SparkLabs 3rd Batch Demo Day in Seoul!

We are excited for our 3rd batch to present to the general public.  The companies presenting will be: 1Day1Song, Flow State Media, PentaPress, Peopleware, Domo Bio, Freenters, and RingU

There will be an engaging panel discussion with our team from SparkLabs Global Ventures, our affiliated seed fund:

John Pleasants, Advisor at SparkLabs Global Ventures and former President of Disney Interactive, COO of Electronic Arts, and CEO of Ticketmaster.

Frank Meehan, Co-founder & General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures.  Previously with Horizons Ventures (HK), representing them on the boards of Spotify, Siri, Summly and others. 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment list 2010.

Net Jacobsson, Co-founder & General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures.  Facebook’s first Head of International business development.  Advisor and investor in Crowdstar, OpenFeint (sold to GREE for $104M), Playhopper (Founder), P1 (Board of Directors), and others.

Team members of SparkLabs Global Ventures, John Pleasants, Frank Meehan and Net Jacobsson, will discuss global technology trends they see happening in today’s market.  They will also discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs, executives, investors and startup advisors to companies such as Facebook (IPO), Playdom (acquired by Disney), Summly (acquired by Yahoo!), Siri (acquired by Apple), OpenFeint (acquired by GREE), and DeepMind (acquire by Google).

Date: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Location: Olleh Square in Seoul

Schedule:  1:00pm-6:00pm

1:00-2:30 Intro and 1st half of demo+pitch

2:30-2:45 Break 2:45-3:45 2nd half of demo+pitch

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 “Global Investment Trends & Investor Tales”

5:00-6:00 Networking

**Translation available in English and Korean

Short Program: ”Global Investment Trends & Investor Tales”

Moderated by Catherine Shu from TechCrunch

You can register on the eventbrite page here(English) or OnOffMix page here (Korean).

John Pleasants, Advisor at SparkLabs Global Ventures

John Pleasants is a dynamic, high-tech internet executive that has led public and private companies to implicit market capitalization and investor gains of more than $5 billion over the past 15 years. As a CEO and President, Pleasants has built and run start-ups as well as divisions of worldwide media and Internet conglomerates. In these consumer-facing businesses, some with enterprise customers, he has scaled business models in ecommerce transactions, subscriptions, advertising, content / service purchases and in-app transactions. Pleasants has overseen the acquisitions, mergers and integrations of 34 companies totaling ~$1.5 billion across gaming, ticketing, online dating, local services and consumer-driven healthcare.

From 2010 through 2013, Pleasants served as Co-President of Disney Interactive. In this role, he lead the overall strategy for Disney Interactive’s ~$1 billion multi-faceted digital games business, which includes games and virtual worlds across console, social, mobile and online platforms. He also oversaw Disney Interactive’s global network of game development studios and mobile content services. Previously, Pleasants served as CEO of Playdom, a leading social gaming company, which was founded in February 2008 and acquired by Disney in August 2010. Before leading Playdom, Pleasants served as President of Publishing and COO of Electronic Arts (EA), the world’s leading game publisher, where he oversaw global operations for the company and drove EA’s digital agenda. Prior to joining EA, he served as President and CEO of the consumer driven healthcare start-up, Revolution Heath, which ultimately merged with Everyday Health.

From 1996-2005, Pleasants served in various capacities at Ticketmaster and parent company Interactive Corp (IAC). He served as CEO of Ticketmaster from 2000-2005 (NASDAQ: TMCS for 14 quarters before going private). During his tenure as President of Information and Services at IAC, Pleasants oversaw leading online entities including Match.com, CitySearch.com, Evite.com, Entertainment Publishing and ReserveAmerica.com. Pleasants has served on the board of two public companies: Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TMCS); and twelve private companies / associations: Playdom, Revolution Health, Ticketmaster-Online Citysearch, Active.com (now NASDAQ: ACTV), Fastclick (sold to NASDAQ: VCLK), The Artists Den, The Happy Cloud, Peloton, Extend Benefits, Saatchi Online, Score Big and Show the Love LLC. He also actively invests in consumer facing start-ups. Pleasants holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Net Jacobsson, General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Net Jacobsson is a Co-founder and General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is a former Facebook executive, entrepreneur and investor with vast international experience from many pioneering companies. Net started out in Sweden Ericsson Mobile Communications (now SonyEricsson) in 1998 with user interface design but then moved into different start-up product, business development and marketing roles. In Israel Net led international business for Icq/AOL and then joined Chinese browser company, Maxthon in 2005 as partner & SVP. Net put Maxthon on the world map and brought in CRV and Google as investors.

In 2007 Net joined Facebook as the head of International business development with focus on new user acquisitions, new markets and early M&A opportunities. In addition Net was responsible for Facebook’s mobile business and led a number of deals with mobile operators and handset manufacturers.

Since 2009 Net has been involved an advisor and investor in Crowdstar, OpenFeint (sold to GREE for $104M), Playhopper (Founder), PixOwl, P1 (Board of Directors), and Cellogic. During 2012, Net assumed the role as CEO for Ginger Software. Net is also a Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea.

Frank Meehan, General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Frank is a Co-founder and General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures and a Partner at SparkLabs, Asia’s premier accelerator based in Seoul. Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment list 2010.

Previously Frank was with Horizons Ventures (HK), representing them on the boards of Spotify, Siri, Summly, Affectiva, Bitcasa, Fixmo, DoubleTwist, Ginger, Desti and Magisto. He also is the founder of Kuato Studios, a leading educational games studio, and INQ Mobile which was an early pioneer in mobile internet, winning Best Handset at Mobile World Congress 2009.

Frank started with Ericsson in 1994 as a coder and troubleshooter, lived in Singapore and HK, and then joined Hutchison Whampoa in 2001 and was responsible for the technical integration of the first 3G(WCDMA) networks around the world, launched under the Three(3) brand in multiple countries in 2003. He then ran the Three Groups’ global handset business, and developed and launched a range of products (Skypephone and INQ1), which pioneered mobile and internet communications.

NEXT, the Leading Pre-Accelerator Program in the World, Launches in Seoul with SparkLabs

NEXT powered by Google for Entrepreneurs (www.swnext.co) is the world’s leading pre-accelerator program and part of the UP Global (www.up.co) family.  UP Global is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities.

SparkLabs, a leading startup accelerator in Asia and a member of GAN (Global Accelerator Network), is partnering with UP Global to launch the NEXT program in Seoul for Korea’s entrepreneurs (www.swnext.co/events/seoul-next).  NEXT is an intense 5 week program that consists of 3 hour weekly sessions and weekly mentorship from April 14th through May 19th.  The best NEXT teams will get invited to the NEXT First Look Forum - a global demo day style event with accelerators, investors, and media.

“When we were first approached about the NEXT program, we immediately jumped at the opportunity because we saw the need for a pre-accelerator program since we started SparkLabs.  Many teams that applied to our accelerator program were missing one or two key elements, so NEXT definitely fills a gap in the market,” explained Eugene Kim, Principal and Program Director at SparkLabs.

Some of Korea’s leading investors and entrepreneurs will be mentors for the NEXT program, such as Jung-hee Ryu (Founder of Olaworks), Taekkyung Lee (CEO of Primer), Patrick Chung (Managing Director at Naxuri Capital), and Matthew Lee (CEO of IDG Ventures Korea).

“We are excited to be partnering with SparkLabs since we are familiar with their operations as one of the leading GAN (Global Accelerator Network) members.  The NEXT program is rapidly expanding across the globe with launches in Madrid, Delhi, Buenos Aires, Bogota and other locations,” stated Matt French, Director of NEXT.

For Seoul NEXT, applications are open now at www.swnext.co/events/seoul-next

About NEXT

NEXT is an intense 5 week program focused on giving you the tools and mentorship needed to guide your team through the challenging early stages of building a startup.  Startups accepted to the program will take part in 3-hour weekly sessions. Through a structured approach of group discussions, mentor sessions and weekly pre-work deliverables, startups walk away with the skills needed to validate your business idea, a clear understanding of your customer development strategy, a completed market and competitive analysis, a MVP and a investor ready pitch deck.  The NEXT program is part of UP Global’s initiatives to foster entrepreneurship, develop grassroots leadership, and build strong communities.

About SparkLabs

SparkLabs is a startup accelerator founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs in South Korea.  The focus will be on startup companies from the Internet, online gaming, mobile, e-commerce, digital media and healthcare sectors.  The mentorship-driven program will be three months in length and provides funding, office space, a structure program and access to a top-tier network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and executives.  SparkLabs seeks to contribute to and help develop South Korea and Asia’s startup ecosystem.  For more information, please visit www.sparklabs.co.kr

Fast CompanyReblogged from Fast Company

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Facebook is purchasing Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift, for $2 billion. Oculus has an enthusiastic developer community of engineers working to push the Rift—a piece of technology that isn’t even on the market yet—to its limits and to redefine what an entertainment experience can be. As Zuckerberg notes in his statement, “The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform.” Vibrant external developer communities can’t be purchased directly in cash or in stock options; they can only be bought by acquiring the technology ecosystems to which they are attracted. By acquiring Oculus, Facebook did just that. Developers working on Oculus through platforms like Unity are using it for everything from massively complicated adventure games to fully immersive journeys through Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment.

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