Nov. 7, 2013
LONDON / SAN FRANCISCO – FC Business Intelligence (FCBI), a London-based conference and business intelligence company, has acquired Open Mobile Media, organizer of The Open Mobile Summit (OMS) in San Francisco and London, two of the most influential events in the international mobile industry calendar.
Launched in 2008, at the dawn of the mobile Internet era, The Open Mobile Summit has quickly become the meeting place for the converging wireless and Internet industries, attracting a broad range of big-name speakers, as well as a huge media attention.
While the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is arguably the biggest mobile event in the world, The Open Mobile Summit, with its C-level attendance, inner-circle networking and broad focus on the future of converged mobile, Internet, media and commerce, is recognized by many as the most influential.
Speakers at The Open Mobile Summit have included Stephen Elop, CEO, Nokia; Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint; John Donahoe, CEO, eBay; Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Rich Miner, co-founder, Android; and top execs from Samsung, HTC, Vodafone, Facebook, Amazon, Tesco and many more.
The acquisition of The Open Mobile Summit rounds out FCBI’s already sizeable portfolio of industry-specific brands, which include Telematics Update, M for Mobile, eyeforpharma, CSP Today, Wind Energy Update, Ethical Corporation and EyeforTravel. It also paves the way for future growth of FCBI in mobile.
“We’re excited about the acquisition of Open Mobile Media,” says Guy Grant, FCBI’s founder. “It will provide a lynchpin for the growth of our existing assets in location-based services, mobile payments, the mobile wallet, near field communication and our other niche mobile events.”
Adds The Open Mobile Summit founder Robin Batt, “I’m delighted that FCBI will be driving the next phase of growth – as every business on the planet joins the ‘open mobile’ revolution.”
This next phase of growth, backed up by FCBI’s research, project management and marketing resources, includes a new Open Mobile Summit event on the East Coast of the United States later next year, and plans to leverage FCBI’s strengths in Latin America and Asia to develop a range of regional events.
The regional events will either be conceived as broad, summit-style gatherings or focus on specific verticals, such as media and advertising, commerce and brands, enterprise and M2M, and apps and mobile tech.
Timeliness of the acquisition is underscored by the fact that a number of FCBI’s current areas of coverage, including automotive, pharma, health, travel, transport and gaming, are being disrupted by mobile, says Precksha Saksena-Sood, general manager of Open Mobile Media.
She expects The Open Mobile Summit to bring a new depth of insight to these and other areas under FCBI’s purview. “This acquisition is going to further augment our presence in mobile and will help us address our customers’ business needs,“ she says.
The Open Mobile Summit strives to address all the critical issues of the wireless and Internet convergence, for all the players in the ecosystem – from device manufacturers and carriers through to Internet and media giants, commerce and retailers, electronics and PC manufacturers, market innovators and app publishers. Each summit agenda is built in close dialogue with confirmed VIP speakers and finalized as near to the event as possible to ensure maximum timeliness. This year’s topics for San Francisco include mobile video, wearables, the role of mobile in retail, the future of device design, mobile enterprise, connected lifestyle, Big Data and real-time analytics, mobile advertising and the latest trends in app monetization.
Robin Batt, founder of Open Mobile Media Ltd and The Open Mobile Summit, is an entrepreneur specialising in understanding disrupted tech markets. She has 17 years of experience in the telecoms, Internet and media sectors, having held executive management roles for venture-funded start-ups before launching her own consulting firm Bold Business Ventures Ltd in 2001 through which she advises mobile operators, Internet giants, tech start-ups and media/publishing companies. She founded The Open Mobile Summit in 2008 and will continue supporting the business in an advisory capacity.
As a conference and business intelligence company, FC Business Intelligence (FCBI) helps leading corporations define future strategy and direction, develop growth opportunities and solve problems facing their sectors. Founded in 1990, FCBI has pioneered a business model based on the development of industry-specific conferences, community-driven websites, newsletters and intelligence reports. Although conferences remain at the core of this model – proving a basic truth that there is no substitute for getting senior business people together to meet and share experiences – intelligence publications are gaining in importance within FCBI. Today, FCBI’s brands include Telematics Update, M for Mobile, eyeforpharma, CSP Today, Wind Energy Update, Ethical Corporation and EyeforTravel.
Precksha Saksena-Sood, General Manager
Open Mobile Media
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