2021 SPEAKERS

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Chun-Kai (CK) Wang

Co-Founder & CEO at a mobile gaming studio called Kooapps.

Kooapps has made over 30 titles with 200MM downloads including Snake.io and Pictoword. Prior to Kooapps, CK was a research engineer at Microsoft Research where he built machine learning systems. CK has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and has taught several courses at the University of Washington.

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Scott Kelly

Founder & CEO of Black Dog Gaming

Scott Kelly is a 30-year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital

for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

He has also trained over 1,000 salespeople and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe. Scott is currently

an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.

When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Melvin.

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MARK F. THIMMIG

Chairman, CEO, Esportz Entertainment Corp.

Mr. Thimmig, a leading expert in esports media and digital marketing. He is Chairman, CEO of Esportz Entertainment Corp., (www.EsportzNetwork.com), Reuters Global partner for esports reporting and Chairman, CEO of Conservaco, LLC, a brand and product

launch firm focusing on Omni-Channel, integrated marketing and Public Relations. Esportz Network is one of the leading esports news and entertainment companies with over 90 reporters around the world. 

Through his network of business services firms and investments, Mark offers a broad breadth of executive leadership operations

management, financial, marketing and sales expertise to his own companies and his clients.

Mark brings 40 years of executive experience holding senior leadership positions with Fortune 100/ 500 companies, founding and operating several successful businesses, and serving in numerous executive roles including CEO/ President and as a Member of the Board of Directors.

His past business experience includes founding and leading multiple companies along with senior management roles at Phaeton Automotive Group, AutoNation, General Motors, Varsity Group, and Coopers & Lybrand. 

Mark has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude from Northwood University. He also attended The University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School, and The Harvard Business School where he studied finance. 

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Phil Ranta

Chief Executive Officer at Wormhole Labs

Phil Ranta, the Chief Executive Officer at Wormhole Labs building the user-generated metaverse, has spent the last fifteen years as a leader in the online creator revolution. As Head of Gaming Creators, North America at Facebook, Phil achieved over 5x departmental growth in his first year, signing exclusive streaming contracts with DisguisedToast, Corinna Kopf, and UFC / WWE superstar Ronda Rousey. Phil also built two of the largest creator networks in the world as COO at Studio71 and VP, Networks at Fullscreen, both successfully exited (to ProSieben and Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and Peter Chernin, respectively). Other roles include Head of Creators at Mobcrush, a live streaming technology with hundreds of thousands of authenticated users, Executive Producer at Viva! Vision, producing content delivered to over 250 million mobile phones worldwide, and content creator who produced videos and podcasts that have achieved hundreds of millions of views and downloads. Personally, Phil is a proud father and husband, University of Michigan grad, Price is Right Showcase Showdown winner, former professional improv comedian on cruise ships, gamer, and social media junkie: http://linkedin.com/in/philranta

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Justin Renfro

Director of Partnerships at Wefunder

Justin leads growth and operations at Wefunder, an investment platform helping entrepreneurs raise capital.  Wefunder has a global audience of investors and makes it easy for founders to raise capital from both accredited and unaccredited investors.  Justin enjoys working in collaboration with founders to help them find the best avenues for capital raises.

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Krishan Arora

Krishan Arora is the Founder & CEO of The Arora Project, a crowdfunding and product launchpad agency with one goal in mind: To help entrepreneurs fundraise for and scale their businesses. The Arora Project has raised over $75+ Million for high-growth ventures around the world.

Krishan graduated from Harvard with a concentration in Economics and has since gained over a decade of experience in product launches, crowdfunding, and growth marketing. 

Krishan’s core expertise is in scaling up innovative ventures and initiatives across industries by creating and converting global online communities (with an emphasis on data-driven decision making). To date, the campaigns Krishan and his team have led have reached hundreds of millions of people around the world and have generated tens of millions of dollars via crowdfunding & growth marketing.

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Keith Waggoner

  •  Keith Waggoner is an innovator and expert in the gaming industry. Former US Navy and private military contractor, Keith has been involved in every aspect of implementation for video games and the business world. Including nonprofits and Consulting for projects such as Luxors' esports arena, Caesars entertainment, Gameworks national, Indy game development, and many more. From practical advising and operation, Keith has been integral for a majority of projects. Sought after for speaking and lending knowledge to multiple conventions, speaker panels, trade shows, masterclasses, and interviews.

  •     Keith's most recent blockbuster project is ButtonSmasher LLC. Founder and owner to a revolutionary new platform filling in the gaps between users, industry, developers, and real aggregated results. Button Smasher was recently launched at E3 Los Angeles, and has already been featured in places like Forbes, business.comyec.co, news, and media outlets as well as landing with all of the heavy hitters in gaming. 

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Dr. Ryan Terao

Esport and Clinical Psychologist PsychSensei LLC

  • Dr. Ryan Terao (PsychSensei) is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in the esports industry as an esport psychologist, mental performance coach, and esport program developer. Within the esports industry, Dr. Terao has experience of working in titles such as League of Legends, Rainbow 6 Siege, and Valorant. Dr. Terao is very passionate about esports and believes that esports can be used as a tool to develop well-rounded of gamers and fans alike. As a trained clinical psychologist Dr. Terao, takes a systemic approach in understanding the various factors that affect the performance of esport teams, coaches, and individual players. In his work within the esports industry, Dr. Terao specializes in establishing team dynamics, effective communication systems, and mental self-regulation techniques. While in his work with individual players, Dr. Terao helps players to identify their ideal performance state and remove roadblocks that impede them from playing their best. As an esports psychologist, Dr. Terao brings a systemic and holistic approach and perspective of the mental, physical, and social health of gamers. Dr. Terao continues to pursue his passion for esports while ensuring the safety and further deployment of the esports community as a whole.