LEVEL UP! What 25 Years of Game-Making Taught Us About Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 08, 2016

TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION: Samberg Center, E52, 6th Floor

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From indie startup (before being “indy” was cool) to developing massive pop culture hits such as Guitar Hero and Skylanders, the Bala brothers share how making video games offered them key insights into entrepreneurship. Dinner will be provided to registered attendees.

Karthik Bala & Guha Bala

Brothers Karthik and Guha Bala co-founded Vicarious Visions in 1991 while both were in high school. VV has since grown to become an industry-leading game developer, helping to shape popular culture around the world. In 2005 Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision|Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI). VV games have generated over $4 Billion in retail sales and over 50 million software units sold worldwide.  Hit video game titles from VV include versions of Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk, Spider-Man, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance for various platforms. VV’s numerous awards for critical acclaim include the BAFTA, Nickelodeon Parent’s Choice, and numerous Game of the Year awards. 

After leading Vicarious Visions for 25 years, the brothers transitioned out of the company to become entrepreneurs again.  They have recently formed Velan Ventures, which is currently in “stealth mode” and is the first step in a new adventure. Both brothers enjoy mentoring entrepreneurs and start-up ventures. They were honored as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” in 2013.

Karthik holds degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Guhaholds an honors degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Guha Bala
Guha Bala
Karthik Bala
Karthik Bala