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Roy Gunter is a featured speaker at the Silicon Valley Comes To The Baltics conference in Vilnius, Lithuania to share his expertise and explore future collaborations. Silicon Valley Comes To The Baltics will take place on November 15th & 16th, 2012 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre.

The U.S. economy is plodding along in its recovery from the recession that stretched from December 2007 to June 2009. The annual GDP growth rate has been a pitiful 0.5% on average during the past five years, but it is not all bleak. There are companies from aerospace to health care to steel that are booming. Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Best Small Companies highlights those companies that have experienced strong growth over the past five years.
 
Topping this year’s list is the software outfit SolarWinds. The Austin, Texas-based company is one of eight software firms that made the final cut. Internet data traffic is expected to triple over the next five years, according to Cisco Systems. Despite its green energy name, SolarWinds is in the middle of the trend. Led by CEO Kevin Thompson, the company offers IT departments affordable software to monitor networks and servers.
 
Aiming for 80% of the functionality of rival offerings from IBM and Hewlett-Packard, the company sells its wares for one-tenth as much. Such savings have fueled annual sales growth of 38% since 2006. Donald C. Yonce, a partner at Mobility Ventures and a former Wal-Mart executive, co-founded the company in 1999 and served on the board until 2010. His 15% stake is worth $640 million, thanks to a 140% jump in the stock over the past year.
 
The Forbes list highlights public companies with sales under $1 billion, which are ranked based on return on equity, sales growth and earnings growth over the past year and the past five years. Forbes also factored in stock performance versus each company’s peer group during the last 12 months. 
Roman Kikta and Shoa-Kai Liu are scheduled to speak at University of Texas at Dallas 2nd Annual Private Equity Funds Symposium on Thursday, October 25, 2012  discussing China, trends, opportunities and risk management.
 
800 West Campbell Road | Richardson, Texas 75080
 
China – Trends, Opportunities & Risk Management
 
Experienced private equity investors and investment managers from/investing in China. Included will be Shoa-Kai Liu, a founding investor of RenRen & Venture Partner at Mobility Ventures; Paul Louie, North American Affiliate Partner, Long March Capital; Roman Kikta, Managing Partner and Founder of Mobility Ventures; James Cheng, President of NPIC; and Harvey Fine, Managing Director US Global Investments and Strategies of Fosun, the largest conglomerate in mainland China. 
 
 
i7 Summit is a global conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and their impact on Society.
 
The themes this year are 1)  “Empowering SMEs and Entrepreneurs”, 2)  “Technology driving social innovation”,  3) "Sharing values to create value" 
 
The conference has a unique edge –poised on the dawn of open innovation and in the aftermath of the deepest economic rethink since the Great Depression. The message of i7 Summit is that as we stand facing today’s challenges, our capacity to innovate, share value and exceed expectations is vital.   The conference takes place at Les Fontaines, 19th century Château and corporate events center north of Paris. Offering top of the range premises, Les Fontaines is a spiritfull location where ideas come into shape and boundries fall. The most important think tanks in world have gathered there to benefit from its extraordinary “Plaisir de vivre”.
Roy Gunter is a featured speaker at the SMI Mobile Payment Conference on October 10, 2012 in London, UK.   2012 is an exciting year for mobile payments, certainly in the UK. With so much talk on bringing mobile payments forward, the UK is a great example of what can happen. Mobile banking and payments is evolving at such a rapid pace, whether you are a service provider, merchant, phone device company or an operator, you are all competing to secure a place in the mobile payments market.  
 
Key topics to be discussed:
 
- Mobile payments ecosystem 
- Latest in NFC technologies 
- A perspective from the merchants 
- What the consumers actually want 
- Regulation and security 
- Loyalty in mobile banking 
- An insight into the global market 
 
TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is TiE Global's International Youth Program, aimed towards the future generation of entrepreneurs. TYE focuses on teaching entrepreneurship to young people and helping them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur.  For more information please visit: TiE Dallas Organization website. 

Around three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone and the mobile communications story is moving to a new level, which is not so much about the phone but how it is used, says a new report released today by the World Bank and infoDev, its technology entrepreneurship and innovation program.  The number of mobile subscriptions in use worldwide, both pre-paid and post-paid, has grown from fewer than 1 billion in 2000 to over 6 billion now, of which nearly 5 billion in developing countries. Ownership of multiple subscriptions is becoming increasingly common, suggesting that their number will soon exceed that of the human population.

According to Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile, more than 30 billion mobile applications, or “apps,” were downloaded in 2011 – software that extends the capabilities of phones, for instance to become mobile wallets, navigational aids or price comparison tools. In developing countries, citizens are increasingly using mobile phones to create new livelihoods and enhance their lifestyles, while governments are using them to improve service delivery and citizen feedback mechanisms.

Silicon Valley is about process and networking at its finest.  On the process side, venture capital networks can be used to transform the ordinary.  This is really no different from what Thomas Edison did more than a hundred years ago. Edison would pinpoint areas where innovation was possible and percolating, then piece together pre-existing inventions and ideas to push technology forward with a usable device. The light bulb is a perfect example, a device based on previous designs for something everyone was pursuing. Edison just managed to put it all together and take the credit.

That is what many companies are accomplishing, linking existing ideas and products with innovation in design and usage to create a new technology.  In such a world, it is not just your idea that matters, but being at the center of the innovation network. While the founders of entrepreneurial companies may have their own good idea, many are now incrementally built on existing ones.

According the latest figures from investment bank Rutberg & Co., mobile consumer apps were by far the most popular area for investment among VCs in the first half of this year, accounting for $1.009 billion in value, or just over one-quarter of the $3.9 billion invested in mobile companies worldwide — itself the highest level of mobile investment activity since Rutberg initiated coverage in 2001, and growing by $1 billion over the same period a year ago.  see http://www.rutbergco.com/equity-research/analyst-quotes/20120819.html

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