Koreans starting to make ‘entrepreneurship’ noise


Finally getting plugged into the Korean entrepreneur scene – while still a ways to go, encouraged by the work done by the Korea Innovation Center (KIC).  Great with by Dr. Jay Kim and Jongwon (JP) Park. Hopefully more to come.



Importance of inspiring the next generation of leaders


NSF I-corp – great program


As a mentor for the MIT team for the NSF I-Corp program, I must say it was an experience well-worth the time and effort – customer discovery re-defined.  Appreciative of the fact that key insights can come out of data-driven discovery of potential customers …  100% supportive of this great program.


Sunny Ahn NSF mentor

MWC parties for 2012


For those going to MWC next week, a good site to find out about the latest parties in Barcelona..


Perfect opportunity for those to make new connections with various people..

Mobile World Congress time again


Every February, the mobile world makes its way to Barcelona, Spain to find out about the latest mobile developments.  I look forward to see the latest in the telecommunication world, including new devices, platform services such as OTT video and the evolution of wireless infrastructure, particularly around small cell/hetnet architectures.  If you are going, do let me know… I’ll be there to write about it..

Context Connect gets another patent in directory services


Congrats again to my company, Context Connect, for receiving another patent, this time in China.   For more information, visit the company site at www.contextconnect.com

Cell phone companies work together on universal chargers


Finally, the days of trying to figure out which cord goes with which mobile phone are hopefully over.  The mobile phone industry, specifically seventeen mobile phone manufacturers and operators, yesterday committed to developing a universal cell phone charger/adapter by 2012.  While on the surface such an announcement might be small in comparison with billion of dollars spent on network deployments, this industry based initiative could provide an estimated 50% reduction in standby energy consumption and thousands of ton of duplicate chargers – greatly reducing its carbon footprint.

Also, there is the added benefit for consumers of cheaper costs (with no charger cord) and less expenses for OEMs.  Companies that have joined the initiative include AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.  Key industry players not included are Apple, RIM and Palm. 

ZTE launches its own solar powered mobile phone


ZTE has launched its own solar powered mobile phone, the Coral-200 Solar.  What makes this annoucement more interesting is the target market for the device, specifically the emerging markets.  Given the lack of power outlets in many developing areas, inexpensive, solar powered devices makes complete sense.  in a recent announcement, the China-based ZTE has partnered with Jamaica’s Digicel Group to rollout the ‘world’s first mass-market solar cellphone to folks with limited or o access to the power grid.” 

It is expected to be available by June 2009.  More to come later..

By 2010, all Nokia phones will be brominated & chlorinated free


Based on information from the Nokia website, Nokia will remove all brominated and chlorinated compounds as well as antimony trioxide from all phones by 2010.  In Nov 2008, Nokia introduced its first device, the Nokia 7100 Supernova, which was free of brominated compounds.  


At present, the typical Nokia mobile phone has the following material breakdown:

  • Plastics: 45%
  • Metals: 35%
  • Glass and ceramics: 10%
  • Battery electrodes: 9%
  • Precious metals: 0.11%
  • Other: 0.9%

Nokia also reports that all new Nokia phones developed since 2006 are PVC free and RoHS compliant (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment).  


For more information on Nokia’s material/substances plans, visit http://www.nokia.com/A41041092

More information on the Nokia 3110 Evolve


Based on the information from Nokia, the Nokia 3110 Evolve features include:

  • 50% of its bio covers come from renewable sources
  • Has Nokia’s most energy efficient charger, AC-8 (the charger delivers juice at a full 94% below Energy Star specification)
  • phone is made of 60% recycled content

The Nokia 3110 Evolve is based on the original 3110 classic, a phone that has a 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio and tri-band GSM radio.  Based on Nokia studies, the Nokia 3110 Evolve has 15 to 20% lower energy consumption during its lifecycle than comparable products.