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Paul Thelen

Paul Thelen is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Big Fish Games. He has an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science ... More »Paul Thelen is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Big Fish Games. He has an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Thelen has more than 20 years experience working in technology. Big Fish Games is the largest portal for downloadable games in the world, distributing in excess of 1.5 million games per day. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1985, Thelen started his career as a Systems Engineer with the Seattle Marketing and Sales office of IBM. After four years at IBM, Thelen left to join a small wholesale food distribution mainframe software developer to start a systems integration division for the 12 person company. While at Stanford University, Thelen focused his studies on technology and marketing and then entered the field of strategic business consulting for Mercer Management Consulting. At Mercer, Thelen worked on developing targeted customer marketing solutions and... [ Wikipedia ]

BlueStacks partners with Big Fish on mobile game integration

"This throws open the doors of Big Fish's PC and Mac app store to mobile developers all over the world," Big Fish CEO Paul Thelen said in a statement. "It means extra distribution and monetization with no development work. " Mobile gaming has taken on greater prominence at the ...

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Big Fish Games cutting jobs, closing offices

The company’s also replacing its president and closing a studio in Vancouver, B.C., according to a letter that founder Paul Thelen (pictured) sent to employees this morning. Big Fish is one of the largest casual game companies in the world, employing 524 people and generating annual ...

Big Fish going mobile, reels in $266 million

Founder and Chief Executive Paul Thelen said the company has 20 more titles in the category scheduled for launch this year, during which he expects the sales growth to continue. “We do expect another double-digit year – we always do,” he said. So is the company winding down its PC games ...

Social Casino Lobbying Group Preemptively Tries to Ward Off Regulation

The panel’s moderator, Playsino CEO Alex Kelly, said the lack of regulation makes casino games more innovative, while Big Fish Games CEO Paul Thelen picked up a popular industry talking point: We get unfairly singled out. “This is a social game, and it’s no more gambling than Candy Crush ...

Social casino game makers are tired of talking about ‘regulation’

“Growth will come from emerging markets adopting smartphones and the continued astronomical growth in Europe and China,” said Big Fish Games CEO Paul Thelen. Thelen later took a shot at the Caesar’s and another casino giant, IGT — companies not necessarily known for adapting ...

Big Fish Games lays off staff, shuts Vancouver office, and closes cloud business

Paul Thelen, chief executive of Big Fish, said in a memo to the staff that the cost-cutting move is aimed at exiting business areas that are not growing or profitable. That includes closing the company’s cloud delivery business, which is not growing as fast as the company had hoped and ...

With wind at their backs, Seattle startups ride cloud of innovation

Big Fish just named Dave Stephenson its president, freeing up founder and Chief Executive Paul Thelen to focus on its new initiatives. Stephenson formerly led finance operations for the biggest group at Amazon.com, its North American retail business. He joined Big Fish as chief financial ...

Big Fish announces cloud game service, Roku deal

In his opening keynote speech at the Casual Connect game conference at Benaroya Hall today, Big Fish founder Paul Thelen announced a big plunge into cloud gaming. The company today is launching "Big Fish Unlimited," an online service that streams games to phones, tablets, PCs and TVs. ...

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Big Fish Games to lay off 49 in Seattle, close Vancouver, Ireland offices

According to a letter by Big Fish CEO Paul Thelen, the company intends to reduce the number of languages for its games to just English, French, Spanish and Japanese. Big Fish president Dave Stephenson is leaving the company, and COO John Holland will step into that role. The company is ...

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Casual-game developer Big Fish celebrates 10 years and 2 billion downloads

“Last year was a successful [transition] for Big Fish,” chief executive officer Paul Thelen said in a statement. “We achieved nearly 20 percent top line bookings growth last year and anticipate our growth rate to accelerate throughout 2013 and 2014, largely due to our new lines of ...

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Game streaming lives on as Big Fish launches 100 cloud games on Android devices

The service seems very similar to OnLive, which crashed in a big way on Aug. 17 and is now attempting a rebirth, but Big Fish chief executive Paul Thelen said in an interview with GamesBeat a few weeks ago that his service didn’t require nearly as much infrastructure, since Big Fish’s ...

Big Fish Games launches casual cloud gaming service for TVs, mobile, and PCs

Paul Thelen (pictured at top), chief executive of Big Fish, said the cloud service will offer all the benefits of cloud computing: the ability to log in from any device, a universal experience across platforms, and the ability to play high-qualty casual games across a web connection. The ...

Online Gambling Heats Up

“Is 2013 going to be a game-changer?” asked Paul Thelen of Big Fish Studios, which began offering a gambling app in Britain last fall. “No. But in 2014, it starts getting interesting.” ...

Big Fish Raises The Stakes With Real-Money Gambling On The iPhone With Big Fish Casino

“We have a strong conviction that mobile apps that combine social and real-money gambling are a powerful way to engage more users and increase overall monetization,” said Paul Thelen, Founder and CEO of Big Fish, in a statement. Facebook has also started to allow real-money gambling into ...

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Tech Industry Sets Its Sights on Gambling

"We started with a one-pence slot machine," little more than a penny, said Paul Thelen, Big Fish's founder and chief executive. "Now it is up to a maximum of about $50 a bet. " Average revenue per player is exceeding $20 a day, whereas in virtual currency it was 30 or 40 cents. "Like in ...

Big Fish Games Restructures, Closing Offices and Replacing President

The Seattle Times obtained a letter to employees from CEO Paul Thelen, which stressed that the cuts are targeted, not the result of general problems. “2013 will be our 11th straight year of record revenue and we remain profitable with a positive cash flow,” Thelen wrote. The CEO ...

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Big Fish Promotes CFO Dave Stephenson to President and CFO to Oversee Game Delivery and Distribution...

Mon, Dec 3, 2012, 6:26 PM EST - U.S. Markets closed Paul Thelen, Founder and CEO, Drives Product and Company Strategy; COO John Holland Oversees Growing Game Content Dave Stephenson, Big Fish President and CFO. (Photo: Business Wire) Multimedia Gallery URL Big Fish, the leading global ...

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Big Fish Celebrates 2 Billion Downloads and Its 10th Consecutive Year of Record...

"2012 was a successful year of transition for Big Fish," said Paul Thelen, Big Fish Founder and CEO. "We achieved nearly 20% top line bookings growth last year and anticipate our growth rate to accelerate throughout 2013 and 2014, largely due to our new lines of business that are now at ...

Big Fish Celebrates 11th Consecutive Year of Record Growth

... a legacy PC games business that has successfully transitioned to mobile devices and, due to a strong history in data analytics, quickly adapted to the rapidly growing free-to-play business model, all while maintaining robust revenue and profit growth," said Paul Thelen, Big Fish Founder and CEO...

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Big Fish Celebrates 11th Consecutive Year of Record Growth SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -

... a legacy PC games business that has successfully transitioned to mobile devices and, due to a strong history in data analytics, quickly adapted to the rapidly growing free-to-play business model, all while maintaining robust revenue and profit growth," said Paul Thelen, Big Fish Founder and CEO...

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