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John Welch

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

President & CEO, Making Fun, Inc.. Previously President, Making Fun, Inc. - a division of News Corp..

President & CEO, Making Fun, Inc.. Previously President, Making Fun, Inc. - a division of News Corp..

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President & CEO Making Fun, Inc. January 2013 - present
President Making Fun, Inc. November 2010 - January 2013
consultant / interim CEO Minor Studios April 2009 - July 2010
President & CEO PlayFirst, Inc. April 2004 - February 2009
VP, Games & Product AtomShockwave Corp. September 1999 - April 2004
Director of Product Development SegaSoft Networks (part of SEGA) September 1998 - September 1999


University of Massachusetts Computer Science September 1992 - June 1994
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mathematics w/ Computer Science (18C) September 1988 - June 1992

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  • • Games
  • • Mobile

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Brad Edelman
We worked together  •  CTO, Fingerprint. Previously Board Member, PlayFirst, Inc.. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
John's intelligence and enthusiasm drive him. Share the fire of your ideas and he will help you fan the flames. He'll ask you thought provo ... king questions, challenge you do to more, get you to aim higher.
Lee Crawford
We worked together  •  CTO, newco and CTO, OpenWager, Inc.. Florida State grad.
John is an inveterate entrepreneur with an encyclopedic knowledge of the games industry. He's build multiple successful companies through ma ... ny platform cycles and has a knack for building, leading and motivating large teams.
Kenny Shea Dinkin
We worked together  •  VP Design, GSN (TV & Games). Previously Chief Creative Officer, Making Fun, Inc.. Brown grad. University of Pennsylvania grad.
John is a brilliant optimist. His strategic insights are always grounded in his passions for the finding the amazing possibilities that most ... people can't see. He is a natural leader with deep experience in game making, publishing, technology and organizational leadership. He knows how to build companies, organizations and teams and is a natural born advisor. If I were starting something on my own, John would be the first person I'd call to get advice.

Lee Crawford
We worked together  •  CTO, newco and CTO, OpenWager, Inc.. Florida State grad.
Lee is one of the best software architects I ever worked with. He writes code at something approaching light speed. He has almost prescient ... insight into market trends. I'm not saying to hire him as a marketer, but make sure your marketers listen to him because he knows more than they do about the future.

Martin Cao
We worked together  •  Board Member, ADVA (Argentinian Videogame Developers Association) and Director, Red Katana.
Martin brought together a team and found whatever work he could to pay the bills. He sold, sold, sold, and eventually got me to fund a big p ... roject with his company. It was going very well until things changed on my side (I bought my company out of News Corp.) and I had to cancel. He kept the company together, executed a successful Kickstarter, and is still going. I would certainly work with Martin again in the future.

Martin Repetto
We worked together  •  CEO, BlackPony. Previously VP of Production, Making Fun, Inc..
I have seen Martin successfully assemble and manage high quality software development teams in Argentina three times now. He inspires engine ... ers while also keeping them working productively towards the goal. I look forward to working with Martin again in the future.

Jon Radoff
They're my friends  •  Advisor, Opower and CEO, Disruptor Beam, Inc.. Harvard grad.
I have enjoyed meeting Jon on several occasions and following his company from afar. He has great momentum and should do well.

Josh Quick
We worked together  •  Co-Founder and CEO, Red Point Labs. Previously CEO, Northern California, EQ3.
Josh loves to invent new experiences, and he has a great combination of creative and functional design skills to make that happen. He has sh ... own a tremendous range of interest and capability thus far in his career, and I expect his next move will be equally different, while leveraging the experience he has collected.

Nicholas Fortugno
We worked together  •  Co-Founder/CCO, Playmatics LLC and Co-Founder, Come Out and Play.
Nick is one of the most brilliant game designers of our day. Most people will go through their entire career without having a commercial suc ... cess on the level of Diner Dash, a game that has touched over half a billion people. And that's not my favorite of his games (which would be Plantasia). Nick has incredible range, designing games and interactive experiences to promote healthy causes as well as for purely artistic endeavors. I look forward to the day when I can work with Nick again.