Resonant Games LLC Won the Gaming Pitch Demo Day Followed by Sending.IO

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Winner’s Introduction

Adaptablox.com by Resonant Games: Video chat with educational games and activities

600_415697672Resonant Games is a studio that specializes in social apps with synchronous interactivity. Our team has been working together for the past 15 years developing Social Games, Virtual Worlds and F2P Mobile Games.

As parents with distant relatives we recognized the need for an accessible video chat application for distributed families. With Adaptablox.com we set out to create a video chat platform that would allow participants to join in a shared space with one click (no download or plugin required). Once connected, family members can synchronously share content like toys, books and educational games to add context to the conversation. Eventually, family members will be able to upload photos, create drawings together and record their session for sharing externally.

Our demo at Adaptablox.com is a prototype of what will ultimately evolve into a HUB for the distributed family. We are excited about the enthusiasm for our video chat platform because we know that it solves a real problem and we are anxious to take it to the next level.

For anyone that is interested in discussing investment opportunities please reach out to us at hello@resonantgames.com

Bart Yeary CPO

Bart is a master of F2P monetization and user experience design. He was most recently Product Owner at NaturalMotion Games, a leading social games company focused on delivering console quality games on iOS and Android. Bart was formerly Sr. Director of Product for FooMojo Inc. (backed by $10 million in venture capital from Softbank). Bart also has extensive experience in the Advertising industry having worked as a Sr. Art Director for Razorfish and as a freelance interactive designer for Leo Burnett and Cramer Krasselt. Earlier in his career Bart pioneered the development of browser based virtual worlds when he launched Faketown.com in 1999. Bart lives in San Mateo Ca. with his wife and their 3 year old son (more than 600 miles from the nearest family member!).

Runner up’s Introduction

Sending.iO: We focus on using Email to help game developers acquire, retain, and monetize their users.

sending_blackLogoSending.IO is the ONLY company focused on delivering email technology and services to the gaming industry.  We help game publishers acquire, retain, and monetize their users via sophisticated behavioral targeting and email technology. Our service is free for game publishers and we give 70% of revenue back to the publisher for utilizing our monetization solution.

Sending.IO’s Team

¤Lee An.  BA EE Princeton.  MS EE Stanford. Serial entrepreneur since 1996.  4 startups.  First two raised combined $30M in VC financing.Nettangerine profitable since year 1, generated cumulative sales over $50M.

¤Scott Wang. BS Computer Science Stanford. 15 years development experience.  Senior engineering manager at Yahoo responsible for media properties.  Monthly users exceeding 100M.   Expert in highly scalable web and mobile services.

¤Amy Monier.  BA Arizona State.  9 years agency and online marketing experience.  Expertise in SEO, Email marketing, monetization, and customer acquisition.


We’ve selected seven gaming startups to pitch next Thursday evening in SF!

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Join us on Oct 9th Thursday @Pivotal Labs in San Francisco.

Judge of Panel

• Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

• Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

• Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

Pitching Startups

• ZRDS Games: Mobile phone entertainment for Kids

• Figure Of Speech: Cards Against Humanity Reinvented for Mobile

• Asylum Labs: Innovative Mobile Social Casino games

• Resonant Games LLC: Video chat with educational games and activities

• Senetur: Platform to allow game teams and studios to find talent, prototype faster, decrease time to market, and connect publishing opportunities outside of conferences

• Hero Systems & Mechanics: Developing a mobile game that connects to a physical toy swords. A mobile apps powers two opposing toy swords. During a toy sword fight NFC and bluetooth signals are sent between them and their mobile apps and a winner is determined

•  Sending.iO: We focus on using Email to help game developers acquire, retain, and monetize their users.

  • Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual start-up senior executive. Worked in US / Europe / LATAM and speak 4 languages fluently.

Former global head of marketing for Google play; worked in 5 start-ups including one as CEO / co-founder and two more as board advisor. 14 Years experience in mobile content / mobile games / app retail and distribution.

Currently EIR at Signia seeking CEO / No2 role in a high growth start-up in mobile content, education, health or consumer services where strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial drive (mixed with a bit of “madness”) can help make a significant impact for a company with big ambitions.

  • Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

Ann Burkett is a Venture Partner with with F50 Venture focusing on and recommending game companies for investment in the 500k and 2Million range. She has run Game Dojos which was the original incubator for Plain Vanilla Games “Quizup” which has over 200million active users and recently raised $20Million from Sequoia Capital, with participation from all existing investors, including Tencent, Greycroft Partners, IDG Ventures, BOLDstart Ventures, CrunchFund. Game Dojos also had in its class Focused Apps LLC a small independent whose Hit Tennis games have been downloaded over 30million times. A developer by training her team also worked on games which have had up to 10million active users. She loves unique and independent games and teams that can be crafted to also be successful and has been known to show up to Gamesbeat in bad teeshirts.

She currently also founded and runs the HTML5 Developers Conference which is the currently the largest JavaScript/HTML5/CSS/node.js technology focused conference in the world. She also founded and runs IOTAconf Internet of Things Conference. HTML5Devconf, IOTACconf and F50.io will be held at Moscone Center SF in San Francisco on Oct 20, 21 with training the following week.

  • Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

“I’ve been a business journalist since 1988. most of that time i’ve focused on technology journalism. In 2002, I published a book on the making of the Xbox, “Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan To Unleash an Entertainment Revolution.” My second book, “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft’s Next-Generation Video Game Console,” launched in 2006. The information is at www.spiderworks.com/xbox360. Now I’m a lead writer on the digital media blog at www.venturebeat.com”
Specialties:video games, computer hardware, chips, digital media

Meet with Ted Kraus, Adam Gold, Ryan Bloomer, Mike Loftus and David Cao at Saturday’s Pitch Demo Day

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When: 9AM – 12:30PM Aug 16th Saturday

Where: InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA

Check out here for selected startups’ profiles!

Judge Panel List

  • Ted Kraus, Managing Partner at Tech-Rx Ventures
  • Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures
  • Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Accelerator
  • Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50
  • David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50

Judge Panel Bio

Ted is a Managing Partner at Tech-Rx (www.tech-rx.vc) where he focuses on commercializing consumer products and technologies in the energy, biotechnology and web industries.  Prior to Tech-Rx, he was a Principal at 8 Rivers Capital (www.8riverscapital.com) where he managed deal flow and due diligence for potential investment opportunities and developed commercialization strategies for NET Power, ParkIntuit and Hemosonics. In 2011, he Founded BUYSTAND (merged), an ECN and trading platform for consumer goods, where he served as COO from 2011 – 2013.  Early in his career, Ted was a Technology Analyst for Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US. He received an MBA from Loyola Marymount and a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. In 2013 Ted completed the Executive Program in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
He lives in Silicon Valley and is an avid snowboarder, runner and mountain biker.

Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures

Espial Ventures was launched to invest in the next generation of leading companies with a keen focus on backing imagination and innovation. Prior to Espial Ventures in 2014, Adam founded Espial Capital in 2012 to capitalize on the tectonic shifts underway across the global public equity technology, media, and telecommunication (TMT) universe. Espial’s strategy capitalizes on powerful tailwinds and headwinds that result in behavioral changes in consumption, distribution, retailing, and computing, across dozens of electronics, services, and digital and physical product categories. Adam previously ran money at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co (GGHC) in New York, which he joined in 2008. GGHC managed $5B in capital with a focus on global growth investing. Prior to GGHC, Adam worked at Coatue Management, a $10B fund with a focus on global TMT investing, which he joined in 2007. Adam began his career at EnTrust Capital in 2001 as an Intern and Summer Analyst, and became a full-time analyst in 2005, where he covered all of EnTrust’s TMT investments. Graduating early with numerous honors and distinctions from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2004, Adam holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude with double-majors in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication. Adam is also Chairman of the Espial Foundation, which he started in 2013 to invest in the next generation of student leaders and innovators. The Foundation’s core tenet: TECH (Technology | Education | Children | Health) is an investment in a more innovative and skilled workforce, and a more vibrant economy.

Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Venture Partners 

We invest and grow leading mobile startups from around the world.

Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50

David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50

Financial trends in angel and venture capital financings—ppt share from 11/27 event

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Just received presentention ppt from Jensen, James F. (Perkins Coie), one of our six judge panels of 11/27 event Pitch Demo Day. I would like to share with you. Please feel free to download if you have interest or need it!

Uploaded by our assistant organizer Viki http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.288872201233905.67221.100003333834897&type=1&l=da7b332486

I also appreciate Jame’s share, thanks to him on this thankful day:)

Meet with Hemant Taneja of Categlyst Partners & Many Founders @ Entrepreneurs/Co-founders Mixer SV

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Join SVE’s Entrepreneurs Mixer at Santa Clara Sunday and meet with Hermant Taneja and many great earlier stage founders! Free tea, food, and fun!


11AM: Tea, Wine, Music Dance, Social

11:45PM: Lightning Talk by entrepreneurs who are looking for co-founders & Partners

12:05: Speaker: The Entrepreneur who investing in Entrepreneurs

Hemant Taneja, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

12:20PM: Lunch (Pizza)

Event co-hosted with Startup Tea House

Food: sponsored by SVInnovation Center

Hemant Taneja

Managing Director

General Catalyst Partners

Hemant invests in early stage companies. His areas of special interest include disruptive energy solutions, and next generation mobile platforms.

Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was founder and CEO of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that merged with JP Mobile in 2002, and was subsequently acquired by Good Technology in 2005.  Hemant recently founded “Advanced Energy Economy”, a non-profit organization focused on catalyzing regional energy innovation clusters across America.  This work is based on the pioneering work that he did in founding the New England Clean Energy Council, which received an award from the Department of Energy.  Hemant actively lectures at MIT and Stanford to inspire technical students on entrepreneurship as a vehicle for technical impact.

Hemant is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering.

Information Technology Investments: Jumptap, Humedica, Sand9, Stripe, SynapDx, and TuneIn
Former board member of m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign in May 2006, Observer), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in April 2006) and Hunch (acquired by eBay in November 2011)

Energy investments: ARC Energy, C12 Energy, CLEAResult, Mascoma, Modular Wind, Stion and SunBorne Energy.

Tea & Art Collection

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Meet Bill Reichert of Garage Venture & Evan Bailyn of Outsmarting Google

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Meet Bill Reichert , Managing Director of Garage Venture & Evan Bailyn, author of Outsmarting Google at April 16 SVE event


5:30PM Registration, and Networking
6PM Introduction
6:10 Speakers
7 Panel Discussion

Bill Reichert – Managing Director, Garage Venture

Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and an operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He sits on the Boards of CaseStack, WhiteHat, ClearFuels, cFares, and ThermoCeramix. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Charter Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Evan Bailyn, founder, The Evan Bailyn Foundation

Evan Bailyn is an internet entrepreneur, bestselling author, and child advocate. He is primarily known as a search engine optimization expert, having used his ability to rank at the top of Google to build and sell five businesses, including one of the largest children’s websites online. His first book, Outsmarting Google, debuted to rave reviews in mid-2011. Its sequel, Outsmarting Social Media, comes out in early 2012.

Evan is the founder of The Evan Bailyn Foundation, which promotes emotional awareness in children. His Facebook page, which encourages people to be true to themselves, gained over 100,000 fans in a year, making it one of the most popular non-celebrity pages on Facebook.

Currently, he offers marketing services through his companies, First Page Sage and Good Media Co. Under his tutelage, clients have established the predominant websites in their industries, become New York Times bestselling authors, and grown multimillion dollar product lines. His voice can be found on the social media pages of celebrities worldwide.

Evan has been interviewed on ABC and Fox News and featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The International Business Times, Crain’s and Forbes.com. He is a frequent speaker, having keynoted numerous social media conferences, including Digital Hollywood and Social Media For Nonprofits.

Mark F. Radcliffe

Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark.

Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as “outstanding” and “a leader in open source-related matters.” Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: “His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as ‘probably the best lawyer in his field.'”

Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, he was named one of Northern California’s Top 100 intellectual property Super Lawyers, in a joint project of Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.

Be a volunteer: http://goo.gl/BvleX

Be a speaker: goo.gl/8D29i

If you’d like an opportunity to speak at this meeting, or share your story, please send me an one paragraph introduction.

Contact organizer if you want to pitch your apps to investor.

Great Wall Club Delegation speaking at Stanford event

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