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Boundless Vows To Continue Disrupting The Textbook Market, Even As Second Founder Departs, Litigation Drags On
Since emerging on the scene in early 2012, the Boston-based Boundless has been on a mission to give students of all ages a free, open-source digital alternative to the pricey world of hard-copy textbooks. But when you try to rock the boat, the powers-that-be will likely have something to say about it — especially when thousands of beta testers across 2,000 universities are using free, open alternatives.
Kristian Segerstrale, the EA executive who was in charge of leading the company into a games-as-a-service era, has just left the company. CEO John Riccitiello just announced it in an internal memo and said that EA COO Peter Moore is taking on his responsibilities. Segerstrale came into EA through its $ 400 million acquisition of Playfish, a social games developer that he co-founded with a high school friend Sebastien de Halleux. That deal was a watershed moment for the social gaming industry and an acknowledgment that virtual goods and currencies could represent a significant new revenue model for the industry. Disney quickly followed on with a $ 750 million deal to buy Facebook games developer Playdom. Although Zynga has had a rocky year following its debut as a public company, most of the largest and highest-grossing developers on iOS and Android employ a free-to-play model that includes purchases of virtual currencies and goods. Segerstrale was leading the charge on moving EA into this world where games are not sold as $ 50 or 60 dollar products off shelves, but instead are services that people subscribe to or pay for through virtual goods and currencies. Internally, it’s not a terribly surprising move. His co-founders Halleux and Sami Lababidi left in early 2011, while Segerstale chose to take on the challenge of moving an older, more bureaucratic gaming company with a market cap of more than $ 5 billion into a world where games are free-to-play. Riccitiello says that Segerstrale is going back into the world of startups, but we don’t have more details on his next move at this time. FROM JOHN RICCITIELLO Today, we are announcing Kristian Segerstrale’s departure from EA, and the consolidation of the digital publishing, marketing and Origin groups that make up EA Digital to report to our COO, Peter Moore. Kristian has elected to return to the world of start-ups where we first met him. I want to thank Kristian for the vision and tireless energy that he invested to help make EA Digital what it is today: a highly-efficient and digitally-tuned operation unlike anything else in the gaming industry. Kristian’s contributions strengthened EA and we wish him well in the future. With the move of the EA Digital teams under Peter’s direction, he will now have responsibility for all of EA’s revenues globally – packaged goods and digital. Aligning the EA Digital groups in Peter’s organization, which already includes
Six and a half years after starting the company, Joe Cohen, the founder of a aftermarket ticket exchange Seatwave, has announced that he is giving up the role of CEO to become non-executive Chairman. Interestingly, he departs from the top job before a successor has been found. Meanwhile, Louise Mullock, Seatwave’s CMO, will act as interim CEO.
In a canned statement, Cohen explains his departure as “time for me to open the next chapter in life”, though he isn’t yet saying what that may entail, citing the timing for the step down as allowing the company to “start fresh in 2013″.
We interrupt our usual coverage to make mention of a ‘way point’ in the European tech scene which might not mean a hell of a lot to you, but if you’d gone to a Web conference in 2006 that changed the way you thought, then it might mean a hell of a lot.
Around 2005/6 I’d been freelancing around the topic of “Web 2.0″ (sounds so old fashioned now huh?). Mike Arrington had thrown up TechCrunch as a simple blog to kick the tyres on startups in June 2005, but within a few months he had crystallised a new startup scene. Back in London I was tracking what was going on on my own blog as a a side project, before joining TC in 2007.
redletterdave writes “Craig Silverstein, the first employee hired by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, will leave the search giant for Khan Academy, an online education portal based in Mountain View, Calif. Silverstein had been with Google shortly after it first launched in the garage of Susan Wojcicki, a friend of both Page and Brin, in September 1998. He had helped Brin and Page develop infrastructure when Google was just a Stanford grad school project, but when he officially joined the company, Silverstein became its technology director. The Khan Academy, where Silverstein is heading next, is a not-for-profit organization that aspires to change the education industry by providing free ‘world-class education to anyone anywhere.’ Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is an enormous fan of the service, telling CNN that he uses it with his kids.”
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CES 2012. It’s over, but it’ll leave a lasting impression on us all. And by “lasting,” we mean “eternal.” It’ll also go down as the most attended CES ever, with more exhibitors and more product launches than ever before. Engadget as a team hit more news than ever before, covered more hands-ons than ever before and just generally sat in awe at the sheer quantity of news that flowed from the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The trends this year? A fair question, indeed. Truthfully, we didn’t spot a single category overshadowing the rest, but it’s safe to say that LTE, slimmer-than-slim HDTVs and the promise of Windows 8 tablets kept themselves fresh in our mind. We’ve assembled an array of wrap-up posts to clue those in who couldn’t (or would rather not) keep pace with the absolute torrent of announcements from the event, a boatload of statistics to pore over and a final video from the show.
On a personal note, I had an absolute blast with the team. From our trailer to our stage within the LVCC, from the raucous Unveiled show floor to the background dings and bloops in McCarran International Airport, the past week (and change) has been truly amazing, and getting this many people who are passionate about technology into a single place is a downright magical experience. We’re fortunate and humbled to be able to do this, and despite a near-total lack of sleep and some questionable food choices, we’re still as jazzed as ever to fight through crowds in order to get the first shots of [insert gizmo here]. From us to you, thanks for sticking through the madness once more, and here’s to another amazing year in consumer technology. We couldn’t do it without you, and frankly, we wouldn’t want to.
So, what’s next for us? Well, planning for CES 2013 has already begun, and we’ll probably find ourselves at a few Apple events in the near future. Oh, and we’ll be bringing you the blow-by-blow from Mobile World Congress in a matter of weeks. We’ll sleep, as they say, when we’re dead.
After a flawless launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, NASA’s costly Mars Science Laboratory rover is safely on the way to Mars for a bold mission to study the habitability of the red planet.