CrowdStar is the premier interactive entertainment company for women. The company's flagship fashion styling game Covet Fashion entertains millions of women daily.
Founded in 2008, CrowdStar has deep roots in designing inventive games for women. The company is backed by strategic investors Time Warner and Intel Capital and boasts global partnerships with Tencent, NHN and Facebook. CrowdStar's games can be found across multiple platforms including Apple's iOS, Google Play, Amazon and Microsoft.
Chris McGill, SVP, GM of Design Home at Crowdstar, has a history as a serial entrepreneur and holding top level roles focused on distributing relevant and compelling content to a mass audience in a unique and impactful way. Prior to founding the social media platform Mixx and co-founding the data visualization platform Zoomdata, Chris held the positions of the VP of Strategy of USA Today as well as SVP of UberMedia. He served as a General Manager of Yahoo! News and Information, which included Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo! Education and Yahoo!'s kids offering Yahooligans, building the platform from scratch and making it the most viewed news source in the free world. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he worked in brand management/ marketing for the Clorox Company and served as Assistant Vice President at Bank of Boston. Chris holds an MBA from Duke University.
Jose (known to all as Tachu) heads up the Engineering department at CrowdStar. Tachu held engineering positions at Kickapps Corporation/Yuku, Cisco and Ezboard before joining CrowdStar. Tachu studied finance at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala and is an avid football (as in soccer) fan.
George oversees visual and creative initiatives at CrowdStar. Prior to CrowdStar, George was with Secret Level/Sega of America and LucasArts and spent many years in the web industry. George has a degree in architecture from Miami University of Ohio and still thinks that one day he might become an architect.
Jakub heads up Product and Design for Covet Fashion and Design Home. Combining his experience in game design, product management, and community engagement, Jakub strives to create a positive, meaningful experience on both platforms. Before transitioning into this current role, Jakub worked on numerous CrowdStar titles for both Facebook and mobile gaming. He holds an EE and CS from UC Berkeley and has spent the last ten years mentoring future engineers and entrepreneurs with FIRST Robotics. With one eye always fixed on the future, Jakub enjoys spending his free time cycling, hiking the North Bay trails, and watching as much hockey as humanly possible.
Scott is the Executive Producer on Design Home. He has over 25 years experience in media production, having worked for companies such as Lucasfilm, Disney, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and Nintendo. Scott is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Film/Video Production and Communication.
Barlow is the Art Director of Design Home, overseeing the visual look and feel, and focusing on the user experience. Since joining CrowdStar in 2009, he has directed numerous game titles for both Facebook and mobile. Barlow's career spans over 10 years in gaming art and production, having previously created web games and digital content for Cartoon Network and Disney. He holds degrees in fine art, design and digital illustration from California Lutheran University and Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation.