Two free tickets for Library House Essential Mediatech 2008

By October 29, 2008Announcement

UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED

The kind folks at Library House have offered readers of TheEquityKicker two free tickets to their upcoming Essential Mediatech conference on November 11th.

There are 4 panels during the day:

  1. Web startups in Europe – Bindi Karia, Nadim Saad, Stefan Menden,
    William Tunstall-Pedoe, Nikolaj Nyholm,
    Marc Samwer
  2. All about games – Ed Bartlett,
    Sebastien de Halleux,
    Andy Moseby, Timo Soininen,
    Matt Rothman, David Bailey
  3. Survive the carnage – from crisis to opportunity – Jeppe Zink,
    Hugo Burge, Me, Errol Damelin,
    Charles Cohen,
    Brian O’Reilly
  4. The future of Mediatech M&A – Doug Richard,
    Barry Maloney, Jay Patel,
    Ben Holmes, Jonathan Wolf, Lucy Vernall

The tickets will go to the two best questions for any of these panels.

One question per comment and per person please!

  • My Question: Given that Online Advertising is no longer the answer, where is the money going to come from?

  • My Question: Given that Online Advertising is no longer the answer, where is the money going to come from?

  • Ok, I’ve got one for the games panel:

    “Given that ‘gaming’ is a perjorative term in the social web sector, what can the games and social web industries learn from one another? Can we harness community for a positive gaming experience?”

  • Ok, I’ve got one for the games panel:

    “Given that ‘gaming’ is a perjorative term in the social web sector, what can the games and social web industries learn from one another? Can we harness community for a positive gaming experience?”

  • Here’s my shot for the Web Startups in Europe panel: Do any of the panelists think that Europe will develop a startup hub to rival that of Silicon Valley within the next 5 years? If so where do they think this hub will be?

  • Here’s my shot for the Web Startups in Europe panel: Do any of the panelists think that Europe will develop a startup hub to rival that of Silicon Valley within the next 5 years? If so where do they think this hub will be?

  • Here’s one for the ‘Survive the carnage’ panel.

    Sequoia and many other high-profile investors have advised their startups to cut costs now that we have hit an unfavourable ‘climate’. Many are following the advice.

    If these costs can so easily be cut, it begs the question, “why are these investors sitting on the boards of (and presumably advising) start-up companies with such unnecessarily high costs in the first place?”

  • Here’s one for the ‘Survive the carnage’ panel.

    Sequoia and many other high-profile investors have advised their startups to cut costs now that we have hit an unfavourable ‘climate’. Many are following the advice.

    If these costs can so easily be cut, it begs the question, “why are these investors sitting on the boards of (and presumably advising) start-up companies with such unnecessarily high costs in the first place?”

  • Ed

    For the “Survive the carnage” panel:

    To what extent will VC’s be the big losers of the current crisis? Increased efficiencies from new technologies (cloud computing, APIs/mashups, distribution platforms like Facebook) and simple business models requiring minimal investment (adsense, affiliate models, set up direct payment w/ paypal in a few clicks) make it easier then ever to start an online business. The current market means great talent is available cheaply. Angel investors and high net worth individuals need an alternative to the traditional markets, making them more likely to invest in start-ups. Traditional path to exit like IPOs seem unlikely.

    In short, should VC’s be the most worried of all?

  • Ed

    For the “Survive the carnage” panel:

    To what extent will VC’s be the big losers of the current crisis? Increased efficiencies from new technologies (cloud computing, APIs/mashups, distribution platforms like Facebook) and simple business models requiring minimal investment (adsense, affiliate models, set up direct payment w/ paypal in a few clicks) make it easier then ever to start an online business. The current market means great talent is available cheaply. Angel investors and high net worth individuals need an alternative to the traditional markets, making them more likely to invest in start-ups. Traditional path to exit like IPOs seem unlikely.

    In short, should VC’s be the most worried of all?

  • Dan Sutherland

    For the ‘all about games’ panel:

    The average age of video game players is now in the mid to late 20s and looks set to rise. How will the video games industry cope with trying to engage an ageing user base?

  • Dan Sutherland

    For the ‘all about games’ panel:

    The average age of video game players is now in the mid to late 20s and looks set to rise. How will the video games industry cope with trying to engage an ageing user base?

  • Kolvin

    panels 1 & 3

    With the web being dominated by big players such as amazon, ebay, google, youtube and facebook etc, is there any hope for web startups in the current climate?

  • Kolvin

    panels 1 & 3

    With the web being dominated by big players such as amazon, ebay, google, youtube and facebook etc, is there any hope for web startups in the current climate?

  • The future of MediaTech M&A

    Q. Will digital agencies be even more desperate to engage/invest/buy web product teams/companies related to the AD CPA world/business model given the increased pressure on them to produce returns for their clients.

  • The future of MediaTech M&A

    Q. Will digital agencies be even more desperate to engage/invest/buy web product teams/companies related to the AD CPA world/business model given the increased pressure on them to produce returns for their clients.

  • All About Games:

    If web startups can’t support the large teams of highly-specialized roles (game-designer, level-editor, script-writer, AI programmer, etc) that the mainstream games industry is wedded to, but continue to edge mainstream games out in terms of profitability and reduced risk, how are we going to ensure we don’t lose that specialist knowledge over the next 5 years?

    Bearing in mind that most of the knowledge and experience in professional game design and in online game programming has only in the last 5 years started to really be understood and put to good use.

    Also noting that this panel itself doesn’t have any mainstream games companies! (*), instead it’s: in-game-advertising, tween-social-worlds, facebook-games, etc.

    (*) – Matt Rothman comes closest, having left mainstream games development ten years ago.

  • All About Games:

    If web startups can’t support the large teams of highly-specialized roles (game-designer, level-editor, script-writer, AI programmer, etc) that the mainstream games industry is wedded to, but continue to edge mainstream games out in terms of profitability and reduced risk, how are we going to ensure we don’t lose that specialist knowledge over the next 5 years?

    Bearing in mind that most of the knowledge and experience in professional game design and in online game programming has only in the last 5 years started to really be understood and put to good use.

    Also noting that this panel itself doesn’t have any mainstream games companies! (*), instead it’s: in-game-advertising, tween-social-worlds, facebook-games, etc.

    (*) – Matt Rothman comes closest, having left mainstream games development ten years ago.

  • i.e.

    If EVERYONE subscribes to Kawasaki’s “Don’t Worry, Be Crappy”, who’s left to advance the art and craft of game development?

  • i.e.

    If EVERYONE subscribes to Kawasaki’s “Don’t Worry, Be Crappy”, who’s left to advance the art and craft of game development?

  • Please can you debate the pros and cons of ‘stealth mode’. Is it always best to be open? Is a question of timing – do UGC sites need some decent content first? Is it a cultural thing – are Europeans start-ups more closed? Does the type of site impact the decision?

  • Please can you debate the pros and cons of ‘stealth mode’. Is it always best to be open? Is a question of timing – do UGC sites need some decent content first? Is it a cultural thing – are Europeans start-ups more closed? Does the type of site impact the decision?

  • Mark Tasker

    Will the web landscape be fundamentally changed by web 3.0 (the semantatic web) and, if so, what do you see as the opportunities / growth areas for startups?

  • Mark Tasker

    Will the web landscape be fundamentally changed by web 3.0 (the semantatic web) and, if so, what do you see as the opportunities / growth areas for startups?

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