I run social gaming for the Rational Group (PokerStars and Full Tilt), part of Amaya. I have been a central part of the senior management team (CCO, GM and CGO) at three exits (Merscom/Playdom, Playdom/Disney and Spooky Cool/Zynga) the past 3 years. I was previously Sr Director with Zynga's social casino organization. As a profit-oriented executive and creative consumer behavior expert with an entrepreneurial spirit, I bring to the table a proven track record spanning over 2 decades in taking companies to breakthrough financial, market, and operational success.
Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading. It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that pr […]
Five years ago I published a version of this tongue-in-cheek checklist on HBR.org that highlighted how organizations kill creativity. It really touched a nerve—people flooded the post with examples from their own organizations of how their managers and colleagues stifled innovation. Even clichés like “We’ve always done it this way” seemed to be alive and w […]
Alibaba has partnered with China’s biggest telecom operator to sell low-cost smartphones to people in rural areas for prices as low as 299 RMB ($48). The deal with China Telecom, which has 186 million users, is part of a two-pronged strategy for the e-commerce giant, which sees smaller cities as key to its growth plans for its e-commerce business and operat […]
Job marketplace Freelancer.com announced today that it has agreed to purchased Escrow.com for $7.5 million in cash. The acquisition was funded by through an placement of $10 million AUD (about $7.8 million) in ordinary shares of Freelancer.com to institutional investors. As its name suggests, Escrow.com provides online escrow services for e-commerce sites b […]
One way to learn, argue Paul J.H. Schoemaker (Wharton School) and Steven Krupp (DSI), is to “try to fail fast, often and cheaply in search of innovation.” Image courtesy of Flickr user Randy Heinitz. Does your business encourage experiments and “failing fast” as a source of innovation and quick learning? That’s one of the six […]
Being fresh for the work day requires prioritizing sleep — which organizations can do a better job encouraging. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make people feel lousy. It has consequences that can affect work performance and lead to burn out. The challenge, though, is that many modern workplaces not only condone practices that aren’t conducive to […]