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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

Tech CEO turns to trusted adviser on key decision; 10-year old daughter

Anyone who thinks the word “executive” in CEO stands for a person who actually executes decisions and strategy should think again, at least according to Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“It’s very funny, you get a job as a CEO and everyone says you’ve got this absolute power,” Rose told the Reuters Global Media Summit in Paris.

“The reality is, the power you have, the authority you have is to basically guide and to give direction…and if people don’t want to follow, they’ll just forget to do it,”

from Summit Notebook:

ESPN: We all live in sports towns (And tell great jokes)

ESPN President George Bodenheimer has been at the business of TV sports, one way or another, for nearly three decades, starting in the mailroom and working his way up.

It's the classic media story -- and this one even involved a stint driving through nearly every little town in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi to sell this odd new 24-hour sports network to cable distributors.

Here's one thing he's learned: Every town thinks it's a sports town. Sort of like everybody thinks they have a good sense of humor.