Speakers

Atul Bagga

ATUL BAGGA is currently the Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Gaming industry at ThinkEquity. He has regularly presented at a number of gaming industry conferences and is widely quoted and interviewed on TV and print media such as Economist, New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, and USA Today. Previously, Atul worked as Equity Research Analyst with Smith New Court (now Merrill Lynch.) Atul received his MBA from Haas School of Business at University of Berkeley, Masters in Management from University of Bombay and Bachelors in Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India. @atulbagga

BrianBalfour

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. @bbalfour

Jens Begemann

PAUL BOWEN is the European Sales Director for Offerpal Media. With 8 years of experience working in digital media startup companies and monetizing online content, Bowen is one of the leading advocates of virtual goods in the UK. Formerly at the UK office of Adknowledge (owner of Super Rewards) he is now European Sales Director for Offerpal Media. Offerpal Media is a leading monetisation network for virtual currency monetisation spanning both web and mobile platforms. Paul heads up advertiser and publisher sales in Europe introducing the Offerpal suite of monetisation solutions to publishers as well as championing the marketing effect these solutions can have for brands. @pgbowen

Jussi Laakkonen

LOUIS CHOQUEL is the CEO and co-founder of zSlide, who pioneered the treasure hunting genre on Facebook with Treasure Madness in 2009 and reached over 3.5 monthly active users. zSlide's foray into social gaming began earlier in 2007 with the launch of social game portal pictogame.com which enables anyone to customize a mini-game and share it as a widget on social networks. During 2005-2009 zSlide also developed the game HotPixel published by Atari on PSP as well as VOD and Music distribution software and services for PC/Mobile convergence and personal sharing. In its early days of 2001-2004 zSlide was a middleware developer for PlayStation2 and created a platform and SDK for online services and digital media applications. Louis holds a degree in IT and Telco engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and worked 2 years for Ubisoft before founding zSlide at age 25. @lchoquel

Geoff Cook

GEOFF COOK is now the CEO of myYearbook, 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 of myYearbook, 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.@geoffcook

garethdavis

GARETH DAVIS is a Platform Manager at Facebook, for Games and Mobile. Prior to Facebook, Gareth spent ten years in the games industry, producing titles for leading game publishers including Electronic Arts and Sega. He also led software product development at Pixar Animation Studios for five years, working on award winning and commercial blockbusters The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. He holds a Bachelors degree in Artificial Intelligence, an MBA from UC Berkeley and lives in the North Beach district of San Francisco. @garethdavis

DAVID GARDNER is a Founding Partner of London Venture Partners. An early starter in business at 14 years old as a computer 'Whiz Kid,' involved in creating one of the world's largest interactive entertainment companies (EA). David was EVP & COO of Worldwide Studios and previously built EA's European organisation from 1986-2003. Most recently David was CEO of Atari from 2007-2009. He is now committed to building a new dedicated VC firm called London Venture Partners who are focusing on all aspects of the gaming space with 3 other world-class partners. David has learned what fun it is to be an entrepreneur and the importance of creating the right company culture to create success for all involved.

Jude Gomila

JUDE GOMILA is the co-founder of Heyzap. Jude is building the first cloud based operating system for online games which includes a games distribution network and developer tools such as social APIs, authentication systems and payments. He believes the mechanics of social games can be abstracted into developer APIs and that social games/MMOs should become as portable as a casual game swf. Prior to Heyzap Jude attended the UK's Cambridge University. He graduated with Honors in Engineering and Management. @HeyZap

Simon Guild

SIMON GUILD is the Chairman of the Board for Bigpoint. Since early 2007, Simon Guild has been working with a wide portfolio of early stage European media and technology businesses, who have the ambition to create international market leaders in their segments. Simon is a senior advisor to DN Capital, a venture capital group, and participates as a mentor at Seedcamp, the annual week-long programme for young entrepreneurs. Simon is a fellow of the RSA, a Trustee of the MTV Europe Foundation and a member of Pilotlight, the organisation that supplies executive time to charities. From 1993 to 2007 he was at MTV Networks Europe, latterly as President & CEO. From a single MTV-branded channel in the mid 90's the network had grown to 75 channels, numerous online offerings and a market-leading mobile business, all spanning a variety of music, children and comedy brands, by 2007 when he left to work with young companies with ambitious development plans. Simon holds an MBA from Insead and an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge.

Volker Hirsch

VOLKER HIRSCH is the Chief Strategy Officer at social infrastructure software specialists Scoreloop who bring sociality including monetization tools to mobile platforms and the web. He is also a co-founder of Blue Beck, a smartphone games studio. Volker has been at the forefront of mobile and digital media for a decade. From helping conceive the world’s first mobile artist services for the likes of Britney Spears, Eve and Duran Duran, working with radio stations to use mobile as an audience activation tool to mobile games (with leading publishers Hands-On Mobile and Connect2Media where he oversaw licenses with Marvel, Hasbro, Activision, LEGO, BMW, Konami, WPT, etc.) he has been fortunate in playing a part in industry firsts. Volker is a regular speaker at top mobile and technology conferences around the world (incl. Mobile World Congress, CTIA, Uplinq, Oxford University, Mobile 2.0, etc) and a co-organiser of the world’s first TEDx Youth event in Manchester. He blogs at http://vhirsch.com/blog. @vhirsch.

Ben Holmes

BEN HOLMES is a Partner at Index Ventures, having joined the London office in 2002. Ben focuses on the software and internet sectors and has been actively involved with many of the firm's consumer and media investments. He currently sits on the boards of Just-Eat, Mind Candy, Netlog, Notonthehighstreet, Rebtel, Stardoll and Shapeways. He was previously a Director of Panther Express and Playfish (Electronic Arts). Prior to joining Index Ventures, he worked at the NewMedia Spark investment fund, before becoming Vice President at EO plc, a Spark portfolio company in the consumer financial services sector. Previously he spent four years at OC&C Strategy Consultants, advising firms in the retail and IT sectors. He has a Masters degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University. For more info, please follow Ben's blog at: http://www.ben.vc/ @indexben

Michael Kalkowski

MICHAEL KALKOWSKI is Co-Founder and Creative Director of GameDuell and responsible for the company`s games, websites, social media, player community, and user experience. He has designed and produced more than 50 games and a passion for creating highly effective systems. GameDuell is one of the best monetizing, as well as one of the largest casual games communities in the world. Michael is a serial entrepreneur who also co-founded the consumer portal dooyoo.com in 1999. Previously, he worked as an international consultant for product and online-marketing. He holds a degree from the advertising academy, a Masters degree in marketing and consumer psychology from the University of Cologne, and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University (USA). @playarazzi

Wilson Kriegel

WILSON KRIEGEL is currently the CRO of OMGPOP. Kriegel is responsible for Business Development, Advertising, Marketing and Web Product Monetization. Before joining OMGPOP, Wilson was VP of Marketing, Business Development & Advertising Sales for Outspark. Kriegel served as Executive VP & General Manager at Curse Inc., now the leading online 2.0 MMO game portal focused on online subscription games, which now reaches over 10 Million unique a month. Wilson was also a part of the founding team of IGA Worldwide in the U.S. where he served as VP Business Development, leading the publisher, developer integration of IGA's services, across platforms (PC, Mobile and Console). Kriegel started his career in the gaming industry by launching GameTimeNation, the first interactive entertainment retail services company. Prior this, he was an early employee at a gas & electricity consumer company, taken public and worked as a financial analyst on wall street. @omgpop

Jussi Laakkonen

JUSSI LAAKKONEN is the CEO and founder of Applifier, the largest cross-promotion network for social games and applications that now reaches over 55 million monthly active users on Facebook. He pivoted Everyplay, a social gaming startup he had founded in 2008, into Applifier to help other developers and publishers grow their social applications through cross-promotion. Previously Jussi was the business development director for Bugbear Entertainment, a console racing game developer, where he worked with leading publishers and produced console and handheld games including Sega Rally for PSP and the FlatOut series. Jussi has been an entrepreneur since his teens and for nearly 20 years he has been one of the main organizers of Assembly, an annual 5000 person, around the clock, four day computer festival Finland. Jussi blogs infrequently at http://jussilaakkonen.wordpress.com. @jussil

Paul LaFontaine

PAUL LAFONTAINE is charged with driving Playdom's growth through international expansion and business diversification, a role that's perfect for him given his twenty-plus years of experience making big things happen. Most recently, Paul led international market development at eSolar, an innovative utility-scale energy company. Before taking on the world's energy challenge, Paul drove strategic growth for Ticketmaster from the UK and Los Angeles, and served as CEO of a wireless technology startup called Antiron. Paul has a BS in engineering from West Point and may or may not have worked in military intelligence from 1986 to 1991. Perhaps that's why he's affectionately called "The Cleaner" at Playdom-or his fastidiously tended plots in Lil Farm Life may inspire the name.@playdom

NICHOLAS LOVELL writes GAMESbrief, a blog on the business of games. A former investment banker and entrepreneur, Nicholas now helps investors, developers, publishers and media business make money from games. Recent clients include Atari, Channel 4, Firefly and Rebellion. He is the author of How to Publish a Game and teaches masterclasses on making money from social games. @nicholaslovell

Mattias Miksche

MATTIAS MIKSCHE is the CEO and co-founder of Stardoll, an international fashion & entertainment community for teen and tween girls that reaches over 15 million unique users per month, mostly girls between the ages of 11 and 17. At Stardoll you can create your own MeDoll and dress it up in a wide selection of fashions. Stardoll is one of the few places on the Internet developed with an emphasis on girls' self-expression through fantasy and fashion play. Prior to Stardoll, Mattias founded online DVD rental company Boxman and merged it with UK based Lovefilm in 2005 to form Europe's largest DVD rental & movie download company. From 1998 to 2002, Mattias was one of the original European founders of E*TRADE Financial, leaving as the CEO of E*TRADE Germany. Mattias holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics and attended The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Mattias also serves on the boards of Swedish companies Avanza (publ), Eniro (publ) and Dustin.@mattiasmiksche

cary rosenzweig CARY ROSENZWEIG began serving as the CEO of IMVU in November 2007. Previously, he served as either CEO or Chief Marketing Officer at four other technology startups, including mySimon.com (acquired by CNET) and Autoweb.com (acquired by Autobytel). Cary was VP and General Manager at Intuit, responsible for QuickBooks Payroll, which he grew from $100 million to $200 million over a three-year period (2003-2006). Cary began his career in marketing and brand management at Procter and Gamble, where he was Tide Brand Manager. He then went to Clorox, where he rose up the marketing ranks before becoming General Manager of the Clorox Pet Products Company. Cary earned an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. @IMVUInc
PAUL RUTHERFORD is an Associate at Prime Ventures, where he joined the firm in 2009. Paul has over 10 years experience in technology markets across venture capital, M&A and stock broking. Paul started his career in the semiconductor industry working with Cadence before joining Alphamosaic, a Cambridge UK based start-up acquired by Broadcom, Inc. for $125m.
Dennis Ryan DENNIS RYAN joined PopCap 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. @popcap_games
kristiansegersrtale KRISTIAN SEGERSTRALE brings strategic vision and leadership to his role as vice president and general manager of Playfish. He was CEO of Playfish leading up to the company's acquisition by Electronic Arts in November 2009. Prior to founding Playfish in late 2007, Kristian was a co-founder and later managing director of Europe, Middle East and Asia for Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games. During his six-year tenure he successfully directed product development, sales, marketing and technology operations across Europe, and expanded Glu's reach by opening regional offices in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Kristian holds a master's of science degree in Economics from London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University.@ksegerstrale
Timo Soininen TIMO SOININEN was appointed CEO of Sulake in August 2001. Since his appointment Timo has been instrumental in creating the company's business plan and driving fast business growth and international expansion of company's Habbo Hotel concept and its pioneering virtual goods business model. Prior to joining Sulake, Timo worked for an online recruitment company StepStone as Marketing Director for Finland and Sweden. He has also over ten years experience and a proven track record in senior posts in both consumer and B2B marketing functions in international FMCG companies United Biscuits (Fazer Biscuits) and SCA Mölnlycke. Timo holds a M.Sc. (Econ.) degree in Marketing from Helsinki School of Economics. @HeadFuse
Alex St. John ALEX ST. JOHN leads all product strategy, design, development and operations at hi5. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of WildTangent, the world's largest privately held game network with over 30 million monthly unique visitors. During his tenure, WildTangent developed a unique and highly successful micro-currency based economy that blended ecommerce and advertiser sponsored play of premium content. Alex also pioneered several technologies for online game publishing. Prior to founding WildTangent, Alex was responsible for Microsoft's multimedia strategy. He was one of the principal creators of Microsoft's DirectX technology, which become the foundation for all Windows multimedia applications, 3D graphics, media players, and casual multiplayer games, as well as thousands of PC and Xbox games. Alex has an honorary degree from the DigiPen Institute of Technology, and also advises the University of Washington on its technical degree programs and Tech Transfer department. @hi5
gillesstorme GILLES STORME heads up RockYou EMEA advertising sales which includes application distribution, 3rd party ad network and brand sales. Prior to joining RockYou, Gilles launched First Light Cosmetics, a mineral make-up brand marketed mainly online. Before launching his own business Gilles was pan European sales director at AOL and launched Platform-A as a regional proposition.Gilles holds a Master of Business Administration from Kingston University and an Economics degree from the University of Brussels. Gilles lives and works in the UK but being Belgian he has kept a fondness for strong beers, cartoon characters and hung parliaments. If you want to play, he has his list of 10 famous Belgians ready.@GillesStorme
Bret Terrill

BRET TERRILL is a pioneer in social gaming, founding one of the first social gaming companies in early 2007 with a focus on real-time multiplayer games. It failed. He took those lessons and shared them via a blog and became the first social gaming industry analyst. He took that expertise to Zynga, joining in 2008 as Director of Business Development and then transitioning to Senior Director of Corporate Development. He now consults for companies applying social game mechanics to non-gaming verticals.

peterwexler

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. @TrialPay

MILO YIANNOPOULOS is a journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur and consultant who writes twice weekly for Telegraph.co.uk on privacy, piracy and UK start-ups and has written extensively over the past few years for the Telegraph and TechCrunch Europe about technology and entrepreneurialism, in addition to contributing regular pieces to Directors' Guild of America Quarterly about the worldwide legislative challenges of copyright and digital piracy. He also reviews books and blogs on religious and social affairs for The Catholic Herald. Milo is a regular speaker on the technology conference circuit and presents the annual Young Rewired State competition, which sets young people loose on Government data. He is director of boutique marketing and communications agency WRONG, for whom he acts as an editorial director for hire and online strategy consultant, CFO of a private security and risk management firm in South East England, and CAO (abbreviation left as an exercise to the reader) of What Talent, a social network and talent agency for creative professionals. You can contact Milo via email. @Nero