Wednesday, October 17th
Venture Funding, Investment & Mergers – Leadership in the Entertainment & Technology Space: Broadband, Social Networks, Mobile, Games and Crowdfunding
The VC and strategic investment community has always led the way in recognizing the newest opportunities in the technology and entertainment space. In this era of economic flux, boom and bust, there are as many interpretations of value, opportunity and investment as there are investors and analysts in the industry. In this session, we bring together a number of the formative players in the Media, Entertainment, Technology finance world who have played a part in the investments, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers over the past few years. At the moment there is more money chasing fewer ready resources, but as the market predictably shakes out, how the relationship between the traditional and new media companies settles will create a fascinating foundation for the next step in growth for our industry. Are we building toward another bubble or are we laying the groundwork for a period of hypergrowth in the convergence space? Media companies are making nine and ten figure bets in this new arms race and what the future holds is anyone’s guess.
Monica Dodi, Managing Director and Co Founder, The Women’s Venture Capital Fund
Chris Petrovic, GM, Digital Ventures, GameStop
Steve Masur, Managing Partner, MasurLaw
Mike McGlade, Chief Revenue Officer, FastPay
Nia Stefany, Managing Partner and founder, Xnergy LLC
Charles M. Miller, President and CEO, Carlton House Capital Partners, LLC
Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc.