CEO, Software Illuminati LLC
Jon Kimmich started his 16+ year career in the digital entertainment industry started as Product Planner for Microsoft Games Studios during pivotal parts of the Xbox conception and launch. Jon was instrumental in the acquisition of many well franchises for Microsoft Games Studios including company acquisitions such as Bungie Studios, FASA Interactive, and Digital Anvil, and hit game acquisitions including Dungeon Siege by Gas Powered Games, Rise of Nations from Big Huge Games, and MechAssault by Day 1 Studios as well as many internally developed games such as Crimson Skies, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, Brute Force and Halo. Also during his tenure at Microsoft he help create the first “Home of the Future” and the first Microsoft “Natural” Keyboard.
Since 2009, as Principal of Software Illuminati Consulting, Jon has been an investor, consultant and advisor to startups, accelerators and governmental organizations as well as established multinationals in the mobile and game sectors, and during his career has led or participated in the purchase or sale of over half a dozen companies in these sectors, with an aggregate transaction value > $100m. Jon serves as an Adjunct Professor at Digipen University teaching Product Management and is also editor of the acclaimed book “The Crowdfunding Bible”.