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Entrepreneur, Innovator & Technology Investor
Similar to how travelling broadens your horizons, by giving you a larger world view – being involved in many industries helps me to keep on-the-edge of the latest innovates in tech.
It allows me to have a wide view of the landscape & gives me the ability to see where to focus and deep dive where necessary.
This scares most people through, who are used to dedicating to one thing for long periods of time – aka the specialist. Especially companies who want to label you as one thing or another – aka the corps and large companies. People will always try and put you in a box and define you and give you a specific role that doesn’t always allow for you to bring your true value, your uniqueness and experience to the situation – don’t let them do that.
Be agile, be different – bring your own kind of special – even if it’s a kind of crazy.
I start businesses, I’m on the board of directors of companies, I create games, I play the stocks, I’m involved in Crypto, Decentralization, Telecommunications and more – but I also love to code, I’m a developer at heart – it was and continues to be the thing that brings me to many of the industries I’m involved in – because it is often in that capacity that I can bring value.
I’m an old school hacker who grew up when Arpanet was beginning to crawl across Europe, one of the last generation of Phreakers who’s domain was telecommunications networks and BBS systems and part of the original generation of hackers who’s domain was and still is what would become the internet you know today. If there is one thing I have learned over this period of great change and that the younger generation do not realize now, cannot comprehend, is what we have given up… what damage we have done, how we could have done better… but didn’t. In hindsight, it is easy to say though – we did the best we could, in a way. In that capacity of having a broader view and unique insight many don’t have, I can see the landscape better than most. We have a social responsibility to do better.
Don’t judge me by my successes, judge me by my failures – by what I tried to do and way. I believe that failing is important to learning and success without it is not earned, it is opportunistic, just luck; but – luck is just probability – and in order to find opportunity you just need to be in the right place at the right time, you have a higher statistical chance of doing that if you put yourself out there and learn from your mistakes. So that’s what I am trying to do, with my site here – and my companies.
I want to build better relationships, build better things, build better services, do things today better than we did yesterday, iterate, improve and leave something behind I’m proud of – be part of something bigger than myself.
My first entry into game development started years ago when I took a job supporting Blizzards supporting World of Warcraft. I was one of the mythical Game Masters (or GMs) that would assist players on their journeys.
From there I didn’t immediately continue my career in Game Development but continued in Hardware, Infrastructure, Networking – I.T. Admin, Retail services, building servers, and so forth. I was drawn to the next thing and was always driven to combine them with existing things, improving them and finding new ways of doing things – but there was always a commonality behind it all.
I built some successful businesses and some failed ones and as time moved on the only place left to go was the Game Industry which – for me – represented the culmination of everything.
I don’t see game’s as just games but as crude mirrors of this world or versions of it at least – the distance between these virtual worlds and our real worlds is beginning to tighten, there is much overlap – as integrations begin to appear in our everyday world – our view of the world and the digital world changes, merges.
I got my first real start in game development when I joined IGG Canada, though I’d moonlit with various indies over a number of years it was with IGG that I finally got the chance to breathe, step out of my own box, and combine everything I knew to make something unique. With IGG I was lucky, I was given almost free reign of a new studio with little direction and a load of developers, artists staff, and subsidiary companies all with problems to solve and no oversight (as long as they were happy, and I liked to make them happy). I helped to grow that studio in terms of IT, Infrastructure, and Cloud over the following months and years went from IT Admin of a local studio to coordinating and integrating my changes into the Global China Based Beast which again, only served to broaden my horizons and thought me so much about the culture, people, different points of view and ways of doing things.
From there I moved on to various other companies, contracting and seeking more experience and looking for different niches, finding the most interesting things being done by the underdogs while the corporations and larger companies just seek to monetize and control, often feared and were resistant to change – though, I could see why.
Today, I am working on various innovative technologies that will bridge the gap between my old world and my new world and I hope will be both fun to play with, fun to interact with, educational and useful. I continue to seek work with various small and large companies with varying levels of success but I don’t keep all my eggs in one basket and I don’t let any rejections prevent me from continuing my own journey.
I am a problem solver and I love to solve problems. Life is the greatest game of them all.
If you are a game company, indie studio or lone developer, artist or designer – don’t hesitate to drop me a message if you have an interesting project you want to discuss.
Infrastructure, IoT, aR/VR
Infrastructure is many things to many people.
From roads & transport networks to government, education & politics. Also, energy, agriculture, telecommunications, & networks.
IoT & AR/VR will extend upon our real infrastructure – People.
I believe that gaming is an extension of life & unlocks vast opportunities but we can’t forget about this world and the people in it. We can’t fool ourselves.
Telecommunications, networks and hardware and cloud is how it all gets done and integrated. IoT will feed Big Data, AI and Analytics will help process and make sense of it – it must be decentralized, private, secure and well integrated and adopted and we need networks to carry it – but who controls it all? does it serve us… or do we serve it?
As the bridge between the real and the constructed worlds merge I’d like to be at the heart of the layers that are providing that bridge.
Do You Only Work With Established Companies?
No, I also work with individuals. Those who need to solve problems, that help themselves or help their communities.
Do You Invest In Startup Companies?
Sometimes. It depends on what you need, I have got to believe in you & your project. What value does your proposal bring? Are you hungry enough to succeed?