentation on Mobile Design and User Experience (UX);
  • Panel with Foursquare, SimpleGeo, CloudFour, Frog Design and others TBD. Moderated by Carlo Longino of MobHappy.

Please register at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com!

==> Also, don’t miss on Saturday March 13 the Wireless Future15 at SXSWi! See http://bit.ly/9K7BE2


25 Feb

We had an awesome MobileMonday Austin Feb 2010 | Thanks to our sponsor Skyhook Wireless

MoMo Austin Logo

Wow, what a great MobileMonday Austin event we had last Monday Feb 22. With around 120 people attending, a great agenda and speakers, and a good time, it is safe to call the event a success. The opening by David, the demos by the various companies and the panel on Monetizing Mobile Apps moderated by Stacey was all great, diverse and well balanced.

A big thank you to our AWESOME sponsor Skyhook Wireless and special thanks to Kate and Ronda and Ted. And a big thank you to our speakers:

  • Ted Morgan, Skyhook Wireless
  • David Gill, The Nielsen Company
  • Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM
  • Frank Hanzlik, Dell
  • Lance Obermeyer, Digby
  • Alan S. Knitowski, Phunware, Inc.
  • Michael Agustin, Gendai Games
  • Josh Williams, Gowalla
  • Larry Upton, Edioma

And thanks to Dell for the notebook-mini giveaway and to the Austin Wireless Alliance/ATI Wireless, RCR Wireless News and the Austin American Statesmen for helping spread out the word about the event. And of course thanks to all the attendees.


Next is SXSW Interactive on March 12-16; hope to see you all there. On Saturday March 13 I will be running the Wireless Future15, don’t miss it!

And the next MobileMonday event is on March 15, 2010; the registration form is already up at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com. Stay tuned by visiting the MoMo Austin website and this mailing list for further details.


21 Jan

Great first Android Dev Austin meeting

We had a great first Android Dev Austin meeting, packed with developers and even a couple of product folks. Thanks to all who attended. It was a very interactive meeting where we discussed a lot of things on Android, from fragmentation to distribution, business models, APIs, local vs. web apps, and other.

You can see some photos of the meeting courtesy of Clark Wimberly (AndroidandMe):


Thanks to our sponsors the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI Wireless), Motive/Alcatel-Lucent and MobileMonday Austin.


13 Dec

Awesome MobileMonday Austin Dec 2009 Event, thanks! | Next: January 20, 2010 with Android Dev Austin

We had a great MobileMonday Austin event on Dec 7, a full house and great speakers — what a great way to end 2009. Thanks to our sponsors and speakers:

David Gill (Nielsen), Austin Technology Incubator (Bart Bohn), Austin Entrepreneur Network (Hall Martin), Idea Finishing School (Dean McCall), Tech Ranch Austin (Jonas Lamis) and Erin Defosse, and startups Ringful, SocialMuse, MediaSourcery, AVAI Mobile, Edioma.

The 2010 calendar of events is being put together and is being published on an on-going basis — see http://www.mobilemondayaustin.org calendar of events.


Our next event is with the new Android Dev Austin group, a new special interest group interested in Android OS and application software development, and put together in cooperation with the Austin chapter of MobileMonday. Our next event is as follows…

When: January 20, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Topic: Android Dev Austin

Agenda: In planning. If you are a developer or a startup of Android software and/or hardware and would like to present, please add your name to the registration page at http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin/web/jan-2010-meeting or email me.

Where: Motive Building — http://www.motive.com

Cost: Free

To have an estimated headcount and for security (front-desk) please *add your name* to the following registration page: http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin/web/jan-2010-meeting

Also, to keep track of Android Dev Austin-specific announcements, feel free to register at the Android Dev Austin mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/android-dev-austin.


03 Dec

Reminder — MobileMonday Austin Event | next Monday Dec 7 ’09 | Great Agenda!

MobileMonday Austin

A quick reminder of next MobileMonday Austin event, next Monday Dec 7 ’09. We have a great agenda!

Hope to see you there!

When: December 7, 2009, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Topic: Central Texas Technology Incubators, Funding Sources and Mobile Apps Demo Night


Where: West Pickle Research Building, The Alamo room — see http://bit.ly/4Va4MW

Cost: Free. Pizza and sodas will be served.

Space is limited! To have an accurate headcount, please register by *adding your name* to the “December 7th Event page” at: http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/web/mobilemonday-austin-event-december-7-2009

If you are a startup or developer who would like to demo your applications, please send me an email to enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

Thanks to our sponsor, the Austin Wireless Alliance! And to our Speakers!!!

ceo (@eortiz, @momoaustin)

20 Nov

MobileMonday Austin Event – December 7 ’09 – Technology Incubators, Funding Sources and Demos

MobileMonday Austin

Mark your calendars! The next MobileMonday Austin event is scheduled for December 7, 2009, 5:30-8pm.

For this event we will have a number of Central Texas Technology Incubators come in and talk about what and how they help local mobile developers and start-ups. We will also have a local Angel investor present on “Funding Sources”. And we will have some local companies demo their mobile products. It is going to be a very interesting and informative event!

When: December 7, 2009, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Topic: Central Texas Technology Incubators, Funding Sources and Mobile Apps Demo Night


Where: West Pickle Research Building, The Alamo room — see http://bit.ly/4Va4MW

Cost: Free. Pizza and sodas will be served.

Space is limited! To have an accurate headcount, please register by *adding your name* to the “December 7th Event page” at: http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/web/mobilemonday-austin-event-december-7-2009

If you are a startup or developer who would like to demo your applications, please send me an email to enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

Thanks to our sponsor, the Austin Wireless Alliance! And to our Speakers!!!


03 Sep

The Austin Entrepreneur Network and The Idea Finishing School

A quick announcement about two great resources that are available to Central Texas entrepreneurs who are starting or who had started a business (a start-up) and need some help or direction.


First my friend Hall Martin who runs the Austin Entrepreneur Network (http://austinentrepreneurnetwork.org) is organizing a “Startup Business Class” on September 15 of 2009. But access to the course is limited. Note that admission into the course will be determined by the unique value of your business proposition, your ability to communicate said value, and your commitment to making the business a success. To apply go to http://austinentrepreneurnetwork.org/application. More information is below. Hall is a long-time member of the Austin angel community and is always helping those who are starting their own technology startups.


Also, for those technology entrepreneurs who live in San Antonio (and I would guess Austin too), my very good friend Dean McCall has just started the Idea Finishing School (http://www.ideafinishingschool.com). Their goal is to provide expert advice on technology, marketing, business structure and investment capital for many “early stage” companies. Dean who is the co-founder of Ideagin, LLC, is a technology catalyst, a “connector” and dear friend; it is great to see him taking such leadership role in the technology community helping startups.

So there you go, two great resources for entrepreneurs in Central Texas…

– – – – –

The Entrepreneur Startup & Growth Course: From Ideation to Funding

So you have a good idea, maybe a team of people that believe in that idea, and possibly even some money in the bank. So what are you going to do now to turn that idea into a full-blown business reality?

Some of the questions you need to ask yourself are:
* Can I articulate this idea?
* Is it unique?
* Will people pay for it?

AEN’s Entrepreneur Startup and Growth course helps you answer these and other crucial questions that must be addressed before you can turn a good idea into a good business.

Attendees will receive:

* Eight (8) two-hour classroom sessions – held once a week – covering critical topics on starting and funding a company.
* Two one-on-one mentoring sessions, focused on refining your Executive Summary and Fast pitch.
* A complete course book, with presentation slides, work assignments, and reference materials.

You should apply if:

* You have a business concept under development.
* You have started a business but don’t know where to go next.
* You have an established business but need funding to take it to the next level.

04 Feb

MobileMonday Austin – Feb 23rd – Rich/Local Apps and App Stores

MoMo Austin

Mark your calendars…

Please register for the event at http://groups.google.com/group/momoaustin/web/event-feb-23-2009 (so we have a headcount to go by).

The next MobileMonday Austin is scheduled for Feb 23rd. The topic is on rich/local applications and App Stores. We will have industry/market and information on developing local/rich applications for iPhone and Android and other, and the importance/impact of App Stores.

For more information and dates, please visit the newly redesigned MobileMonday Austin website at http://www.mobilemondayaustin.com (feedback is welcome).

If you would like to speak/present, please send me an email to enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

Also, we are planning on having a MobileMonday Austin event during SXSW Interactive on March 16… mark your calendars. Again, please refer to the MobileMonday website for info and dates.

Last but not least, if anyone is going to Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, let me know to meetup. For a pretty good list of parties during MWC see http://www.mobileslate.com/blog/2009-mobile-world-congress-party-list.


16 Jan

Mobile Peer Awards at Mobile World Congress – we need more Austin representation (deadline is tonight)

Austinites –

The “Mobile Peer Awards” is to happen at Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). There are great mobile startups in Austin. It would be great if you register your startup, even if you will not attend MWC. I can do the registration for you if you cant; email me. We need Austin representation! It will be good for your company with some extra visibility, global visibility.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions…


05 Nov

Mobile Peer Awards — Calling all Austin Mobile Startups!


The MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards are among the most influential events in the mobile industry and, with over 1000 attendants, the point of reference in startup innovation during the Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, February 16, 2009).

There are a number of cool mobile companies in Austin, and it would be great to have Austin representation!

If your company is ready, this will give you a big opportunity to present in front of investors, operators, media companies, and everyone else in the mobile value chain, press and influential bloggers and your peer entrepreneurs.

Visit the Peer Awards Homepage (http://www.mobilepeerawards.com) and register your startup under the *Austin* chapter.

I will be monitoring the list and serve as a liaison… If you have any questions, shoot me an email…


If you would like to become a sponsor of MobileMonday Austin at the Peer Awards, please send me an email. In exchange your logo will be included on the Austin’s Peer Award page and will be mentioned at the peer awards event. The collected money will be used to send Austin representation and/or help a local startup make it to the event.

/C. Enrique Ortiz, MobileMonday Austin