Carriers and Startups

Kris Kolodziej (Verizon Wireless), Bryan Trussel (Glympse Inc.), Holger Luedorf (Foursquare), Anne Bezancon (Placecast)
Business & Strategy Ballroom F

The key to location is the mobile phone. It used to be that carriers held the key, but now that’s been abstracted away to the OS level. Startups don’t need the carrier to know where their users are anymore. A boat was missed. In the future how can carriers work with technology companies?

Kris Kolodziej

Verizon Wireless

Kris Kolodziej is the Associate Director of LBS at Verizon Wireless, driving various LBS programs and initiatives, including Verizon’s LBS Developer Platform, NavBuilder. Kris has been in the LBS field for about a decade, during which he was responsible for research, technology engineering and business innovation for Silicon Valley startups as well as large organizations. Before joining Verizon Wireless, he was the CTO of Spime Inc. Kris has authored the highly anticipated book: “Local Positioning Systems: LBS Services and Applications.” Kris holds graduate degrees from MIT.

Bryan Trussel

Glympse Inc.

Bryan Trussel is co-founder and CEO of Glympse, a new company focused on making location sharing commonplace. A 16-year Microsoft veteran, Bryan has lead focused on delivering solutions for Windows, Interactive TV, Embedded Systems, Windows CE, MSN and Messenger Games, and Xbox Live Arcade. He has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. The privately held company, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2008 by ex-Microsoft veterans Bryan Trussel, Steve Miller and Jeremy Mercer.

Holger Luedorf


bizdev & partnerships @foursquare, working between San Francisco and New York.

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Anne Bezancon


Anne Bezancon is the Founder and President of Placecast, the leader in mobile location-based marketing at scale. Previously, Anne held senior executive positions at JiWire (Wi-Fi hotspot directory), Productopia (consumer advice), BEAP (CMS) and PCI (strategic consulting), working with clients such as AOL, Intel, Yahoo, Excite and ATT. In 1994, Anne organized the 40,000 participant Forum of the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China, securing major corporate sponsorship from Apple and Hewlett-Packard. She also pioneered the French Minitel, the first large scale online network. Anne is the author of several patents and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

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