ABOUT KEN BLAKESLEE
“ WebMobility Ventures is focussed on
Discovery, Advisory and Investment in Innovations
in the emerging Services Convergence areas of Mobile”
Ken Blakeslee, Chairman WebMobility Ventures
In brief... … Conceptualize | Define | Lead…
Ken is one of Europe’s leading experts on Mobile Services and Applications with particular focus on the emerging new media content, applications and commerce methodologies, and the merging of these with the ubiquitous, personal access of mobile. Using his unique combination of business, industry and investment experience, he has built, nurtured and managed diverse teams to develop consumer and business oriented solutions, and brought these propositions to market. His experience in developing telecoms, IT and web commerce business strategies spans 25+ years. He is frequently a keynote speaker and chairperson at global industry events, authored numerous articles and is regularly quoted in the press. In 2004 Ken launched and produced “Cool and Connected” a Wearable Technology Fashion Show at 3GSM World Congress in Cannes.
Ken’s Company, WebMobility Ventures, focuses on advising companies on bringing innovations in multimedia mobility to market. Prior to that he was Chairman of WirelessWorks with The Vesta Group, managing the investments of one of Europe’s top networked venture capital funds, Frontiers Capital. Now fully invested, this $85M fund focused on Mobile Internet enabling technologies and was a joint initiative between Vesta and the Carphone Warehouse. In addition to being a venture partner, he established and was Chairman of their Board of Advisors. He has served on the board of directors of Picofun, eDispatch, and Cybiko, and is on the board of advisors of AirIQ, BrainMedia, Cartagena Capital, Hutchison Harbour Ring (i.Tech), Informa, IXI Mobile and Microvision. These companies are all innovatively active in various sectors of mobile investment, product definition and service delivery.
Previously, Ken was VP of Business Strategy for Wireless Internet at Nortel Networks. Experience gained from 25+ years with Nortel includes:
- Market and business case analysis leading to key initiatives in:
- Mobile networks, infrastructure, IP services delivery and devices
- Centrex/ACD/VPN and optical access to large businesses
- Development of world’s first Java based large touch screen mobile smartphone as a complete client/server service delivery proposition
- Led introduction of European technology (GSM) into the US market
- Direct involvement in selection, due diligence, strategic alignment and merging of cultures of 2 major acquisitions (STC - UK; Matra - France)
- UK Introduction of customer services administration and test systems
Ken has held numerous industry positions including chairman of the Mobile Data Association, vice chair of the UMTS Forum Market Aspects Group, founding member of the Global Mobile Commerce Forum, and in 2001 was named to the GSM Association ‘roll of honour’ for “longstanding commitment to the GSM industry”.
Ken was born, raised and educated in New England, USA and has settled in the UK “for the time being” (22 years so far!). His early business degree has been supplemented by business management and strategy courses and seminars at INSEAD, London Business School and Cranfield.
Leadership / mentoring
Business strategy and planning
Marketing / channel development
Defining end-to-end solutions
Value chain analysis
Public speaking / Media
Simplifying complex propositions
Telecoms, cellular, optical
Mobile Internet, wireless data
New media, Web commerce
Consumer & Enterprise solutions
Customer services (CRM)
Private equity investment
Mobile 2G, 2.5G, 3G, 4G
Bluetooth, WiFi, WLAN
IP based service delivery
Mobile data applications
Client / server architectures
Java, Brew, XML, iMode
Location based services
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