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.
When Dr. Stephen R. Covey visited the nuclear powered submarine I commanded, the USS Santa Fe, he told me it was the “most empowering workplace he’d ever seen.” It was a bit ironic for me, because I’m sour on the word empowerment and I’m sour on empowerment programs. To me, saying we need an empowerment program is like saying we need a swimming program. The […]
Brick and mortar retail experiences have barely changed in decades. Take fashion as an example. You travel to a store, select clothing from a mind-boggling array of choices, try on items in an ill-lit fitting room, stand in line to make a purchase, and if it doesn’t work out, go back to the store and stand in line once again to return the items. You may or m […]
Airware makes a flexible drone operating system. But it needs to bundle up with industry-specific hardware and software makers to sell a whole commercial drone package to big construction, oil, and insurance companies. So today, Airware is announcing the Commercial Drone Fund, which will invest $250,000 to $1 million in dozens of early stage startups that a […]
MatterFab wants to change the way metal 3D printing is done, by making the process more scalable and affordable. It’s raised $5.75 million in funding to continue to refine its 3D printing technology and get its printers onto the production lines of industrial manufacturers. Read More
China-based Xiaomi Inc. became the number one smartphone company in China after only five years in business. Xiaomi’s phones are manufactured by the same companies that make phones for its multinational competitors. Image courtesy of Flickr user Kārlis Dambrāns Something strange seems to be happening as globalization marches forward: Increasingly, powerful l […]
“Even as they dream of escaping from IT, many employees also confess to feeling ‘addicted’ to some of these stress-causing technologies,” write the authors of “The Dark Side of Information Technology.” “We may be entering an era in which human frailties begin to slow down progress from digital technologies,” write the authors of a recent […] […]