SOURCE: Ribbit

March 05, 2008 15:30 ET

Ribbit Co-Founder Crick Waters to Deliver Keynote at Inaugural Emerging Communications Conference

New Voiceware Economy to Drive Telephony Innovation in Silicon Valley and Beyond

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Ribbit co-founder and SVP of Strategy and Business Development, Crick Waters, has been selected to deliver the Friday keynote at the inaugural Emerging Communications Conference (eComm) to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Silicon Valley as it drives the next wave of telephony innovation. The keynote presentation, "Building the New Voiceware: A Silicon Valley Approach to Telephony Innovation," takes place on Friday, March 14 at 9:00am. eComm 2008, "The Trillion Dollar Industry Rethink," takes place on March 12-14, 2008 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

"Silicon Valley has become the new hub of telephony innovation," said Crick Waters, co-founder and SVP of Strategy and Business Development at Ribbit. "The telecommunications industry has experienced more disruption and innovation in the past year than it has in the past two decades. eComm has brought together the players that will create and lead the next generation of telephony and set the trends for the coming years."

Ribbit is driving the first wave of voiceware, a new category of application that is beginning to transform the telephony market. These next-generation applications enable developers to bridge the gap between traditional telephony and the Web, to easily integrate voice communication into the flow of business and personal life.

"The traditional telecommunications industry has been stagnant for far too long, and now it's time to completely rewrite the industry," said Lee S. Dryburgh, eComm 2008 conference organizer and chair. "Ribbit and voiceware are great examples of the new trends being unleashed, and nothing will stand still over the next five years. Telcos thus far failed to deliver open programmable telco platforms, so now entrants such as Ribbit are leading the way."

Ribbit, Silicon Valley's First Phone Company™, came out of stealth mode late last year to unveil its SmartSwitch™, a breakthrough open platform for developing telephony services and a new business model for serving the new global telephony market. Most recently, Ribbit announced its first voiceware application, Amphibian™, and the Ribbit Marketplace, an online marketplace for its 3,000+ developer community to distribute new voiceware applications to consumer and business users.

About eComm™ 2008

eComm 2008 -- the inaugural Emerging Communications Conference -- was born from the ashes of O'Reilly's ETel Conference to track and help drive the major disruption beginning to transform the multi-trillion dollar telecommunications industry. From industry visionaries to bleeding-edge technologies, cutting-edge academic projects to incumbent telecom players and garage-based hackers, eComm is designed as the only telecommunication forum to embrace and promote radical change. eComm is poised to make history on March 12-14, 2008, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. For more information and conference registration, please visit www.ecommmedia.com.

About Ribbit

Ribbit is working with the best and brightest technology and business leaders to start and develop Silicon Valley's first phone company. Our mission is to "liberate voice from the device, and integrate it into the workflow of life, both business and personal." By providing a world-class telephone carrier infrastructure -- and the first open platform for Internet and voice developers -- we are helping to unleash innovation across the entire telephony marketplace, from the development of leading-edge consumer voice services to the integration of voice with the world's best business applications.

Ribbit headquarters are located in Mountain View, CA. Ribbit has received investment from Alsop-Louie Partners, Allegis Capital and KPG Ventures. For more information about Ribbit, please visit www.ribbit.com.

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