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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?

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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


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