The Telecom Council's success is echoing throughout the valley. Here is a sampling of what our members are saying:
Over 110 member companies from over 15 countries participating in over 30 meetings a year...
"At the Telecom Council, we've met
funding partners and a host of decision makers from telecom players
worldwide. The Telecom Council meetings help put us in touch with the
right people and gain critical insight in pitching our story. If you
want to be in the know, you want to be in the Telecom Council."
With nearly half of all 2012 (Q1-Q2_VC dollars being spent in the Silicon Valley, the industry's biggest players are staking a presence here...
"There is a very large
telecommunications industry presence in the Bay Area... now there is a
regional group bringing this ecosystem together the way their SPiF
has brought together the telecom carriers for years now."
Over the past 10 years, 50% of presenters to our Service Provider and Investor Forums entered talks with our members and 20% of those lead to a deal...
"The first contact at our original SPIF
participation did establish a solid rapport with the Telus Ventures team
and ultimately led to where we are today!"
Executives with the tightest schedules are making sure they attend Council meetings...
"It was a great meeting, I will try to
make time to attend more. I'd been meaning to attend others but
something always came up. Now that I've experienced one, I'm going to
'make time' to come..."
The Council has 5 Forums with tailored content to cater to everyone's needs...
"I think you guys put on the best and
most topical events that I've seen relative to mobile."
Benefits beyond meetings deliver unparalleled value to members....
"Swisscom asked The Council for help
identifying companies that could provide coax line filters for 87.5 -
862MHz. Using Council community research and member 'crowdsourcing', The
Council provided us a list of suitable vendors in 1 day. That
[organizational knowledge] is very impressive. Wonder how else Swisscom
could leverage such a powerful group!"
Budgeting membership is easy....
"It was easy to allocate part of my
business development budget to Telecom Council membership because it
saves Immersion more than that in time, money and travel."
The Service Provider Forum reviewed over 200 startups at over 30 meetings in 2012...
"This event was one of the more
productive events I have participated in and our products were perceived
very well by many of the carriers in the room. I connected with several
companies that I think will yield significant follow-up opportunity for
Council meetings draw attendees from around the world, and give them the tools, topics, and time to make real connections...
"Excellent - really well organized and
with great innovative approaches to networking! Better than any
get-together I have been to in Boston."
The Council provides executive networking that is hard to come by...
"This is why I got ABBYY to join,
networking with smart, well-positioned people here in the
At past events, 100% of attending Service Provider Forum (SPIF) members follow-up with at least one presenting start-up...
"The Service Provider Forum has been a
useful connection point for SK Telecom International for years. We've
met many future partners, shared many ideas, and learned from our fellow
members. It has also helped some of our partner's plant roots in Silicon
Valley and helped local companies brand into regions of the world."