What is Mobile Monday?
Mobile Monday is a global community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influentials fostering cooperation and business development through educational and networking events. Its objectives include encouraging innovation in the mobile industry, facilitating networking between companies in the mobile ecosystem and presenting innovative visions, trends, and studies.
The remarkable MoMo phenomenon began almost by accident in Helsinki, Finland during the chilly autumn of 2000. Vesa-Matti ‘Vesku’ Paananen, a well-known Finnish mobile visionary, invited more than fifty mobile innovators to an Irish pub for an informal get-together and perhaps a warming drink. The only suitable time? You guessed it, Monday evening. After meeting many new faces and discussing the latest in mobility, the group decided to continue meeting each month Monday of each month – and Mobile Monday was born.
Founded in 2007, Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic (MoMoMa) is the Philadelphia-area regional chapter.
Who We Are
Our team is led by accomplished individuals in the Philadelphia-area technology and entrepreneurship scene:
Chuck Sacco is a technology entrepreneur, educator, advisor and public speaker. His career includes a track-record of launching and growing businesses in the fields of enterprise software, business process management and mobile apps. He has started or helped to start six new ventures, and his most recent startup was the launch of PhindMe Mobile, which he co-founded, led and sold to Movitas LLC, a provider of mobile technology solutions to the travel and tourism industries. Movitas was acquired in 2013 by Allin Interactive, which is the leading interactive guest technology solution provider to destination hotels in Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. Chuck currently is an advisor to the Allin Interactive Latin America team.
Chuck is an advisory board member at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Philadelphia and is a member of the Neumann University Business Advisory Council. He was also profiled in the February 2012 edition of Fortune Magazine in an article regarding mid-career entrepreneurship, and is an advisor to numerous entrepreneurs and their companies.
His day job is at Drexel University in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of External Relations at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship as well as Drexel’s Director for the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Mike is the veteran of eight diverse startups, both East and West Coast, and has been a fixture in the booms and busts of the last 25 years. He most recently founded IntroNet, to help teams build, measure, and understand relationship capital.
He was a young software geek that grew from CTO to COO to CEO as he developed his strong sense of leadership. Mike honed his management skills with the young companies as they became successful exits and mature businesses, including three IPOs and a bunch of mergers and acquisitions.
His passion to partner with and learn from great visionaries helped start and operate some diverse (and pretty cool) businesses. He co-founded healthy food company (Real Food Works). He co-founded a business incubator (Novotorium). He developed the e-commerce technology and operations at online music pioneer, CDNOW, was part of taking the company public, later becoming CDNOW’s CEO and improved the bottom line by $40M with revenues of $150M.
Mike is also the founder of Trajectify, coaching entrepreneurs of growth-stage startups and small businesses, helping them to cross the chasm.
Brad Denenberg is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in building technology. Brad launched his first company before high school, eventually building one of the first ecommerce sites on the internet from his college dorm room. After college, Brad spent ten years at Wall Street trading firms and investment banks, where he started his career as a NASDAQ Market Maker and went on to manage a sell-side trading desk and ETF prop desk. Along the way, Brad helped to design some of the first automated market making software, a black box trading system and a street-wide order management routing platform.
While launching a tech startup in 2007, Brad co-founded Philly Startup Leaders, then the region’s largest network for accredited investors and tech entrepreneurs. In 2011, Brad launched Seed Philly, the only 501c3 non-profit incubator for high tech startups in Philadelphia. Since 2011, Seed Philly has helped launch over 120 high tech startups, creating over 400 new jobs for Philadelphia. As a result of Seed Philly’s programming, over 80% of the regional early stage tech community interacts with the Seed Philly network, which includes formal partnerships for business development and education with dozens of the country’s largest tech firms, more than 40 venture funds and angel groups, and dozens of regional service providers. Following Seed Philly’s mission to educated the tech community and attract more resources for Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs, Brad co-founded Philly New Technology Meetup in 2014, and joined the board of Mobile Monday Mid Atlantic in 2015.
Brad is currently the CEO of Decibly, a mobile fan engagement platform where concert fans interact with artists in real-time during a show.
Our Advisory Board members include an experienced set of individuals from the Philadelphia-area technology community. They include:
WHERE, Inc. is North America’s leading location media company. WHERE develops a range of location-based services, including mobile advertising as well as search and recommendation services. The award-winning, wildly popular WHERE local discovery service boasts a rapidly growing active user base of over 4 million. WHERE Ads™, the company’s widely successful hyper-local search & display mobile ad network, reaches over 50 million consumers in real-time with relevant content and advertising Prior to joining WHERE, Ron ran Business Development at MapQuest, where he was responsible for revenue and partnership opportunities in the wireless, print, and software businesses. Prior to MapQuest, Ron managed Business Development for eCal Corporation, where he brought in accounts including AT&T, CBS, Switchboard, ZDNet, Net2Phone, Disney. Ron has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a MA from Temple University.
Dan has over 15 years of experience as a seasoned technology architect in developing custom software solutions for a wide variety of industries, ranging from e-commerce to media. Dan currently serves as Chief Architect at Transmogrify, LLC, a company based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania that specializes in the development of mobile web and native mobile applications for clients ranging from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. In this role, Dan blends his experience in architecture design and front-end usability to build amazing applications. Prior to working at Transmogrify, Dan was a Solution Director for the SOA practice at Anexinet. As Solution Director Dan helped manage the Service Oriented Architecture Practice and contributed to building the software for clients including, The New York Times, GSI Commerce, and SEI Investments.
Dan earned his MSE degree in Computer Science from Bucknell University, and also received his MS degree in Computer Science from Villanova University. Dan is a husband, and the father of two beautiful daughters. He is also an aging athlete who still enjoys playing lacrosse in his spare time.
Charles “Chip” Cleary
Charles Cleary is the owner and CEO of Leadership Outcomes, Inc., a management consulting firm, established in March 2002. The firm’s mission and services are advisory and focused on operational support, with Mr. Cleary reporting to the board of directors or business owner as CEO in a full-time or interim capacity.
Leadership Outcomes leverages decades of business and technology expertise and applies it to key industries experiencing material transformation including healthcare, telecom and banking.
Within the healthcare vertical, Mr. Cleary focuses on the design, development and implementation of business and technology best practices. These areas of focus help healthcare organizations sustain the highest levels of medical and surgical quality care and patient satisfaction. These best practices also enable healthcare organizations to streamline business support fundamentals to control costs.
Mr. Cleary received a BA in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from the LaSalle University School of Business in Philadelphia. He is retired from the US Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs Officer.
Rick is a proven start-up entrepreneur who leverages mobile and Internet technologies to solve large-scale challenges. His extensive operational, technical and marketing expertise also spans payments, user authentication, and privacy in regulated sectors such as healthcare and financial services.
Now in his seventh start-up as founder and CEO, Rick created Yorn to re-define the way enterprises discover relevant and actionable improvement opportunities by uniquely engaging their stakeholders via their mobile presence. Yorn is a real-time data and analytics platform designed to guide organizations to continuously improve overall operational performance, quality and stakeholder experience – with a focus on healthcare.
The passion to improve stakeholder experiences comes naturally to Rick, who also has a successful background in the hospitality industry. Among other ventures, Rasansky co-founded the highly acclaimed and innovative global hospitality company, China Grill Management in New York City in the late 1980s.
A graduate of Wharton and an active patent holding inventor, Rick also studied CS and EE at the Moore School at UPenn. He serves on the boards of several start-ups, charitable, and industry organizations, including co-founding the Mid-Atlantic chapter of MobileMonday, in addition to being actively involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs through his work as an advisor to Philly Start-up Leaders and DreamIt Health.
Fred Wilf is an attorney who represents companies developing and using a vast array of software and hardware technologies, from the large-scale “enterprise” class of mainframe computers to smart phones and other palm-sized devices. Verticals include banking and finance, health care (including health care insurance and pharmaceuticals), wholesale and retail sales, warehousing and distribution of hard goods, utilities, cable television, books, audio/visual (including music) and games.
Fred speaks and writes extensively on topics involving technology and the law, including a continuing legal education seminar on Internet law, which he founded and has chaired annually since 1997, and seminars on cloud computing and ecommerce. He is currently updating and editing a legal treatise on computer software and services. Fred taught a course on Cyberlaw as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey. Fred also serves as an arbitrator in technology and intellectual property disputes, including royalty disputes and disputes over general business and commercial agreements.
Fred has been practicing law since 1985, and was previously in small firms (including Elman Wilf & Fried) and big firms (Saul Ewing and Morgan Lewis & Bockius). Fred is the managing partner of Wilftek LLC (email@example.com), a technology law firm that provides big firm experience at boutique firm prices.
Chapter Co-Founder, former President
JP Finnell is in the SAP NA Chief Innovation Office for SAP America, Inc. where works with companies to simplify how they run to get the most from innovating new digital business models. Previously, JP was a General Manager at Nokia. Residing in Philadelphia, JP played a founding role in Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic, now part of Philly New Technology Meetup. He is an advocate of entrepreneurial and grass roots approaches to economic development and served as an advisor to several technology start-ups and emerging growth companies in the Philadelphia area. JP has been a conference speaker at BizTech@Wharton, SAPPHIRE NOW, Gartner, and local chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM). JP was a Fellow at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, where he received an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS from the Georgetown University.