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Monday, August 31, 2009
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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I want to take the time and introduce an ultra cool friend from Berlin to you! Her name is Jasmin Orthbandt. Take a look at Jasmin and see if you can tell what she does for a living. You may be surprised. Read about her and see why I think Jasmin is one "ultra cool lady!"
dwo34: Hi Jasmin, first of all, for all the readers out there, please tell us what you do for a living?
JO: I am one of the founders (2 others) and managing partner of pixeltamer.net. We are contract game developers. Meaning we develop games for other business and game companies for them to publish. We concentrate on 2D / 3D multi user online content. So we develop browser based MMO's, flash games, social home games for Facebook and the like and also we develop games for the IPhone. Before that I was the lead AI programmer for a company called SEK GmbH here in Berlin. This company developed AAA RTS Game for the PC like ParaWorld and Diggles.
dwo34: That's impressive Jasmin. How did you get started and how does one become a game developer?
JO: I started playing video games as I was 7 (now I am 41), so I guess my life was pretty much set up for becoming a game developer at one point. But still at first I did other jobs and travelled the world a bit. But in the end I always wanted to know how to make games. So I went back to school and became a software engineer and then started in the game industry. (smiles) I still game now nearly every day. Usually I play MMORPG's. My favorites are Ultima Online which I have been playing now for 11 years and for the last three years Lord of the Rings Online (smiles).
dwo34: OK, you know I have to ask you this.... I love your tattoos! How many do you have?
JO: I currently have 16! (wink)
dwo34: 16! That's quite a few. Do your tattoos have any special meaning?
JO: Some do, some don't. The tribal I have on my legs, back and throat are all animals. The one on my throat is a Frog, on my back a Bat, My calf is a Cockatiel, and on my thigh a Chameleon. The other Tribal's are just ornamental. Or just pictures. Like the Garfield.
dwo34: I have seen many television shows that feature tattoo artists and people getting a tattoo. When I watch it on TV, the people getting the tattoo seem not to be in any discomfort. Please let me know if there is pain associated with getting a tattoo.
JO: Most definitely, some parts hurt more than others, but in the end, getting a tattoo always hurts (smiles)
dwo34: Ouch! I think you just talked me out of getting a tattoo! Me and pain don't do well together.
dwo34: I have seen you rocking the microphone. Do you have a rock band that you perform with?
JO: Hehe, this is not a real music group, but the game Rockband from Harmonix. At the Nordic Game Conference 07, I was asked if I could help out Harmonix, the developers of Rockband, and do the Keynote Speech at the conference. They needed a singer as they where introducing the game Rockband. Seeing that I love playing Singstar, I said yes. It even got recorded for Swedish National Television.
dwo34: Sweet! A lady of many talents!! I like that.
JO: Thank you.
dwo34: I know you are from Berlin and you love it there. How long have you lived in Berlin?
JO: I am actually a Berliner (smiles) Berlin actually got voted by a UK Magazine the best Summer Party Town of Europe and Berghain the best Club in the World even. Berlin, especially in summer, is just awesome. We are very free here. It is the greenest Capitol of Europe with Trees lining every street and everywhere there are parks and lakes and even city beaches. Also all the cafes, bars, pubs lining the streets. And with it high percentage of foreigners, we have a lovely mixed culture here, with all foods, drinks and music available from all over the world.
dwo34: Tell me why people should come and visit Berlin.
JO: People are very relaxed and friendly considering this is a capitol city. It just has a very special vibe here. It buzzes! Hard to explain, one has to come and see for him/herself what it is about Berlin what makes it so special.
dwo34: Thank you so much Jasmin!
JO: You're welcome David. See you soon. Come and visit me and my country.
dwo34: I plan on it.
OK, now do you see why I think Jasmin is one Ultra Cool lady! Behind the tats is a lady of many talents. The game you are playing may have originated from this lady's mind! I will keep everyone updated on new and exciting games that Jasmin is creating. Maybe even ask if I can sample one. Thank you Jasmin for your time!
It's August 27, 2009 and I am bullish on Sacramento
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
dwo34 "Liz, I know we chatted about this personally, but talk about Social Media and how it effects Titleist. I find it amazing that we can now call each other friends and yet, we have yet to meet face to face."
Liz: " One of the things I’m so excited about with social media and Titleist is that because of these new tools, we are able to really communicate with our consumers. Though it’s new technology, we’re really going back to grass roots or 1-1 marketing. If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that our Titleist fans and loyal, passionate and they want us to know that and they want to know that we hear them. In the past we really haven’t had the ability to open the dialog that is now available with web. 2.0 technology. It’s allowing us to remove the filter between the consumer and the brand and really get a dialog going. This helps the consumer because they feel empowered to tell us how they feel about the brand – what they like and what they dislike and we as a brand get the critical information we need about our products in order to continue to make the best performing, highest quality golf equipment available.
What’s also exciting to me about social media is that we now have the opportunity to connect with a younger consumer.. Facebook for example brings us a completely different pool of consumers at a significantly younger age. We now have a direct line to talk to that younger group. Ironically, a recent survey that we did among our Facebook group and our website database resulted in almost identical results. Pleasantly surprising for me because it tells me that a Titleist fan is a Titleist fan – no matter what age."
dwo34: "Liz, you know I am a Twitter fan, and I favor this media over Facebook and MySpace. I think it would be great to talk about Twitter and it's power. Some of my friend's are a little skeptical of Twitter.
Liz: "I don’t have to sell Twitter to you David, but Twitter is not only a place to communicate it’s a place to meet new contacts. In the last year, 99% of all my new business contacts have been made on Twitter or Facebook. . If it weren’t for Twitter, you and I would not in a million years know each other , but you are an avid Titleist fan and Titleist SHOULD know you, and if you are willing to share information, we should know what Titleist equipment you own, where you play, and we should be able to get products that will help improve your game, into your hands. My hope for the Titleist brand is that somehow Titleist will have a connection, a communication or some kind of relationship through Social Media with all the David Ohara’s out there. I believe that It’s really all about TRUST. Our fans need to trust that we are going to provide the highest quality, best performing golf equipment that’s made for their game."
dwo34: "Liz, the first round is in the books. Tiger is on top of the leader board. What are your thoughts on the first round?"
Liz: "There is a lot more golf to play, and if you check the Titleist Leader Board, you will notice that the majority of the leaders are playing Titleist. We have an outstanding chance to win the PGA. Should be fun."
dwo34: "Liz, thank you so much for your time and your insight. I have received so many emails with positive comments on Day One."
Liz "You're welcome David. Thank you."
My interview with Liz Valicenti was so much fun. You see her excitement the minute you converse with Liz. I get a clue why Titleist is one of the top brands in golf, it's great people like Liz who are compassionate and care about what they do. I, myself am I loyal Titleist "Sunday" golfer. My friend gave me a staff bag for a gift with my name embroidered on it (see photo), I play the Titleist Pro V1x ball, and I hit their clubs. Titleist stands for quality in my opinion and you will not find a better quality person than Liz Valicenti. Thank you again Liz and good luck this week at the PGA!
As a side note, leave your comments (about golf or Titleist) here or via email(firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will give away a couple of nice Titleist things. I have some items that will make you a true Titleist fan, so respond and I will select the best comments.
It's August 13, 2009 and I am bullish on Sacramento