December 14, 2017 14/12/2017

Why we care about Net Neutrality (and why you should, too.)

A free and fair playing field is one of the cornerstones of technological development and innovation. As the leader of a tech company that operates worldwide, with a large audience in the United States — as well as an American citizen — I have a vested interest if seeing the Web remain a place accessible to all. If you’re not...
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November 22, 2017 22/11/2017

Failure is a Means, Not an End

We have all experienced failure, both personally and professionally. I believe it’s important not to bemoan the failure – you want to do something about it. That is especially true for companies. Whether the mishap comes from a product launch gone wrong or whether your system is hacked right before an investor meeting, your business is not the first to...
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November 2, 2017 02/11/2017

Never Stop Taking Calculated Risks

In the fall of 2014, my wife, kids and I held a family discussion on the question of whether we ready to leave California and move to Barcelona, Spain. This was a huge decision we needed to make before I accepted my current role as CEO of Softonic.   Sitting on the warm, sunny beaches of California, the move looked...
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September 1, 2017 01/09/2017

Living Our Values

I’m often asked what the hardest part of being a CEO is.   You might think right off the bat that it’s the huge responsibility of leading a company – keeping both the people side and the business side afloat – that keeps me up at night. After all, business is tough and people can be even tougher.   But...
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March 3, 2017 03/03/2017

Four Tips for Keeping your App Users in Love

I was recently at the Dublin Tech Summit, where I had the honor of serving on a panel focused on how to retain users on apps after the install — a challenge that plagues mobile developers large and small. I joined a group of some of the mobile ecosystem’s best and brightest: Patrick Leddy, CEO of Pulsate;...
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February 21, 2017 21/02/2017

Coming Soon: Many More Ways to Solve a Problem

When your business is to serve people and to help them find products that solve their problems or fill a need, you want to be focused on serving those people. That’s why, as CEO, I’ve spent the past two years changing the internal mindset at Softonic from “we’re a download site” to “we help people solve problems”. In doing so,...
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September 21, 2016 21/09/2016

Pokémon GO: Changing our lives, for better or worse

It was a summer of gaming hits and the biggest hit by far was Pokémon GO. The game went gangbusters on mobile devices everywhere, and the hype around Niantic’s new mobile take on an age-old favorite reached epic proportions. At its height towards the end of July, Pokémon GO had 45 million daily active users: the game had gone ...
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September 21, 2016 21/09/2016

Game Hype: Lots of Promises, But Consumer Experiences Fall Short

In today’s gaming world, the hype leading up to a launch is no small event. Take for example Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon – it’s the middle of the summer of 2016 and Nintendo fans are already digging into product details hoping to be the first to have a sneak peek into the new Pokemon offerings. The media attention is...
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September 21, 2016 21/09/2016

Results from Our In-Game Mobile Advertising Survey: Gamers Not Irked

Mobile gaming is more popular than ever, and whether it’s the Pokemon Go phenomenon or the Angry Birds feature film, these games have captured consumer attention and dollars.  By 2020, mobile phone gaming penetration in the United States is forecasted to hit 63.7% – an increase of 8% from 2016. Typically, mobile games operate under a freemium model meant to...
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