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With John Linden (CEO, Mythical Games), Rui Zhang (VP, Gumi), Kingsley Edwards (Founder, Leet), Randy Saaf (Founder, Lucid Sight), Mickey Maher (Head of Revenue & Gaming Partnerships, Dapper Labs), Mike Jones (8 Circuit Studios).
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 06:30 PM   $20
Sheppard Mullin, Four Embarcadero, 17th Fl
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John Linden CEO Mythical Games, a game platform company focused on building player-owned economies with top game developers & publishers. Prior to Mythical Games, John was the President of Seismic Games (acquired by Niantic Labs), developer of Marvel Strike Force. Prior to Seismic Games, he was a Studio Head at Activision Blizzard on the Call of Duty & Skylanders franchises. Before the games industry, John was the Co-Founder / CTO at Adknowledge & at OpenX & built his own startups, Planet Alumni (acquired by & Litmus Media (acquired by Think Partnership). John is passionate about video games, the future of blockchain technologies & bringing emerging technologies to the mass market.
Rui Zhang Vice President gumi Inc Rui Zhang, CFA, CPA is also Managing Director of gumi Cryptos. With both investment & computer science background, Rui has 2 years banking & 3 years consulting firm experience in his early career. Later he co-founded Zenith Group Holdings, succeeded in raising around USD22million in Seed & Series A, & was acquired by a large IT company in China. SInce 2016 after he joined gumi, Rui is in charge of all overseas investments of gumi Group, including the gaming investment in US & Europe, VR Fund & the VR incubation programs in Seoul & Helsinki. At the beginning of 2018, he took in charge of & succeeded in setting up crypto delegated investment fund - gumi Cryptos. Since then, serving as the Managing Director, he is leading the investment of gumi Cryptos.
Kingsley Edwards Founder Leet, an esports bitcoin platform, in 2013 with the vision of integrating cryptocurrencies with popular video games. After Leet was acquired by Unikrn, he acted as a Director for the UnikoinGold token sale that sold over $33M in tokens. Kingsley is now focused on bringing his experience & network from the crypto community to help other organizations achieve success in the blockchain industry with Block 16.
Randy Saaf CoFounder/CEO Lucid Sight, an indie game studio that develops the digital ownership game MLB Crypto Baseball. He is also director at AppOnboard, offering high fidelity playable ads for iOS & Android. Saaf co-founded Jirbo in 2008, a launch partner of the iOS App Store & had 14 of the first 100 free iOS games. Jirbo changed its name to AdColony & transitioned from gaming to one of the largest mobile video ad networks. AdColony sold to Opera Mediaworks in 2014 for $350 million.
Mickey Maher Head Revenue & Gaming Partnerships Dapper Labs, makers of CryptoKitties. His primary goal is to expand CryptoKitties & upcoming blockchain projects into the greater gaming market with our goal of bringing the first billion to the blockchain. Dapper Labs is the fifth venture-backed startup Mickey has worked for in the gaming industry. Two have been acquired, & one is likely to IPO in the near future-with all of them, he has significantly & consistently grown revenue. Mickey has worked as Head of Global Sales for Unity Technologies where he built a mobile ad business from pre-launch to nearly $300M in revenue. He's also spent years working with high-level partnerships with startups including Applifier, Sometrics, & Upsight, offering analytics, marketing, advertising, digital good marketplace, & social solutions to gaming companies. Mickey's time working with Dapper Labs has allowed him to travel to different parts of the world every week. He's at his best when working on anything & everything by applying his blend of conscientious & entrepreneurial spirit, his tenacious drive, & his ability to thrive in complex environments.
Mike Jones, Helmsman, 8 Circuit Studios. Mike is a twenty three year veteran of the video game industry, starting his career in professional flight simulators before moving to traditional gaming companies, including Microsoft, Playdom (Disney Interactive) & Kabam. Having worked titles as varied as Mass Effect, Voodoo Vince, Mechwarrior 4, Mobsters & Kingdoms of Camelot, Mike brings a broad knowledge of video game development, systems, platforms & industry experience that ranges from publishing to indies. Combining that industry knowledge with a passion for the possibilities unlocked by blockchain positions Mike as a key driver at 8 Circuit Studios, an indie development studio, as they prepare to launch their first title, Project Genesis, featuring Non-Fungible items on the Ethereum blockchain.
Jim Gatto, Partner Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP He is in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He is also Co-Team Leader of the firm's Digital Media Industry & Social Media & Games Industry Teams, & Team Leader of the firm's Open Source Team. Jim leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights & attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP & other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet & technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret & open source. Mr. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal & business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, social games & online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods & currency, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source user-generated content, location-based services & gamification. He has extensive experience advising internet & social media companies on business & legal strategies relating to virtual goods & virtual currency, developing IP protection & monetization strategies, handling terms of service & end user license agreements, development, licensing & partnership agreements, developing DMCA policies, handling DMCA enforcement, privacy & COPPA policies & much more. Mr. Gatto's practice is national & international, & it encompasses a full range of IP & technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright & trade secret litigation; counseling & technology transactions; developing & implementing IP strategies to protect & to monetize IP assets; creating & implementing corporate IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues & protests; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing & litigation; negotiating & drafting technology agreements; conducting IP due diligence in & negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions & financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity & enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright & trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source patent issues, licensing, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues & developing & implementing corporate policies on use of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods & technology; & advising clients on computer law issues such as computer fraud & abuse & SPAM-related issues.
MODERATOR: Mark Albertson, Silicon Valley journalist whose stories are regularly published for SiliconANGLE Media & Blasting News. He was previously a senior writer for the San Francisco Examiner & CBS-Bay Area. He specializes in coverage of Fintech & cybsersecurity topics, in addition to writing regularly about enterprise computing. He is also an experienced video & TV producer, having created Tech Closeup, a nationally syndicated program on technology that aired on ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX affiliate stations over the course of four years.
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