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Will the shows go on? Coronavirus, MWC cancellation hang over tech conferences

Read the full article on For months, Metawave Corp. eagerly anticipated one of its most important events of the year: 20 one-on-one meetings with key business partners that would launch the San Diego-based startup’s business plans into 2020.

Those meetings were set at a private suite in Barcelona, Spain, to coincide with the influential Mobile World Congress convention. When that show was canceled due to fears about the COVID-19 outbreak, Metawave was forced to traverse the U.S. to make good on all of its MWC appointments.

“It was an inconvenience because it created more work for us in terms of travel,” Metawave Chief Executive Maha Achour told MarketWatch in a phone interview. “I’ll need to go to Silicon Valley and New York for meetings. The rest will be over Zoom.” Achour, whose company focuses on radar sensing for automated driving and wireless solutions for 5G deployments, was one of a handful of startup CEOs who agreed to broach the topic of the effects of MWC’s cancellation. Most declined to discuss their plans to make up for the lost week of face-to-face time with potential customers and partners. Read the full article on

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