Kurt Hoppe, Director of Smart TV Innovation & Alliances at LG Electronics, offers an exploration of cable apps and interactivity across consumer devices."
Leslie Ellis is an independent technology columnist, analyst, author, and owner of Translation-Please.com and Ellis Edits, Inc., based in Denver, CO. She writes a weekly column for Multichannel News called â€œTranslation Please,â€ now in its 12th year, and aimed at demystifying commonly-used cable and broadband technology terms. (Archived here: www.translation-please.com)
Ellis wrote the A-to-Z dictionary â€œDefinitive Broadband: Next Generation,â€ in November, 2005, as a follow-on to â€œDefinitive Broadband,â€ published in May 2001. She co-authored â€œThe Field Guide to Broadband,â€ published in October 2002. Additionally, Ellis was a contributing author for the September, 2003 release of â€œPlanet Broadband,â€ a hardcover book describing a vision of the future as foretold by cable modem inventor Rouzbeh Yassini.
Ms. Ellis serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), a role that began in 2001. She received the National Cable Telecommunication Associationâ€™s Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates in 2005, and the Rocky Mountain Women In Cable & Telecom (WICT) chapterâ€™s â€œWoman of the Yearâ€ in Technology accolade in 2007. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Society of Cable & Telecommunications and the national Women in Cable & Telecommunications organization.
Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associatesâ€™ Senior Technology Analyst. Ellis was Senior Technology Editor for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998, and managing editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994. She was a contributing editor to CED Magazine from 1999-2008, and a technology research consultant for Bear Stearns & Co. until May of 2008. She began in the cable industry in 1987 by writing hardware and software manuals for Telecommunication Products Corp., then a maker of ad insertion gear.
Kurt is a business development and product marketing expert focused on IP Services, Connected Consumer Electronics and Telecom. He has spent more than 10 years collaboratively creating, marketing, and monetizing broadband digital services for an ever-growing list of Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, TVs, networking equipment and emerging systems.
Graduating at the top of his Computer Science class, Kurt had a successful Air Force career, attaining the rank of Captain before moving on to the private sector, where he focuses on telecommunications and high-tech.
Over his career, Kurt has been actively involved with numerous high-profile projects, delivering solutions to millions of consumers. Highlights include: Netscape, Microsoft, Intel, 2Wire, AT&T U-Verse, Amdocs, and Paul Allenâ€™s Digeo/Moxi.
Kurt currently operates an executive management consultancy based in the Southwest, where he helps leadership teams bring emerging technology solutions to new markets.