Gearing up for next week’s first annual M1 (“Mobile-First”) Summit, Techonomy sat down with M1 host and entrepreneur Nihal Mehta to talk about his vision for what he calls the first mobile innovation conference of its kind. Mehta, who is also a founding general partner of Eniac Ventures, says he’s launching M1 to fill a gap in the mobile conference world—the need for an advanced-level event that goes beyond the basic ABCs of mobile innovation to explore in depth what boundaries are being pushed and what’s expected to happen next. “Disruption is inevitable and it’s happening very quickly,” Mehta told us. “Instead of pushing it away and inhibiting it you gotta embrace it. If you push it away it’s going to potentially destroy your business.”
The M1 Summit will debut May 20 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. It features American Express CEO Ken Chenault along with executives from such leading companies as AT&T, Samsung, and Visa. Techonomy, a proud media partner of M1, will be there, too, with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick joining David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Company, for a fireside chat.