The video game revolution is expanding all over the planet. In the past few years, Latin America became a huge market for both video game development and consumption. From companies like Electronic Arts and Vivendi, to homegrown companies like Three Melons, Latin American developers have created a local industry that is becoming one of the most notorious and fastest growing in the digital world. We will discuss how some of these companies started, the secret to their success, their vision of the future, and everything that is happening today in the world of video games, online games, social games, etc.
Andy Kleinman is a media entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience as a founder and executive at successful startups ranging from music, television, film and video games. In 1998, he founded Emepe3.com, the first and one of the biggest online music websites in Spanish. After the sale of Emepe3.com in 2004, Andy got involved in different startups as a consultant, board member and angel investor. His startup Vostu became the largest social gaming company in Brazil. He later joined Three Melons, a gaming studio that was later sold to Playdom, which is now part of The Walt Disney Company. Andy is currently VP of Strategy and Business Development at MetroGames.
As a film producer, Andy started producing films in Argentina. His first movie, 'Death Club', was written and directed by James Merendino ('SLC Punk'). He later produced 'The Paranoids', which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also founded Canal Internet, a production company that produced audiovisual content for the web, in partnership with Endemol. In 2010, Andy produced 'blacktino', which is premiering at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, and 'Malaventura', a Mexican comedy that will be released in the Fall.
Esteban is co-founder and CEO of Atakama Labs, a developer of premium social games based in Chile and San Francisco.
He is former CEO of Wanako Games, an award-winning console game developer of 2006 XBLA Game of the Year Assault Heroes, acquired by Vivendi in 2006. At Vivendi, Esteban became VP of Business Development of Sierra Online and worked on the launch of World of Warcraft accross Latin America.
Previously he worked at Penguin Holdings investing and advising early stage start-ups throughout Latin America. Before that he was at JP Morgan, doing M&A for Latin America.
Esteban graduated with honors from the University of Virginia and completed the Management for Entrepreneurs Program at UCLA.
Founder and EVP Content and Business Development at Mentez. I have 10 years of experience in business, technology and Internet consulting working for PwC in London and Frankfurt. I have a strong knowledge of the Media and Entertainment industries and deep knowledge of the online Chinese development market. I currently live in London, but travel the world looking for the best content/games to publish in Latin America and Brazil. I also manage all of Mentez's partner relationships.
Sergio brings to NVP more than 16 years of operational and investing experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth equity investments in the business software, internet and media sectors. His current investments and board seats include BookRenter, Center'd and myYearbook. He is also a board participant and actively involved with M-Factor and Lending Club. Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Product Marketing at Photobucket, which grew to become one of the top 20 sites in the U.S. with more than 70 million unique visitors per month, and was later sold to News Corp. for $300 million. From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director and General Manager of the consumer electronics division at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 million in gross merchandise sales. Sergio was also a Director of New Ventures at eBay, where he pioneered several new marketplaces and initiatives. Prior to that, Sergio worked at Morgan Stanley, Portal Software and Cymerc. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
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