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Jeff Bonforte Returns to Headline StartupCamp8
|By Business Wire
|August 5, 2013 02:52 PM EDT
TMC and EMBRASE Business Consulting today announced that Jeff Bonforte,
who was recently named vice president of product at Yahoo!, will be the
keynote speaker at StartupCamp8,
being held August 27, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. PST at Mandalay Bay in Las
StartupCamp offers early-stage entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their
startups to a large audience of industry experts, media, investors and
Since 2008, Bonforte served as CEO of Xobni, an early mover in the
address-book management space. In July of this year, Xobni was acquired
by Yahoo. For Bonforte, his return to Yahoo! is a homecoming of sorts,
as he was previously Yahoo’s vice president of real-time communications.
Known for his witty and insightful presentation style, Bonforte is also
an accomplished communications technologist, with patents in the areas
of voice recognition and instant messaging, among others. Bonforte was
recently listed by Fortune Magazine as
one of 36 of tech’s most powerful disrupters.
“Put simply, Jeff is one the most candid, funny and straightforward
speakers I have ever heard. His diverse background allows him plenty of
valuable material to share, and his delivery is such that what he says
just sinks in,” said Larry Lisser, founder of StartupCamp. “StartupCamp
is a fun and high-energy event that gives participants the opportunity
to develop and strengthen working relationships, while honing their
pitch to industry experts.”
Last winter in Miami, StartupCamp7 featured an
extraordinary interview with John Sculley, with New York’s
VerbalizeIt declared the winner of the pitch competition. The startup
has since gone on to be featured on ABC’s SharkTank.
StartupCamp8 is collocated with ITEXPO Las Vegas, held August 27-29,
2013, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and is supported by Platinum Sponsor
Momentum; Gold Sponsors UberConference, Firespotter Labs and TelePacific
Communications; and Silver Sponsor Phone.com.
Companies interested in participating in StartupCamp are encouraged to submit
their application online. Registration
for ITEXPO and its collocated events is now open, contact Frank
Coppola at 203-852-6800 x131 for more information. For media
inquiries, contact Ashley Baster.
Companies interested in exhibiting, sponsorship or advertising packages
for ITEXPO and StartupCamp8 should contact TMC’s Joe
Fabiano, 203-852-6800 x132.
For the latest ITEXPO news, updates and information, follow on Twitter
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About Embrase Business Consulting
Embrase is a boutique consulting company that offers market strategy and
a range of growth-focused solutions to Telco Service Providers, and to
Entrepreneurs innovating the communications industry. Since 2003,
Embrase has assisted a cross section of companies around the globe to
make strategic decisions, successfully enter new markets and accelerate
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