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.
The idea of “co-creating” with customers has been circulating for years, but until recently few companies effectively exploited its power or understood its contribution to the bottom line. True, customers can customize their M&Ms, build their own bikes with Trek Project One, create unique doors for their home at Jen-Weld, and design their own Nike runnin […]
This spring, I wrote about how the right digital tools can help you work more efficiently before, during, and after a meeting. Let’s look more closely at how to use the tools during your meeting to better lead the conversation. For an example, I’ll use the Second Continental Congress, one of the world’s most productive off-sites, which resulted in the U.S. D […]
Happy Friday, everyone. We’re glad that you are with us today before we take off and drink beer celebrate America. Our own Sarah Buhr took over the hosting slot this week, while Matthew Lynley and myself helped out. We dug into the release of Apple Music, Uber’s decision to absorb a large chunk of Microsoft’s Bing Maps team, and how Shyp, a startup, is help […]
Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want. Read Mor […]
To embrace digital opportunities, companies need to question assumptions about what is valuable about their strategic assets. That's what the French company PagesJaunes did. Image courtesy of Flickr user Yuichi Sakuraba. In a world where digital technology is radically shifting the business landscape, one of the biggest challenges for companies is rethi […]
Huge, complex datasets are becoming universal. The skills needed to work with them? Not so much. Some years ago, Google’s chief economist Hal Varian blogged about the “democratization of data,” which he believed would make “information that once was available to only a select few…available to everyone.” This trend is one that “finally puts crucial […] […]