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Making Friends, Making Money: The Expanding Mobile Applications World

August 16, 2012

The Mobile Software Development SIG presents…

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Period-Tracker blurtopia


Come join a round table discussion with the CEO’s of Blurtopia, GP International (Period Tracker), TexTango and Xpenser about mobile apps and how the market place is changing.  We’ll discuss the challenges of getting started, the decision to pivot, how you know you’ve got momentum and how to know when you are ready to pursue financing.  These companies span the range of all stages, from VC backed startups to funded and going concern.

Ryan Bettencourt
Founder & CEO, Blurtopia
Blurtopia is a mobile social app which empowers users to ask anybody, anything, at anytime, anywhere. Great conversations don’t just revolve around scholarly subjects, rather it’s about making inspiring questions approachable and accessible for everyone. Blurtopia is everyday conversations with a hint of surprise. In the U.S. today and soon, in Europe and around the world. We believe that we’re building something much more culturally relevant than an app. What you see from us today is just the start. Visit us at

David Lee
Founder & CEO, GP International LLC (Period Tracker)
GP International LLC is the developer behind the popular Period Tracker (Lite/Deluxe) app on the iOS, Android and WindowsPhone platforms.  Millions of women use the app to track their cycle, symptoms, moods, and other health-related data to learn about their bodies and improve their health.

Shervin Erfani
Founder & CEO, TexTango
TexTango is a Social Messaging Platform designed to allow any mobile phone user promote their favorite cause, charity, brand or organization. By helping organizations build mobile social communities, TexTango makes a real time difference in the world. Be it financial, informational or social; TexTango creates win-win opportunities for all parties involved. With the TextnGive application members members can text their friends and family, anywhere in the world, for free if they too have downloaded the TextnGive app. Regardless, they can still use their own data plan to text their friends who do not have TextnGive.

Parand Darugar
CEO, Xpenser
Xpenser is the fastest and easiest way to record your expenses, receipts, time, and mileage, from any device, anywhere. The ease of use and mobile focus save your employees time and headaches, while the sophisticated workflow, approval, audit, and reporting engines keep you compliant and make your managers and finance team ecstatic. Founded in 2008, Xpenser has been called “so useful, and so incredible … truly something astonishing” by the LA Times, and is enjoyed by more than 50,000 clients worldwide. For more information, please visit

Vincenzo Belpiede
Senior Manager, Smart Devices Global Portfolio Planning, Nokia

Vincenzo joined Nokia’s Corporate Strategy team in June 2007 in the headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Soon after was selected as the youngest participant in a device product management leadership program through which he relocated every 6 months around the world: started in Ulm, Germany on s40 fashion devices, then in Beijing on the first TD-SCDMA device for China Mobile, after a brief stint in Oulu, Finland finally landed in San Diego, California. From 2009 to 2011 Vincenzo worked in the Nokia AT&T team in the extremely dynamic US market, switching to a role focused on services, apps and software with search and maps as key focus areas . Since mid 2011 Vincenzo started a new role as senior manager in the global smartphone planning team working closely with Microsoft on defining the roadmap and future experiences of the Nokia Windows Phones.

Eric Otterson
SVP Business Development, Cooley LLP
Eric has served as the Senior Vice President, Business Development for the law firm Cooley LLP for the past six years.  Before joining Cooley, he held executive positions in three venture-backed technology companies in San Diego. Staying closely connected to his entrepreneurial roots is important to Eric and he accomplishes this by staying an active member in the technology and life science communities  and leveraging the Cooley network to connect entrepreneurs with executive team members, advisors, board members, investors and attorneys to help fuel their growth. He is currently an advisor to Anametrix, Embarke, and Social Positive and has served as a mentor to hundreds of San Diego entrepreneurs.  He sits on the board of the Connect Foundation and is Chairman at the San Diego French-American School.  He is an active committee member and contributor to San Diego Venture Group, EvoNexus, CommNexus, and the Founders Institute. Eric received his BA in Civil Engineering (Architecture) from UC Berkeley and an M.B. A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Alex Shah, Chief Architect, TeamSOA, Inc. & CTO, CommerceTel Inc.
Vincenzo Belpiede, Solutions Manager, Nokia
Deepak Kundra, Principal Staff Software Engineer, Motorola
Jake Fields, Creative Director, Treeline Interactive
Devang Thakkar, Consultant
Paul Johnson, Partner, Procopio

August 16, 2012

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


6290 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 8/15/12)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE




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