What's next for the Digital Living Room
The video entertainment business is in the midst of a dramatic shift in the fundamental assumptions that have driven it for decades. Video delivery is moving from traditional broadcast media to 2-way, IP-based delivery. Families used to gather around a single, shared TV set - now, parents and kids each have their own screens, which range in size from 4 inches to 104 inches. Content used to come solely from Hollywood, now anyone can be the next YouTube star. DVRs are now household words and yet we still consider the night to be Game of Thrones night. TV and movies are inherently social experiences, but mobile phones and social media are taking that experience to the next level. In light of the current trends in TV and movies, our panelists will discuss their thoughts on the current state of the digital living room as well as opportunities for innovation.
Margret Schmidt is TiVo's Chief Design Officer, and Vice President of Design & Engineering. She is responsible for the design and development of all domestic and international TiVo products, including DVR and set-top box software, and iOS, Android, and Web apps. Margret is an invited speaker on design and innovation, including SXSW, CES, The TV of TomorrowShow, Lead On CA, and U.C. Berkeley.
Margret holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. She has a 2006 Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, and has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable (Top Women in Technology list) for five years running (2010-2014) by CableFAX Magazine. She is a 2013 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women honoree, and one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence 2013. Margret has been with TiVo since 2001, and holds seven patents. You can follow her at @tivodesign.
Moderator: Imran Maskatia
Imran Maskatia currently serves as an investor and advisor to startups in the consumer technology and media space. He founded Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, and lead the product management, user experience, and customer support business functions. He led the development of the video backend platform and 18 different client applications, serving subscription and transactional video to millions of customers. Previously, he led software engineering and program management teams at Microsoft, building TV platforms for AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and other telco and cable companies. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University focusing in Human-Computer Interaction. He has been named as an inventor on 30+ patents (pending). He enjoys community activism, making ice cream, and playing with his daughters.
Ahmed Shah is a technology veteran and has spent his career working in the software, networking and IT industry. Most recently he held the position of Vice President of strategy and partnerships at Rovi Corporations where he shepherded Rovi’s strategic plan in digital entertainment by sourcing and executing strategic partnerships in this space. Prior to that Ahmed was at Neustar where he led their digital information strategy.
Ahmed has spent many years at Cisco where he served in various capacities, including leading Cisco’s internal incubator and starting new businesses for Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco, Ahmed was at McKinsey & Company advising technology companies on business and product strategy. Ahmed has a technology background and has spent time developing and marketing products at companies like Oracle. Ahmed has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineer and Computer Science from MIT.