Venture Lab: Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Start-up?
Crowdfunding (and sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo) has become a new source of alternative funding for small and mid-sized B2C companies that previously had to rely on funding from distribution partners, angels, or venture capitalists. But times are changing, and with these changes come all sorts of questions:
- Is this for you?
- When is it appropriate? When is it not?
- How much can you raise?
- How do you make it work? What are the pitfalls?
On January 10th, get all your crowdfunding questions answered as Jon Kimmich, noted crowdfunding expert, successful serial entrepreneur, and Microsoft XBox 360 pioneer, moderates an experienced company founder panel featuring some of the most interesting local experts on the topic:
- Bob Berry, Founder & CEO, Uber Entertainment (raised over $2 million)
- Mitch Gitelman, Co-founder, Harebrained Schemes Studios
- Steve Harris, Founder & CEO, Think Automatic LLC
This promises to be an exciting and timely event and we are expecting a sold-out event. Please register early!
Due to room scheduling at One Union Square Boardroom, our event will exceptionally start one hour later than usual (networking will start at 6:30 pm instead of our usual 5:30 pm).
Most recently a Contributor to and Editor of the acclaimed book “The Crowdfunding Bible”, games industry expert Jon Kimmich has been an author, instructor, strategic advisor and consultant to companies, individuals and investors in the games industry for over 15 years. Jon started his career in digital entertainment as a Planner for Microsoft during pivotal parts of the Xbox conception and launch. Jon was instrumental in the acquisition of many well franchises for Microsoft Games Studios including company acquisitions such as Bungie Studios & FASA Interactive, and hit game acquisitions including Dungeon Siege by Gas Powered Games, Rise of Nations from Big Huge Games, and MechAssault by Day 1 Studios as well as many internally developed games such as Crimson Skies, MechWarrior 4, Brute Force and Halo. Now Jon works with development studios, publishers, educators and investors to incubate and drive strategic innovation in content and business models in the mobile and digital entertainment sectors.
Bob Berry is Founder and CEO of Uber Entertainment. Over the last two decades, Bob has been involved in nearly every aspect of game development including game design, engine programming, audio design, production, marketing, and business development. After three years in the doctoral program at Japan's Gifu University, he decided to instead focus on his first game company. After shipping the critically acclaimed PC FPS Devastation, he moved to Seattle to join Gas Powered Games where he contributed as an engine programmer and producer on Supreme Commander and Demigod. In 2008 he started Uber Entertainment, makers of the hit XBLA game Monday Night Combat and its free to play sequel, Super MNC. Most recently Uber raised over $2 million via Kickstarter to fund their next game, Planetary Annihilation.
Mitch Gitelman is Co-founder of Harebrained Schemes Studios. Mitch started in the paper RPG business and then made his leap to video games around 1995 at FASA Interactive as a Producer/Designer. The first project he worked on, codenamed “Corsairs”, eventually became Crimson Skies. After working on MechCommander, he moved to Seattle when Microsoft acquired FASA Interactive. Mitch stayed at MS for a dozen years before co-founding Harebrained Schemes. Mitch also lectures at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.
A programming geek from early childhood, Steve Harris started developing text-based games as a teen and re-bruilding go-carts. He went on to double-major in math and computer science, and received his MSCS from the Unviersity of Wisconsin. Soon after Microsoft's acquisition of Sybase, Steve was brought out to their Redmond headquarters to work in their SQL server group, and added home automation and computer vision to his deep database of expertise when he joined Microsoft Research. He has been working in this space for 14 years, and is the founder and CEO of Think Automatic, whose successful Kickstarter-funded Luminode received accolades in Engadget and The Internet of Things Works.