My name is Derek Padula, and I`m the Chief Entertainment Officer of Young Forest Games, an independent developer of video games for the PC and Console market (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo). And I`d like to speak with you today about an investment opportunity in the games industry, not only about how lucrative it is, but why my company is so unique from the rest of the competition.
I am the founder of the Young Forest Games, and I designed the company with Casual games in mind, a genre that targets gamers who are mostly women. Casual games are projected to reach $1 Billion in sales by 2007. The game industry as a whole generated over $11 Billion dollars from 2005 to 2006.
Right now our team of 9 is working on our newest game, and it`s on schedule for release in mid-December. We expect it to do very well, and to help with our growth we`re looking for an Angel Investor who would invest 500,000 to 750,000 dollars over the next two years. This investment would allow us to hire more artists, programmers, and designers so we can produce more games, and at an even higher quality.
What makes us unique is that we`re focused on producing “Games with meaning.” By that I mean we target that hard to reach baby-boomer demographic directly with niche`s in mind, such as spirituality, religion, moral values, and other special interests that have yet to be focused on by larger game developers.
You can find out more about this great opportunity by taking a look at youngforestgames.com, which is just one of the many places where our games will be sold. The site is very easy to use, will have a full online community, downloads, players can post their scores, best times, videos, the works. And I`d be happy to send you a draft of our business plan when you`re ready to learn more about our team and our long term plans.
Thank you for your time, and I hope you have a nice day.
I`m not trying to advertise for the guy or anything, but I just faxed over my trademark papers to Erik Pelton at tm4smallbiz.com
. The reason I did is because he offers free consultation over
the phone, and answered every single one of my questions in an honest
manner. He`s the only one I found on the Internet who was willing
to do that. And this is without him even suggesting that he was
the only one for the job, or pressuring me in any way.
During my consultation he mentioned what Jeff mentioned above; that
there are several catches and traps which a trademark document can fall
into, i.e. the filters. One wrong word can delay the
I don`t understand it very well myself, and I wasn`t about to spend a
few weeks or more ensuring that my documents were in order, then
stressing out about it as I slipped it into the mail box.
While the cost was a flat fee,
I still feel it was rather high at $800, $325 of which was the standard
USPTO fee. However the assurance that everything will be written
correctly, will be filed quickly and without error is worth every
penny. Especially when you`re trying to make sure you get the
trademark before anybody else does.
Might want to at least give him a call, and if nothing else he can steer you in the right direction.
Hopefully that helps,
Investors, just the words themselves sound pleasant. They are
those magnanimous and wonderful beings who are going to make our dreams
come true! Of course as the Sloan brothers say during the start of their radio show, there`s
more to receiving their help than simply saying "I need 4 million
dollars" and then waiting for the money to fall in your lap.
why I`ve started this topic, to help the community of startupnation
entrepeneurs find and link up with Angel`s who are interested in
This is the place where you can feel free to express your new business
idea`s in the hopes that a heavenly eye will be watching the boards, or
that one of our wonderful members might know someone with a lot of
money that`s just dying to give it away to the right person.
So here`s the basic format:
Try to give a simple elevator pitch, only in the written word rather
than spoken, that explains your business, who you are, what you`re
doing or where you`re going, and why you need the money. Do all
of this in less than a minute (2-3 paragraphs) and keep it nice and
If you`ve got a great pitch then by all means post it on the
forum. If there`s somebody who can help you out then I`m sure
they`ll be in touch.
So that`s my goal; to bring the community of startupnation to the investors, and the investors to the community.