Ken Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the United States and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps. He has worked with Bluetooh, HTML5, GPS, SMS, and IVR, and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps; from Bluetooth to HTML5, GPS, SMS, IVR and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. He has worked closely with all the usual suspects--telcos, handset manufacturers, GPS mapping providers, SMS aggregators and industry associations. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees' iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing.
Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Students pitch their businesses to active venture capitalists for a chance to create a real startup company. Ken has been promoting the curriculum around the world through a non-profit organization he started with two of his industry colleagues. Today, the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) sponsors international competitions for university entrepreneurs. Ken has helped organize the past three competitions which have played host to the best university-based mobile startups from virtually every continent.
Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing. As a firm believer in paying it forward, Ken is on the board of several startups and continues to advise and invest in some of the most promising mobile companies in the Silicon Valley, Berlin and Paris.