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 owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel and broadband delivery systems. Specific focus is "translating" the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service providers. She writes the weekly “Translation Please” column for Multichannel News, now in its 14th 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 “Definitive Broadband: Next Generation,” in November, 2005, as a follow-on to “Definitive Broadband,” published in May 2001. She co-authored “The Field Guide to Broadband,” published in October 2002. Additionally, Ellis was a contributing author for the September, 2003 release of “Planet Broadband,” which describes a vision of the future as foretold by cable modem inventor Rouzbeh Yassini. Since 2001, Ms. Ellis serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). She received the National Cable Telecommunication Association’s Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates in 2005. She received the Rocky Mountain Women in Cable & Telecom chapter’s “Woman of the Year” of Technology in 2007. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Society of Cable & Telecommunications Engineers and national Women in Cable and Telecommunications. Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associates’ 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 began in the cable industry in 1987, writing hardware and software manuals for an advertising insertion company.
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.