GDC and Charles River Ventures present Startup Launchpad. Attendees can learn how to get their own gaming startup off the ground at the inaugural Startup Launchpad. The Game Developers Conference and Charles River Ventures team up for this special series taking place today, Friday the 22, at GDC 2008. Areae, Cryptic Studios, Conduit Labs, Gaia Online, GoPets, Kongregate, Outspark, Tencent, and othe successful game industry entrepreneurs and financiers reveal the tips, tricks, and hacks to launching a profitable game business. Wonder what Dennis “Thresh” Fong has been up to since he sold his last company XFire to MTV in 2006 for $102 million? Dennis Fong and other serial entrepreneurs will unveil their newest startups at the Startup Showcase today from 12 noon to 1 pm in Room 132, North Hall. Startup Launchpad sessions also are taking place from 9 am to 10 am and from 4 pm and 5 pm in the West Hall.