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NY Tech Day 2014

I attended NY Tech Day this afternoon and met some very interesting people. I was impressed by the volume of talent and smart ideas.

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Ballers Network is featured in the One Show Interactive, Volume XII book

I’m not a whore for awards, but always think it’s cool when I get a mention for something I worked so hard on. Producers don’t get enough love in the advertising world so it’s nice to get a shout out.

I stumbled upon this book that the One Show came out with and Ballers Network is featured in it as a Best in Show Gold Pencil winner. Kinda cool when your name is in print

Demo Slam wins a One Show Interactive gold pencil

Last night me and my co-workers from CreativeLab attended the One Show Interactive awards. We won a gold pencil for Demo Slam and it extremely humbled us.

Earlier in the day, we had an all-hands meeting with our CD and VP speaking about how CreativeLab is a rare breed. Our goals are not to collect awards or brag about what we can do. Instead, we are a group that happens to connect the user to magic by way of Google. I respect the company’s philosophy of sharing rather than hoarding information in order to make the world a better place. Recently there have been so many articles about competitors such as Facebook and Bing trying to sabotage Google, but in a way, it’s a bit humbling that they care so much. Obviously we’re doing something right in order to conjure those reactions. A little healthy competition creates a healthy corporate ecosystem and keeps us all in check.

As a human being, I embrace similar aspirations. During my career working in advertising, I’ve always felt that as long as I do the right thing and tell the truth, I’ll be respected. I’m not much of a show off or brown-noser. Sometimes that’s gotten me in trouble or caused people to not like me but I’ve always kept my morals intact. Life is a journey, I’m just along for the ride.

Google: A Google a Day

On Monday I launched a site called A Google a Day for the CreativeLab in NY. It’s a fun trivia game that requires you to search till you find the right answer. It took about 2 months for this baby to be ready for the world. Most of Google sites (even in the CreativeLab) are simple, clean and data focused. We don’t really care about adding shiny glows to our icons or make fancy television commercials with gimmicky music. At the end of the day, all we care about is you, the user. That’s why we came up with A Google a Day.

>> Check out A Google a Day and start playing

company: Google CreativeLab
city: New York, NY
year: 2011
role: Interactive Producer
team number total: 6 in house + 2 external vendors

The next big thing.

Recently I have been thinking about innovation and how I can come up with the next big thing. Currently I am focusing on a few personal projects. One is an iPhone app that allows you to find people near you and share a ride to and from your destination. I’m currently looking for a reliable iPhone programmer that wants to be a part of something great. If you happen to be interested, let me know and I’ll fill you in on the details once you sign an NDA.

The 2nd personal project I am working on is closer to my heart. I would not love more than to run a doggy daycare. I’d like to cater towards a more niche group where the owners think their dogs are like children. Dogs do not go to private school or college, so why not bring them to a prestigious doggy daycare? Eventually, I would like the entire business to become a brand with products and endorsements around the world. This is a much bigger endeavor as it requires more investments, commitment and planning.

I don’t know what drives me to come up with these ideas but all I can say is that mediocrity is not an option. I am constantly striving to be the best. My mind never rests. I’d love to keep you updated so please come back often or hit me up on email ichiban(at)

Great expectations!

Sorry I’ve been neglecting my site lately. I have so much to update and been way too busy with work. Things in NY have been very exciting the last few months. I’ve been expanding my Producer skills, continuously learning about new technologies. I just got back from Pebble Beach, CA after producing a project for Infiniti at Hush Studios in Dumbo. It is a 3 piece wall installation based on gesture. It was a HUGE hit at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and I can’t wait to share the final video with you!

Welcome! Finally it has arrived.

Hello everyone and welcome to my new website. It’s been a long work in progress but I’ve finally managed to launch my personal site. I am definitely finessing and adding new content on a regular basis. I have so much work that I need to post and find JPEGs for. You can see the progression of all the hard work I have been doing the past few years. When I said I was busy, I really, really was!

I am also planning to post personal blog entries as I continue my adventures through life in New York. Just think, I’ve lived in some of the most amazing cities in the world – Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and for now New York City. Where will life take me next?

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