Mobile Global grows mobile and web-centric businesses with its partners.
We advise startups and early-stage companies on their business strategies and plans. We invest in and help raise capital for growing businesses.
And we work with established companies, nonprofits and social enterprises to help them leverage the competitive advantages offered by web and mobile in today’s environment.
The Mobile Global Team has built companies, managed projects and worked in the United States, Africa and Latin America, with some experience in Europe and Asia.
Eric Cantor, Managing Director
Eric is an experienced entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial leader who has spent the last fifteen years on the cutting edge of technology and business.
He is the Principal of Mobile Global and manages all of our engagements.
Eric has established, managed, funded and advised startup mobile and Internet technology companies, worked with non-governmental organizations in developing countries, and managed complex projects.
In 1995, he co-founded an Internet Service Provider in the Washington, DC area called Internet Interstate, which was acquired for $7 million USD by Verio, Inc., where he subsequently led regional marketing efforts and e-commerce product management after the company’s initial public offering and until its acquisition by NTT of Japan in 2000.
Eric later served as Vice President of Business Development at BuyDomains.com, a domain name marketplace acquired in an $80 million USD transaction by Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, which later became namemedia.net.
Eric served in a variety of positions at Acumen Fund, a social investment fund working in India and Africa, and established a technology program to enhance the automation of pro-poor businesses.
More recently, he led the establishment of the Application Laboratory in Uganda aimed at leveraging the power of the mobile phone to reach underserved communities. This initiative won a 2010 Global Mobile Award at the GSM World Congress for its Google SMS products. Under Eric’s leadership, AppLab attracted seed investment of $5 million USD from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish the Community Knowledge Worker business designed to revitalize information flows in African agriculture. Eric also helped establish similar initiatives in Ghana, Kenya, Columbia and Indonesia to demonstrate the potential of mobile phones to address specific information gaps in rural markets.
Since the early days of his Internet career, Eric has advised, supported, initiated and invested in startup initiatives, writing and contributing to numerous business plans. He is an experienced seed-stage investor and is a member of Angel List. He continues to work with select entrepreneurs in an advisory capacity.
Eric has spoken at a number of mobile industry conferences and meetings, and lectured at Columbia University and Makerere University. He is an Executive-in-Residence at Integrity Square. He is also a mentor at New York’s Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator and a member of the General Assemb.ly community.
TKI : NY interviews Eric Cantor:
An Afro-Tech Fan Boy From New York
NY Times Thomas’ Friedman quotes Eric:
AppLab wins 2010 Global Mobile Award:
Eric thanked for and quoted in Economist 2009 Special Report on Mobile Phones:
NYTimes on Mobile Phones in Africa: