Takeaways: Mobile Northwest 2009

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MobileNorthwest 2009 is for mobile-focused companies who continue to innovate and break ground in the mobile industry.

The conference is attended by regional mobile executives and is supported by Samsung, Mobile Mondays, mocoNews.net, WIP (Wireless Industry Partnership), TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), among others. Confirmed speakers include Tom Huseby of SeaPoint Ventures, mobile consultant Chetan Sharma, along with executives from T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. See our conference Agenda page for additional confirmed speakers.

Attendee Gregory T. Huang of the Xconomy blog shares (3) important takeaways from a venture capital panel at Mobile Northwest 2009:

  1. The panic may be over, but caution rules. Entress (Geoff Entress of Voyager Capital) says he’s added nine companies to his portfolio this year, out of a total of 32 he’s involved in (and six mobile firms, including TravellingWave, Swype, Dashwire, and Treemo). “We’re definitely not out of the woods yet,” he said. “But 2010 might be a good year for selling companies.”
  2. It’s not all about the iPhone.
  3. Watch advertising, input technologies, and connected devices. Tandon (Puneet Tandon of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA) pointed out that by sometime next year, there are projected to be 3.3 billion Web-connected devices, and 70 percent of them will be connected via wireless operators.

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