Ask a tech bigwig

May 12, 2011

Wondering what makes a successful tech startup?

Have a pressing question about the future of Web media?

Want to know what a CEO of a social network thinks the company is really worth?

The Reuters Global Technology summit is your chance to ask world leaders in mobile communications, online publishing, personal computing, social media and more what you want to know.

The summit runs from Monday, May 16 to Thursday, May 19.

We’ll reveal the summit speakers here at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.  So, be sure to check back.


Monday speakers:

Arianna Huffington
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong
Nvidia founder and CEO  Jen-Hsun Huang
Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner
SEMI Europe President Heinz Kundert
Gemalto CEO Olivier Piou

Tuesday speakers:

Enrique Salem, CEO of Symantec
Florian Seiche, President, HTC Europe
Warren East, CEO of ARM
Jim Flaws, CFO of Corning
Neil Rimer, Co-founder and Partner of Index Ventures
Timo Soininen,  CEO of Habbo Hotel
Anne  Bouverot, Head of mobile services-Orange, France Telecom

Wednesday speakers:

Dave Johnson, Head of Strategy at Dell
Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Mobile (Angry Birds)
Thomas Kilroy, General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group at Intel
Rob Glaser, Chairman of Real Networks
Alexandre de Rochefort, CFO of Gameloft
Thomas Reynaud, CFO and VP of Innovation of Iliad
Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO of Mind Candy
Oren Nissim, CEO of Telmap
Mo Koyfman, Principal of Spark Capital

Venture Capital Panel:

Bill Maris, Managing Partner at Google Ventures
Axel Bichra, Partner at Atlas Ventures
Saad Khan, Partner at CMEA Capital

Thursday speakers:

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon
Dennis Crowley, co-founder and CEO of Foursquare
Tim O’Shaughnessy, co-founder and CEO of LivingSocial
Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP
Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcaatel-Lucent
Richard Clemmer, CEO of NXP Semiconductors

Get started by posting your questions, below, or sending them to me at We’ll select the best ones and post the answers on MediaFile throughout the summit.

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Would you want your whole life’s information to be as easily accessible as an average user on your network?

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For Arianah Huffington:
-Is it not hypocritical that your site expressly chastises the rich, but you just closed a $300 million that you profited hugely from, and that you don’t do your own taxes? Did you know that you probably benefit hugely from the tax rates and loopholes that you profess to hate?
-How do you intend to address the site design of in the future?
-What are your plans to increase cash flow in the future? Do you even have any, or do you expect your current ad-based business model to be sustainable in the near future?
-Are you planning on building the liberal News Corp? Does this mean an eventual IPO is in the works?
-Would you still be able to turn a profit if you did the same level of original reporting/paying your contributors like other papers do?

For Mark Zuckerberg (Because I know he’s going to be on the list later):
-I’ve had several performance issues with your site. Are you aware of them? Do you have any plans to fix them, including purchasing more servers and other infrastructure improvements?
-How much of your money do you make a year selling the photos and information of your clientel?

Any Google executive:
-Are you going to put more focus into making the Mac version of Google Chrome more solid? Because I’ve been having performance issues that were so bad that I unwillingly have to use Firefox until they are remedied. I report tons of bugs every day.

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We have the technology to make Wi-Fi available on every flight, in every airport, mall, restaurant, hotel, shopping center, and public meeting place. Making the internet universally accessible only means huge profits for everyone involved. What is the hold-up?

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FOR: Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP

HANA is amazing! I’ve been to a demo and I was blown away! 300,000,000 rows graphed and analyzed in 5 seconds! Simply amazing! Amidst its surreal power, what do you think is the major setback for HANA?

FOR: Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

What are the steps being taken by Facebook regarding Identity Theft? And is FACEBOOK threatened by the growing number of Twitter fanatics?

FOR: Florian Seiche, President, HTC Europe

3D for 4G is very impressive. HTC is a great product. How do you plan to play the 4G war with the mobile giants?

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Rob Glaser: Real Networks

With the dominance of flash video and recent focus in ‘open’ video formats such as WebM for HTML5, do you think Real still has the capability to compete in the web and normal media?

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