Ken’s involvement over the past few years has been specifically in the area of private equity investing in the mobile sector, and his previous experience in developing telecoms, IT and web commerce business strategies spans 25+ years. His focus has been on the emerging new media content, applications and commerce methodologies, and the merging of these with the ubiquitous, personal access of mobile. Recent emphasis has been placed on Wearable Technologies, Fitness/Wellness, mHealth, Augmented Reality, Mobile TV, Virtual Reality Devices, 3D360º content and other personal viewing scenarios for rich media and innovations in technologies enabling multiscreen convergence. Alternate energy, energy harvesting and additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies and applications are also a recent focus.
Ken’s Company, WebMobility Ventures, focuses on private investing and advising companies on bringing innovations in multimedia mobility to market. He has also been an Investment Advisor to Ascension Ventures who manage early stage EIS and SEIS funds. Prior to that he was Chairman of WirelessWorks with The Vesta Group, managing the investments of one of Europe’s top networked venture capital funds, Frontiers Capital. In addition to being a venture partner, he established and was Chairman of their Board of Advisors. He has also served on the board of directors and advisory board of several companies, all innovatively active in various sectors of mobile investment, product definition and service delivery. Previously, he was VP of Business Strategy for Wireless Internet at Nortel Networks.
Ken has held numerous industry positions including chairman of the Mobile Data Association, vice chair of the UMTS Forum Market Aspects Group, and in 2001 was named to the GSM Association ‘roll of honour’ for “longstanding commitment to the GSM industry”. In 2004 Ken launched and produced “Cool and Connected” a ‘Wearable Technology Fashion Show’ and in 2006 the “Innovation Showcase” of emerging key technologies at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona and also at the International Broadcasters Conference in Amsterdam.
Ken was born, raised and educated in New England, USA (NH and Maine mostly) and has settled in the UK “for the time being” (30 years so far!).