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Manchester, NH’s Bishop Elite AAU basketball hosts Skills and Drills Basketball Camp to Feature Demarcus Cousins of the NBA Sacramento Kings June 14, 2011

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DeMarcus Cousins, of the NBA Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins, of the NBA Sacramento Kings

Demarcus Cousins will be coming to New Hampshire to support Bishop Elite, an AAU youth basketball program and non-profit organization that benefits underprivileged children in Southern New Hampshire. Demarcus will be featured in the 4 day long Elite Skills and Drills basketball camp to be held at the Sport Zone in Derry, New Hampshire from July 5–8 from 8:30am – 4pm. The camp will also feature TJ Thompson, who plays professionally in the Premier European Leagues. Elite Skills and Drills will be open to all children ages 8 – 17 years of age.

The Bishop Elite AAU youth basketball organization recently secured the New Hampshire State AAU Boys Basketball Championships in the 13, 14, 16 and 17 age groups.

Demarcus Cousins played at the University of Kentucky before becoming the 5th overall draft pick in the
2010 NBA Draft. He currently plays for the NBA Sacramento Kings. Demarcus will be coming to NH to aid Bishop Elite in their fund raising efforts to take 4 of their AAU teams to the National Championships.

Demarcus, along with TJ Thompson (formally of the George Washington University and currently playing professionally overseas in the premier divisions and leagues) will run a 4 day basketball camp at the Sport Zone in Derry, NH. The camp will involve skill work, special guest speakers and a camp show case tournament for the kids to apply all of the new skills that they have gained throughout the week.

Demarcus and TJ will be supporting Bishop Elite which is a unique program located in Manchester, NH. The Bishop volunteers believe that basketball can be used as a conduit to teach kids essential tools to be successful in all aspects of life. Unlike other basketball programs, they provide mentoring and academic tutoring to all of the kids who are involved with the Bishop Clinics and AAU teams. The clinics accept and welcome all children, regardless of ability or income. Currently, the Bishop works with over 100 kids ranging from ages 5-18 and coming from all walks of life. When asked about the Bishop and its philosophy, Sudi Lett, the Director of Bishop Elite states, “We work hard to instill the importance of education, personal character and respect in all of the Bishop kids. It is our goal to provide a safe and enriching environment that teaches acceptance and appreciation of all.”

Demarcus Cousins at Kentucky

The 4-Day camp fee is $250 per child if paid in full before June 24th. After June 24th, the camp fee will be $300 per child. There will be limited day-of registration for $350 per child. Early and late pick-up times will be available for an extra fee.

For more information or to register for the Bishop Elite Skills and Drills Camp, please visit www.bishopelite.com, email info@bishopelite.com or call Sudi Lett at 603-716-6536.

Click here to buy Official Bishop Elite AAU Basketball Gear

DeMarcus Cousins, of the NBA Sacramento Kings

Social Gaming Summit East, December 1, 2010, New York City November 22, 2010

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Social Gaming Summit East, December 1, 2010, New York City. The New Yorker Hotel, New York City. Brought to you by MediaBistro, Charles Hudson, and Social Times.

Social Gaming Summit New York

Social Gaming Summit comes to East Coast for the first time December 1 in New York, and will focus on strategies for building, monetizing, and growing social games. Social Gaming Summit unites leaders in free-to-play games, social networking, and payments infrastructure for a full day of panels and talks.

Social Gaming Summit gathers established and emerging leaders in the social gaming space to share their thoughts on what works in the world of social games and the key issues impacting the future of the industry. This one-day event will feature a series of talks organized around several key themes:


  • -How can new social games developers grow on Facebook in the current environment?
  • -What does it take to bootstrap a successful new social game?


  • -What opportunities exist to build successful Facebook games off Facebook?
  • -How can developers take advantage of opportunities to build games for international audiences?


  • -What role will brands play in monetizing social games?
  • -What new opportunities are there for social games developers to monetize their games?

>> Register now!

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(212) 547-7867

About the organizers


Venue Info


Manny Anekal MANNY ANEKAL oversees the development and sales of Brand Sponsorships for Zynga’s network of games. He focuses on creating high impacting ad integrations, which provide immense ROI to brands through the reach of TV, the measurability of online, and the most engaging advertising products. Before joining Zynga, Manny ran Global Ad Operations for Electronic Arts, which managed advertising across online properties, in game dynamic and static ads for Xbox 360 and PS3, mobile and social networking. Prior to that, Manny spent 2 years at Microsoft/Massive Incorporated, developing new in game advertising technology and worked with the world’s top game publishers and developers to drive advertising revenue. Manny has also held positions at The Nielsen Company, Time Warner, and Accenture. Manny holds an International Finance and Marketing degree from the University of Miami and graduated with Honors.

Follow Manny on Twitter: @mannyanekal

Brian Balfour BRIAN BALFOUR is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the social networking and virtual goods industry. Brian is the founder of Viximo, the largest social game distribution platform beyond Facebook. Prior to founding Viximo, Brian managed new product initiatives at ZoomInfo, and was founder of multiple online community startups, including the first college specific social network in early 2003. In addition, as a founding member of Betahouse, a co-working space for technology entrepreneurs, and co-founder of PopSignal, one of Boston’s largest professional networking organizations, Brian is actively contributing to the growth of Boston’s technology startup scene. Brian holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Business, Economics, and Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan.

Follow Brian on Twitter: @bbalfour

Paul Chen PAUL CHEN is Director of Business Development at PapayaMobile. In this position, he is responsible for building the ecosystem of game and application developers that support the Papaya social network for Android devices. Prior to joining PapayaMobile, Paul served as lead Product Manager for NVIDIA’s line of Tegra application processors that cater to mobile devices which range from Smartphones to Tablets. Paul has also held various engineering roles at Advanced Micro Devices and covered the technology sector for investment banking firm Salomon Smith Barney.
Bill Clifford BILL CLIFFORD joined WildTangent in October 2000 and currently manages a global ad sales organization. Bill has been a pioneer of new game advertising models that have fueled award winning campaigns for major global brands like Unilever, P&G, FOX, Paramount, Honda, Sprint, and many other top tier clients. Prior to his current position, Bill served as General Manager of Advertising Platforms as well as Creative Director. And prior to joining WildTangent, Bill was Director of West Coast Sales at News Corporation’s News Digital Media (now Fox Interactive Media). He is currently an active member of the IAB Games Committee and the IAB Sales Executive Council. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Geoff Cook GEOFF COOK is now the CEO of his third multi-million dollar Internet enterprise, all grown from zero traffic and zero revenue to significant market-leading properties. In 1997, at age 19, Geoff founded EssayEdge.com and ResumeEdge.com from a Harvard dorm room. Each property dominated their respective niches: admissions essay and resume writing help. He then sold his companies to The Thomson Corporation where he led the Consumer Market Group for a Thomson Learning division, departing Thomson in 2005. Geoff has been featured in Wired, Rolling Stone, ABC News, CNBC, and USA Today. In 2005, Geoff became the CEO ofmyYearbook, joining forces with his siblings. Geoff was instrumental in raising $20+ million in angel financing, venture capital, and venture debt to build the young company into the largest US social media site. Geoff has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with his wife Kerri and daughters Madeline and Elyse.

Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffcook

Andrey Fadeev ANDREY FADEEV is the founder and CEO ofProgrestar. Progrestar employs over 50 highly professional developers in its offices in Moscow. Owing to this invaluable asset Progrestar released almost 15 projects, highly appreciated by users of the most popular social networks, including Facebook.com. Progrestar projects have over 20,000,000 registered users from over 100 countries around the globe. The newest Digger game has 3.0 M users across the three Russian social networks but of course it number is growing every day. Firstly Progrestar has launched on Facebook multilanguage social game ‘Digger’ available for not only Russian speaking users but also for English, Spanish, Turkey speaking users too. Russian social game developer Progrestar Inc. integrates Facebook credits exclusively.

Follow Progrestar on Twitter: @progrestar

Trip Hawkins TRIP HAWKINS, founder and CEO of Digital Chocolate, also founded and built Electronic Arts. Best known for Millionaire City, MMA Pro Fighter, Rollercoaster Rush and Tower Bloxx, Digital Chocolate led all software companies in App Store downloads in 2009 and in 2010 has been the fastest-growing maker of Facebook social games with virtual goods. Hawkins got the world’s first college degree in video games and was the first game business executive named to the Hall of Fame by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The inventor of three patents and the NanoStar virtual goods platform, he has also led the design and production of many hit games including John Madden Football.

Follow Trip on his blog: http://blog.digitalchocolate.comand on Twitter: @DChocGames

Alexey Kostarev ALEXEY KOSTAREV graduated from the Urals State Technical University in 2001, and founded an Internet provider, Medialt, that succeeded to become the most profitable one in Ekaterinburg just after four years. In 2005, Alexey decided to concentrate on games, and co-founded i-Jet Media as a browser-based game developer. In 2007, i-Jet Media published first titles on Rambler.ru, and the cult social game Maffia New was launched. Following its success, Alexey left for the USA to study the social games market. After his return, the partners decided to step aside from the game development and focus on publishing ‘games for friends’ on social networks. In 2009, i-Jet Media published Happy Harvest which exploded the Russian Internet: 10 million users, $20 million in less than a year, Google Trend prize as the best game of 2009. Today, i-Jet Media is the largest publisher and distributor of social games in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Follow i-Jet Media on Twitter: @ijetmedia

Albert Lai ALBERT LAI is a co-founder and president of Kontagent, a Facebook funded viral analytics platform venture. Albert sold his first internet company, the MyDesktop Network while in his teens to JupiterMedia (JUPM) for 7 digits in cash. Most recently he was the founder/CEO of BubbleShare, a photo-sharing company sold to Kaboose/Disney in 2007. He is now hard at work on Kontagent, his 5th internet startup based out of San Francisco and Toronto. In his spare time, Albert blogs athttp://simplyalbert.blogspot.com

Follow Albert on Twitter: @albertsupdates

Katherine Lewis KATHARINE LEWIS has 15 years experience in the media and investment industry, working in the Americas and Asian markets. As Deputy Head of FM Ventures, she is responsible for the team’s Americas portfolio. and specializes in investments in high growth areas of media, including casual gaming, social networks and branded content. FM Ventures is the strategic venture arm of FremantleMedia, the world’s largest independent television production and general entertainment company, which is best known for its global brands such as American Idol and Price is Right. Prior to FremantleMedia, Katharine held commercial and investment positions at eBay, PwC, various startups including GovWorks, Bloomberg and BZW Investment Bank.
Davin Miyoshi DAVIN MIYOSHI leads GSN’s Games application, a top 20 game on Facebook, where over 7 million users play casual Flash games and compete in tournaments for virtual currency every month. Previously, Davin was a Co-Founder and CEO of Mesmo, a leading social game developer that since the launch of the Facebook platform in 2007 had engaged over 25 million users on Facebook, MySpace, hi5 and Bebo. In addition, Davin helped build two other Internet start-ups. At Intraware, a pioneer in online digital media distribution, he was integral in helping the company achieve a $2+ billion market cap and $50 million in annual revenues. After Intraware, Davin joined as VP of Business Development and one of the first employees at EQuill, an early social web discovery company that was acquired by Microsoft. He started his career in Investment Banking at Montgomery Securities (acquired by Banc America Securities) and also led corporate development initiatives at 3Com. Davin serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Hands On Bay Area, a Bay Area non-profit where he previously served as the Board Chair and Treasurer. He received a Bachelors degree in Economics with honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

Follow Davin on Twitter: @dmiyoshi

Dan Porter DAN PORTER is the CEO of OMGPOP, a social games developer and leader in the real-time multiplayer space. At OMGPOP he oversees the team, business and strategy. OMGPOP is funded by Bessemer Venture Partners and Spark Capital. Prior, Dan was the SVP Corporate Development for Richard Branson and The Virgin Group in North America where he led investments and sat on a number of Boards of Virgin Companies. Dan was also President of TicketWeb, the first online ticketing company, which he sold to Ticketmaster City Search. Before getting into business, Dan was a founder and President of Teach For America, launched some of the first Charter schools in NYC and was a public school teacher in Brooklyn. Dan has a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from NYU and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, kids, various pets and guitars.

Follow Dan on Twitter: @tfadp

Nima Pourshasb NIMA POURSHASB is VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at Live Gamer, the premiere virtual goods commerce platform. His background includes Business Development at MTV Networks, where he led M&A deals with social media properties, and a Senior Project Manager role in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman, specializing in Emerging Markets. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, during which he worked part-time at venture capital firm General Catalyst, helping launch an online advertising company. Other work experience includes Goldman Sachs and PWC, and he also holds a Masters in Engineering from Imperial College, London.
Jessica Rovello JESSICA ROVELLO is the president and co-founder ofArkadium, a gaming powerhouse for online and social game solution development. Under her stewardship, Arkadium has become a multi-million dollar company with over 100 employees, two offices and a library of over 300 games. As one of only a handful of technology businesses based in New York City, Arkadium’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of top media companies, boasting CBS, ABC, Disney, ESPN, Lifetime, Hearst Digital, Discovery, National Geographic Channel and Microsoft to name a few. At age 24, Jessica pioneered digital viral marketing as the Director of Online Services for Artisan Entertainment, whereS she produced the website for The Blair Witch Project. Blairwitch.com has been cited as a ground breaking event in the history of film and the internet and was acknowledged as a key driver in making The Blair Witch Project the most successful independent film of all time. Jessica is the winner of the 2009 American Business Award for Executive of the Year and the 2008 Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of Year. She writes a weekly technology blog for the Huffington Post and was recently named as one of Crain’s New York 2010 “40 Under 40.”

Follow Jessica on Twitter: @jessrovello

Dennis Ryan DENNIS RYAN joined PopCap in 2005 and runs global marketing, sales, business development, social business operations, and product management. Prior to PopCap, Dennis was a General Manager and Vice President at Click Commerce, Inc., where he ran a business unit for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) CRM solution. Previously, he was CEO of Allegis Corporation for five years when it pioneered on-demand SaaS for enterprise channel management. He was also CEO at Net-It Software, which developed intranet document management software, and Vice President at EO, Inc, which created early smart phones for AT&T. In 1987, Dennis was a founding team member of Claris Corporation (now FileMaker, Inc.) where he was group manager for information management products, including the ever-popular FileMaker database product line. Prior to Claris, he was a product manager at Apple Computer, Inc.
Arjun Sethi ARJUN SETHI is currently the CEO of LOLapps. Prior to Lolapps, Arjun was the CEO and founder of ROFLplay, a social gaming startup which was acquired by Lolapps in July 2009. Arjun initially served as the Head of Business and Corporate Development for Lolapps and was named CEO in March 2010. Previously, Arjun has held various management roles with the Carlyle Group and Saset Healthcare. In 1999, he also co-founded Advanced Tuning Products, a manufacturing company within the automotive industry. Arjun currently serves on the Board of Advisors for isocket and is an active angel investor. Arjun holds a B.A , B.S in History, Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.

Follow Arjun on Twitter: @arjunsethi

Robert Tomkinson ROBERT TOMKINSON brings a career-long passion for e-commerce to his role as head of marketing at Playfish, an Electronic Arts company and a pioneer in social games. Robert oversees integrated global marketing strategies for the company’s portfolio of social games to build Playfish’s active and loyal community, which numbers in the tens of millions. Prior to Playfish, Robert was global marketing director at Shopping.com (an eBay Company), and held leadership roles at eBay and eBay Motors in the US and Australia. His career also spans venture capital and management consulting – but none of that was as much fun as social games! Robert holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University.

Follow Robert on Twitter: @rtomkinson

Peter Wexler PETER WEXLER is TrialPay’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, where he is responsible for all worldwide advertising partnership initiatives. Peter comes to TrialPay from GetConnected, Inc. where he held Senior Business Development and Account Management positions focused on growing industry adoption of GetConnected’s digital services platform that enabled merchants to seamlessly sell high speed Internet, VoIP, Satellite, Wireless and Cable services through their various sales channels. Earlier in his career, Peter held senior leadership positions with both Grant Thornton LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP specializing in network security implementation and consulting, as well as financial data modeling solutions. Peter holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson and BS from The University of Delaware.

Follow Peter on Twitter: @trialpay


December 9: Playtime Party @ Saint, 90 Exeter Street,Boston, MA November 22, 2010

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December 9: Playtime Party @ Saint, 90 Exeter Street,Boston, MA


Thursday, December 9, 2010


90 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116

Cover: Say “playtime” at the door. Cover is $5.00 at the door, FREE with the Playtime Mobile coupon found in the Peekaboo Mobile & WHERE Apps.

Contact: playtimeboston@gmail.com


1. Say “playtime” at the door

2. A strict “No Work” policy will be in full effect

3. You must be 21+ to attend

Web Innovators Group 28 (WebInno28) – Five Year Anniversary: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM (ET) — FREE November 22, 2010

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Web Innovators Group 28 (WebInno28) – Five Year Anniversary: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM (ET) — FREE

WebInno is an informal gathering of people interested in internet and mobile innovation – open and FREE to all in the community.

This WebInno is special, as we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of the event. We’ll both take a look back at the past five years and ahead to next five. Join the entire community in gathering around innovation in the entrepreneurial web ecosystem.

We begin with the doors officially opening at 6:30pm in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel. At 7pm in the Grand Ballroom we’ll hold our usual format of self-/angel-funded startups demo’ing to the audience in Main Dish showcases, and select an “Audience Choice” winner of the crowd’s favorite. During the entire evening’s event, Side Dish startup companies will provide informal demonstrations to the networking crowd from the Skyline Suites room.

(presenting at 7pm):

FanSwarm (Ayeah Games) – Doug Levin
HowAboutWe – Brian Schechter

Moontoast – Blair Heavey & Marcus Whitney

(demo’ing throughout the evening):

Ginger Software – Miki Feldman-Simon

My-Take – Rich Armstrong & Todd Hoskins

Penmia – Puneet Gangal

SocialSci – Leon Noel

Smashion – Daniel Ruan

Promoboxx – Ben Carcio & Dan Koziak

Woopid – Lester Rosensaft & Craig James

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM (ET)

Royal Sonesta Cambridge
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142

Web Innovators Group
The Web Innovators Group (WebInno) is comprised of people engaged in internet and mobile innovation in the Boston area. We aim to support entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creative thinkers in the field by holding events which foster community interaction.
Our regular meetings provide a forum for entrepreneurs from self-funded/early-stage startups to present new services to their peers, as well as an opportunity for everyone in the community to share and exchange ideas.

WebInno was founded and is currently led by David Beisel of NextView Ventures.

Top 20 Reasons the Boston Celtics are going to Win Game Seven of the NBA Finals tonight in Los Angeles June 17, 2010

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The Boston Celtics

Top 20 Reasons why Coach Seibert’s Boston Celtics are bringing home NBA Championship Banner #18 tonight by Winning Game Seven of the NBA Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:


2. PP loves playing in L.A., he’s from Inglewood: it’s a home game for him. Always plays well there.

3. Rasheed Wallace and Big Baby Davis, plus Scal, is enough to win tonight in place of Perk.


5. Ray Allen is due to have a “Shoot the lights out of the Gym” night. Jesus Shuttleworth, Baby!

6. Did you see the look in KG’s face after Game Six? I’m unable to pick the other team to win Game Seven after seeing it, myself.


8. The Celtics are one of the best road teams in the NBA – during their terrible regular season. In the playoffs, they have won a lot of road games.

9. The Celtics can win in L.A., have won there, and will win there again tonight. They lead the season series with the Lakers there.

10. The Celtics have three players that are going to the Basketball Hall of Fame, possibly four, on their starting five. They can win tonight in L.A., and they will win tonight in L.A.


12. There is more at stake, all told and all combined, for the Celtics players tonight. Numbers retired or not, contracts, legacies as the greatest Celtics ever, Rondo and Ray and KG could possibly eventually have their numbers retired if they win another title. PP would be on equal terms with Bird as a Celtic. A squillion dollars to be made.

13. The Celtics are still the better team, and have over performed, whereas the Lakers were expected to be here. The Boston Celtics are never favored as a team, and nobody is picking them. Their backs are against the wall and they are cornered and pissed off. They love being hated.

14. The Balloon Game could be reenacted tonight. A win would seal the legacies of this Boston Celtic team as being mentioned as one of the best teams in NBA and Celtics franchise history.


16. Pick a Gipper, any Gipper. Perk? Doc Rivers? Tom Thibodeau? The Big Three? The Celtics don’t need to search far for motivation.

17. Rajon Rondo is the best guard on the floor when they play the Lakers. He’s an absolute phenom and tonight he’s gonna bring it.

18. Whenever the odds have been stacked against them, the Celtics show the heart of a champion. Their season has defied all logic. NBA historians will look back from the future and be baffled by how it all played out for the Celts this season.

19. The Boston Celtics have too much heart to be denied tonight.


Verizon to open new Waltham, Massachusetts 4G & FiOS Innovation & Research Center April 19, 2010

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Verizon Communications Inc. says it plans to start building a new research center in Waltham, Massachusetts focused around 4G wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Verizon Wireless currently is piloting an LTE network deployment in parts of Boston. The new Verizon Waltham Technology Innovation Center will eventually house more than 300 scientists and researchers, officials said, most of whom are already working for Verizon in two exisitng buildings at that location.

In addition to its LTE research, the new Waltham campus will house researchers working on other Verizon offerings. LTE is the major focus of that building, but there will also be other Verizon work going on, including the further development of FiOS.

The campus at 117 West St. in Waltham will include three buildings once the new one is finished. In addition to the research space, it will house offices, as well as an executive briefing center.

As of August 2009, Verizon had 10 LTE 4G cell sites running around Greater Boston in its pilot deployment. LTE wireless service is expected to provide up to 10 times the speed – or about 8 megabits per second – of current 3G services. In March, Verizon announced that in its pilot deployments it was seeing average speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps on a download in real world use, with peaks as high as 50Mbps.

Mass Innovation Night Tonight at Waltham’s IBM Innovation Center at 6:30pm — FREE! February 17, 2010

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Massachusetts Innovation Night tonight at Waltham’s (MA) IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman Street. Companies launching include: Alphasoftware, Hubcast, Kaon Interactive, Onstate, Scallop Imaging and VisibleGains. Meet author Steve Garfield and experts from 406 Ventures, Brainshark and Jetty Marketing. Starts at 6:30pm. Park in North Garage. FREE!

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, this day 236 years ago. December 16, 2009

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Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, this day 236 years ago.

The Boston Tea Party, this day 236 years ago in Boston Harbor.

The Boston Tea Party, this day 236 years ago in Boston Harbor.

Structuring Venture Capital Deals: M.I.T. Enterprise Forum Panel Discussion (Video) December 1, 2009

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Structuring Venture Capital Deals: M.I.T. Enterprise Forum Panel Discussion (2-Hr Video)

With Joseph Hadzima, Jr., Moderator. Jorge Contreras, Jr., Stanley Fung, Gregory Moore, Paul Severino

Hosted by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum

20 January, 2000
MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Although this presentation was given at a different era and time in the Boston venture capital ecosystem life cycle, nonetheless the august panel does a superb job of presenting the material concisely and throughly, to the point of making this video a must-watch not only for the methodical outlining of the step-by step preparations an entrepreneur must make before approaching venture capitalists for equity funding for their companies, but also for the exhaustive definitions of venture capital deal terms and deal points given and the illuminating perspectives offered by the various parties involved in a venture capital deal for a venture capital funded company.

This video lasts approximately two hours. I was in attendance at the conference, and if you look very closely, you can see me in the audience in one of the audience questions shots, during the questions-and-answers period after the primary discussions (I’m in a suit and tie).

Please leave comments as to how you think things may have changed in the time since this presentation, how things may have remained the same, and how perspectives and deal flows and volumes may have changed or stayed the same.

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Boston Post Mortem Video Game Developers meeting: December 8th at 7pm, The Skellig Pub in Waltham November 30, 2009

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The Skellig Pub - Waltham

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The December Boston Post Mortem Video Game Developers meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm at The Skellig in Waltham. In addition to the usual year-in-review (or Post Mortem Post Mortem), it has been announced that IGDA (Independent Game Developers Association) Executive Director Joshua Caulfield will be the special guest speaker! He’ll be providing an update on the IGDA in general, what to expect for the coming year, and will be taking any IGDA-related questions attendees may have.

Tuesday, December 8th
7pm-10pm @ The Skellig, Waltham

So please show up with your best questions and comments about the IGDA or about the Boston Post Mortem. If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself!

Mass Innovation Nights December 9th at Waltham’s Charles River Museum of Industry November 30, 2009

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The Massachusetts Innovation Nights Event at Waltham’s Charles River Museum of Industry on December 9th will have an emerging energy theme and half the companies attending will be focused on emerging energy in some fashion. The other five companies presenting will have varied focus and not necessarily the emerging energy theme. RSVP for the event here. You can find maps and directions to the venue and event here. Massachusetts Innovation Nights is a partnership comprised of Bobbie Carlton, Carlton PR & Marketing, and Dan Englander, High Rock Media.

Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry

Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry

I am really looking forward to this event; If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself! I love meeting people at these events and discussing the presenters!

The presenters at the event on December 9th will include:

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Emergent Energy Group
G2 Technology Group Inc.
Holistic Technologies LLC
HEET: Home Energy Efficiency Team
Impact Energy Solutions
New Generation Energy

MIT Venture Capital Conference: December 4th, 8am-6pm Copley Place Hotel, Boston November 27, 2009

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The MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity Club presents the 12th annual MIT Venture Capital Conference. From the conference website: “Against the background of a quickly changing economic environment, the 2009 conference will illuminate the critical trends and opportunities available in this ‘Brave New World.’ How have dramatic shifts in the political and financial worlds changed the venture capital and entrepreneurial landscape? If this is the time to start or fund a venture, where are the best opportunities in healthcare, energy, digital media, internet and mobile? How are venture capital funds adapting given the challenges in exit markets and LP relationships? Can the VC model work in emerging and social markets?” Keynote speakers include Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Greycroft managing director Alan Patricof. Full agenda and registration information here.

Gilbane Group Conference at Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, December 1st – 3rd November 27, 2009

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Gilbane Group, the Cambridge, MA-based analyst and consulting firm focused on enterprise content management challenges, will hold its sixth annual conference in Boston, December 1-3. The conference will cover everything from Microsoft Sharepoint to XBRL, and from mobile search to Google Wave.

Complete conference program and registration info is at www.gilbaneboston.com. It is possible to save $200 on the conference registration fee by using the discount code: Xconomy.

2009 Dice Technology & Engineering Career Fair in Boston Thursday, December 10: 11am-3pm Marriott Burlington November 24, 2009

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2009 Dice Technology & Engineering Career Fair Boston: Event at Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA

Thursday, December 10

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marriott Boston Burlington • Rt 128 & 3A (One Mall Road) • Burlington, MA 01803

Admission is FREE

Meet recruiters and hiring managers from these companies: Cambridge Interactive Development Corp., e-Dialog, •Raytheon, Research In Motion, Tufts Health Plan.

Register for this event online by clicking here!

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley (MP3) November 20, 2009

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This is a Stereo MP3 audio transcription of the excellent presentation that was given this morning by Ronald Croen, Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Nuance Communications, who is now Tufts University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence for 2009-2010. The talk was given at IBM’s Waltham Innovation Center, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Ronald Croen, a co-founder of Nuance, has served as Chairman of the Board of Nuance Communications. Croen held the positions of President and CEO of Nuance from July 1994 – March 2003. Previously, he served as a consultant to SRI International, an independent research, technology development and consulting organization, for the commercialization of its speech recognition capability. From 1987 to 1989, Croen served as Managing Director of European Operations, and from 1983 to 1987 as Vice President and General Counsel of The Ultimate Corp. Croen holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

The topic of the presentation was:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley

091120_004 [mp3 raw file – click to listen on most computers]

091120_004 – Ronald A. Croen [Imeem Hosted Stream]

(This mp3 Stereo Audio Recording is a large file, and you may want to save it directly to your computer’s hard disk drive for listening – you can do so by right-clicking on the filename, above, and using the ‘save link as…’ option)

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Massachusetts Innovation Nights at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, and I want to take the opportunity here to thank her for her efforts in arranging this new breakfast Massachusetts Innovation gathering. I think some thanks also go to the gracious corporate host, IBM, whose Waltham Innovation Center is truly an impressive facility; I enjoyed their tour of the facility after Mr. Croen’s presentation.

There was a terrific question-and-answer session with the attendees at the conclusion of the presentation which featured a lively debate and brought up some fascinating points; I recommend you listen to this towards the end of the mp3 audio transcription.

There are some great videos of Ron Croen’s presentation available here.

Massachusetts Innovation Breakfast Friday, 20 November at 8:30am at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham – Ronald Croen, CEO of Nuance, will be speaking November 19, 2009

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Massachusetts Innovation Breakfast kicks off this week with a Friday morning (8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.) casual get-together at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham.

There’s limited space so sign up now. (You must RSVP by the end of the business day Thursday to be part of the group.)

There will be a chance to look around the IBM Innovation Center, and there will be a special guest speaker, Ronald Croen, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Nuance Communications, who will be speaking on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley.

There is a Stereo mp3 audio transcription of this presentation, as well as the excellent question-and-answers session which followed, posted on this site below:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley – Ronald A. Croen

There are some great videos of Ron Croen’s presentation available here.

The Video Game Orchestra at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, Saturday, December 5th, 2009 7:00pm November 19, 2009

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The Video Game Orchestra will perform their production “Awakening” at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, Saturday, December 5th, 2009.

The doors will open at 7:00pm, and the performance will begin at 7:30pm.

136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

The Video Game Orchestra was Founded by Artistic Director and Arranger Shota Nakama, is Conducted by Musical Director Yohei Sato, and the performance on December 5th will feature Special Musical Guest Wataru Hokoyama, who created the music for video game titles “Afrika” and “Resident Evil 5”.

The Video Game Orchestra’s performance of “Awakening” on December 5th will feature music from smash hit video games Super Mario Brothers, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Silent Hill 2, Afrika, Chrono Cross, and many more!

Students, 18 and Under: $10 ($15 The Day of the event)

General Public: $15 ($20 The Day of the event)

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

More information is available online at www.vgo-online.org and the Video Game Orchestra’s Founder and Artistic Director is Shota Nakama, shotanakama@gmail.com

Waltham’s Skellig Pub hosts the Boston Postmortem Video Game Developers Meeting on Video Game AI Programming November 19, 2009

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Wednesday night in Waltham was the November monthly Boston Postmortem networking event, held at the Skellig Pub on Waltham’s Moody Street, next to the Charles River.

As regular readers of The Hub Tech Insider will doubtless already know, I attend this event regularly and blog about it on these pages. It is a super event I highly recommend. In addition, Boston Postmortem is one of my favorite Boston tech networking groups because the crowd is unpretentious, the topics are interesting and the presenters and presentations are well prepared and excellent, and you can sit at the bar in the huge back room where the event is held at the Skellig Pub on Moody Street in Waltham, and order bangers and mash or fish and chips or a bacon cheeseburger while you drink beers and schmooze.

The Boston Postmortem Networking Group is for Video Game Developers, Animators, Designers, Digital Artists of all kinds, and people interested in Video Games and Video Game Development. Admission is Free.

The talk on Wednesday was about Artificial intelligence (AI) programming in video games.

There was an august panel of subject matter experts who fielded questions from the audience:

Christian Baekkelund (moderator)
Christian Baekkelund has worked games-related jobs in the areas of design, programming, and QA, at Electronic Arts, for the British school system, briefly at Harmonix, and most recently at 38 Studios. Between various jobs, he attended MIT, studying computer science and Comparative Media Studies, focusing on games and AI. Christian has also spoken at the Game Developers Conference and written in the AI Programming Wisdom series of books about AI, learning methods, and game design.

John Abercrombie (panelist)
John Abercrombie was the AI Lead on BIOSHOCK and SWAT 4 and is now the Lead Programmer on 2K Boston’s unannounced title. He graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Computer Science in 2000, and has worked at Irrational Games / 2K Boston ever since.

Damián Isla (panelist)
Damián Isla has been working on and writing about game technology for almost a decade. Recently, he helped found Moonshot Games, a studio dedicated to the creation of downloadable games with triple-A production values and technology. Before Moonshot, Damián was AI and Gameplay engineering lead at Bungie Studios, where he was responsible for the AI for the mega-hit first-person shooters Halo 2 and Halo 3.

An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Games, Damián has spoken on games, AI and character technology at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), at the AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE), and at Siggraph, and is a frequent speaker at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

Before joining the industry, Damián earned a Masters Degree at the M.I.T. Media Lab, where he did research on learning and behavior for synthetic characters. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, also from M.I.T.

Jeff Orkin (panelist)
Jeff Orkin is a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Machines Group at the MIT Media Lab. Jeff’s research focuses on Artificial Intelligence for characters that learn to communicate and collaborate by observing humans playing online multiplayer games.

Prior to enrolling at the Media Lab, Jeff developed several generations of AI systems in the game industry. As a Senior Engineer at Monolith Productions, Jeff focused on goal-oriented autonomous character behavior and planning, while developing AI systems for the award winning titles No One Lives Forever 2 and F.E.A.R.

Jeff is a Contributing Author and Section Editor of the AI Game Programming Wisdom book series, has presented at the Game Developer’s Conference, the AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment conference (AIIDE), and the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Sytems (AAMAS) conference, and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Tufts University with a minor in Studio Art.

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