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Entrepreneurial Opportunities in IoT

September 1, 2015

Join us on Tuesday, September 1st as we recognize the evolution of what was formally described as the Machine to Machine (M2M) sector, to the ubiquitous sector now referred to as Internet of Things (IoT). At this program we will look at where this sector started, where it is now, and where it is going. San Diego has inherent assets to position the region as an important hub for IoT. Our region has the potential to be the hub for IoT, as personified by our panel, three seasoned IoT entrepreneurs, all from San Diego based companies. Learn what IoT has achieved and where it is going. Should we be concerned about a euphoric overshoot of IoT? When is a good time to begin a startup or have an investor involved as you launch a new IoT venture? Which sectors are going to see the most traction in IoT?



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John Horn

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Chief Executive Officer, ONRAMP Wireless

John Horn has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and wireless industries. Mr. Horn is recognized as an M2M/IoT pioneer and leader.

Previously serving as President of RacoWireless, a leading provider of M2M connectivity solutions, John led the company to record growth and achievement of multiple awards for accomplishments, including ‘Most Innovative Company’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Company of the Year’. Prior to that position, John was a leader at T-Mobile for more than nine years. At T-Mobile, John developed and managed indirect distribution for the California Launch – the largest launch in wireless history. During his last six years at T-Mobile, he focused specifically on developing T-Mobile’s M2M program and go-to market strategy. He also helped T-Mobile earn recognition as the market leader for M2M services.

Mr. Horn holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC-Davis.

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Alex Machinsky

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Director and Chief Executive Officer, Novatel Wireless, Inc.

Alex Mashinsky has served as director since April 2014 and Chief Executive Officer since June 2014. Mr. Mashinsky has served as Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics since 2004. Governing Dynamics is an early stage investment and development company. Between May and December 2013, Mr. Mashinsky served on the board of directors of Tellabs, a publicly traded telecommunications company, until it was acquired in December 2013. In 2004, Mr. Mashinsky founded Transit Wireless, a wireless distributed antenna systems company that provided wireless data coverage to 300 of New York City’s subway stations. Between 1995 and 2003, Mr. Mashinsky founded and operated companies in the information technology sector, including Arbinet. Mr. Mashinsky attended Tel Aviv University and Israel Open University

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Chief Technology Officer, The Morey Corporation

Diego Borrego is the CTO for Morey, leading the product design and development process for the firm’s wireless device solutions. Mr. Borrego is a pioneer in the telematics hardware space, integrating solutions for dozens of OEMs, service providers and front-end innovators. Prior to joining Morey, he founded Networkcar in 1999, which is known today as the telematics division of Verizon Wireless.

Mr. Borrego holds more than 20 patents related to automotive and wireless communication systems. In addition to his undergraduate degree, he received both a Master of Science in Engineering & Technology and a Master in Business Administration from MIT.



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Dermot O'Shea

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Joint Managing Director, Taoglas, President, Taoglas USA, Inc.

Dermot O’Shea has more than 15 years of experience in the global electronics industry spread over roles in Europe, Asia and North America. Mr. O’Shea is recognized as an expert in the antenna and wireless business.

Currently serving as Joint CEO of Taoglas Group and President of Taoglas USA, the leading M2M/IOT antenna solutions provider, Dermot co-founded Taoglas with Ronan Quinlan in 2003 and they have both led the company to exponential, profitable growth. Prior to that position, Dermot was a sales manager for Network International for more than four years. For the last 5 years at Taoglas, he has focused specifically on developing Taoglas USA’s facilities and strategy. He has also helped Taoglas earn recognition globally as the market leader for M2M and IoT antennas.

Mr. O’Shea holds a BSc in Science from University College Dublin and postgraduate qualifications from Dublin Business School and in computing from Griffith College Dublin.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends



Irvine Company Campus
9540 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (Pre-registration closes at noon on 8/31/15)
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September 1, 2015
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