Jam City (formerly SGN) is a Los Angeles-based mobile gaming company specializing in fun, colorful gaming apps for the strategic thinker. Jam City games have been downloaded more than 800 million times and are regularly played by nearly 50 million people per month, half of whom live outside the United States.
Created in 2010 by former MySpace co-founders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb along with former 20th Century Fox executive Josh Yguado, Jam City is the creative force behind 5 of the Top 100 highest grossing games across Google Play and Apple App Store.
Jam City’s portfolio of hit match-3 gaming apps includes Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Juice Jam, The Book of Life: Sugar Smash, Genies and Gems, Marvel Avengers Academy, and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. Cookie Jam was the recipient of Facebook’s 2014 “Game of the Year” award.
Jam City also has studios in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Buenos Aires.
Chris DeWolfe is co-founder and CEO of Jam City, a Los Angeles-based mobile gaming platform he launched in 2010. Under his leadership, Jam City’s players and revenues have grown by more than 1000 percent since 2013.
As co-founder and former CEO of MySpace, Chris popularized social networking and revolutionized the music industry. The site, formed in 2004, became the most visited in the U.S. by 2006 with 90 million members. By the time he left the company in 2009, MySpace had more than 130 million monthly active users around the world.
Chris received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 and the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard award in 2009. TIME included him among its 2006 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Barbara Walters named him one of her 10 Most Fascinating People in 2007.
He studied finance at the University of Washington and attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, which honored him in 2006 with its Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award.
An advisor at USC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a board member of Woven Digital, he lives in Los Angeles with his family and actively participates in animal rescue operations.
Josh Yguado is co-founder, COO and President of Jam City, where he’s overseen the mobile game developer’s exponential growth and global expansion.
During his time leading the company with co-founders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb, Jam City’s gaming portfolio has repeatedly dominated the top grossing charts of Apple’s, Google’s and Amazon’s app stores.
Before launching Jam City, Josh was Vice President at Fox Entertainment, where he worked at the intersection of Hollywood and technology. Among other work there, Josh helped Fox in its acquisition of MySpace, its creation of Hulu and its launch of new television networks.
His career also includes working at MTV Networks and Univision.
Among other honors, SoCalTech named Josh one of its top 50 most influential people in Southern California’s technology industry.
A board member of The Young Turks, he received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Harvard University. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Aber Whitcomb is co-founder and CTO of Jam City where he oversees the software architecture underlying its global gaming and analytics platform.
As co-founder and CTO of MySpace, Aber led that social network’s technical operations as it grew from 0 to more than 120 million users.
Named one of the “Top 25 CTOs” by InfoWorld in 2009 who managed one of the world’s largest data warehouses, Aber frequently speaks on the latest issues in large-scale computing, networking and storage.
Aber is an investor in SpaceX, an advisory board member at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and a co-founder of i/o Ventures, a San Francisco-based accelerator whose fund has focused on consumer-focused technology startups.
A graduate of the University of Washington who was born and raised in Bellingham, Aber spends his free time exploring machine learning, dabbling in astrophysics, and riding boards on snow, waves and wakes.
Rob Zakari is EVP of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Jam City, where he helps direct its mergers and acquisitions strategy and advises its executives on critical company priorities.
A native of Los Angeles, Rob has held leadership positions at many of its e-commerce companies over the last two decades. Before joining Jam City, he was EVP and General Counsel at e-commerce company The Lucky Group.
As founding manager of early-stage venture fund Global Agora, Rob became acting CEO of SUP ATX, guiding its relationships with offshore manufacturers and overseeing its expansion from 2010 to 2012 from a startup to the world’s largest seller of stand-up paddleboards.
In 2002, Rob co-founded Zaba Inc. (formerly PeopleData), an online public record search engine that he led as president for seven years until its 2009 acquisition by Intelius.
Prior to this, Rob was a VP at early online storage company Xdrive and VP and General Counsel at direct-to-consumer public records reseller US Search before and during its 1999 IPO.
A graduate of UCLA and New York Law School, Rob lives in Los Angeles with his family, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a BMW motorcycle.
Start-up founder, social media pioneer, music manager, and master negotiator, Josh Brooks has a proven track record in the media and tech space. Brooks currently oversees all marketing and brand strategy for Jam City. Prior to Jam City, he raised $1.6M in venture capital to launch On The Run Tech and partnered with Selena Gomez to launch the popular app, Postcard on the Run.
Earlier in his career, Brooks created the first integrated marketing team at MySpace, responsible for $22M in branded advertising revenue in his first year. He also produced the first and largest live streaming event for MySpace, in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, which resulted in 3.5M live streams from Camp Behring, Kuwait (a.k.a. Operation MySpace). From 2001-2005, he managed the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated band, Queens of the Stone Age. Prior to managing the band, he was a founding member of Fanscape.com, which was acquired by Omnicom in 2010.
Brooks was a Socal Tech Top 50 Winner in 2013 and received the Silicon Beach Wavemaker Award in 2011. He received a BFA in Media Arts from University of Arizona, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Jill Wilson is the creative leader of Jam City’s game development, managing the direction of the company’s industry-leading games portfolio from concept through lifecycle. As employee #3 (after founding partners), Wilson was one of the leaders of the company’s original expansion into developing its own games, and has helped grow its production team into the mobile-social leader it is today.
Dubbed, the ‘Queen of Fun,’ Wilson is widely regarded as a leading female executive in the mobile games industry, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. In 2015, the National Diversity Council named her one of the Top 50 Women in Tech.
Prior to Jam City, Jill was responsible for creating and distributing some of the world’s best-selling board games for company, Imagination Games. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, and was born and raised in New York City.
Matt Pillar is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience building, funding, and advising businesses in the United States and across Asia. As SVP of Corporate Development, he oversees Jam City’s strategic planning, fundraising, and new M&A initiatives, among other activities. Pillar has served as Founder and Managing Director at Fire Dragon Enterprises, a global advisory firm, and Founder and Managing Partner at Catalytic Capital, a boutique private equity firm. He has held senior operating and advisory roles at STAR TV, Pacific Century Group, and Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter and led more than US$1 billion in a range of investments on behalf of Vulcan Ventures, Catalytic Capital, and The Walt Disney Company. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Pillar serves as Senior Fellow with The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches a graduate course on “Doing Business in China.” He received a BA with Honors in East Asian Studies from Brown University and MBA with Honors from Harvard University.