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Virtual Goods Summit -June 22

Casey H.
Group Organizer
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 12
Here are the details on the conference -- you can use the code "SFGAMEMU" to save 15% at checkout. I appreciate you sharing this with your membership.

Virtual Goods Summit 2007 ( http://www.vgsummit.c...­)
June 22, 2007 from 10 AM - 5 PM
Annenberg Auditorium Stanford University

Virtual goods and virtual currencies are growing beyond their traditional roots in online gaming and beginning to exert growing influence on the development of social networks, community sites, and casual games. This growing influence is due in large part to the fact that consumers have shown a willingness to embrace virtual goods as a way to express themselves online. From pets to coins to avatars, virtual goods are becoming a real opportunity for companies who are looking to build more engaging online experiences:

Neopets users have created over 206 million virtual pets
Tencent has over 236 million users in China and generated $100 million in Q1 2007, driven largely by virtual item sales
Nexon generated $230 million in 2005, 85% of which came from virtual item sales
Habbo Hotel has over 75 million registered avatars in 29 countries, 90% of their revenue comes from virtual goods
The Virtual Goods Summit will bring together leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and technologists to discuss the present and future of this rapidly growing market. We encourage you to join us at this year's event and participate in what promises to be an exciting and lively conversation around some of the key questions facing the virtual goods market today:

How will virtual goods and virtual currencies impact social networking?
Are virtual goods the next big business model?

What does it take to successfully launch a virtual goods offering?
Are virtual goods poised to go mainstream?

What does it take to nurture and develop a successful virtual economy?
Why are users embracing virtual goods?

We've assembled a strong team of industry experts to join us for the day and share their views and experiences:

Ginsu Yoon, Linden Labs (Second Life)
Paul Thind, Habbo Hotel

Kyra Reppen, MTV Networks (Neopets)
Craig Sherman, Gaia Online
John Chi, Nexon USA

Amy Jo Kim, ShuffleBrain
John Vars, Dogster
James Hong, HotOrNot
Jia Shen, RockYou

Erik Bethke, Go Pets
Tim Stevens, Doppelganger
Raph Koster, Areae

Mark Wallace, 3PointD

Dan Kelly, Sparter

Daniel James, 3 Rings
Sean Ryan, Meez
Jim Greer, Kongregate
Joshua Hong, K2 Networks
Robert Scoble
Susan Wu, Charles River Ventures
Kevin Efrusy, Accel Partners
Nabeel Hyatt, Conduit Labs
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