TEX LA will feature five CEO Roundtables. These roundtables are an opportunity for key CEOs to share their predictions for tech and telecom’s future and to participate in casual Q&A sessions moderated by industry analysts and journalists.

CEO Roundtable 1

If It Can Be Hacked… Network Security & The New Reality

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

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Robert Powell

Editor & Creator

Telecom Ramblings


As hospitals and content providers line up to pay hackers to release their data or not exploit their unreleased shows, IDG Research estimates that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Industry spectators and analysts consider cyber security at the top of the list of concerns, as it poses the largest threat for potential disruption of technology and industry growth. This roundtable will explore what’s next in cyber hacking, content theft, and network best practices as we prep for the new reality of a connected world.

CEO Roundtable 2

Content Providers, OpEx and the Future of Data Centers

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM


Ronald Gruia

Director of Emerging Telecoms

Frost & Sullivan


Simon Lee

Director, Centeris

Managing Director, Sapience Capital Partners


Traditional data center business models have shifted as content providers like Google, Riot Games, Blizzard, Facebook, and Salesforce have identified cost and operational benefits from abandoning outsourced infrastructure and investing in their own facilities. How does this trend impact data center operators globally? How do hyperscale data centers monetize their assets while also manage the expanding needs of their end users? This roundtable will explore options, opportunities and what’s next.

CEO Roundtable 3

Get Ready For the Olympics LA: IoT, Smart Cities, & Infrastructure Predictions

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

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Rob Barlow

Chief Executive Officer


The Year 2028 is not as far off as it may sound, particularly as Los Angeles readies its infrastructure to host the Olympics. Meanwhile, technology developments are in overdrive, with smart objects turning into smart homes and then into smart cities. How will LA and other tech-driven cities redefine the ‘connected’ opportunities of tomorrow? From global sporting events, to health care, security, mobility and even water management, our new tomorrow in urban and network planning is here today.  What's in store for next-gen technologies as well as infrastructure and how can we as an industry be prepared?

CEO Roundtable 4

TransPacific Connectivity Challenges & Opportunities

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

A shared (and largely untapped) opportunity exists between American tech companies and their Asian counterparts. As new business opportunities arise across the Pacific, high-speed interconnection and data center access between the continents becomes increasingly critical.  Asia-PAC has bolstered its bandwidth resources with the completion of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable, and the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC), yet there remains significant opportunities for growth. This roundtable will explore the burgeoning opportunities and challenges for TransPacific cable builders, datacenter operators, OTTs and more.

CEO Roundtable 5

AI, Skynet, Ethics & Threats: What’s Next for Human & Robot Races

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM





Tech influencers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have donated significant time and money to explain AI as a threat and to figure out new ways to advance the technology ethically.  Who controls AI?  Corporations, governments, select individuals, or the machines?  And with AI having the ability to grow exponentially, since it will hypothetically be able to improve itself, at what point will intelligence surpass its creators and become unrestricted development and/or control? This Roundtable will explore AI developments, safeguards and potential next steps.

Check out the topic and speakers from our November 2016 event.