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Volker is a mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive. He is the co-founder of Oystercrowd (growth accelerator for start-ups), Blue Beck (a game development studio) and Digital M (branded digital merchandise for avatar and sticker platforms), and serves as Chairman of Cognisess, a people analytics start-up based in Bath and Berkeley, California. He is also a Venture Partner at Emerge Venture Lab, a London-based ed-tech accelerator sprung out of Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Previously, he served as the Global Head of Business Development – Games for BlackBerry. BlackBerry had acquired mobile social gaming platform Scoreloop where he was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel and had helped drive growth to now 350m+ users.
A lawyer by education, Volker has worked in mobile entertainment since 1999. He worked with music artists like Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Eve, Nile Rodgers and Duran Duran on the world’s first mobile artist services and has been in the mobile games sector almost from its start with Mforma/Hands-On Mobile and Connect2Media (which he co-founded) where he oversaw licensing and corporate development and worked with Marvel, Hasbro, Activision, LEGO, BMW, Konami, the World Poker Tour, Universal, Viacom, and many developers, brand owners and network operators along the way.
Volker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Governor of the Fallibroome Academy, and “outstanding” (OFSTED) comprehensive school. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for TEDx Youth @ Manchester and a co-founder of Mobile Monday Manchester. He tweets @vhirsch.
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