A Serious Take on Internet Game Play

Title: A Serious Take on Internet Game Play
Date: 2009-10-28
Speaker: Mark Pincus, Bing Gordon (Zynga)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
You want to be a slow build. You don’t want the world patting you on the back as a success when you’re not yet.
When you’ve been to the top of the mountain a few times you realize you want to create something that really matters.
The Internet treasure is something that you can’t remember life without.
You learn some of your best CEO lessons from your need to survive.
Create a company that you would like to work at.
Create a product that you would like to use.
Everybody needs to be CEO of something.
You want your employees to think you’re a little crazy. If you’re not giving them a scary amount of responsibility then you’re not doing your job.
Anybody who is good has to make a “bet your job” risk.
If you want to change the world through great consumer products learn to be a CEO. Want to be a CEO.
Your insurance policy is to keep control of your company.
If you don’t have control of your company you are an employee.
Don’t be in such a hurry that you slow down getting there.
A mentor is someone who is one generation ahead of you, does not have control over you, and whose only reward is joy.
Don’t give yourself permission to fail.
Play to win.
You don’t need to be a big company to test. You can test by Google Adwords.