Meffys 2014- One Week To Go To Enter

There’s just one week to go to the Meffys 2014 awards deadline 8th August. The finalists of the international mobile content & commerce awards will come together in San Francisco in the Fall as part of MEF Global Forum 2014 The three-day program on 17th – 19th November brings together international senior executives looking to grow their mobile business and meet potential partners from around the globe in the heart of Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, we look back at 2013′s inaugural #MEFGF, with in-depth interviews and panel sessions featuring some of mobile’s leading visionaries, including … [Read more...]

MEFTV Meets the members @MWC

Every year at MWC in Barcelona, MEFTV visits as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements. We'll be showcasing all of them in the coming weeks so to kick us off, meet three companies from across our diverse global membership. OpenMarket - Steve French, VP Global Product Management & Marketing AppAnnie - Marcos Sanchez, VP Global Corporate Communications SLA Mobile - Ashley Loughrey, Brand & Marketing Communications Manager  Stay tuned for more MEFTV interviews from members at MWC in the coming … [Read more...]

Innovation Series Part 2: Meet the MEFGF13 Start-ups

As part of the Innovation Day at #MEFGF13 delegates were treated to pitches from some of the hottest early-stage start-ups based in Silicon Valley showcasing mobile technology innovation. Hosted at NestGSV’s Redwood City campus, MEFTV was on hand to speak to the execs behind these potential future tech giants – here in part 2 we meet Olset and Eko Devices. Olset - the virtual travel buddy Gadi Bashvitz, founder & CEO introduces Olset, an innovative virtual travel agent that saves user’s time spent on making bookings while providing a superior travel experience by creating “a … [Read more...]

Innovation Series: Meet the MEFGF13 Start-ups

As part of the Innovation Day at #MEFGF13 delegates were treated to pitches from some of the hottest early-stage start-ups based in Silicon Valley showcasing mobile technology innovation. Hosted at NestGSV’s Redwood City campus, MEFTV was on hand to speak to the execs behind these potential future tech giants – meet the first two companies Tile and Partender. Tile - the world's largest lost and found Tile co-founder and CEO Nick Evans describes the revolutionary and Meffy award winning tracking system whereby you can attach a discrete tracking device to your wallet, laptop, keyring or any … [Read more...]

Meffys 2013 – All the Nominees and Winners

Earlier this month MEFTV met the Meffys 2013 nominees and winners at the Gala Awards Dinner in San Francisco. Watch backstage interviews with all of the winners below or check out all of the finalists by award category. It's a fascinating round-up of the best in mobile content and commerce from around the world in 2013. All Categories   [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t-S7EFPasw&feature=share&list=PLRqxWUlaeOT4_LsT7M2PPnZJ7_N4gMg7L&w=600&align=right] Innovation in Technology > Mobile Money > Games > Innovation in a Growth Market > Brand on … [Read more...]

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MEF North America and LatAm Board Elections in Pictures

The MEF LatAm and North America elections took place during the recent MEF Global Forum in Silicon Valley as part of the pre-conference agenda. 16 new regional board directors were added to the two boards, representing the breadth and diversity of our global mobile community. The results were announced at Mozilla's SF offices, where the official MEFGF13 welcome drinks were held. Here are the full boards for each Chapter with newly elected directors shown in bold: North America Board Ron Czerny - Founder & CEO, Playphone (Chair) Sanjaya Krishna - Principal & US Digital Risk … [Read more...]

#MEFGF13 Round-up: Photos and highlights

The inaugural MEF Global Forum 2013 took place last week in San Francisco. Over 350 senior execs attended during the three day event which delivered a unique showcase and platform for  international mobile content & commerce. In the coming weeks we will share some of the sessions, interviews and opinion pieces from #MEFGF13, but for now here’s a quick snapshot of the highlights and a selection of photos from across the three days. MEF Global Forum has been 12 months in the making after the move to Silicon Valley was announced by MEF NA Chair Ron Czerny last December at MEF Americas in … [Read more...]

Meffys 2013 winners shine at MEFGF13

Day One of the first ever MEF Global Forum finished in style last night with the 10th Anniversary of the Meffys at a glitzy gala dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. The evening kicked off with Welcome Drinks sponsored by Kaspersky Lab and the ceremony was hosted by Emmy awarding winning and Googler, Daniel Sieberg. The night was a fantastic celebration of the best in mobile from  across the global mobile ecosytem, with over 25 countries from all five continents represented. Established mobile companies, startups and new vertical sectors were competing in 13 awards … [Read more...]

Cutting edge start-ups set to impress at MEFGF13

An ever-popular highlight at MEF events, next week at MEFGF13 we will be showcasing the hottest technology trends from early-stage start-ups from the Valley. On 14th November as part of the Innovation Day in association with Silicon Valley Bank and supported by Mooreland Partners and KPMG at NestGSV’s Redwood City campus, seven cool start-ups will show us what they are up to. Sam Hill, MEF Minute & MEFTV editor, will be covering the event - and here shares a sneak preview of the line-up. The start-up pitching sessions are always a real highlight for me at MEF events - last year’s MEF … [Read more...]

Today’s Tech Hubs Are All About Location, Location, Location

Mashable writer Monty Munford takes us on a evolutionary journey of the today's tech clusters, arguing it's all about location. Ahead of MEF Global Forum 2013 on 14th and 15th November he cites Meffys' 10th anniversary being celebrated in San Francisco as part of the 'cluster-effect'. This article first appeared on Mashable on 31st October Long before Silicon Valley became the archetypal tech company cluster, 100 years ago and 344 miles south, the city of Los Angeles owned the space. The emergent film industry of Southern California was the original tech hub, in many ways. A … [Read more...]

Spotlight On Mobile in Asia – Colin Miles

With less than three weeks to go until  MEF Global Forum co-located with the 10th annual Meffys Awards on 14th and 15th November in San Francisco, this week Colin Miles, MEF Asia Chair and VP of Corporate relations at InternetQ Plc, shares his thoughts on the state of the Asian mobile markets and a describes a quiet revolution - the ‘alternate’ mobile consumer movement - going seemingly unnoticed in the West. The (Instant) Message is now the Medium It is such a tumultuous time in Mobile that any blog trying to pinpoint a patterned perspective is likely to be blown apart within a few … [Read more...]

Special delegate hotel rates for MEF Global Forum end this week

If you're heading to San Francisco... for MEF Global Forum you should definitely consider booking your hotel this week to take advantage of the exclusive delegate rates at the InterContinental Hotel, reserved exclusively for MEFGF13 and Meffys attendees. With our special delegate rate, rooms at the hotel, where much of the week's proceedings are based, start from $269 per night - which is roughly a 20% saving on the usual rate for the same period, and a pretty attractive deal for a downtown locale. Another benefit of being on-site is that all delegates staying at the hotel can take advantage … [Read more...]

Spotlight On Mobile in North America – Ron Czerny

As excitement builds for the first ever MEF Global Forum co-located with the 10th annual Meffys Awards on 14th and 15th November in San Francisco, we invited the Board Chairs of regional Chapters to share their mobile insights on their respective territories. Ron Czerny is CEO of Playphone and Chair of MEF in North America - here he discusses the genesis of mobile games in one of the world’s largest mobile entertainment markets. As a veteran entrepreneur in the games industry I have witnessed over the past 25 years the evolution of games in every platform from arcade, console, PC and Web … [Read more...]

Finalists and host announced for 10th Annual Meffys Celebration

MEF today revealed the shortlist for the upcoming 10th annual Meffys awards, being held in Silicon Valley as part of the inaugural MEF Global Forum 2013 conference on the 14th and 15th November. After a grueling judging marathon (Meffys entrants are shortlisted by an international panel of over 40 journalists, academics, analysts and VCs) the thirteen categories were whittled down to 5 finalists each - no mean feat considering the quality and diversity of the entrants. This year saw submissions from established businesses, new businesses, agencies, start-ups, a host of new verticals, … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Mobile in LatAm – Filipe Roup Rosa

As MEF gears up for the inaugural MEF Global Forum co-located with the 10th annual Meffys Awards on 14th and 15th November in San Francisco, we have invited the Board Chairs of regional Chapters to share their mobile insights. Here Filipe Roup Rosa, Business Development Director of Boku and Chair MEF Latin America discusses the vital role of mobile in the rapidly expanding South American market. Since early days in our industry, innovation was synonymous of Scandinavian and Japanese technology. In the past recent years we have witnessed a wave of companies emerging from North America and … [Read more...]