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    Hello Futurists and Virtualists, Here s a reminder about the Virtual World SIG this coming Monday May 5 with an inside look at Gaia Online. We will also stream
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      Hello Futurists and Virtualists,
      Here's a reminder about the Virtual World SIG this coming Monday May 5
      with an inside look at Gaia Online. We will also stream live and meet
      in Second Life. For media link go to http://www.virtualworldsig.com
      See you there!
      Bob Ketner


      Virtual Worlds SIG: Extending Virtual Worlds - Gaia Online
      http://www.sdforum.org/vwsig

      6:30 PM - 9:00 PM May 5, 2008
      Pillsbury Winthrop
      2475 Hanover St.
      Palo Alto,, CA
      Topic: "Extending Virtual Worlds - Gaia Online"

      Gaia Online is an online hangout and virtual world that has been busy
      over the past year bridging the connections between the "virtual" and
      the "real" world in very direct ways.

      Gaia's own internal market of rare and exclusive virtual items creates
      a thriving economy which operating as a backdrop for this
      youth-oriented world. Gaia has attracted brand partnerships as
      diverse as Sony, Toyota, and World Wrestling Entertainment. Recently
      they have added a cinema where your avatar can watch Warner Bros. and
      Sony Pictures films, and you can even buy prepaid cards redeemable for
      virtual items at your local Target store.

      This year they have announced a plan to integrate an MMOG (Massively
      Multiplayer Online Game) into the mix, and in case you were wondering,
      yes, they also have a Bebo and Facebook apps. The world has a former
      Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors on its economic
      board and is funded by Benchmark, Redpoint, and DAG Ventures.

      We are pleased to have Joe Hyrkin, VP of of Sales & Business
      Development to present a rare look at this booming phenomenon. Come
      learn how this virtual world of 5 million users engages and extends
      the virtual experience into so many online and offline destinations.

      Joe Hyrkin has more than 15 years of experience in senior sales and
      business development management both domestically and internationally.
      He has focused his career on creating and launching new businesses
      around the world, and has been instrumental in pioneering creative
      revenue opportunities in the community Web space. At Gaia, Joe
      oversees all revenue including virtual goods, advertising and
      merchandize as well as all Business Development efforts including
      strategic partnerships, and distribution. He has pioneered business
      models that create some of the best brand and consumer engagement on
      the web.

      Prior to Gaia Online, Joe headed up the business side of Multimedia
      Search at Yahoo!, where he also served as head of Business Development
      and Sales for Flickr. Before his time at Yahoo, Joe served as Vice
      President of Strategic Accounts and Asia Pacific Operations at
      publicly listed company, Virage Inc, a provider of video search and
      publishing services and software. While at Virage, Joe and his team
      pioneered some of the first business relationships in the broadband
      entertainment space, working with some of the world's leading media
      companies. Prior to Virage, he headed sales for Sina.com, the top
      Chinese language web portal, and before that Joe ran The Economist
      Group's business in China for 4.5 years establishing the company's
      presence in the country and overseeing offices in Beijing, Shanghai
      and Hong Kong.

      Location
      Pillsbury Winthrop Office Silicon Valley
      2475 Hanover Street
      Palo Alto, CA 94304-1114
      Directions

      Agenda
      6:30 PM Registration and Networking
      7:00 PM -8:40 PM Presentations

      Price
      $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
      No charge for SDForum members
      No registration required
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