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.
In early April a series of reports appeared online in the United States and the United Kingdom lamenting the “lazy French.” A new labor law in France had apparently banned organizations from e-mailing their employees after 6 p.m. In fact, it turned out to be more a case of “lazy journalists” than “lazy French”: as The Economist explained, the “law” was not […]
A Surreal TaleIn Ferry Deaths, a South Korean Tycoon’s DownfallThe New York TimesFor me the most fascinating business story of the week was the Times’s takeout on religious-group founder, artistic photographer, and disgraced tycoon Yoo Byung-eun, whose hyperinflated life came to a strange and sad end in a South Korean apricot orchard last month (Suicide? Mur […]
A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered […]
It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive rec […]
The findings from our July 2014 global study on social business indicated that “social business maturity” is related to the level of results that companies achieve. A new infographic illustrates how social business creates value, and outlines the primary drivers for companies seeking to advance toward social business maturity. Download the 2014 Social Busine […]
Leadership in a social business differs from traditional management, with a particular balance between leading and following. In last year’s report on social business conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, we highlighted the importance of effective leadership for social business. This finding is echoed in this year’s report: effective leaders […]