Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 14:00 – 13:30
Roman Kitka, Genesis Campus, USA
Abstract: DNA of a Successful Entrepreneur and Start-up Panel Format
The true entrepreneur is driven by passion, not discretion, by flexibility, not doggedness, by quirkiness, not rationalism, and by a highly individualistic drive to succeed.
Bio: Roman Kikta is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Genesis Campus, an early stage venture capital fund, incubator and accelerator based in Dallas Texas. A wireless industry visionary, Roman has held key management positions in product planning & development, marketing, strategic planning and business & market development with leading wireless industry companies: Nokia, Panasonic, GoldStar, and OKI Telecom. He is also a co-founder of SpeedLink, and Global Wireless Holdings (GWH). Roman is an acknowledged expert on market trends and on the role of technologies on society. As a product planner, he is credited with developing several wireless industry "firsts" and is regarded as a wireless industry pioneer. The cellular industry firsts included: pay-phone, cellular PBX and voice recognition dialer, in addition to several generations of mobile, transportable, and portable phone designs. He also led the initial product launch of PCS in the US. Roman is the co-author of four books published by McGraw Hill including "Wireless Internet Crash Course," "3G for Wireless Demystified," and "Delivering xDSL." In 2000, he was honored with the prestigious Fellow award by the Radio Club of America for his contributions to the wireless industry and was named a 2001 High Tech All-Star by DFW Tech Biz. Roman serves on the Board of Directors for Mobile Radius, Transat Technologies, Prophesi Technologies. Roman is a Member of the American Electronics Association's (AeA) Texas Council Board of Directors; Charter Member of TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs); Member of the Advisory Council, Entrepreneurs North Texas Foundation; and Member of the Executive Education Advisory Council for the University of Texas at Dallas, School of Management; He has a B.A. degree in History and Economics from Rutgers University, and has completed management programs at New York University. Roman is a frequently invited speaker on future wireless technologies, innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital issues in the United States and internationally.