Mobile First Speaker LineUp: Joe Hewitt, Omar Hamoui, Kevin Systrom, And More

Update: The tickets are now sold out. Stay tuned for more next week.

At the end of this month, we are putting on a Mobile First CrunchUp, which will focus on the increasingly popular strategy of creating a mobile product first, and a regular Web product second, if ever. Mobile is just a more interesting part of the Web right now for many reasons—iPhone/Android, tablets, location-aware apps, cell phone cameras, GPS.

People are so interested in this topic that tickets sold out before I even announced any speakers. Well, if you bought a ticket, you won’t be sorry because the speakers are awesome. Joe Hewitt, the former Facebook engineer who created its iPhone app—one of the most downloaded of all time—and then left Facebook to pursue a more native HTML5 approach to creating mobile apps, will talk about native versus mobile Web apps. Omar Hamoui, the founder of Admob, which he sold to Google for $750 million, is now doing Churn Labs, which churns our one mobile project after another. He was doing mobile first before it was cool. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom built the most popular photo-sharing app with hardly a Web presence at all. Other speakers will include Soundtracking’s Steve Jang, Tango’s Eric Setton, Foursquare’s Tristan Walker, Kleiner Perkins’ Chi-Hua Chien, and August Capital’s Howard Hartenbaum.

If you didn’t get a ticket, don’t worry. We’ll be livestreaming the event right here on July 29. The Mobile First Crunchup will precede our annual summer party at August Capital.  There are still tickets for just the party, and we are releasing another batch of 100 tickets right now.

Below is the line-up of confirmed speakers so far (we’ll be adding a few more). And if you have a great mobile product that you want to launch for the first time at the event, contact me.


Chi-Hua Chien, partner Kleiner Perkins
Matías Duarte, Director of User Experience, Android
Omar Hamoui, Churn Labs
Howard Hartenbaum, partner August Capital
Joe Hewitt, software engineer
Steve Jang, CEO Schematic Labs/Soundtracking
Jake Mintz, co-founder Bump Technologies
Eric Setton, co-founder Tango
Kevin Systrom, CEO Instagram
Tristan Walker, director business development, Foursquare

The combined CrunchUp – Summer Party also gives us a great sponsorship platform for start-ups and brands to reach both conference and networking attendees. Please contact Jeanne Logozzoor Heather Harde to learn more about sponsorship packages and custom opportunities.