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Why Is Innovating in the $20 Billion Games Industry So Hard?

The video game industry is – paradoxically – very traditional and resistant to change. That’s odd when you consider the history of video games and its the first 100% digital industry ever – All content has always been created and consumed on a screen. Yet for years, the business has been about putting this digital content onto plastic disks and cartridges then selling them at retail stores. However these major video game publishers like EA, Sony, Nintendo, Activision, Microsoft and UbiSoft are having a tough time with the “digital transition” not wanting to upset the sacred cow of the powerful few retailers that currently move 90% of their revenues. Now the social games and app businesses roar ahead leaving traditional video game publishers scrambling to answer their moves.

This shouldn’t be a suprise – they have seen this coming for over 12 years! An earlier company I founded in 1999, Gigex, was a leader in digital downloads of game demos, trailers and MMOs. We believed that the network would flatten distribution of content across the Internet. We didn’t focus on transactions, just getting the content into people’s hands. We tracked that distribution data and provided predictive trends that video game publishers used to predict future sales. We tried to sell them cost per click ads (before Google) but they said that was “too complicated” a model and instead wanted a flat rate. They said we had the “wrong” business model – (I guess we were a little early for that one! )

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What Drives A Serial Entrepreneur? (And how do you compare?)

Do you want to know what makes Serial Entrepreneurs tick? See this interesting report and see how you compare 

Make Black Friday Every Week – 200 Million Hours, an Entrepreneurial Plan To Boost Our Economy

Black Friday - Annual shopping bonanza. What if we turn the 200 million hours we spend shopping building businesses and opportunity, and make it a weekly event. Think of how we all could profit and drive our economy into "the black".

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The Cost of Bad Hires – $100 million for Zappos – and how to avoid it

People are the most valuable resource for a business. Many of us who build and run companies have had bad experiences hiring wrong.  Many leaders I know have 3 things that emerge often… Read more