Anousheh Ansari to Speak at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing: East Summit

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Prodea CEO and Co-Founder to Participate in Roundtable Q&A

WHAT: Prodea Systems CEO and Co-Founder Anousheh Ansari will participate in a roundtable panel at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit: East, which focuses on innovation and disruption at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology. Ansari will partake in the “Planning for 2050: Mars, Lunar Colonies & 20,000 Leagues under the Sea” session, which will explore the future of space travel, private investment in space enterprises, and the colonization of the ocean, the moon and Mars.

WHO: The panel will be moderated by Tom Keene, editor-at-large of Bloomberg News and co-host of "Bloomberg Surveillance" and Bloomberg TV & Radio. Ansari will be joined by the following panelists:

  • Eric Anderson, Co-Founder, Space Adventures; Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources
  • Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer & Documentary Filmmaker
  • Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ
  • Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anousheh Ansari launched Prodea Systems alongside her husband, Hamid Ansari and brother-in-law Amir Ansari in 2006. That same year, Anousheh blasted off into space for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Prior to Prodea, the Ansari family founded Telecom Technologies (TTI) and developed one of the telecommunications industry’s first softswitch platforms that helped enable the global adoption of Voice over IP (VoIP). TTI was acquired by Sonus Networks in 2000 for approximately $1.2 billion, one of the largest acquisitions in the telecommunications market at that time. The acquisition helped fund Prodea and the Ansari-X Prize.

WHEN: Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit: East will take place on October 16, 2014. The “Planning for 2050: Mars, Lunar Colonies & 20,000 Leagues under the Sea” session will take place at 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit: East will be held at Location05 (509 West 34th St.) in New York.

Media or analysts interested in one-on-one meetings with Anousheh Ansari, CEO and co-founder of Prodea Systems at Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit: East should contact Marta Weissenborn at MartaWeissenborn(at)mcgrathpower(dot)com.

About Prodea Systems
Prodea is the first company that delivered on the promise of the connected home while finally making a seamless connected life possible for everyone. The Prodea Residential Operating System (ROS®) is a unified platform of the Internet of Things that enables diverse Service Providers worldwide to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver autonomous, agnostic and easy to use connectivity and services between people, data and devices. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Prodea maintains additional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, London, Johannesburg, and Dubai, UAE. For more information about Prodea Systems, please visit:


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