Voluble T-Mobile CEO John Legere and innovative Skype co-founder and Atomico investor Niklas Zennstrom are the first two speakers we are proud to announce for our latest conference, Code/Mobile.
While it has a new name, Code/Mobile is actually the third edition of the event that this team has put on, bringing it home to the Bay Area on October 27 and 28 at the Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton.
As usual with our conferences, there are many more big names to come for Code/Mobile, which will focus this year on the larger concept of mobility: Smartphones, wearables, cars, planes and, of course, the Internet of Things.
Our co-producers of the event, Liz Gannes and Ina Fried, have a very good track record of spotting breakout stars before they are headliners elsewhere. You might have heard of the mobile innovators onstage at last year’s agenda in New York: Snapchat, Xiaomi, WhatsApp and Waze.
As usual, Code/Mobile will be aimed at providing attendees with a stellar show, with insightful interviews, cool demos and fantastic networking in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Consider Legere, who has been shaking things up in the wireless space, pretty much since the moment he took over as head of T-Mobile US, the No 4. U.S. carrier.
He has launched a series of moves designed to grab headlines and take business away from his bigger rivals, such as dropping device subsidies, allowing more frequent upgrades and slashing the cost of overseas roaming.
He has been a near-constant presence on Twitter, relentlessly heckling his competitors, especially AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. And of course, at CES, he also managed to get himself thrown out of AT&T’s party, claiming he just wanted to see Seattle-area music act Macklemore.
Since its beginning, Niklas Zennstrom has transformed the Internet with peer-to-peer software, first Kazaa and then Skype. It was an exciting ride, with Zennstrom at one point avoiding travel to the U.S. while he was being sued by the music and movie industries for copyright infringement.
It has also been a lucrative one, with Skype being sold multiple times for billions of dollars, first to eBay and then to Microsoft. Now, the serial entrepreneur has turned his energy to finding and funding tech companies from around the world, including Supercell, Rovio, Jawbone and FreedomPop.