Make New Mistakes: Zootopia director on the creative process

Quote from Zootopia director Byron Howard:

When you’re a storyboard artist here at Disney you have to be comfortable with your work getting thrown away. All of us who storyboard on this movie have done literally thousands of drawings that have wound up in the garbage, because these ideas come in and go out of the film very quickly. The idea is to be wrong as quickly as possible. We really try to try out as many ideas as we can, then when the right ideas click in, then you’ll see from screening to screening, the rest of the film will

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CFP: Gamification @HICSS 2017

Gamification within “Decision Analytics, Mobile Services, and Service Science” – track 50th annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50) January 4-7, 2017 | Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island. Important dates June 15:  Submission deadline August 16:  Notifications sent to authors September 4:  Revision deadline September 10:  Final acceptance notifications sent to authors September 15:  Deadline for authors to submit the […]

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[FREE Webinar] 8 Shortcuts to better, faster product design

Are you tired of wasting time sifting through feedback on your innovative idea – and debating what should (and shouldn’t) go into your MVP? Have you ever wished for a roadmap – a step-by-step system – that would help you build the right MVP – for the right customers – in record time?

This Thursday Apr 28 at 9 AM PST, I’m going to pull back the curtain, and reveal how game thinking helped breakthrough hits like Slack, Happify and Covet Fashion delight millions of customers – and keep them coming back, again and again. In this Webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  •  find and delight exactly the right early customers –
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[VIDEO] Chag Sameach – Passover reflections

This weekend was Passover – a Jewish holiday celebrating the journey from slavery to freedom. We were lucky enough to spend the weekend i Los Angeles on a rare crystal-clear sunny Spring day – and I wanted to share a heartfelt springtime greeting – freeway noise and all 🙂 Chag Sameach!


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Find your super-fans with these 5 Key Discovery Questions

“But who are we REALLY going after? Who’s NEEDS this game the most?”

I heard this question while sitting around a conference table in the quirky Silicon Valley offices of Crowdstar – a top mobile games studio – with a brilliant team of experienced game creators. Our challenge was to come up with a compelling cooperative mobile game for fashionistas – a game that would bring in a much broader female audience than any previous game the studio had published.

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How to build a product people love – and come back to

Yesterday, I gave a Webinar on ‘How to build a product people love – and come back to, again and again’ — sponsored by What a lively event! Over 1000 people registered for the webinar, and we had dozens of questions and comments afterwards.

I’ll be published a full recording of the event later this week for my mailing list Insiders – along with an extended Q&A from the discussion afterwards – so signup for updates if you wanna see it.

In the meantime, here are the webinar slides for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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3 Powerful Habits that separate successful innovators from also-rans

It was a late September day in Half Moon Bay, California. I was sitting in my living room, enjoying the ocean view and chatting with the brilliant and visionary CEO of a hot gaming startup. As we shared an organic pizza lunch, he told me about his crazy idea for a mutli-player social game — a game where people with no musical talent — playing simplified plastic instruments — would FEEL like they were actually in a band, making music together. And even better — they’d actually develop their musical skills and sensibilities by playing the game. They’d become better than before at a real skill — something that … Read the rest

2016 Game Thinking World Tour: Lessons Learned

For the past 2 weeks I’ve travelled the world, connecting with brilliant entrepreneurs in Bengaluru, Helsinki, Paris, and London. Coming from Silicon Valley, it’s been a mind-opening trip – absorbing cultural differences & spotting  common themes.

Innovation is everywhere – but how it’s practiced varies widely. Here’s what I learned from this amazing trip.

‘Celebrating Failure’ is not a universally accepted practice.


Cultural norms are powerful – and hard to shake loose. Consider an entrepreneur in Bengaluru – a place where the power goes out several times a day and poverty is starkly visible. The idea of celebrating failure in that context feels
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That time my daughter built a shopping mall in her after-school program

Yesterday, my 9-year-old got home from school, slung off her backpack, and got together with her friends to put the finishing touches on a beautiful, modern fantasy hotel with expansive jade-colored tile floors, inviting wooden booths scattered throughout the lobby, and an under-water themed restaurant with a seasonal menu in the back. She and her friends spent hours crafting the hotel and restaurant to match their vision. And when they were done, they invited their neighbors to drop by and enjoy their handiwork.

All was going well until a new customer came in, looked around, and started breaking things — so they … Read the rest

Complaining is literally killing you – here’s what to do instead

In the past few years, the science of happiness – AKA Positive Psychology – has gained momentum and credibility.  The Greater Good center at UC Berkeley now offers a  free EdX MOOC class to teach everyone – everywhere – the basics. And fast-growing services like Happify are translating well-established research findings into a convenient, personalized digital package that’s making inroads into traditional healthcare settings (disclosure: I’m an advisor to Happify).

This article summarizes some of these recent trends, and lays out a powerful, neuroplasticity-based argument for gratitude, appreciation and learning from mistakes as the key to a longer, healthier, happier … Read the rest