eSports - Will Investment Opportunities Live Up to the Hype?
Colin Carrier is Chief Strategy Officer of Twitch, the world's leading live video platform and community for gamers, where he guides new business and content initiatives. Before focusing on Twitch full time, he served as the General Manager for Justin.tv, the original parent to Twitch and one of the first and longest-running live video broadcast platforms. Prior to Justin.tv, Colin spent 4 years at Ustream, when it was the largest global live video network, as VP of Monetization, overseeing development and operations for all revenue lines, including advertising, PPV/subscription, ecommerce, production and enterprise sales. As one of Ustream’s earliest employees, Colin was instrumental in securing over $75MM in series B financing, scaling the company to over 250 people, and supporting the formation of two joint ventures in Tokyo and Seoul. Formerly a Strategy Consultant with L.E.K. Consulting specializing in media, entertainment and technology, Colin has also been a founding partner in two other successful startups to date.
With over a decade experience in the esports industry, Stephen has had the opportunity to be involved in every facet. He was there in the beginning of League of Legends as an esports title, playing professionally for over four years and captaining his team at the world championships. He has advised non-endemic brands, investors and startups on how to make the most of opportunities in the industry and previously led business development for Unikrn – a Seattle based startup backed by Mark Cuban. He now manages strategic partnerships for Facebook in gaming and esports, whilst maintaining his advisory roles with Repable, Unikrn and Vibby.
Clinton Foy is a General Partner and Managing Director at CrossCut Ventures, a leading early stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Clinton has deep experience building, leading, advising, operating, and investing in top international video game and technology companies including Square Enix and Super Evil MegaCorp. Clinton also led investments into Mobcrush, Vulcun, Little Labs, and Instant eSports. He is also the founder, Chairman and co-owner of the professional eSports organization, the Immortals. Immortals.gg.
Prior to CrossCut Ventures, Mr. Foy was the COO, General Counsel, and head of the mobile and online groups at Square Enix, a $3 billion video game and digital media publisher. As COO and head of all corporate development for Square Enix, Mr. Foy was instrumental in the EIDOS acquisition, a $120 million acquisition of five international studios and the Tomb Raider, Thief, Deus Ex, and Hitman franchises. In seven years at Square Enix, Mr. Foy oversaw more than 100 product launches across a dozen platforms and grew annual revenues to more than $300 million. Mr. Foy has earned numerous game credits on such award winning games as Batman Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy XI, XII, XIII, Dead Island, Supreme Commander, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
Prior to Square Enix, Mr. Foy practiced law with the Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group in Seattle, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, representing top technology clients including Microsoft, Sony, Fujitsu, and Yahoo. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Foy also has extensive international experience working with technology companies and institutions in Japan and Asia.
Mr. Foy earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, JD from the University of Washington School of Law, and MA from Stanford University Graduate School.
As Vice President of Entertainment, Ventures & Strategic Alliances for The Coca-Cola Company, Matt Wolf is responsible for the Company’s entertainment marketing strategy, venture initiatives and related partnership alliances across the brand portfolio. In this role, he identifies opportunities to authentically integrate the Company’s brands and products into music, gaming, film, fashion and influencer culture to generate meaningful consumer value and business growth.
Wolf joined Coca-Cola in 2013 as Global Head of Gaming where he was responsible for creating and implementing the Company’s gaming strategy which included social media, experiential activations and innovative brand partnerships with Riot Games’ League of Legends, Electronic Arts’ FIFA Franchise, and Ubisoft’s Just Dance among others.
With over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry, Matt has helped shape the way consumers interact with brands and entertainment. He began his career at Electronic Arts where he saw the value of community retention and engagement and has integrated these learnings into mainstream entertainment, marketing and brand building. Matt holds a Primetime Emmy Award and his work has been recognized at Cannes, Webby Awards and SXSW. He resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife Tania and twin boys Wyatt and Jake.
Greg joined Upfront as a Venture Partner in 2013. Greg was the Chief Marketing Officer for HauteLook, a leading online flash-sale retailer. Launched in December 2007, Los Angeles based HauteLook was acquired by Nordstrom, Inc., in March 2011 for $270mm. Prior to joining HauteLook, Greg was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Live Nation, responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for Live Nation’s ticketing and digital businesses. Before Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub, where he led business development, partnerships, sales and seller development, including spearheading StubHub’s landmark relationship with Major League Baseball. Prior to transitioning to StubHub from eBay, he led eBay.com’s Event Tickets and Media businesses (including half.com) and was the business leader who led eBay’s acquisition of StubHub in 2007.
Greg focuses on investment in businesses at the juncture of retail and technology. He is our resident expert on user adoption & acquisition with significant operating experience in marketing and BD at top online retail brands.