Jason Della Rocca

Industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert

Bio

Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. He specializes in business/partnership development, pitching/funding, and ecosystem/cluster development.

As the co-founder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe. Between 2000-09 he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference. In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “Power50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.

Work

Jason has been working in the game industry for over 20 years and has dedicated the bulk of that career to working with game developers and supporting the growth of the development community.

In the early days, this was mainly via developer relations/evangelism efforts with tech and middleware companies (ie, Silicon Graphics, Matrox, Quazal), then via long-term efforts with the International Game Developers Association, and more recently through indie/startup and entrepreneurship efforts via early stage investor Execution Labs and the dedicated co-working space, GamePlay Space.

Jason is available for consulting engagements, and is most useful in terms of:

  • Business strategy and investment preparedness
  • Pitch prep for investors and publishers
  • Business development/introductions (sell side or buy side)
  • Cluster and ecosystem development strategy and policy

Speaking/Travel

An experienced world traveler, Jason lectures at conferences and universities worldwide, and has a global client list.

Simply contact Jason if you would like to invite him to lecture at your event or run a workshop. While Jason can cover a broad range of subjects, typical topics include:

  • Funding models
  • Pitching investors and publishers
  • Entrepreneurship and building/running a studio
  • Regional cluster and industry ecosystem development and policy
  • General game business economics and trends

So far in 2017, Jason has lectured at Ludicious (Zurich), Casual Connect Europe (Berlin), Game Developers Conference (San Francisco), Capital Gaming Expo (Ottawa), Quo Vadis (Berlin), Champlain College (Burlington), Nordic Game Conference (Malmo), Brazil Indie Game Festival (Sao Paulo), Beirut, NYU Game Center (New York).

Upcoming events and travel include: Devcom + Gamescom (Cologne), Sweden Investor Summit (Stockholm), Mendoza, Zurich, Indie Interfaces Symposium (Montreal), Meet&Build (Brussels), Norway, ALES Convention (Ecuador), Montreal International Game Summit, etc.

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