Angel Launch Investor Forum
- San Francisco
March 3, Thursday: Demo Night at GDC
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM (PST)
Join iHollywood Demo Night at GDC Including Party.
If you purchase ticket for dinner and program, you can attend the investors workshop, panel and dinner which is amazing value.
If you purchase party ticket, you can arrive after 7:45 pm.
LOCATED NEAR EMBARCADERO BART
YOU CAN ALSO RSVP FOR OTHER EVENTS: FREE PARTY AT NAB APRIL 12 in LAS VEGAS
4:30-6:15 Investing and Pitch Workshop: Attracting Funding and Strategic Investors for Startups
Hear from venture capitalists, angel investors and strategic investors on how to obtain funding, hot areas of investing, relationships with investors, and attracting capital. Five startups give a 5 minute pitch to the panel of investors and hear their feedback. The focus is on startups in digital media, apps, games, mobile and web services or applications. If you would like to pitch, send an email to demo@SocialTVMedia.com for details.
Panelists and Judges:
6:15- 7:00: Cocktails, networking and dinner reception
7:00-7:50 Panel -Top Trends for Games: Mobile, Online, and Social Media
View startup demos on stage.
We survey the top new trends in games -- including social games, online, downloads, mobile apps, augmented reality, gamification, fremium, MMP and 3D. Who are 2011's winners and losers? Can console game companies survive the onslaught? Where will the best jobs be? And how can your company cash in? Understand how to build for new platforms, business strategies to become successful, and how you can tap into these new networks. We discuss these hot new areas and taking advantage of new business opportunities:
David Lord, CEO, Knowledge Adventure
David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital
Roy Lawrence Ashok, Augmented Reality Product Manager, QUALCOMM
Woody Levin, CEO, BringIt
Moderator: Ben Esplin, Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC
8:00 to 10:00: Demos and Networking Party
Cancellation Policy: We do not offer any refunds or credits on purchased tickets. However, you may transfer them to someone else by giving us the name of the new user.
WANT TO APPLY TO SPEAK:
Send us your bio, areas of expertise, examples of customers or partners, and suggested topics to email@example.com. There is no fee to speak and sponsorship is not required.
WANT TO KNOW WHO ALREADY PLANS TO ATTEND?
You can view the names of everyone who plans to attend at the end of this page.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
If you are involved in games, consumer electronics, software, hardware, entertainmetn and media, digital media, broadband and web services, broadcast, film, cable, or web services and operations, TV, games; IPTV; mobile and wireless, telecom; technology, investing, finance, production: development, acquisition, pre-production, content creation, advertising, post production, marketing, distribution and exhibition.
APPLY TO SPEAK:
There is no fee required to speak. If you want to apply to speak on a panel for either of these events, send an email to Speakers@SocialTVMedia.com with "speak" in the subject line, name of the event, contact info, bios, and areas of expertise. We do not charge to speak and speakers are selected based on expertise.
STARTUPS, APPLY TO GIVE A DEMO OR PITCH FOR FUNDS TO INVESTORS:
Apply now to give a 5 minute pitch to panel of investors and hear their feedback. This takes place during the investing workshoop with a panel of investors-VCs, angels, strategic and banks. Past demos have received millions in funds from our events. Send us an email with "GDCdemo" in subject line and we will send you details to demo@SocialTVMedia.com.
HOST A DEMO TABLE:
You can have a demo table during networking to meet prospective customers, and choose to give a 5 minutes demo to entire audience during the program. Also includes attendee list.
Game and tech solution providers such as: games, online games, accessories, services, mobile apps, 3D, social media, web services and broadband, games, digital media, tech solutions, consumer electronics, equipment, hardware, software, services, applications, web services, broadband applications, devices, games, research firms, and professional service providers. You don't need to be an exhibitor on the show floor to demo at our event, and you can meet hundreds of prospective sales leads in a focused setting.
To view the rates and benefits for a Demo table, send an email : sponsor@SocialTVMedia.com
BENEFITS FROM A DEMO TABLE:
These events are produced by iHollywood Forum and not affiliated with GDC.
Press Pass Requests:
We are not yet accepting press pass requests for the dinner until we secure all of our sponsors. We suggest you RSVP for the party and we will send you an email in December if we will offer you a press pass.
WE THANK OUR SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
Angel Launch connects startups to investors to grow their business. We produce dinners, venture forums, and seminars for entertainment, Web, Internet, digital media, mobile and digital health care, enterprise, Big Data, mobile and tech ventures and startups. We connect entrepreneurs to investors over networking with demos and offer educational venture forums and panels to further deal making opportunities.
PANEL SPEAKER BIOS
David Lord,President and CEO, Knowledge Adventure
David Lord is president and CEO of Knowledge Adventure, the leader in adventure-based 3D virtual worlds for 3-to-10 year olds. As head of the company, Lord’s extensive background and 10+ years in the toy industry makes him uniquely qualified to lead Knowledge Adventure in solidifying its position as a multi-faceted kid’s entertainment company with both retail and online virtual world components. The company’s long, rich history in creating fun learning products is sustained by Lord’s expertise in producing quality educational toys for all ages, along with his talent for building a multi-faceted growth strategy for online businesses and brand development.
A recognized and respected leader of the industry, Lord was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 Award in the Emerging Growth category in the Greater Los Angeles area. Prior to his role at Knowledge Adventure, Lord served for four years as president and CEO of RazorGator Interactive Group (RIG), a leading full-service event experience company for premiere sports and entertainment events worldwide, which he grew over 100% per year to well over $100 million dollars in revenue. While at RazorGator Lord spearheaded the growth of the RazorGator brand and raised Series A and B financing. Prior to RazorGator, Lord served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Toysmart.com, a venture-backed catalog company for educational, ecommerce, and retail products. During his time there, Lord established the company as the #1 brand in “Good Toys”, building brand awareness from zero to 45% in less than four months while increasing revenue over 500% each year. David was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a BSA in Accounting from Northeastern University.
David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital
David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His current investment focus includes Digital Media, Social Media, Mobility, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services and Internet. Prior to founding Blumberg Capital in 1991, David managed technology investments with Claridge Investments, Adler & Co., Apax, and T. Rowe Price Associates. David launched the business development efforts for Check Point Software Technologies.
David earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish. David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of CaseStack, DoubleVerify, Correlix, isocket, Hootsuite Media, Legolas Media, Mobile Spinach, and Parsel.ly. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Past Investments: Check Point Software Technologies [CHKP], Teva [TEVA], Creo - Acquired by, Eastman Kodak [EK], DSP Group [DSPG], Electronics For Imaging [EFII], AbirNet - Acquired by Computer Associates [CA], Conduct Software - Acquired by Hewlett Packard [HPQ], Allerez - Acquired by Hewlett Packard [HPQ], Vista Research - Acquired by McGraw Hill [MHP], IP Infusion - Acquired by ACCESS Co., Ltd. [TSE:4513], and Siperian - Acquired by Informatica [INFA].
View at: www.blumbergcapital.com
INVESTOR SPEAKER BIOS:
Bruce K. Taragin, Managing Director, Blumberg Capital
Bruce has 17 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University. Bruce serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of DoubleVerify, CaseStack, Insightix, LiteScape, Correlix, Nolio, Revionics, Yap.tv, BringIt, NearbyAd, Mertado, Any.do and Offertarget. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California.
Past investments: eVoice - Acquired by AOL [TWX], PureSight - Acquired by Boston Communications Group [BCGI], Vista Research - Acquired by McGraw Hill [MHP], IP Infusion - Acquired by ACCESS CO., LTD [TSE: 4813], GO Networks - Acquired by NextWave Wireless [WAVEX], and Siperian - Acquired by [INFA].
View at: www.blumbergcapital.com
Jay H. Eum, Co-Founder and Managing Director, TransLink Capital
Jay H. Eum is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink's investments in Carbonite, Enterprise DB, Livescribe, SoundHound, and XSigo as well as supporting TransLink's portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea.
Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. He was responsible for starting up the U.S. operations for Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture investment arm of Samsung, and leading their U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Under Jay's leadership, Samsung Ventures America grew to a team of five investment professionals and invested over US$80M in 27 U.S.-based start-up companies. Jay directly led several successful Samsung Ventures' investments including AnalogTech (NASDAQ: AATI), Athena Semiconductor (acquired by Broadcom), DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX), Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN, acquired by Atheros), MontaVista (acquired by Cavium), Pure Digital (acquired by Cisco), and Techwell (NASDAQ: TWLL) and Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom). Jay also led investments in Continuous Computing, GCT Semiconductor, InPhi, Intematix, Sandbridge and SiBeam.
Prior to joining Samsung, Jay was an investment officer with the Silicon Valley office of Vertex Management, a global VC firm headquartered in Singapore. At Vertex, Jay focused on investments in communications, mobile, and Internet including GRIC Communications (NASDAQ: GRIC). He also represented Vertex at several portfolio companies including PayPal (acquired by eBay), Mobile 365 (acquired by Sybase), Aicent, and R2 Technology. Before Vertex, Jay was Senior Director of business development at Dialpad Communications (acquired by Yahoo), where he closed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco, and Earthlink. Jay also worked as an Associate at McKinsey in Palo Alto, New York, Beijing, and Seoul and at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.
Jay received his MBA degree from Stanford University and an M.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University.
View at: www.translinkcapital.com
Samir Gupte, Associate, Comcast Interactive Capital
Samir is responsible for analyzing and reviewing business plans, conducting diligence of potential investments and analyzing industry research. Samir is at CIC based in our Silicon Valley office. Prior to joining CIC, Samir worked in the Corporate Development Group at Yahoo! where he was involved in the acquisitions of Zimbra and Maven Networks along with various other corporate initiatives. Preceding Yahoo!, Samir was a Senior Analyst at Cornerstone Research where he worked closely with leading academic experts to analyze economic and financial issues arising in business litigation. Samir holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. View at: http://www.civentures.com/
Maha Ibrahim, General Partner, Caanan Partners
Maha Ibrahim invests in innovative cloud, mobile, and digital media companies with the potential to become global market leaders. Maha is known in the venture industry for her ability to spot technology trends early, foster growth at her portfolio companies through hands-on operational guidance, and achieve profitable exits for entrepreneurs and investors. Maha joined Canaan’s Menlo Park office in March 2000. Early on, she led the firm’s investment in Tacit Networks, helping the company negotiate a partnership with Brocade and a later acquisition by Packeteer Networks. Maha also established Canaan as a lead investor in Mobilitec (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent) and MiNO Wireless. Maha led Canaan’s investments in social media application providers PicksPal (acquired by Liberty Media) and Kabam, as well as Virsto, which has pioneered an entirely new approach to improving storage in virtualized environments; SenSage , leading provider of log management and security information management systems; and eBillme, the leading cash-based alternative payment option online available today. Maha has won numerous industry awards, including The Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40 award, and is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences. She has spoken at, among others, GigaOm Structure, Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, Web 2.0 Expo, Under the Radar Cloud Computing, Digital Hollywood, CTIA Wireless, AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, and Global Tech Forum. Prior to joining Canaan, Maha held numerous executive-level roles at Qwest Communications, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of eBusiness and Internet Operations. While at Qwest, her keen networking skills helped the company forge relationships with Netscape and Microsoft. Earlier in her career, Maha was a management consultant with both the Boston Consulting Group and Price Waterhouse. Maha holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. She currently sits on the boards of 3Crowd, eBillme, MiNO Wireless, SenSage , Virsto and Kabam. Previous board seats include PicksPal, Tacit Networks and Mobilitec. Maha is an active member of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young sons. View at: www.canaan.com
Bob Borchers, Partner, Opus Capital
A mobile and consumer marketing veteran with more than 20 years operating experience, Bob Borchers comes to Opus Capital from Apple, Inc where he served as Sr. Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for the iPhone. At Opus Borchers is focused on investments in mobile applications and services as well as adjacent opportunities in both hardware and software. As part of the original iPhone team, Bob was instrumental in the development, launch and global expansion of the revolutionary iPhone, iPhone OS, App Store. While at Apple he also led the Nike+iPod partnership, expanded the iPod accessory ecosystem, and forged relationships with every major auto company to provide iPod integration.
Prior to Apple, Bob was Vice President of Marketing at FusionOne, a pioneer in creating and marketing mobility solutions. Bob also spent six years at Nokia where he co-founded and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vertu business unit. Before his career in the mobile industry, Bob worked for Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led efforts in product and service personalization. He began his career doing research and development in prosthetics. Bob holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters Degree from a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School in Health Sciences and Technology. He has more than 30 patents granted or pending. View here: www.opuscapital.com
Ping Lee, Accel Partners, Partner
Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses primarily on software and digital media investments with specific interest in cloud computing, big data/storage, mobile and gaming. He currently is a Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Lookout, Mu Dynamics, Nimbula, Raptr, ScaleXtreme, and YuMe. Ping was also responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Ludic Labs (Groupon), Mochi Media (Shanda) and Reactivity (Cisco). Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. Ping was actively involved in Juniper's multi-billion dollar acquisition of Netscreen Technologies. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies. Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A. Ping continues to be active internationally by working closely with RenRen (Facebook of China) and IDG-Accel China Fund. Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University, with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. View at: www.accel.com
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