Dave Mata

Product Management, Strategy, NFTs & Blockchain Expert

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I’m a leader, award winning video game designer, project manager, analyst, and expert in product with over 10 years of experience. In my game development, I’ve worked on the Xbox 360, Wii, web, and mobile. My biggest game successes were Evony: The King’s Return and Heroes Charge. I led both of these titles from pencil sketch to live-ops. Outside of games, my experience ranges from digital marketing to enterprise platform development with a focus on forecasting and anti-fraud development. In gaming I grew a 6-game product portfolio that included 3 Evony games. Within the first 14 months of managing Evony Age 1 and 2, my innovations increased revenue to over $100M, and increased DAU over 300% to 500k with a mean CCO of 30k. In 2012 I became Senior Product Manager at TopGames/Digisocial and oversaw development of Evony: The King’s Return and led narrative design for Heroes Charge, bringing both to market to critical acclaim. Anchored by these key franchises, my game portfolio produced two Super Bowl commercials, and generated revenue of more than $300M annual. I’m an expert in the blockchain space, focusing on the software involved and applicability to business needs. In 2018 I was invited to be the keynote speaking for emerging technology at the United Nations conference, eLAC2020, where I spoke on blockchain and how it can be applied in Latin America. As part of Blockbits Capital I led the development of our Tensorflow based quantitative trading platform, both managing and mentoring staff in engineering, design, and analytics disciplines. In addition to directing platform development, I pioneered the development of our forecasting models and quantitative trading strategies. In 2019 I created Calibrate Blockchain, a two day, blockchain focused conference located in Spokane, WA. This first of its kind conference focused on the technology and applicability to business of the tech. Aside from being a 30xer, I’m also a trained chef, powerlifter, hunter, angler, and all-around nice guy.

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Game Development
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Work experience
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Jan 2021 - Present

Kongregate

Senior Product Manager

Senior member of the product organization, focused on fostering process efficiency, and bringing hardcore based experience and understanding to the mobile casual space.

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Jun 2015 - Present

Advisory

Advisor and Mentor

I am an advisor for promising companies that need to leverage deeper contacts, need knowledge transfer, and seek to grow. I currently advise: - Skymarch Entertainment Previous - ICOBox - Water3 - Spinbackup - DuolC

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Feb 2020 - Jan 2021

Quantum Counsel IP Group

Director of Business Development and Licensing

I lead business and monetization strategy development for our clients, with a focus towards licensing and litigation as leverage. I spearhead the out of court efforts to monetize IP portfolios, including market research, valuation, and campaign execution. Quantum Counsel IP Group is a legal consulting services firm focused on protecting and monetizing intellectual property assets and patents. We provide due diligence investigation, infringement and validity analysis, reverse engineering studies, economics review, financial expert testimony, valuation, strategy, risk management, venture development, investments and transaction brokering to patent holders.

Jul 2019 - Jan 2021

SeedNet

Director of Product Strategy

Co-Founder and CEO, I define the vision, strategy, and direction of the consulting business. My co-founder and I have identified and accessed a high quality network of consultants we've worked with directly over the years. My own expertise lies in product development, product management, business strategy, analytics, emerging technology, gaming, monetization, and advertising. Personally directing the technical consulting, and product development/management consulting. Two key projects are both consumer serving platforms, and include blockchain integrations.

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Jun 2017 - Jan 2020

Block Bits Capital

Head of Product and Analytics

Developed and drove product strategy. Key product was a black box trading platform, developed initial algorithms, defined KPIs, and built out the design and engineering teams. Defined roadmap, managed day to day development, and collaborated with engineering to fix issues and create more effective predictive models for the trading platform. Created blockchain incubation program and sourced partners in SF and Washington state. Served as EIR for incubation program. I spoke as part of my role in the company, and have spoken at: - Casual Connect - Anaheim, California, January 2018 - MGS San Francisco, February 2018 - eLAC 2020 - Cartagena, Colombia, April 2018 - MGS Manhattan, June 2018 - Calibrate Blockchain, January 2019 - MGS San Francisco, February 2019 I conceptualized and co-organized with some amazing partners, the first blockchain conference in the Inland Northwest, the Calibrate Blockchain conference that took place January 24-26, 2019.

Apr 2017 - Jul 2018

Playtable

Chief Product Officer

Head of Product at Prizm Labs, creator of the Playtable. Aided in corporate pivot from hardware focus to hardware/software focus. Aided CEO in investment pitches. Responsible for managing and securing game IP for development, as well as sourcing and managing independent developers. Developed platform roadmap, and helped conceptualize blockchain based products.

Nov 2010 - Apr 2017

Top Games USA

Senior Product Manager

Regan Mercantile, TopGames USA, and uCool - Same Company. Directed live ops on Evony, and brought Evony: The King's Return from paper sketch to live-ops. Scaled IP from a small web product with declining revenues in 2010 to a massively profitable multi-title IP in 2017 with a Superbowl commercial along the way. Created and managed product analytics, with a focus on predictive modeling. Mentored team leads across a cross functional organization, which included BI, Engineering, Design, and Art. Reviewed day to day P&L, and directly contributed design, roadmap strategy, and key innovations. Personal innovations contributed to a single day sales record of $1.75M for a single item. Created Heroes Charge game world, and led design and product management of product after launch. Managed revenue and scaling to profitability and a Superbowl commercial as well. Games in my portfolio included: Evony Ages 1 and 2 - http://www.evony.com Heroes Charge - iTunes and Google Play (mobile RTS/Strategy) Evony: The King's Return - iTunes and Google Play (mobile RTS) Tynon - http://tynon.com Commanders of Evony - http://www.commandersofevony.com Heroes Arena - iTunes and Google Play (mobile MOBA)

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Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

Self

Gamification and IP Strategy Consulting

Jul 2009 - Nov 2010

Ghost Rabbit Entertainment

Lead Game Producer

Oct 2008 - Aug 2009

Blue Fang Games

Senior Level Designer

Responsible for level design and managing world building for World of Zoo for the Wii and PC. Trained and managed multiple team members in level design and interaction scripting.

Mar 2007 - Sep 2008

Epokalypse Games

Co-Founder, Producer, Designer

Started an independent development studio with a small team of friends. Developed two original IP: Game Night Trivia Beagan's Run

Jul 2000 - Nov 2006

MD Branding

Founder/ Senior Interactive Project Consultant

Many jobs, many happy clients - many long nights of getting it done. Primary business focus on: - Website development - Digital marketing strategy development - Design for print and outdoor signage Primary client base included regional casinos and digital marketing companies.

Feb 2003 - Jan 2004

Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino, Vista Hospitality Management

Corporate Webmaster

I was involved in both the digital and traditional marketing aspects of a multimillion dollar casino resort.

Jun 2001 - Feb 2003

Atlantis Casino Resort

Webmaster

Education

2016 - 2021

Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business

MBA, Finance

2005 - 2008

Art Institute of California, San Francisco

BS, Game Art and Design

1994 - 1997

Robert McQueen High School

HS, General

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