Crick Waters, Co-founder, SVP Strategy and Business Development, Ribbit

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time: 4:15 - 4:30 PM

Location: Salon E

"Transmutation" through "survival of the fittest" or "genetic migration?"  Will the convergence of programmable telephony and Internet communications change the evolutionary mechanism of this two trillion dollar industry?

Telecommunications is not the first industry to face disruptive technology shifts that destabilize and threaten incumbent business models. Far from it. A number of industries have experienced and survived tumultuous disruptions even more profound than those facing today's incumbent carriers.

Through these episodes there are companies that have survived and those that have succumbed. Best practices and successful strategies used by the leading incumbents in those industries serve to illustrate how carriers can successfully respond to today's changing landscape.

To commemorate Darwin's 200th birthday, Feb 12 2009, let's consider an Origin of Species lens to look at how industries might adapt to survive environmental change. Can the concept of Natural Selection be reasonably applied to technology innovation?

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