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.
If your team deals with important issues and team members have strong views on those issues, you can end up in a deadlock. When that happens, people dig into their own preferred solutions, operating from a unilateral control mindset where everyone believes that he or she understands the situation and is right, and that those who disagree just don’t understan […]
After I gave a talk at a global consultancy about how to better handle the strains of extensive travel and demanding clients, one of the consultants took me aside and confided that it’s not just the clients who make them crazy – her own boss was a tyrant and bully who screamed at people for the smallest lapse. He made life so miserable for his direct reports […]
As we move towards a 420 future, hydroponic systems for a bit of homegrown foliage will be in great demand. The folks at 3Dponics are ready. They’ve announced a sort of modular hydroponic garden that snaps together like stoner LEGO and feature little pots, shields, and filters for your wee buds. The 3Dponics folks are planning to release more information la […]
Facebook just took the wraps off its fifth data center, with this one landing in Fort Worth, Texas. Like most things at Facebook, the center already has its own Facebook Page. The Fort Worth location joins the four existing centers in Oregon, Iowa, North Carolina, and Sweden. Like its immediate predecessor in Iowa, the data center will be powered by 100 per […]
“Rampant, systemic and deep-rooted.” That’s how the U.S. Department of Justice described last month’s revelations of corruption at FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The Zurich-based association organizes The World Cup, which is the world’s most-watched sporting event, generating billions in sponsorship and merchandizing revenues. Coverage of the r […]
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 […]