The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Haas Conf. Ctr. - Rm. 172 & 173

Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Michael Ludden, Director of Product, IBM’s Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs

Rob Vickery, Co-Founder, Stage Venture Partners

Ryan Wang, Co-founder and General Partner, Outpost Capital

Alexis Macklin, Analyst, Greenlight VR

Norman Liang, Venture Partner, WI Harper

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

 

Michael Ludden is Director of Product at IBM’s Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product management, marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is happy to share more about exciting developments in the exploding field of Artificial Intelligence.

Norman Liang, Venture Partner, WI Harper: Norman is an investor with WI Harper, a cross-border venture capital firm focused on the US and China, where he focuses on the consumer sector with a focus on the AR/VR sector looking at content, platforms, and devices. Norman is a member of the VRVCA and an active mentor for HTC’s ViveX Accelerator. The Firms AR/VR investments in the space include Prynt, Holor, and Owl Reality. Prior to WI Harper, Norman was an executive at Sungy Mobile (NASD:GOMO) a top app developer, where he led the growth and international teams. Earlier in his career Norman has been an executive at various companies including IBM, Nokia, Newscorp, and Jam City (SGN).

 

Ryan Wang is Co-founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital, the first Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund focusing on VR/AR and new frontier technology with a strong presence in China. Ryan is known as a VR/AR expert who oversees companies in the US and greater China, with solid insights and strong connections in both markets. Prior to Outpost, Ryan was a Venture Partner at CLI Ventures. Early in his career, Ryan has compiled a comprehensive and successful career as an investment banker at Citigroup and Societe Generale in New York City. Ryan is a snowboarder, world explorer and owner of many stylish hats.

 

Alexis Macklin is an Immersive Entertainment Analyst at Greenlight Insights. Alexis covers the studio entertainment industry and is a leading thought-leader on virtual, augmented and mixed reality, cameras, and production software. Alexis received her B.A. and M.M.C. from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

 

Rob Vickery is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stage Venture Partners. Stage is a new seed stage venture capital fund, based in West Hollywood, that invests in software start-ups with defined and creative technology, often in the digital media and entertainment industries.  Since January 2016, Stage has recently closed investments into three exciting companies in the online video optimization, AR and VR space.  Prior to creating Stage, Rob created the Entertainment and Technology Division for BNY Mellon and was the North America Director for Lloyds International one of the world’s leading financial institutions, focusing on major corporate entertainment-related investments. He has also spent a number of years working and advising a range of international music and film talent on embracing with new forms of technology, especially VR/AR.  Rob is also on the board of the BAFTA LA Games, British American Business Council, South Central Scholars and the Chairman of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Dorsey High School. In his downtime, Rob is an amateur paleontologist, snowboarder and console gaming addict (come and find me on PSN).  @vickeryrob  @stagevp    PSN: BeverlyHillsBrit

 

Mariana Danilovic, CEO, hollywood portfolio: Ms. Danilovic is the Founder and CEO of hollywood portfolio, a crowd-centric accelerator that develops and operates Augmented, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and digital media companies. Through hollywood portfolio, Ms. Danilovic launched and helped develop numerous technology and digital media companies, and served as the President, CEO and Director of ultralivetv, served on the Board of Directors of Emerge Digital, serves on the Board of Advisors of Transmosis, LoveTV, and NightFlight. Ms. Danilovic was the EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, broadband video company owned by NASPERS/MIH media conglomerate. She also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP, which launched about two-dozen digital media companies. The companies Ms. Danilovic helped develop received institutional funding from KPCB, Sequoia Capital, Hummer-Winblad, Constellation Partners, Softbank, North Star Ventures, HP, and Intel. Ms. Danilovic headed business development for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and was on the management team of the venture fund at Sony Pictures Entertainment, investing in media companies worldwide. Ms. Danilovic also worked for Michael Milken’s Knowledge Exchange and at the Twentieth Century Fox International Television Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of C3, the Arts and Media Node of the Millennium Project, served on the Board of Directors of the Producers’ Guild of America, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Tim Draper’s Zone Club and was a member of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's Digital Coast Roundtable. Mariana earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, San Diego.