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Nigel Rushman, “From Major Events To Structured Visual Thinking”

Nigel Rushman, “From Major Events To Structured Visual Thinking”

September 22, 2020

Nigel, has been around the block for nearly 40 years in our industry, and in his typical no-nonsense British style, delivers a masterclass in Events Operations, starting with his first event in the 80s to his role as Advisor of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Bid in Qatar.  Nigel is a true entrepreneur who understands the value of working with tight budgets, putting his own money on the line and using “strategic thinking” as a key tool.  Learn about “Structured Visual Thinking” and how Nigel uses this across many new projects around the world now.

 

Key Highlights

  1. His start in early 80s at a major Athletics Events in the UK and working on the America’s Cup Victory Challenge (Media & PR)
  2. 1991 Rugby World Cup, first major gig (Media & Accreditation Services).  Alan Callan negotiated a deal for all commercial rights to the Rugby World Cup in perpetuity story (CPMA & Rushmans partnership) and the growth of the rights
  3. Moto GP story and how important it is to build relationships across the board
  4. Asian Games in Doha, Qatar 2006 – first big gig in the Middle East – scale and size of the Asian Games is huge (bigger than Olympics) and significant event for the region
  5. Qatar - “Expect Amazing” at the FIFA World Cup 2022, helping Qatar winning the bid – structured thinking process
  6. Never saw any wrong doings by the Bid Committee, playing Devil’s Advocate and initially sceptical about the air cooling system concept
  7. Many venues are temporary and will be sold to other countries afterwards
  8. Volunteer programs from South Africa to Qatar
  9. London Olympics 2012, Non-accredited Media center for the City of London
  10. Nigel’s view on overblown budgets by large event organizers, staffing vs volunteers
  11. Rushmans new focus on “Structured Vision Thinking” (optimization, planning and strategies)
  12. Biggest learning from 40 years (never react in haste)
  13. Biggest success (Rugby World Cup 1991 and winning the Qatar bid) and failure (online accreditation platform)
  14. Final tip “stay fluid with event dates in current climate”  

 

About

Nigel Rushman has spent 25 years working with governments and enterprises on wide ranging programs all over the world.

“Nigel is a continuous learner, working with enterprises to create ‘clarity of purpose’, ‘get stuff done’, “making it real”  and using “uncommon thinking to deliver common sense”.

He continues to study psychology, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, negotiation and strategy as these are becoming foundational to the vital changes businesses need to make.

After founding, building and selling marketing and PR companies, he has established and advised numerous businesses, governments and organisations across a broad range of industries including technology, data, broadcast, sports, medtech, catering, construction, manufacturing and others. He has directed and project managed over 500 political, sports and commercial programmes in more than 30 countries over the last 25 years.

Working with John Caswell, Nigel travels the world helping governments and enterprises large and small solve their challenges and master their opportunities.

A Co-founder of Venica with the mission of ‘Making Good Science Good Business’. Nigel is active in numerous businesses and initiatives worldwide.

You can find out more about Nigel through his blog www.nigelrushman.com.

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Dan Ghosh-Roy, “From Music to Fight Sports”

Dan Ghosh-Roy, “From Music to Fight Sports”

September 8, 2020

From aspiring Music DJ, turned Music Executives working with some of the biggest labels and artist to Chief Digital Officer at the PFL (Professional Fighters League).  Learning from the music industry and how platforms evolved and disrupted the industry and how that relates to sports now and how the PFL is leveraging the new trends to its advantage by launching its own OTT.    

 

Key Highlights

  1. From Liquid Audio, to Napster to EMI Music – the first decade in the music industry operations
  2. Early learning, the power of data, if it’s not collected and recorded properly, no revenue from it
  3. EMI Music – growth of ring-tones for Mobile devices globally – platforms starting to emerge
  4. Katy Perry story,  Last Friday Night release on Facebook through a “fake” profile
  5. Calvin Harris, how he became a big EDM star, new way of promoting an artist
  6. Beyonce, launch of Lemonade Album (Parkwood Entertainment), from Super Bowl Half time show to other creative “drops”, giving fans access to content before it goes out officially
  7. Complex Networks,  learning creative content creation and distribution there
  8. Professional Fighters League (PFL) – the difference to other Fight sports Leagues (League format)
  9. How to become a clear #2 in the space behind the UFC
  10. PFL’s OTT play and the reason why – best place for fans to consume the content
  11. Key learning from his career, be flexible and solutions oriented, turn challenges into new opportunities
  12. Cancelling the 2020 season for health and safety reasons first
  13. International Qualifiers, starting overseas early next year and then the US season 
  14. Future of digital,  anytime, anywhere, any device.  NBA leading with innovations
  15. Final thoughts on piracy   

 

About

Dan Ghosh-Roy joined the PFL from Complex Networks, where he served as SVP, Marketing and Audience Development. During his tenure, he created and curated engaging content, reaching millions of fans with varied passion points, developed customer acquisition campaigns and oversaw year-over-year growth across Complex’s social and web properties.

Prior to Complex, he served as Head of Digital for Parkwood Entertainment, responsible for the strategy and execution of Beyoncé's digital business. Dan previously held senior leadership roles at Ultra Music and EMI Music, working with the likes of Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and others.

 

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Seven Volpone, “From Musician to Entrepreneur of Sub-cultures”

Seven Volpone, “From Musician to Entrepreneur of Sub-cultures”

September 1, 2020

Seven Volpone is a true artist turned entrepreneur, from singer, songwriter to starting several businesses and now leading the Big Block Family Office and Sub-Nation to new heights across various “sub-cultures” from Esports, Gaming, Music, entertainment, Sports, etc.

 

Key Highlights

  1. Early days as music artist from Pop Rock to Country Harmony
  2. We3Kings, the first business, created Music IP for TV shows, Sports teams Theme songs, brands, etc
    • From Hit TV Sitcoms to Green Bay Packers – G-Force – helping win the Super Bowl
  3. Secret Futurist,  looking at leading technology, and tech for the future , focused on Digital ecosystems
  4. Push Point Management & Media Group – lead him to work with ESL and getting into Esports
  5. Adidas story, in the early days of Esports
  6. Realizing the power of Esports to connect with younger generations through the “lifestyle and culture” part
  7. Connecting with Bruce Bendell and setting up the Family Office, Big Block Capital Group
  8. The start of Sub-nation and building the team
    • Project with E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) on creative concepts
    • Big Vision, to be the Disney of “E-Gaming” – creating IP and partnering with venues, cities and IP owners
    • Enhancing the experience for the Gamers – content creation, new concepts   
  9. Atari Hotel concept coming to your city soon  
  10. Big Block Capital Family office – 5Cs – Culture, Content, Conversation, Commerce,
  11. Investments in Israel tech start-ups, via Surround Ventures, from entertainment, sports to media
  12. Focus on Millennials and Gen Z, guide brands to connect with this audience
  13. Tips to young executives or entrepreneurs.  Check out the “Great Fail” Podcast by
  14. Final look into the future as a Futurist

 

About

Seven Volpone is an Executive, Fund Manager and Entrepreneur who for over a decade served as President, Co-Founder and architect behind the music, marketing and branding company We3Kings. He has been recognized through out the gaming, Music, Television, & Marketing communities for not only his award winning IP but his forward thinking business development initiatives and integration campaigns that included the likes of AAMCO transmissions, Whiskey Falls & Dale Earnhardt Jr., Whiskey Falls and NAPSTER, The American Labors Union, The Atlanta Braves, and television shows for FOX, NBC, Mark Burnett, and many more.
 
Seven’s drive, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to understand the delicate art of branding, integration and advertising was what led him to conceptualize and develop the celebrity integration and social influencing platform Radio Connect/TwitYap which he sold to the Publicly traded entity Xhibit Corp (XBTC). Seven later became a consultant for Xhibit Corp and its wholly owned entities SkyMall and SkyMall Ventures, (a leader in the loyalty space).
 
Seven is a leader in the ever-changing media and digital space and he brings over a decade of executive experience from all facets of the entertainment industry as well as key relationships, with top tier, developers, celebrities, athletes, managers, agents, TV networks, producers and corporations that aid in his ability to help develop companies and brands.
 
In addition to Seven’s music and content development initiatives, he advises & consults 3rd party companies and individuals through his company AFDKAM on strategic business development opportunities and the leveraging of content, technology, brand integration, online product sales and social influence in new media.
 

 

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