Nothing Casual About Making Coin

The annual Casual Connect conference in San Francisco is a wonderful event to keep abreast of everything casual/mobile/social…. and now casino and real-money gaming as well. That being said, if you walked the show floor, you would assume it was an event focused half on up-and-coming indies, and half on ad-networks. Makes for an interesting contrast!

I was on hand to moderate a lively panel on indie entrepreneurship, a rarely explored topic. Sadly, I didn’t get to take in more than a handful of sessions due to an intense meeting schedule. Good thing most stuff gets posted on video!

For more insightful/thorough thoughts on the show, check out Margaret Wallace’s observations.


XL alum Elin Jonsson (Imaginary Games) with a lovely Afterland painting/gallery set up in the IDEA showcase.


The bustling IndiePrize showcase zone.


Beware the t-rex lurking in the shadows of the new Chartboost offices!


XL’s very own Keith Katz (far right) drops biz wisdom on the crowd. Christine Lee (Chartboost), Mario Wynands (PikPok) and Shmuel Tennenhaus (Big Fish) say smart things too.


More XL alums, Dan Menard and Eric Angelillo of Double Stallion Games show off their IndiePrize trophy for Best Audio in Big Action Mega Fight!


My entrepreneurship panel, as captured via Twitter, covered wide ranging topics like funding, cashflow, founders, marketing, bizdev, etc.