More GamesBeat 2011 Speakers Announced

VentureBeat has released the fifth set of speakers for its third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference, which includes Neil Young, founder and CEO of Ngmoco; Andrej Naborgoj, CEO of Outfit 7, the maker of Talking Friends; and Jason Citron, chief executive of OpenFeint, which was recently acquired by Gree. GamesBeat 2011 conference takes place July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Neil Young is the founder and CEO of Ngmoco, which was recently acquired by Japan’s DeNA for $403 million. Young is currently working on a global version of Mobage, a mobile social network platform for smartphones. Young will do a fireside chat at GamesBeat 2011. Andrej Nabergoj is the founder and chief executive of Outfit7, the maker of the Talking Friends series of apps for the iPhone. Jason Citron is the founder and chief executive of OpenFeint, the mobile social network platform for iPhone and Android devices. Gree recently paid $104 million to buy OpenFeint. He will speak on a panel about mobile social networks.

Previously announced speakers include Steve Perlman, chief executive of games-on-demand firm OnLive; Bart Decrem, head of mobile games at Disney and former chief executive of Tapulous; Trip Hawkins, chief executive of Digital Chocolate; Peter Relan, chairman of YouWeb and chief executive of CrowdStar; Si Shen, chief executive of PapayaMobile; David Ko, senior vice president for mobile at Zynga; our keynote speaker, longtime game entrepreneur and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell; Tim Chang, partner at Norwest Venture Partners; Daniel Terry, co-founder of mobile game maker Pocket Gems; and Bing Gordon, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former chief creative officer at Electronic Arts; Jennifer Lu, director of business development at TinyCo; Sana Choudary, CEO of game startup accelerator YetiZen; and Tim Merel, managing director of Digi-Capital.

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