Today we’re here to talk about the biggest challenges and mistakes early stage companies have in order to scale their companies and achieve success.
To speak to these issues we have arguably 3 of the best people in the world to talk about this:
#1. Travis Boatman: Travis has held senior leadership positions at a bunch of major gaming and mobile gaming companies including Mattel, JAMDAT, EA, and Zynga. And most recently Travis founded Carbonated Inc. a mobile and PC games studio located in Southern California. Carbonated also raised an $8.5M seed venture financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
#2. Gigi Levy-Weiss: Gigi has been a founder, senior executive, and investor in like a billion companies.But some notable companies in particular includes Playtika and Plarium. And Gigi today is a general partner at one of the most exciting venture capital firms NFX (https://www.nfx.com/).
#3. Kristian Segerstrale: Kristian was a co-founder of Glu mobile, CEO of Playfish acquired by EA, was a seed investor in Supercell, was a senior exec at EA, and now is the CEO of Super Evil Megacorp which will soon release their new MOBA shooter called Catalyst Black (https://catalystblack.com/).
02:31 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
16:57 Creative vs. Data vs. Tech?
24:33 Impact of Data in Games
30:58 Hiring for Cultural Fit
33:09 Initial Focus Post Funding
36:52 You Need to Plan + Panic!
41:17 How to Build Culture
49:17 IC vs. Manager vs. Leader
55:01 How to Avoid Day 2
- NFX Website: https://www.nfx.com/
- NFX Company Culture Scorecard & Manual: https://www.nfx.com/post/nfx-company-culture-scorecard-and-manual/
- Play Catalyst Black: https://catalystblack.com/
- Carbonated Website: https://www.carbonated.com/
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