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.
Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading. It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that pr […]
Five years ago I published a version of this tongue-in-cheek checklist on HBR.org that highlighted how organizations kill creativity. It really touched a nerve—people flooded the post with examples from their own organizations of how their managers and colleagues stifled innovation. Even clichés like “We’ve always done it this way” seemed to be alive and w […]
Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I’ll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus. While visionary Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe get a lot of attention, its Mitchell who’s in charge of engineering, product, its Story Studio […]
Disrupt NY 2015 is days away and we’re thrilled to announce the TechCrunch video team will be broadcasting interviews, updates, and great startup action live from the Exhibit Hall floor. In the past, our video team has been hidden backstage, occasionally sneaking out from inside a secret lair with cameras and microphones. This year TechCrunch TV Live will q […]
Being fresh for the work day requires prioritizing sleep — which organizations can do a better job encouraging. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make people feel lousy. It has consequences that can affect work performance and lead to burn out. The challenge, though, is that many modern workplaces not only condone practices that aren’t conducive to […]
Ben Waber, CEO and cofounder of Humanyze, says that information collected by ID badges can help people improve their personal performance numbers. What if “people analytics“ were able to bring new clarity to the hidden patterns of why some people are more successful at their jobs than others? What if managers could essentially read people […]