28 Feb

Mobile World Congress 2009

MWC 2009 Logo

After so many years in mobility, 2009 was my first 3GSM/Mobile World Congress. I always wanted to attend, but couldn’t justify the expenses at the time (being a small startup).

It was my first time in Spain as well, “La Madre Patria” as it used to be said in Puerto Rico. Visiting Spain was interesting for me, mainly because of my inheritance implications; was great to see that part.

MWC was for me about business meeting after meeting every day: with partners and potential partners, customers and potential customers and walking the halls for some intelligence gathering of course. Because I was so busy I missed many of the annoucenments and friends and couldn’t blog anything at all during the event (I Twittered a bit tho). I think that it is funny that one can learn more about the event itself by not attending and just reading the news/blogs.

Mobility-wise, I saw a little bit of everything. Product and products, big announcements such as (billions of dollars) LTE-related which will soon shape the future of wireless networks, app stores, WinMo and PalmPre, widgets, partners and competitors, and something that really, really bugged me – a blatant copy cat of the iPhone, BlackBerry and other look-a-like handsets (where is the honor and pride on that?). I did though find a couple of gems; more on this later.

I enjoyed the city very much; no, I loved the city, the people, and the food. We stayed at an apartment right in the middle of Barcelona (see photos below). I really had a blast. I met some of my Mobilists and Twitter friends, some of whom I’ve known virtually for years. And I missed many folks due to my crazy meeting schedule; sorry about that. I also missed many of the activities and parties as well; not enough time to see it all. MWC at night is pretty intense.

I was able to attend the MobileMonday dinner and one or two of the parties (such as the Smaato). I missed the Mobile Peer Awards and the MobileMonday founder’s meeting, and I missed Helen Keegan and Caroline Lewko’s (WIP) events, and many others.

But I was able to visit La Rambla (what an experience, literally), el Puerto Olimpico, La Sagrada Familia (impressive). Got to eat great paella and drank great wine, great coffee too, and got to hang out with my co-workers and friends from ACCESS, and others. The best food I had was at a couple of very small restaurants right in the middle of Barcelona – great tapas and Cataluña food and wine.

By the time I got home on Saturday, I was so exausted that I could sleep for 2 straight days; but I couldn’t! That Saturday was my wife’s birthday for which I cooked something nice for her and then Sunday it was soccer game (daughter) all over again.

Going to MWC of course means pushing your regular schedule back a week+, so this last week after MWC was tough with business stuff + hundreds of emails and thousands of blogs to read (still), with MobileMonday Austin that following Monday (great meeting BTW), so it was not until today, a week later, that I got a chance to write this piece about MWC/Barcelona.

So, in short, it was a great trip and experience, definitely a business/working trip that helped validate many product ideas (Motive), met great people and it was all worth it, business-wise and personally… I hope to be back. Below are some of the few photos I captured. Cheers.



25 Jan

Meet at Mobile World Congress 2009

MWC 2009

For those attending Mobile World Congress 2009:

  • I would love to meet my (virtual) friends, followers and people who I follow,
  • From work perspective, if your company has or will have “end-to-end digital management” needs anywhere in the world from activation to support to management for mobile handsets and 3G-and-4G nomadic devices, I would love to chat with you and explore…
  • Send me an email if you can meet.

I will be in Barcelona the whole week. My personal email is enrique dot ortiz at gmail dot com.

Also, if there are any events that you recommend I attend, please let me know too; for example, I believe MobileMonday Barcelona is that Monday.

See you in Barcelona!


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