"I believe that looking at stats and being aware of how one works can help not only athletes but employees improve their work output. Just as in crowdsourcing, it is about disrupting how we currently work to perform and produce more effectively" Jeff Ma
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
With experience from the blackjack tables and being a serial entrepreneur, Ma sheds new light on work and motivation. Symposium attendees will be guaranteed an insightful view of how the house advantage can influence work in a keynote called, “Getting the House Advantage: In Vegas, Sports, and Your Crowd.”
Ma is most well known for his involvement in the infamous MIT Blackjack Team that took Las Vegas by storm. The actions of Ma and his team inspired the book "Bringing Down the House" and the movie "21". In Ma’s time at the blackjack table he learned the value of calculated risk taking, which he now applies to business.
Counting cards is not the only thing Ma is good at; Ma co-founded Citizen Sports, where he brought the world of sports to social networking sites such as Facebook. Yahoo acquired Citizen Sports in 2010. During a hiatus from the business world, Ma wrote and promoted his book The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business.
Ma is now the CEO of tenXer, a San Francisco based startup with the vision to “make work better and your work better by giving you the tools to better understand your performance, progress, and productivity.” tenXer uses data from places where people conduct their work such as email and uses that information in social and game-mechanics to motivate.
Between playing the odds, and discovering ways to motivate, Ma will provide a perspective to Crowdsortium members that allow them to think of work in a new way. "I believe that looking at stats and being aware of how one works can help not only athletes but employees improve their work output. Just as in crowdsourcing, it is about disrupting how we currently work to perform and produce more effectively," said Ma.
Crowdsortium Symposium will be held on September 13, 2012 in Palo Alto, CA. A limited number of tickets are still available, and can be purchased on the website.
The Crowdsortium is a group of crowdsourcing industry practitioners that have self- organized to advance the crowdsourcing industry through best practices, education, data collection and public dialog. Crowdsortium currently has 150 companies, with 250 members consisting of practitioners, academics, funders, and customers. For more information, visit crowdsortium.org.