Joel Espelien

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Joel Espelien is an accomplished strategist and mobile entrepreneur who regularly advises companies on new business initiatives, growth strategies, corporate partnerships and VC financing, ecosystems and developer programs, standards initiatives and value-chain positioning.

Prior to TDG, Joel was a senior executive at PacketVideo Corporation, the first company to publicly demonstrate live video streaming to a mobile phone. Joel joined PV as one of its first employees in 1999 and until December 2012, held senior executive positions in business development, corporate strategy, legal affairs and general management. In addition to his work at TDG, Joel is an active entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor and advisor in the start-up community. Joel is a licensed attorney in California and Washington.

Joel graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in Political Science, Spanish and German and holds a JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law. Joel is bilingual in English and Spanish and lives on Mercer Island, Washington with his wife and three sons


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