News You might have missed: Week of April 20, 2017

ZTE’s Very Bad Week

The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday banned U.S. companies from providing components, software, and other technology to ZTEfor seven years as punishment for violating agreements reached with the US Department of Commerce after ZTE illegally sold phones and equipment to Iran and North Korea. After admitting to busting the sanctions in 2017 and being fined $US1.2 billion, ZTE agreed to take action against employees but failed to do so. The US ban could affect the company’s ability to build smartphones and other equipment because it relies on American processors and Google’s apps.

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Carolina Milanesi

Carolina is a Principal Analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc, a market intelligence and strategy consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and recognized as one of the premier sources of quantitative and qualitative research and insights in tech. At Creative Strategies, Carolina focuses on consumer tech across the board. From hardware to services, she analyzes today to help predict and shape tomorrow. In her prior role as Chief of Research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, she drove thought leadership research by marrying her deep understanding of global market dynamics with the wealth of data coming from ComTech’s longitudinal studies on smartphones and tablets. Prior to her ComTech role, Carolina spent 14 years at Gartner, most recently as their Consumer Devices Research VP and Agenda Manager. In this role, she led the forecast and market share teams on smartphones, tablets, and PCs. She spent most of her time advising clients from VC firms, to technology providers, to traditional enterprise clients. Carolina is often quoted as an industry expert and commentator in publications such as The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She regularly appears on BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox, NBC News and other networks. Her Twitter account was recently listed in the “101 accounts to follow to make Twitter more interesting” by Wired Italy.