2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: Work Meets Personal - Game Changer on Mobile

Written by Megan Simpson | February 14, 2014

At SXSW 2014, John Marshall covers game changing mobile technology

John Marshall serves as president and CEO of AirWatch, the company he founded in 2003 that achieved success managing ruggedized devices. After the iPhone emerged, he shifted the company’s focus to help organizations manage mobile devices for business use. To the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival he brings, “Work Meets Personal: Game Changer on Mobile”. Read our Session Spotlight with Marshall, below, to learn more, and plan to attend on March 9th.

SXSW: Tell us more about the "Work Meet Personal" session you are leading at SXSW.
Marshall: Mobility is driving innovation that makes our personal and professional lives more efficient and productive. Mobile industry veteran John Marshall will explore innovative ways to manage corporate connectivity in a diverse mobile environment with smartphones, tablets, laptops and peripherals, as well as content and apps on these devices.

SXSW: Who will enjoy your session? Why?
Marshall: The kind of attendees that should attend this session are mobility thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and startups. SXSW Interactive registrants should attend this session because I will be discussing the impact of mobile in our current environment and how mobility will impact our lives in the future.

SXSW: What excites you most about this session?
Marshall: Mobile has transformed our personal lives and continues to make our professional lives much more efficient and productive. I am excited to share the latest mobile innovations with SXSW 2014 attendees.

SXSW: In your opinion, why is speaking at SXSW Interactive important?
Marshall: SXSW Interactive is a leading event for startups. I started my company by running Cat-5 cable behind grease vats at local coffee shops for Wi-Fi hotspots and it has now become an influential startup success story with our first funding round taking place in February of 2013, as one of the largest Series A funding rounds in history at $200 million. I am looking forward to providing valuable insight for others looking to disrupt industries.

SXSW: Who do you follow on Twitter and why? What’s your Twitter handle?
Marshall: @bmkatz and @paladorbenjamin - these are the founders and hosts of the weekly #mobilebiz chat, so they're very influential within the enterprise mobility community. I also follow and interact with most of the people who participate in this Twitter chat. My Twitter handle is @AirWatch.

SXSW: What achievement in your life are you most proud of?
Marshall: My biggest achievement is starting my company, AirWatch, and seeing its growth from 150 to 1600+ employees in three years and 10,000 global customers.

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