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From: Christophe Lassus <christophe.lassus@flirtymob.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:34:51 +0200
Message-ID: <5234D67B.3000909@flirtymob.com>
To: public-web-mobile@w3.org
Hi all,

I am the founder and owner of FlirtyMob a mobile Content Provider, which 
was started in London in 2005 as a paid-for mobile teen chatroom, 
targetting the UK market. Our primary focus is the Mobile Web but we do 
apps as well. We are now a team of 10ish, with the core staff based in 
France where I originate from.

My primary area of interest is mobile payment for digital goods. I have 
integrated with a large number of mobile payment providers (psms or 
wapbill), operating in many countries, which also gives me a good 
understanding of mobile regulation across several markets.

Since the beginning, I have always been a very big fan of the Mobile 
Web, for its broad reach and use of open technologies. However, the 
issue we have on the Mobile Internet is monetisation: mobile payment is 
over-regulated, subscription is supported in few markets only, carriers 
pay NET90 in the best case, payouts varies from 20%-30% in emerging 
countries to 60% in mature markets which is pretty low (all these issues 
are solved by Android and iOS in-app payments, bar the fact that it's 
not clear how many iOS/Android accounts have a credit card activated).

I understand that mobile payment is not in the scope of this IG at the 
moment, not sure if it could be; however, I would help tremendously the 
Mobile Web becoming a credible alternative to native apps if some sort 
of payment mechanism emerged.

Since I am one of the guys you are working for and for free, I thought 
it was fair to come say hello and thank you and keep up the good job,



On 09/09/2013 04:48 PM, Dominique Hazael-Massieux wrote:
> Hi,
> I have already sent a few messages to the list, but haven't introduced
> myself yet; since I would love for others to introduce themselves, the
> least I can do is to do it too :)
> I work as part of the W3C staff (W3C has ~80 employees), attached to the
> European host of W3C, ERCIM; I've been at W3C for nearly 13 years, and
> focusing on mobile since 2005.
> Among other things, I was involved in the W3C Mobile Web Initiative
> since its early days, and I have been leading it since 2007; I've acted
> as the staff contact for the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group,
> the Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group; I am currently the staff
> contact for the Device APIs Working Group, the WebRTC Working Group, and
> the Web and Mobile Interest Group.
> For those less familiar with W3C, staff contacts are responsible to
> assist group chairs in running the groups, to ensure the W3C process is
> correctly applied, to coordinate the work of these groups with other
> groups in W3C and elsewhere, etc.
> Beyond my duties in Working Groups, and through funding of European
> research projects, I have been editing and releasing on a quarterly
> basis a document summarizing the various work items in W3C that are
> particularly relevant on mobile:
> “Standards for Web Applications on Mobile”
> http://www.w3.org/Mobile/mobile-web-app-state/
> I'm hoping the IG will consider adopting “Standards for Web Applications
> on Mobile” as one of its deliverables.
> Through European projects again (esp. Webinos, and more recently
> Compose), I have looked at multi- and cross-devices applications based
> on Web technologies; I described an early state of my thoughts on this a
> couple of years ago:
> http://www.w3.org/QA/2011/11/from_hypertext_to_hyperdevices.html
> I feel in general there is a lot of untapped potential for the Web on
> this topic; it handily is one of the topics that are fully in scope for
> this group to look at :)
> More recently, I have been working with Jo Rabin (one of your already
> beloved co-chair) in setting up this very group as a successor to the
> CoreMob Community Group.
> And over the first half of 2013, I have set up and run a task force
> dedicated to "closing the gap with native":
> http://www.w3.org/QA/2013/03/closing_the_gap_with_native_ap.html
> I'll report more extensively on the outcome of that work separately —
> there again, I'm hoping the IG will be instrumental in enacting this
> overall agenda.
> Beyond all this, I remain a (bad) developer at heart, and love to get my
> hands dirty in code to get a better grasp of the issues we often face at
> a more abstract level in W3C groups.
> I have pretty high expectations about the outcomes and impact of this
> group, and I hope I can effectively contribute in making them true :)
> Cheers,
> Dom
Received on Monday, 16 September 2013 14:36:11 UTC

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