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Wednesday, October 8 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Rise of Geek Culture

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As feature articles in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal over the last month have described, the line between geek/nerd culture and popular culture has almost completely disappeared as our world has become more and more digital. The old geek stigmas are not only gone, they've become badges of honor, markers of cool. The big ComicCons are no longer niche events for comic book enthusiasts, but mega-celebrations of the popular arts and popular culture. Four Atlanta entrepreneurs very familiar with this cultural intersection share their thoughts on what this digital ascendance means for the business of pop culture, and how Atlanta can play a leading role.

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Matthew Lieberman

CDO & Co-Founder, Farrago Comics
Matt is a graduate of Yale College where he was also on the crew team, and Yale Law School where he was selected as a Coker Fellow. Matt has been at the center of start-up ventures in the not for profit, political, and for profit sectors. While in law school he started the New Haven Cares voucher program, a market-driven response to the issues of hunger and homelessness. Upon graduation he became the founding executive director of the I Have a... Read More →

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Martin Fleischmann

CEO & Co-Founder, Farrago Comics
Marty is a veteran entrepreneur, starting as co-founder & CEO of MostChoice.com from concept in late 1999 to 2010. A pioneer in online insurance lead generation, MostChoice earned a #80 ranking in the 2006 Inc500, won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Georgia in 2006 and was #4 in 2007. Marty was a Catalyst Magazine Top 25 Atlanta entrepreneur three years in a row. He spent a year at AutoTrader.com in 1999, and before that spent eight years... Read More →
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Todd Harris

COO & Co-Founder, Hi-Rez Studios
Todd began his career as a software engineer at NCR before taking on product development leadership roles at Radiant Systems and BlueCube Software. In 2005, he entered the games industry when he co-founded Hi-Rez Studios, a creator of online action multiplayer games. Hi-Rez released the first free-to-play game on Steam in 2010, followed by the critically acclaimed shooter Tribes: Ascend in 2012. Todd and Hi-Rez are currently working on the... Read More →
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Paul Jenkins

Famed Comic Book and Media Creator
Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over 20 years in the graphic novel, film and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons. He started working with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the age of 22, wrote iconic titles like Batman, Spiderman, and Wolverine... Read More →


Wednesday October 8, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Room A - 2nd Floor Atlantic Station, 201 17th Street, Atlanta, GA 30363 (at 17th Street and Market Street)

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