Andy Kleinman (businessman)

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Born
Andrés Kleinman

Argentina
NationalityAmerican
Citizenshipunited States Of America
OccupationBusinessman, Investor
Known forEmepe3, Wonder

Andy Kleinman is an Argentinian-American businessman and investor in the technology and entertainment industry. He is known for being the CEO of Wonder, a Los Angeles-based Video game company.

Work

Kleinman started his career with Emepe3, a Spanish-language digital music store in 1999. He developed the technology and software of the online site and listed 250,000 tracks on it through partnerships with major record labels, as well as independent labels and artists.[1]

Later, Kleinman was the chief business officer at Scopely, an interactive entertainment company in Los Angeles, and co-founded Vostu, a social games developer. He became an advisor and investor to multiple companies and early startups.[2] He was also an early executive at Playdom and Zynga.[3]

Kleinman founded Wonder in 2016 and helped the company raise $14 million from investors including Greycroft Partners, TCL, Shakira, Kevin Spacey, and Neymar, along with Nolan Bushnell and Hayao Nakayama.[4] For the company, he developed a mobile operating system capable of turning a smartphone into a gaming and entertainment console[5] and sold the company to Atari in February 2020 for an undisclosed amount.[6]

Kleinman is also an independent film producer. He was a producer of the 2014 film, Jauja (film) [7] which won FIPRESCI Critics Award as part of the Un Certain Regard lineup at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. He has also produced movies including The Paranoids, Blacktino and Malaventura.> He is a Forbes Councils member.[8]

Recognition

Kleinman was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by PODER Hispanic magazine in 2011[9] and was the recipient of NextGen 40 Under 40 recognition by CSQ magazine in 2019.[10]

References

  1. Cobo, Leila (April 24, 2004). New Download Site Targets Latin Market. Billboard (magazine). p. 8.
  2. Cutler, Kim-Mai (January 18, 2013). "Another Former Zynga GM, Andy Kleinman, Lands At Scopely As Chief Business Officer". TechCrunch.
  3. Schneider, Pablo. 100 Most Influential Hispanics (December-January 2012 ed.). PODER magazine. p. 52.
  4. Thier, Dave. "There's A Mysterious Company Getting Ready To Announce New Hardware". Forbes.
  5. Statt, Nick (16 May 2018). "Gaming startup Wonder is building an Android-powered Nintendo Switch competitor". The Verge.
  6. Takahashi, Dean (11 February 2020). "Atari acquires Wonder, a hybrid mobile gaming and entertainment platform". VentureBeat.
  7. "Jauja film". IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam. 31 August 2015.
  8. "Member - Andy Kleinman". Forbes Councils.
  9. Schneider, Pablo. 100 Most Influential Hispanics (December-January 2012 ed.). PODER magazine. p. 52.
  10. CSQ, Staff (20 September 2019). "NextGen 40 Under 40: Innovation & Technology [2019]". CSQ Magazine.

External links

Andy Kleinman on IMDb

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