Gary Vaynerchuk at Crosstalk

The annual Oracle Retail user's conference, Crosstalk, will be held in Washington D.C. June 21-24.  I'm told we already have more retailers registered this year than in past years, so I'm really looking forward to meeting new people.  Our new general manager, Mike Webster, will be there along with Oracle's president, Mark Hurd.  I often hear from attendees that this event is great because its focused on retailers talking to other retailers about solving business problems. 

This year I'll be in three sessions.  I'll be on a panel led by Susan Reda discussing Moving The Needle; I'll be presenting Mobile Trends in Retail (one of my favorite topics), and I'll lead our Innovation Power Session.  This is where we have several innovators present one-after-the-other for 15 minutes each.  Kinda think of the presenters as start-ups and the audience as the VC -- let's see who gets funding!

Ok, enough plugging.

I'm encouraged by Google's move into NFC and am waiting to see how Apple and Microsoft counter.  From what I've seen, the Google Wallet is our best chance at moving mobile payment forward in the U.S.  Below is a short video describing the program from Gary Vaynerchuk, who by the way, has the closing keynote at Crosstalk.  Ha- I got one extra plug in!

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David Dorf, Sr Director Technology Strategy for Oracle Retail, shares news and ideas about the retail industry with a focus on innovation and emerging technologies.


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