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Bobby Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard (a merger he engineered); it’s one of only two video gaming companies in the Fortune 500, and the largest game network in the world. The company is responsible for some of the most iconic entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft — as well as its own professional esports league.
So in this episode of the a16z Podcast, Marc Andreessen interviews Kotick on everything from the evolution of video games in the 1980s to gaming trends more broadly. What changes as gaming goes from “just for nerds” to “just for kids” and spreads more broadly into entertainment and cultural phenomena (esports, Fortnite, Pokemon Go, etc.)… both online and offline?
POTPOURRI (Non-Investment Related)
1. The Tim Ferriss Show: Jim Collins – A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath
Jim Collins is an author, consultant, and lecturer on the topic of business management, sustainability, and growth. Jim begins with a discussion of choosing the right conceptual vessel through an example of a leadership hierarchy. He then discusses his practice of monitoring his creative hours, the work he’s doing, and some other ways he reflects on the quality of his life and work day-to-day. Jim follows that with a conversation about his role model, and meeting Peter Drucker. He recalls some of what he learned from Peter, like don’t make 100 decisions when one will do. The conversation then transitions into the flywheel principle as it relates to momentum in business. He finishes with advice about life and doing meaningful things with people you love.
Todd Herman coaches CEOs, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more, on how to reach peak performance. Todd approaches this through an alter ego idea. He discusses the virtues of adopting an alter ego to manage fear in critical situations to tap into your skills and perform at your best.