PNR Podcast Episode 36 | Debate Series with Martin Gourdeau, Partner @ PNR

July 21, 2017

On this week’s show, I spoke with my partner in crime, Martin. On top of being a great guy, Martin is my co-founder at PNR.

Martin is an operations and technology executive with over 15 years experience building high performance teams within a wide range of industries. Before PNR, Martin was VP Operations at Global Eagle Entertainment, the world leader in in-flight entertainment.

In his role Martin led a significant restructuring and post-M&A integration initiative to optimize resources, lower attrition and significantly improve bottom line results. Previously, Martin took the lead as head of operations at nventive: a mobile applications agency working with marquee clients such as Expedia, Yelp and Bloomberg. During his tenure, the company grew from 15 to 100+ employees in 18 months.

In 2004, he joined Electronic Arts in a technology role, and eventually transitioned to Director of Operations for the new world-class game development studio. The studio scaled from 30 employees to more than 800 over a span of 7 years. Before EA, Martin began his professional journey as an IT consultant in the special effects and super-computing space. In his free time, Martin enjoys Kitesurfing, Crossfit training and riding his motorcycle.

We had a great conversation about his career and a debate around new technologies. We spoke about:

  • Martin’s career progression that touches video games, technology, M&A and consulting
  • His thoughts on moving from a big company to a startup
  • What no one is talking about- the pace of change is actually faster than what people think
  • Debate around where we stand today in terms of frontier technologies – hint: AI is not ready for prime time
  • The development in technology that excites him the most

I’m a little biased on this; Martin is one of the smartest people I know. I learn every single day from him. I hope that you learn something as well.

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