💼 What were you doing before Web3?
I’ve been making games since 2004 and been CEO of Mighty Bear since we founded the company in 2017. Before that I was a working musician.
🤔 How did you get into Web3?
I’ve always been very curious and open to trying new things. I got into crypto in 2015 and started playing with NFTs in 2021.
After that it was obvious to me that digital asset ownership was the future of online games, so I decided that Mighty Bear needed to make the pivot early and become a leader in the space.
🚀 What was your first crypto or NFT project?
Bitcoin in 2015.
🧠 How would you explain what you do to someone outside of Web3?
As CEO my job involves answering emails and being a dancing monkey for the company. I do whatever is needed: HR, Product (this is my professional background), press, investor relations, etc.
💡 Which creator or thought leader do you enjoy learning from?
I have a deep admiration for the team at Yuga Labs. The way they combine world-class creativity with a passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries of Web3 is remarkable.
🥳 What is the biggest highlight of your career so far?
In 2017 Mighty Bear was a team of 8 in my living room. Since then we’ve worked with Apple and Disney and grown to be a company of 50+ people spread around the world.
📈 What tech or crypto trend are you watching this year?
AI. It “suddenly” arrived (after decades of research) and it’s going change everything in the next 12-18 months.
🤝 What advice would you give someone starting out in web3?
Whatever you spend early on you’ll probably lose backing bad projects/getting rugged/getting scammed. Treat it like tuition fees in the service of a longer-term goal.
🎤 If you could do a TEDtalk on any topic, what would it be?
“Why you shouldn’t start a company” – Seriously, you should only do this if you can’t be talked out of it. It’s too brutal otherwise.
🚨 What is the one thing you would bring if you were stuck on a deserted island?
My Kindle. I read a lot and if I could still access books I’d probably be alright on a deserted island.