November 16, 2009 16:14 ET

SDForum Presents the 4th Annual Business of New Media Event "Where's the Money?"

Hear From Today's Innovators, Business Leaders, and Investors on Winning Business Models for Profitable New Media Companies

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced its fourth annual Business of New Media conference: "Where's the Money?" being held on December 11, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, CA.

New media such as blogs, internet, radio, television, social networking and portable media are providing fast growth opportunities for hundreds of technology and content companies, but profitable business models are still in their infancy. At this event, we'll examine new payment systems and applications, business models, metrics for success, cool companies in the new media space and more.

"Consumers have an incredible craving for content and the platform that delivers that content with greater speed, convenience and accessibility will win the hearts and minds of users," said Philipp Schloter, General Manager, Nokia Point & Find. "But asking consumers for even the smallest payments inhibits the accessibility and convenience of the process. Companies that are hosting and distributing content or facilitating conversations will be profitable based on tapping into the buying power of their audience, not by charging a fee to use the service."

"New media has been around for quite a few years now, but most experts agree that it's still in its infancy," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of the SDForum. "The winners and losers will change and much is up for grabs. VCs are still looking for the home run investments with large user bases and a strong revenue model."

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with new media startups and investors and share insights on profitable business models for new media. There will be keynotes and panel discussions on metrics, business models, disruptive technologies, the venture landscape and the future of content.

Speakers include:

--  Guy Kawasaki, Founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology
    Ventures and CEO and Founder of Alltop
--  Gene Alston, Senior Director of Business Development, PayPal
--  Andrew Braccia, Investment Team, Accel Partners
--  Timothy Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners
--  Tom Conrad, CTO, Pandora
--  Johnathan Flesher, VP, Zynga
--  Peter Horan, CEO, Goodmail Systems
--  Bill McKenna, CEO & President, IMMI
--  Michael Kim, Partner, Rustic Canyon
--  Kelly Porter, Principal, Woodside Capital Partners
--  Philipp Schloter, General Manager & Business Head, Nokia Point & Find
--  Craig Sherman, CEO, Gaia Online
--  Sharon Waxman, Founder, The
--  Richard Yen, Director, Saban Ventures

Price & Registration

The pricing for this event is $95 for SDForum members and $115 for non-members. Visit SDForum's website at for registration and more details.

Media are invited to attend the event. For media registration, please contact Gutenberg Communications at 408-335-6965/

Location: Microsoft Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA.

If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring the event, please contact SDForum at

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About SDForum

SDForum has been instrumental in setting the high tech industry agenda for more than 25 years. As a high-tech non-profit dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. The SDForum reaches 12,000 professionals annually, through more than 20 programs a month that promote emerging technologies and business practices. Long-standing relationships in Silicon Valley include technology companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft and Nokia as well has sponsorship from over 30 venture capital firms, financial institutions, international trade organizations and service providers. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

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    Samantha Singh
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