Do you want to meet investors interested in the gaming space face to face? Investors will be attending sessions and exploring the exhibitions, and now is your opportunity to ask them questions about their thoughts on the casual games industry. Listen to a short panel discussion among several investors and then fire away (your questions that is)!
Delivered at Casual Connect Seattle, July 2011.
Tim Chang brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in mobile, gaming, digital media, and also leads NVP’s investment practice in China and Asia-Pacific. Tim led NVP’s investments in and joined the boards of directors of ngmoco, Lumos Labs, Brite Semiconductor and 3jam. He also spearheaded NVP’s investment in Playdom, a leader in social gaming, and PCH International, a turnkey global supply chain services firm based in Shenzhen. Tim is a board observer working closely with Borqs, deCarta, Double Fusion and Veveo.[Email Tim]
Viney Singal (Managing Director) – Mr. Singal is the founder of Valtus Capital Group and has over 18 years of experience in investment banking. Valtus Capital provides merger and acquisition advising and capital raising services for companies in the gaming, lodging, real estate, hospitality, and consumer industries. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Singal worked in the Investment Banking Division of Bear Stearns concentrating on the Real Estate and Gaming sector. His experience includes real estate development finance, REIT valuation analysis and gaming and lodging valuation and financing. Clients included Sunstone Investors, MGM Grand, Hard Rock Casino, Coast Resorts and Herbst Gaming. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Vice President in Lehman Brothers’ Financial Sponsors Group, where he assisted in the structuring and negotiation of acquisition finance offerings. In addition, Mr. Singal actively covered client portfolio companies on an advisory capacity and assisted in structuring exit strategies and offerings. Mr. Singal received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California. [Email Viney]
Hany Nada As a leading venture investor, Hany made his first investment in China in 2001, and has led the firm’s successful investments in athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Kintana (acquired by Mercury Interactive) and Xfire (acquired by Viacom). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Tudou, China’s leading video content provider, Vocera Communications, and three gaming companies, Glu Mobile, Turbine and Wild Tangent. In addition to actively making investments in the mobile and gaming sectors in the US and China, Hany is responsible for one of the industry’s most successful China/US investment teams as well as general oversight of the firm’s funds. [Email Hany]
Greg Gottesman is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. He joined Madrona in 1997 and currently serves on the boards of AdReady, Bocada, BuddyTV, Cheezburger Network, Nimbic, Intrepid Learning Solutions, ThinkFire, and WildTangent. He is the founder and interim CEO of A Place for Rover and a board observer of Giant Thinkwell.
Greg managed the firm’s investments in Dantz Development Corporation (prior to its acquisition by EMC), Rendition Networks (prior to its acquisition by Opsware), Singingfish.com (prior to its acquisition by Thomson Consumer Electronics), LiveBid.com (prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com), and AdRelevance (prior to its acquisition by Media Metrix). Before joining Madrona, he worked as an Associate of the Boston Consulting Group. [Email Greg]
Kushal Saha is a Managing Director in the Information Technology practice with a focus on the Internet and New Media theme. He originates, manages and executes all facets of M&A, recapitalizations, private equity and debt placement transactions.
Prior to joining Cascadia Capital, Kushal was part of the leadership of the Internet & Digital Media/Technology Investment Banking Group for Merrill Lynch & Co., where he spearheaded the OpenTable IPO, advised eBay on acquisitions, and oversaw the financing for IACI spin-outs.
Kushal received undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai in India and a M.B.A from Boston University. [Email Kushal]
Tim Merel is Managing Director of Digi-Capital (www.digi-capital.com), the games investment bank focused on Europe, North America and Asia (China, Japan and South Korea). As well as its investment banking and venture partner work, Digi-Capital publishes its 2011 Global Video Games Investment Review http://slidesha.re/dJwTaX, which focuses on the rise of online/mobile games, China and investment across sectors. [Email Tim]Meet The Investors : SINGAL, NADA, GOTTESMAN, CHANG, SAHA, MEREL,