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Newsletter April 2011

IQ - INNOVATION QUOTIENT

Greek IQ: Massive Gaming and EDW Success

One of the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games in the world, Darkfall Online, and a highly innovative and successful startup, Aster Data Systems, Inc. , have Greek IQ in their origins.

Aventurine S.A.—A Global Gaming Leader
In the beginning of 2003, a group of 3 Greeks and 5 Norwegians founded Aventurine S.A. with the purpose to develop a highly most advanced MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) called Darkfall Online. Six years later, Darkfall became a global game played in more than 120 countries and Aventurine has grown to a 90 people workforce (40 developers and 50 people employed in administration and customer support).

Darkfall is an online fantasy game that takes place in a “Lord of the Rings” like world, similar to World of Warcraft and Lineage. Thousands of users from all over the world co-exist and socialise in the Darkfall world. Darkfall never ends, but evolves as players shape its history.

Today, the Darkfall community is comprised of more than 3 million online players and there are about half a million members in Darkfall’s forum.

According to Google, Darkfall is being mentioned in more than 14 million websites and during the first month in Darkfall’s circulation, demand was such that the online shop could not cope. There were more than 200 purchases per second.

$263 million for Aster Data
Mr. Tassos Argyros is a co-founder and serves as Chief Technology Officer at Aster Data Systems. The San Carlos, California based Aster Data, one of the most innovative startups in the enterprise data warehousing (EDW) arena, was acquired by Teradata, one of the longtime EDW powerhouses. The $263 million all-cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, will bring Aster Data's well-regarded brand, exceptional team, growing product portfolio, and sophisticated intellectual property (IP) into Teradata.

Mr. Argyros is a recipient of a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens where he conducted research in data mining for temporal and web databases.

Mr. Argyros served as Vice President of Engineering at Aster Data Systems, Inc. He was as Member of the Distributed Systems Group and investigated extreme-scale cluster architectures for fast, parallel data processing across large farms of commodity servers. Mr. Argyros investigated the network and software issues involved in the design and implementation of large-scale data clusters.