The Mobile Stack's Cloud Layer

Moderated by:
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four)
Matt Galligan (SimpleGeo), Scott Kveton (Urban Airship, Inc.), Henri Moissinac (Facebook)
Focus on Mobile
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Few mobile apps are useful without the web. There’s a new layer in the cloud aimed specifically at mobile developers. Sometimes built on top of AWS these web services are designed specifically to make an mobile app scale. These companies handle the new CRUD of dealing with location data, notifications, user connections and let mobile devs focus on the client.

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Jason Grigsby

Cloud Four

Jason Grigsby is cofounder of Cloud Four, a small web agency in lovely Portland, Oregon. Jason was part of the team that worked on the Obama ‘08 iPhone app, founded Mobile Portland and the first open device lab, and was a signatory to the Future Friendly Web Manifesto. When he was young, Jason whistled at 1,200 baud, was utterly unimpressed when first introduced to Mosaic, and was bit by the mobile bug in 2000, when WAP was crap. Jason coauthored Head First Mobile Web for O’Reilly. He participated in the Responsive Images Community Group and has written numerous articles on how to use responsive images. He is currently obsessed with the potential of progressive web apps.

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Matt Galligan


Matt Galligan, 25, is the CEO and Co-Founder of SimpleGeo, based out of Boulder, CO that provides a ready-to-use location infrastructure for app developers. He previously founded Socialthing, a company that was chosen to be part of the inaugural year of TechStars. went into private beta in March, 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The company was acquired five months later by AOL. Socialthing was later rebranded as AOL Lifestream.

Matt currently resides in Boulder, CO and is an active member of the startup community there.

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Scott Kveton

Urban Airship, Inc.

Scott brings 15 years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies like, Rulespace, JanRain and now Urban Airship. Urban Airship works with thousands of brands using their leading mobile messaging and monetization platform. Scott was the co-founder of the Open Source Lab helping open source projects like Mozilla, Linux, Apache, Drupal grow into mainstream usage. Scott was an active supporter of open web standards having co-founded the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

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Henri Moissinac


Henri Moissinac is Head of Mobile Business at Facebook and oversees the company’s
mobile strategy and operations. Henri joined Facebook from eBay, where
he led mobile and product strategy. Before eBay, he was the co-founder
and CTO of iBazar, a leading online auction company which was acquired
by eBay. Previously, Henri worked in venture capital with Atlas Venture
and began his career at Orange. Henri holds a PhD from Telecom Paris and
Ecole Normale Superieure, France.

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