Branded digital merchandise. We had licenses for Adidas, Nike, Puma, Carhartt and others for digital merchandise. The main channel was Xbox Live Arcade. The market shrunk...more when the folks from Redmond did not port the avatar store over to Xbox One, so we shut it down... Oh well...
Founder, Co-Founder, EVP Corporate & Business Development
2008 - 2009 (9 months)
Hybrid of an MBO of the international business from Mforma/Hands-On plus acquisition of Rayfusion (Israeli aggregator). Acquired publishing rights to 46 games in 6 months...more (incl. Konami, Take Two and a small Finnish indie developer named Rovio).
Head of iSmartMoney (scil. investment) & General Counsel
2000 - 2003 (over 2 years)
An audacious thing: a mobile tech incubator launching in 2000. Backed with almost $40m by Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Payne Webber/UBS and Hikari Tsushin plus Keith McCaw...more (of McCaw Cellular fame). Blew up horribly but, hey, it was fun while it lasted and we launched a bunch of "industry firsts"...
The official app of the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
What I Do
Founded multiple companies in mobile, gaming, consulting & incubation verticals, raised , exited & failed (on the way). Board experience in venture-backed companies (UK, US, Israel, Germany & Malta). International (lived in 4 countries, been to 56, rolled business out in 100+). Originally a lawyer.
Raising 2 kids to become amazing people. Still being married to the love of my life despite many startups. On the business side probably (1) helping to grow Scoreloop to 100m users in 18 months and (2) on-boarding 25,000 games for launch on a previously non-existing platform for a brand that wasn't known to care much for games (in other words, BlackBerry), and, yeah, we had 18 months to go from zero to this... (3) being there in time for Emerge Education to launch and being the only Venture Partner to invest in every cohort (and, I think, hitting the winners most of the time), but also (4) growing Blue Beck from humble beginnings to 25 people without external finance and without ever fighting with my co-founder. Over 7+ years in business, we have had attrition of exactly one (1) <- that's right!
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Art of War, tons of popular science stuff and Venture Deals (Brad Feld et al). On the last one: I find it (today) astonishing that most founders (me, at times, included) do not research, know and understand the business model of VCs. -.-