If you are a fan of gaming, then Walter Driver is a figure you need to know about and appreciate. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Scopely, a multimedia company that specializes in mobile games development and publishing. He has cut a name for himself in the app development field with a critical focus on game development, same to supporting software. Not much is known about Driver as he is entirely on the down-low on his personal life. However, if you have an interest in knowing about him, we have ten things you probably did not know about him.
1. Early Life
As earlier hinted, Walter keeps most of his personal life under wraps, so not much information about him is in the open. It is a good move that suits his stint in the corporate world. There is little information on his date of birth. Though on some sites, it is seen that he attended the university from the year 2000. Taking the average age of first-year students to be 18 to 20 years, Walter Driver might as well be clocking his early forties or late thirties.
Despite his forays in the technological world and also the business sector as an entrepreneur, it may come as a surprise to know that he did not pursue either discipline in college. He attended Brown University from 2000 to 2004 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He also attended the University of New South Wales around 2003. From 2002 to 2003 he also attended Charles University in Prague. Though it is not clear what he pursued in the last two colleges, it is an undisputed fact that he is learned.
3. His Professional Career
One of the highlights of Driver's professional career was the founding of Scopely in 2011, alongside his other associates. His partners were Ankur Bulsara, Eytan Elbaz and Eric Furotan. He is the current chief executive officer and chairman of Scopely as evident from the company's official website He was also the chief executive officer of O Negative media, another multimedia company that featured in the development of social media games and apps. For a period of three years from January 2007 to 2010, he co-founded and owned Ignition Interactive, a social media app developer. His career stints formed the stable foundation for the establishment and running of Scopely.
4. His Relationship With Technology
Looking at his various startups in the technological sector, you can tell that he has a deep relationship with technology. He cherishes the present state of tech, and as from his various interviews, he wants to make more out of the dynamic field. His stint with his latest startup Scopely gives him a vantage point to exploit the various technological givings. As the co-founder of the company, he experiments in the gaming and social media fields to push his company further.
5. Social Media Presence
Sticking to his low key profile, he is not that active on social media. There is no direct link to his profiles on the popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. However, his platform of choices seems the professional connection site, LinkedIn. On LinkedIn, he has his professional milestones clear and has over 500 connections which is a decent number for a corporate following.
6. Reading Culture
According to Fortune, he loves reading. A reading culture is vital, especially if you are in a dynamic sector combining business and technology. The books provide a deeper essence to his life and give a broader thinking scope. As at the moment, his latest book, and one which he recommends is Spent by Geoffrey Miller.
7. Professional Goals
The founding of Scopely was one of his career highlights and credits his previous career stints as providing him with the bearing to where he is at the moment. He is a responsible leader as the chief executive of his startup, and that is evident from his professional goals. As part of his goals, he wants every staff of Scopely to identify their stint at the company as one of the highlights of their career. He seeks to provide a fit environment that will give them the push to discover their strengths in both developing themselves and the company.
8. His Inspirations
For any entrepreneur, inspiration is vital to help you gain traction as you cut your teeth in your venture. For Walter Driver, his primary source of inspiration is his father, Walter Driver junior. He is a successful lawyer who also ventured into finance and taught his son key lessons in the business sector. He also looks up to the models of companies such as Vice and Valve. The two are media and software companies, and their resiliency may be one of the factors that impress Driver.
9. No Condiments In His Meals
Walter describes himself as weird when it comes to his meals. He claims he does not take his meals with any condiments or spices. He loves it all plain. It is one of the factors of his personal life that he freely lets out.
10. Work Habits
One of the things behind the success of Walter and his several startups as he moves to the top of the pack is his habits. He is very professional in whatever he does and wants the same replicated by his fellow workers. He rarely takes a break from work as he loves what he does. As from one of his sit-downs, transcribed by technological site, INC he feels that the company has a moment and he needs to be there with it.
Walter Driver is one of the figures behind Scopely, a media and software company behind games such as The Walking Dead franchise, Star Trek and World of Mayhem. He is entirely private, and not much is available about him. Above are some of the lesser-known facts about him that you now know about. At least you are in a position to appreciate what he does to have some of the games to your exposure.
Written by Dana Hanson
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