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Robots Are Taking Over
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
Rockwood, Santa Barbara Woman's Club
Santa Barbara, CA
We will dive into topics including, which industries and countries are making the biggest impact, the societal myths and functional safety of what exists today and what is coming next and how the military, industrial companies and even your living room will continue to see changes.
Doing Well & Doing Good: Exploring Social Impact Investing
A viable vehicle for investors and entrepreneurs.
A panel discussion exploring social impact investing.
An area of growing interest and scale, investors are increasingly seeking viable financial returns combined with meaningful social and environmental outcomes. When present, this powerful combination can make a company more attractive to investors, more resilient in its marketplace, and can add to the company’s ability to attract and retain talent. Desired impacts can take many forms, ranging from providing a channel for fair trade goods produced in economically distressed geographies to solving significant environmental problems or addressing inefficiencies and inequalities in education, healthcare and food. Investors also can be diverse, ranging from family offices to specialty funds, to individuals. The panel discussion will consider how investors and companies have come together to realize desired outcomes for mutual benefit. Doing well and doing good, a viable combination for shared success.
eGames, eLeagues, & the Economics of Mass Spectator esports: This is Not Your Father’s NFL
“esports” has become the prevalent term used to describe the international community of organized, competitive video gaming that is rapidly exceeding all expectations, with increasing participation, viewership, and mass appeal around the globe.
Until recently, esport industry growth had been a bottoms-up, viral phenomenon. But now, the emergence of finely-tuned league structures centered around specific games, has helped solidify a growing business ecosystem that has attracted significant investment.
High-profile players from the technology and media industries, as well as traditional sports franchises, including Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, NBC, Time Warner, the Philadelphia 76ers, and New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, have deployed capital.
The list does not end there, and is expanding daily with other well-known first-movers looking to ride the wave of exceptional growth in the esports arena.
On October 17th, 2018, we examined the historical backdrop of competitive video gaming and esports as a broadcast media phenomenon; game design and other factors driving the exceptional user/enthusiast growth dynamics; investor interest, and the evolution of monetization models.
This panel was moderated by Rick Tico, JP Morgan Chase & Co.