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Ten One Minute Tips for Video Game Start Ups

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Presented to members of the Austin chapter of the International Game Developers Association in December 2010. Key topics covered include business plans, choice of legal entity, contracts, finance, people, marketing, payroll, contractors, taxes, insurance, M&A and legal.

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Ten One Minute Tips for Video Game Start Ups

  1. 1. 10  One-­‐Minute  Tips  for  Gaming  Startups   IGDA Micro Talk 2  Dec  10   Frank  Coppersmith   Chief  Opera7ng  Officer   GameSalad,  Inc.  
  2. 2. I  Wanna  Make  a  Game!!!   1  
  3. 3. What  about.  .  .?   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Bus  Plan   En7ty   Contracts   Finance   People     Marke7ng   Payroll   Contractors   Taxes   Insurance   M&A   Legal   2  
  4. 4. Business  Plan   3  
  5. 5. En7ty  Forma7on   4  
  6. 6. Contracts  
  7. 7. Finance   6  
  8. 8. People  /  HR   Q:  Which  employee  is  going  to  sue  you?   A:  Trick  ques9on:  all  of  them!      
  9. 9. Marke7ng   8  
  10. 10. Payroll   9  
  11. 11. Contractors  
  12. 12. Taxes   11  
  13. 13. Insurance   12  
  14. 14. M&A   13  
  15. 15. Legal   Corporate   Forma#on   M&A   Transac#ons   &  Contracts   Licensing   TOS/TOU/EULA   Open   Source   Compliance   Funding   Employment   Publishers   Intellectual   Property   Li#ga#on   (Land  of  Barbarians)  
  16. 16. We’re  Hiring!   •  •  •  •  Web  Devlopers   Game  Engine  Developers   Graphic  Designers   Quality  Assurance   • jobs@gamesalad.com   15  

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