Here are the slides from my keynote from the Global Mobile Internet Conference in San Francisco last week covering some industry trends, as well as pros and cons of different ways to fund games – publisher funding, seed investment, and strategic funding.


The upshot is that there is no right or wrong answer – everything is a tradeoff. Most importantly I always advise startups to treat fund raising as a recruitment exercise to help secure additional skills around you to help you build your company.

We at Initial Capital are obviously big fans of the venture model because we think it helps entrepreneurs build really big things without the restrictions other forms of funding bring. But we acknowledge there are circumstances where we are not the right partner.

Do you have different experiences or thoughts on sources of funding?