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TMCNet:  Skype's Christensen to Keynote INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2008

[August 11, 2008]

Skype's Christensen to Keynote INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2008

NORWALK, Conn. --(Business Wire)-- Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC(R)) announced today that Jonathan Christensen, General Manager for Audio and Video at Skype, has agreed to deliver a keynote address at its INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2008 (ITEXPO), to be held from September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Christensen's address, which is open to all registered attendees, will take place Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM PDT. Registration for the conference is now open at Mr. Christensen will also be participating in a panel session discussing Open Source vs. Proprietary VoIP earlier the same day, at 9:00 AM PDT.

ITEXPO(TM), held since 1999, is the world's largest and best-attended communications trade show. Featuring three days of educational sessions, featured speakers, networking events, and exhibit hall interaction, the event is expected to attract over 7,000 attendees.

"Skype is one of the most influential forces in the communications industry and continues to provide innovation as the company and product expands," said Rich Tehrani, TMC President and conference chairman. "That is why I truly believe that attendees of ITEXPO will really appreciate the presentation from Jonathan Christensen, who will share insights into the future of both Skype and the industry as a whole."

"Communications is shifting rapidly from hard-wired hardware dedicated for things like phone calls and faxes to IP-connected multi-purpose computing platforms - including mobile devices - that can handle universal conversations," said Jonathan Christensen, General Manager of Audio and Video at Skype. "As the industry does this, we're seeing a greater opportunity for software that delivers richer multimodal conversations that span chat, presence, voice, video, moods, SMS and file sharing in real-time."

Jonathan Christensen has more than 15 years of experience shaping strategy for the growth of IP communications in start-ups and world class organizations such as Skype, Microsoft, and Time Warner. In 2005, Jonathan co-founded Camino Networks where he was CEO until it was acquired by Skype. He is currently a senior member of the Skype team leading core technology development for audio and video, as well as initiatives for voice quality, network interconnect, and business adoption.

Prior to Skype/Camino, Jonathan was CTO and VP of products at FaceTime Communications, where he led the company's product strategy in a shift from call center applications to real time communications security solutions. At Microsoft, Jonathan lead program management for the company's Real-Time Communications group and delivered the first generation of its SIP based products (aka Live Communications Server). Christensen also held group manager roles in the Network Solutions Groups and MSN Voice Services groups where he was responsible for business and product development.

Prior to joining Microsoft Corporation, Jonathan held management positions at Time Warner, pioneering commercial Internet services including access, hosting, and Web design. While at Time Warner, he was instrumental in bringing to market the first generation of consumer broadband services.

Registration for ITEXPO is now open. Anyone interested may register by visiting Limited booth space is still available as well. Vendors interested in exhibiting at the show should contact Dave Rodriguez at 1-203-852-6800, ext. 146 or at

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is an integrated global media company helping our clients build communities in print, in-person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and IMS Magazine. TMC is also the first publisher to test new products in its own on-site laboratories, TMC Labs. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by nearly one million US visitors according to Quantcast* and by two to three million unique visitors each month worldwide, according to Webtrends. In addition, TMC produces INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO, Call Center 2.0 Conference and Communications Developer Conference.

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