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 am now Sr Director with Zynga's social casino organization, where I lead VIP and CRM efforts for its slots products (Hit It Rich!, Duck Dynasty Slots, etc) and Zynga Poker, as well as licensing IP for Hit It Rich!. 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 people have been around a long time, you tend to take what they bring to the table for granted and you don’t realize what you lose until they go. I remember the havoc raised by the retirement of our family company’s store manager in Piraeus. He was intimately familiar with every single one of our customers all over Greece, their distinctive preferences […]
You’ve got a difficult, manipulative boss or maybe an intensely competitive and rude colleague. Is it bullying, bad manners, or merely the normal competition of a workplace? Healthy competition and even some aggression can make for a creative work environment where people push one another to better performance. But a bully can destroy a victim’s core sense o […]
One of the defining ironies of the social networking IPOs over the last decade is that the financial returns have been concentrated among so few when the value has been created by so many. But current Reddit CEO Yishan Wong wants to change that. When Wong served as an early director at Facebook for five years, crypto-currencies were around, but they weren’t […]
Your photos are boring. Doublie can fix that. The app lets you add any of 10,000 stickers and celebrity cut-outs to your pics so you can fake a selfie with Beyonce, get a kiss from Obama, or have Miley twerking in the background. You can even make your own stickers of your face or anything else, paste them to a photo, and share them to SMS, Facebook, or any […]
It’s never a good idea to assume your dataset is capturing all the information you need to make good decisions — but there are ways to mitigate uncertainty. Data can lie. Sometimes it tells you things that just aren’t true. A positive cancer screening, for example, induces panic until later investigation reveals the result was […]
With millions of data points and an amazing array of analysts, Amadeus turns air travel into an exercise in data science. “Travel intelligence” may seem an oxymoron when flying today’s cramped, choked, and often cheeseparing skies. But Amadeus, one of the largest vendors of travel and technology services, thinks intelligence is something the travel industry […]