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.
HBR STAFF Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, mirror neurons can activate, making you yawn, in turn. Your bra […]
The world is full of people with opinions. Television, radio, and other media are brimming over with commentators making suggestions and offering seemingly authoritative advice to government officials and corporate executives about what they ought to do. At dinners and cocktail parties — and around the water cooler at work — we talk about what others should […]
My father was a journalist. Growing up, I remember how excited I would get when visiting the printing house of the newspaper he worked for. I loved everything about the large, industrial printers — the noise they made, their fading bluish color and especially the smell of freshly printed papers. That romantic era ended with the dawn of the Internet. Read Mo […]
This jacket is going to need a lot more pockets to stuff all of the $$$ it’s raising. With less than a day to go, Baubax‘s versatile travel jacket Kickstarter project is nearing almost $8.5 million in funds contributed from over 40 thousand backers, making it the most well-funded clothing project in crowdfunding history, according to the site. The jacket ai […]
Corporate learning programs should focus on the CEO’s strategic agenda rather than how learning is delivered. Survey after survey of CEOs points to a shortage of leadership and management talent as a leading concern.1 In an era when the capabilities of knowledge workers, not technology or capital, is often the key constraint on growth (particularly […]
On its Open Minds digital platform, the reinsurance company Swiss Re invites governments, citizens, and organizations to discuss society’s challenges. Large companies with corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in place are not always trusted or believed. How can companies address this communication challenge? One common strategy is to disseminate a […]