@ Billboard Mecca: Keynote, Jim Ryan, VP-Consumer Data Products, Cingular


Two things about Jim Ryan — he doesn’t stand still and he doesn’t stop thinking. He started his keynote with comments aimed at the previous panel, urging people to get out of traps like fretting over rev share — “No deal that hasn’t gotten done because we couldn’t agree on a rev share.” He also said it’s time to stop looking at Europe, etc, as being ahead: “Let’s stop talking about that — The U.S. market is the fastest growing market today. … Stop with the inferiority complex. We’re leading. Let’s start to lead.”
Then Ryan boasted about Cingular’s open access: “You can take any url and put it on the homepage of your phone. … We ain’t got a wall, we’ve got a big garden.” He came back to rev share a little later: “It’s not about rev share. It’s about increasing the pie — give people a lot more for a little more and it all works.”
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