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John K. Bates
Platform Evangelist
Entropia Universe-Mindark

John K Bates represents Mindark, creators of the Entropia Universe platform and is responsible for business development, strategic marketing & PR initiatives throughout North America. Mindark's Entropia Universe has set all three World Records for the most expensive virtual item ever sold with the most recent being the sale of the Crystal Palace Space Station at auction for $330,000 USD.

An Internet trailblazer since 1987, Bates is also an owner of, the world’s leading direct marketer of live entertainment. John also co-founded, a leading youth marketer and textbook seller. John has been involved at the intersection of the Internet, Virtual Reality and Gaming since 1994.

Bates is a highly sought after speaker and has garnered excellent ratings at diverse venues such as ION 08, South by Southwest, Harvard’s Cyberposium, WebAttack, Jupiter Online Developers Conferences, Vanderbilt School of Business Distinguished Speakers Series, St. Gallen School of Business World Leaders Symposium, VeerStichting Symposium, Virtual Worlds, Virtual Goods Summit and more. John brings passion, enthusiasm and long experience in virtual worlds. John graduated from the UCLA Honors Collegium Summa Cum Laude.




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