Mihai Sfrijan, King: “The market has evolved from outsourcing to products developed 100% locally”

Romania is in a quite unique position on the game development market within the region, with four big multinational video game producers opening local studios here. How did they influence the Romanian development market and the rise of a generation of new independent studios?

We sat down with Mihai Sfrijan, Head of local studio at King, the Swedish game developer famous for Candy Crush Saga. The Romanian branch of the studio also developed Bubble Witch Saga, another successful title that made its first million dollars profit in just 41 days.

Mihai is the man behind the opening of the King’s local studio, as he worked for the company in Sweden and convinced them that Romania is the best alternative when they decided to expand. We’re happy to have King involved as a supporter of this year’s Game Development Track at How to Web Conference.

Dennis Cox, Ixia: “People tend to talk themselves out of things”

Jump! If you have an idea that you think is really awesome, do not spend more than a month researching around it; just do it! Coming from a serial entrepreneur as Dennis Cox, which made not one, but two successful exits in the same field — security, this should make you think.

Dennis’ secret to successful exit is not to have the exit in mind at all, but to enjoy building a great product.

You will find out more on the lessons that he has learnt over the years in his “Narrow it Down” talk at How to Web Conference 2014 Future trends & Entrepreneurship track.

Dennis Cox co-founded BreakingPoint in 2005 and served as its Chief Technology Officer until the acquisition by Ixia in August, 2012, for $160 million cash. At Ixia, Dennis is responsible for engineering and product direction.

Previously, Dennis was one of the founders of TippingPoint, acquired by the network equipment company 3Com (now a HP subsidiary) in 2005 for $442 million, and he is also the author of numerous patents on various topics from IP Spoofing to Network Processors.

Until the conference, get to know Dennis and his thoughts on security business, entrepreneurship, success and failure.

Marvin Liao, 500 Startups: “I see more consumer focused startups in Asia and Europe”

Like every year, How to Web Conference’s stage will host speakers from top accelerators around the world, who come to share their knowledge gathered in years of working with tech startups. One of our guests in the Future Trends & Entrepreneurship track this year is Marvin Liao, Venture Partner at 500 Startups,the VC Fund and Accelerator program based in Silicon Valley. 500 Startups was last year’s number one capital investor with 57 new deals, surpassing top VCs Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures.

Marvin was previously a client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space, in both large and startup growth companies (Yahoo!, China Search International, etc), having managing many large multifunctional teams across multiple countries and having acquired far-reaching experience.

He will be one of the panelists of “Startup lessons learnt the accelerated way” along with Marc Wesselink, Co-founder at Startupbootcamp Africa and Ignite’s co-founder Paul Smith at How to Web Conference 2014 Future trends and Entrepreneurship track.

We talked with Marvin about the most important lessons accelerator directors or mentors learn after dealing with hundreds of startups.

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