4030 George Sellon Circle SCA-03
Santa Clara, California 95054

SVASE BIGs: SVASE & VLAB Present: Virtual Goods: Where are the Opportunities?
Start: 12/08/2009 - 6:00pm
End: 12/08/2009 - 8:30pm

Contact Info: Laura Weigant
Email: [email protected]

Location: SUN Microsystems
4030 George Sellon Circle

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Today the market for Virtual Goods (VG) is already $1 Billion in the United States alone, and is expected to grow 80% to $1.8B next year, according the authors of the report "Inside Virtual Goods". In Asia, the market is already seven times that of the United States, $7 Billion, per the Virtual Goods Online October 2009 report. And more amazingly, in China, VG revenues actually exceed on-line ad revenues.

What are the best monetization strategies? Do the secondary markets enhance the value of virtual goods? What is the impact of financial regulations on the secondary markets? What has contributed to the rise of independent creators of virtual goods? Why is Asia so far ahead of the US, and what are the implications?

Come hear bold entrepreneurs talk about their business models and the on-line ecosystem for Virtual Goods and find out.

The Panel:
* Brian Balfour, Co-Founder and VP Product Marketing, Viximo

Moderator: TBD

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Networking and Business Showcase
7:00 – 8:15 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A
8:15 – 8:30 pm: Additional networking

LOCATION: SUN Microsystems, 4030 George Sellon Circle, Santa Clara, California 95054 (Area Map)

PRE-REGISTERED RATES (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres):
Members - $20; General Public - $30;
Pre-registration closes at 9 PM the day before of the event
WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price

This event is co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems, www.sun.com/startupessentials/overview.jsp?CID=928364.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day.

Speakers’ Bios

Brian Balfour, Co-Founder and VP Product Marketing, Viximo
Brian is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the social networking and virtual goods industry. 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. Brian blogs at www.SocialDegree.com.

Official Website: http://www.svase.org/?q=node/3667

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