Here’s your startup innovation guide to Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 in San Francisco

September 10th, 2017

Anyone who’s experienced the granddaddy of mobile industry events, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, understands that it has become a must-attend for corporate innovators from the automotive industry to CPG to financial services. That’s why we’re excited to see Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA), including the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) startup event, debut in our hometown of San Francisco September 12-14 at the Moscone Center.

Here’s where you’ll find the KITE team on the MWCA stage. Also, check out KITE’s guide to MWCA (sessions & gathering relevant to startup innovation for enterprises) and secure your copy of KITE’s report on the 100+ startups exhibiting at the 4YFN area.

Ping melissa@getkite.co and pouya@getkite.co if you’d like to meet up. Follow #KITEMWCA on Twitter for regular updates on enterprise+startups at MWCA.

Mastering Mobile Product Development & Monetization
CDX Mobile Innovation Summit at MWCA; Moscone Center West, Level 2
► 2pm to 2:30pm on September 12
This diverse roundtable will discuss how to successfully develop and take mobile-first products to market, how to continually optimize these products and the development process, and how to best approach product roll-outs and go-to-market executions in an increasingly mobile-first world.
With Diana Stepner of Pearson and Eric Picard of Pandora; moderated by KITE’s Melissa Powers.

Behind the Term Sheet: Getting Funded in Silicon Valley and Beyond
4YFN (4 Years From Now) at MWCA; Moscone South, Soracom Theater
► 2:15pm to 3pm on September 12
While raising money from top VCs remains extremely attractive, startups are increasingly looking to fund their growth with strategic investments and alternative sources like crowdfunding and cryptocurrency offerings. We’ll examine which sectors and geographies are hottest with VCs, the effects of the macro environment on funding, how strategic investors differ from VCs, and more.
With Faraz Hoodbhoy of AT&T Foundry, Katie Gray of In-Q-Tel, Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital and Jor Law of VerifyInvestor.com; moderated by KITE founder & CEO Mark Silva.

4YFN Americas Awards Finale I: Cybersecurity/Wireless Industry Startups
4YFN at MWCA; Moscone South, Soracom Theater
► 3pm to 4pm on September 12
The 4YFN Americas Awards is a pitching competition aimed at finding the best digital startup at the event. Each day, 5 finalists who have been selected from over 100 applications pitch their product/service in front of a live audience that includes investors, business executives, press and event attendees.
Judges: Faraz Hoodbhoy of AT&T Foundry, Katie Gray of In-Q-Tel, Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital and Jor Law of VerifyInvestor.com, and KITE founder & CEO Mark Silva.