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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

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Elks Club in Goleta 
150 N. Kellogg Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111

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Barbara Keaney 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 

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Shuki Lehavi, Mike PughShuki Lehavi
Mike Pugh


From Web to Mobile:
Transitioning without Missing a Beat

How do we leapfrog from a web focus to a mobile focus? Should we use iOS and Android native apps or HTML5 and Responsive Design for mobile sites? Should we charge our users through mobile web or in-app purchases? Should the backend to our apps be on Google App Engine, Amazon Web Services, or our own data center? These are some of the questions that the Mobile team at j2 Global® is tackling right now.

j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS:JCOM) a leading provider of Cloud/SaaS-based services for business. The company serves more than 10 million users through brands such as eFax® and eVoice®. Long an innovator on the web, the company’s initial mobile apps were simple extensions of the web experiences. This presentation will outline the company’s current transition to a “mobile first” strategy as it positions itself for continued growth.

Shuki Lehavi is an avid technologist and a Mobile entrepreneur. He currently serves as Director of Engineering, Mobile and APIs for j2 Global, Inc. Prior to j2 Global®, Shuki was the founder and CEO of, a Mobile development platform company that served over 30,000 mobile sites and apps for leading publishers and technology providers globally. At Gumiyo, he lead the company from inception to a successful acquisition by a large private equity fund. His experience includes over 15 years of successful experience in managing and developing enterprise applications in the banking, healthcare, automotive, and mobile industries.Mr. Lehavi is also a Board member at the Los Angeles Ventura Association ( and enjoys working with founders and solving business, product and technology problems. When he is not working around the clock, he spends time with his wife and 3 kids, and gets bypassed every year at the LA Marathon by the group of Elvis impersonators

Mike Pugh is hands-on technology marketing leader with a passion for building strong brands, developing innovative business models, and driving profitable revenue. He currently serves as VP of Marketing for j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS:JCOM), the company behind leading brands including eFax®, eVoice®, KeepItSafe®, Ziff Davis, PCMag, and IGN. Before joining j2 Global®, Mike held leadership positions in marketing, product management, and business development roles spread across the hardware, software, internet, and consulting industries. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor in Southern California. When off the clock and away from technology, Mike likes to play basketball, fly fish, tend garden, and spend time with his family.

This meeting is sponsored in part by Community West Bank

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Our meetings are held at the Santa Barbara Elks Club at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue, just off Calle Real in Goleta. Please park on the mountain side of the Elks building and use the front door. SEC meets in the first room to the left. When you RSVP, you can choose either the hot meal option or an endless salad and soup bar. (If you do not RSVP, you may be limited to the salad bar option only.) Both options include drinks and dessert. 

From our Co-Presidents:   We look forward to seeing you May 14th for this interesting meeting concerning the future of business communications and also on June 11th for Dr. Pradeep San of UCSB's Advanced Graphics Lab presentation.                                             -- Tim Murphy and Gary Kravetz