Horace Dediu
Asymco

Horace Dediu is an author/blogger/engineer/analyst with a Harvard MBA who lives in Finland. He’s also counted among the world’s foremost experts in analyzing Apple’s business.

Horace’s work has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, HBR.com and in Forbes. His blog has thousands of engaged readers. Horace graduated with a Master’s in Computer Engineering and worked in research for five years before moving to management roles in IT.  He attended business school, worked with a number of startups and finally spent eight years with Nokia in Market Intelligence before founding Asymco.

Ben Bajarin
Creative Strategies
Columnist: TIME, Tech.pinions

Ben Bajarin is a partner and principal analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc a market intelligence and research firm. He is a technology columnist for Techpinions.com and Time.com.  He studies personal computing at a global level researching markets and trends and providing analysis and commentary for many Fortune 500 technology companies and industry leaders.  

He speaks regularly at technology industry trade shows like CES, MWC, CTIA, NAB. He also appears regularly on live national and international television media like BBC, BNN, CNN, CNBC, NPR and more.

Paul Brody
Global Business Leader, IBM

Paul Brody has over 15 years in the electronics industry delivering extensive consulting work across supply chain, operations, and business strategy. He leads IBM's global electronics industry services organization, establishing strategic direction, account planning, and product strategy globally for IBM. His client experience includes IBM, HP, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Apple, Canon, Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel, FIAT, Honeywell, and Raytheon, among others.

A sought-after thought leader, he shares his perspectives and research on IBM.com and multiple social networks.  His innovative thinking makes him the go-to expert for companies seeking transformation - especially in emerging markets and from products to services.

Paul's specialties include consumer electronics business strategy, mobile devices, product design, supply chain and operations management.


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Jean-Louis Gassée
Allegis Capital, Monday Note
Former: Apple, Palm

Jean-Louis Gassée is a general partner at the venture capital firm Allegis Capital since 2003. In late 1990, he founded Be, Inc., a multi-media system software company, took it to the Nasdaq in 1999 and sold it to Palm in 2001. Jean-Louis started Apple France in 1981, moved to Cupertino, California in 1985 and became president of the Apple Products Division, covering worldwide product development, manufacturing and product marketing. He has served as a director of publicly traded companies such as Cray Computer Corporation, 3Com and Logitech. He currently sits on the Board of Directors’ of Electronics for Imaging and was until late 2005 Chairman of PalmSource. He is a Mathematics and Physics graduate of Paris (Orsay). He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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Ben Thompson
Stratechery

Ben Thompson is the founder of Stratechery.com where he writes about technology with a specific focus on strategy and business. He is based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ben has worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Automattic, where he focused on strategy, developer relations, and marketing for Apple University, Windows, and WordPress.com. He attended undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majored in the liberal arts along with an extensive course load in mathematics and computer science. After spending six years in Taiwan, where he developed a computer-based system for teaching English, Ben attended Northwestern University, where he received an MBA from Kellogg Business School with a focus on strategy and marketing and a MEM from McCormick Engineering school in Design and Innovation, with a focus on human-centered design.


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Robin Bienfait is executive vice president and chief enterprise innovation officer for Samsung, responsible for building strong partnerships with large global customers to deliver enterprise class services. Robin joins Samsung with over 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering.

Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry for six years, where she led  the enterprise business unit,  end to end security, tier 3 customer service, global network services and corporate IT.  

Born and raised in the South, Robin is from Valdosta, Georgia and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Work life balance and prioritizing family is a value she fervently believes in and maintains, amid a heavy workload and extensive global travel.