on news

footer news ticker

THE EVOLUTION OF WIRELESS

Jan 1, 2018 | Brad Westveld, ON Blogs

OUR TOP 5 TAKEAWAYS FROM RUTBERG’S WIRELESS INFLUENCERS SUMMIT 2017

 

Recently we attended the exclusive Rutberg Wireless Influencers Summit, the world’s premier multidisciplinary forum for senior executives to examine what’s next for business, technology, and mobile. The conference, held in in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, is an invitation-only, destination meeting recognized for its exclusivity; retreat-style atmosphere; diverse, global, C-level attendee base; provocative, forward-looking content and boardroom-style discussion format; and the quality of its networking. We feel lucky to have been among the attendees dedicated to the future of wireless. Our top 5 key takeaways are below:

  1. The definition of “wireless” continues to evolve: Telecom infrastructure, carriers, mobile chips and system are no longer the simple definition. Wireless (and technology for that matter) is all around us. The speaker list underscored the widening spectrum: CEO of Taco Bell, CEO of Delphi, CEO of Farmers Group, President of Pepsi, CEO of 23andMe, CEO of Smucker Company, COO of New York Times.
  2. These buzz words continue to carry the day: Digital, artificial intelligence, voice recognition, 5G, Internet of Things, autonomous driving, AR/VR, security, privacy, analytics, smart home, robotics, and M2M.
  3. In the dozen years that we’ve attended Wireless Influencers, this is the first year we have repeatedly heard speakers and companies stress culture and human capital as key themes. It was encouraging and enlightening to hear these issues rise as a top issue that companies face.
  4. “Product Roadmaps” must now include “Talent Roadmaps”: Think 3 to 5 years out. The ‘War for Talent’ is only getting worse, especially in the ‘buzz’ markets mentioned above. Talent was a major topic in most fireside chats, and round-tables. Be creative! Several speakers stated that hunting in the same old familiar buckets will NO longer work. Simple math/numbers of workers will not support the growth needed. Look for relevant skillsets, but think more long-term. Be willing to train, teach, and develop.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion continues to be a real issue. Did anyone look around the room?

….and special mention – the wine! Kudos to Rutberg… Blindfold White Blend, and Far Niente! Let’s continue to support our friends in Northern California!

To learn more about ON Partners Wireless practice, please contact us at 855.995.ONSP.

Recent Comments

    Archives

    +

    connect with ON.

    Bring ON executive search insights!
    Sign up to receive thought leadership pieces, ON in the news, recent placements, quarterly updates and more.

    ON resources.

    ON in the news

    ON PARTNERS NAMES MICHAEL LYNCH PARTNER

    Silicon Valley-based executive search veteran to focus on variety of technology sectors, has placed executives with Bloom Energy, Facebook, Micron Technology   Featured in national publications including Business Wire, Yahoo! Finance, Silicon Valley Business...

    ON successful placements

    SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS: AECOM – BOARD DIRECTORS

    Two new directors appointed to AECOM Board  January 14, 2019 -- AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a Fortune 500 premier infrastructure firm, announced the appointment of Robert G. Card and Jacqueline C. Hinman to the AECOM Board of Directors. Both new board members have experience...

    SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT: BAZAARVOICE – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Keith Nealon, former CEO of Vyze Inc., is the new chief executive at Bazaarvoice Inc.  AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 08, 2020 -- Bazaarvoice, Inc. today announced that it has appointed Keith Nealon as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In his new role, Nealon will draw on over...

    SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT: AVOCADO SYSTEMS – CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER

    Leading Sales Executive Joins Avocado Systems as Chief Revenue Officer    We are proud to announce the successful placement of Bill Cox to Chief Revenue Officer of Avocado Systems, a leader in Application Security & Compliance. Bill comes to Avocado Systems...

    recognition of ON.

    Top 20 Ranking

    Top 20 Executive Search Firm

    2019 Fastest Growing Companies

    ANNAPOLIS • ATLANTA • BOSTON • CLEVELAND • DALLAS • MENLO PARK • MINNEAPOLIS • NEW YORK • SAN FRANCISCO

    © Copyright 2019 On Partners. All Rights Reserved.