Expert on mobile game development, design, publishing, and fundraising. Happy to answer general questions on entrepreneurship and career growth as well.
$10K / mo is a good proxy in most major cities if you run a reasonably lean operation. I've seen much leaner of course, mostly depending on location, but more than this at an early stage (pre A round) is pretty suspect outside of SF from this investor's POV.
As a pioneer in the independent games world, Brett is truly a pleasure to work with. He developed a good rapport with my team who felt he was responsive, flexible, and easy to work with. I found Brett to be adept at bridging business objectives and technical capabilities in pursuit of GarageGames' ongoing strategic initiatives. His in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry is always impressive and I look forward to continuing our working relationship.
Brett's energy, passion, and knowledge of game technology and culture rival his “head on his shoulders” business sense. It is always a pleasure to have a no BS talk with Brett about what needs to happen next.
Brett is driven and extremely professional, who can be relied upon to meet commitments, deadlines and targets. His experience in the games industry, from GarageGames to Unity, shows in his to the point, knowledgable, aggressive approach. He's a strong negotiator, but his integrity and honesty make him even more effective, and a pleasure to work with."
Brett is an articulate leader with great integrity. Brett is a great person to work with as he is always looking to develop mutually beneficial relationships with his strategic partners. He is very forward thinking and will take the time and effort to educate partners on his vision. Very excited to see Brett continue innovating and paving new ground in the gaming space.
Brett has a dynamic and no-nonsense approach to the opportunities for developers with Nokia. With a shared vision, and sharp focus, Brett was instrumental in driving value for the ecosystem as a key and valued partner. I sincerely appreciate the professionalism and results that Brett has brought to the partnership!
Top notch. I have worked with Brett on a few different projects including M&A tax strategy for Mechanim (Canadian Co.) as well as running and operating Unity's Canadian office. I have enjoyed the collaboration a lot. Brett has been instrumental in positioning his company for the local game development community and provided great access and support. One of the highlights was setting up Unite 2010 in Montreal, was a pleasure to work with Brett and his team.
Working with Brett is a dream come true. He's extremely smart, knows the industry, and I have learned a lot from him. Initially, I worked with Brett as a contractor. He was a very good client to deal with, asked a lot of questions, responsive to my reports and ideas. Now I work with Brett through Union, the content arm of the company which he designed and operates.
We also work together on marketing initiatives, like those aimed at Flash developers. Brett spearheaded and pushed along Unity's Flash deployment efforts and later, we worked closely together to design the best offering for for Flash developers who could benefit from authoring their work with Unity.
Overall, Brett's easy to get along with, supports my initiatives, gives me proper feedback, and when he has any issues, he's professional addressing it in a pro-active manner. I really enjoy working with Brett and hope he's always around.
You don't often hear a marketer use the term "the perfect client," but Brett is well-deserving of the accolade. For a guy with a heavy-duty mathematics background, you might never guess that Brett also has a keen instinct for marketing and branding. In addition to being generally excited about the branding process, he also provided thoughtful feedback (both positive and critical) that helped us more accurately achieve his desired outcome. What's more, he was open to new ideas and directions that pushed boundaries -- always a fun opportunity for branders. It was a pleasure working with Brett and his team, and I hope to have future opportunities to think up great brands with him.
Brett is a uniquely creative and extremely driven individual who I have had the pleasure working with on a number of projects. Brett creates and implements visions that few people could dream up but also welcomes and incorporates the contributions of others. Brett's attention to detail and passion for what he does allows him to manage impossibly complex projects without missing a beat in a way no one else I have worked with can do. His grasp of technology combined with his amazing business sense allows his vision to be shared as easily with engineers and CEO's alike. I look forward to continuing partnering with Brett in the future and highly recommend him in future opportunities.
It is extremely rare to meet someone with a keen sense of high-level market economics and a deep understanding of the details of day-to-day operations that drive that economy. Brett is one of those rare individuals who possesses both suites of knowledge. He can summarize the state of a market in a few succinct sentences. And yet his 1,000 yard stare is matched only by his attention to detail. He's calm, even-tempered, and deliberate in his business dealings, and brings a warm and inviting charm to the table as well. Simply put, he is one of the most visionary thinkers in the games industry today.
Brett came into GarageGames without game industry experience, but quickly rose through the ranks via extreme work ethic and incredible intellect. In its early days, GG was a laissez faire, independent game technology company with some game making talent. After the acquisition by IAC, it needed to turn into a public company reporting growth story. As GM, Brett was able to bring a tighter vision to the Torque side of the division, while at the same time growing the number of employees, keeping them happy, constantly improving the profit line, AND making the tech better. This was not an easy balancing act, but Brett made it look effortless.
As an aside, Brett is an aggressive business person, using a fearless, yet fair, negotiating style that continues to land big contracts in underdog situations. Watching him pull in contracts with China, EA, Microsoft, etc. for tiny GG was fun, indeed.