Steve leads the overall strategic direction of GameSalad where he draws on an extensive background in digital media. Before joining GameSalad, Steve served as COO and CFO of DigiSynd, a social media marketing and analytics platform that was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. Steve joined Disney after the acquisition and oversaw operations for Disney’s first in-house social media division, managing social media strategy for Disney’s top brands including Pixar, ESPN and Disney Interactive Studios. Prior to DigiSynd, Steve worked in Corporate Business Development and Strategy at Warner Bros. where he focused on M&A, investments and strategic partnerships in the digital media space for the studio. Steve received his BA and MBA from UC Berkeley.
Frank Coppersmith is Chief Operating Officer for GameSalad. Frank oversees operations in the company’s Austin studio as well as leads continuing development of GameSalad's tools and platforms.
Frank is a seasoned senior executive with significant experience in the social gaming space. Prior to joining GameSalad, Frank served as VP, Finance and Administration for Challenge Online Games, where he was instrumental in the launch of multiple game titles for both the web and Facebook which led to Challenge being acquired by Zynga in May 2010. Earlier, Frank served as General Counsel to Toppan Photomasks, a world-wide manufacturer of semiconductor materials.
Frank holds a MBA in Finance and Operations Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Samford University and a degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel. Frank was named the Austin Business Journal’s Top CFO for small companies for 2010. Frank is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves and has deployed to Iraq and Qatar.
Tan Tran, co-founder of GameSalad, has been hard at work trying to make life easier. He was the leading developer of web applications that have helped to revolutionized the way most people use the internet. Most recently, Tan was a senior web developer and a team-leader with Hotels.com, a leading online travel site. While at Hotels.com, he lead the development of the company's back and front end web-systems, helping Hotels.com become a leader in the travel industry.
Prior to Hotels.com, Tan developed the online bill payment system at FundsXpress, a pioneer in the on-line banking and bill-pay fields. Tan was also able to hone his business and entrepreneurial skills as the founder of a web design and consulting startup, Angel Concepts. While there, Tan was responsible for the business development and project management of the firm's services.
Tan holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lead Software Engineer
Favorite Game Console: PC gaming isn't dead, but if I have to choose a console, it would be the Dreamcast.
Favorite Game: Too many to pick just one, but standouts include Descent, Deus Ex, Diablo, and FFXI
Favorite Food: Pizza and salmon, though not at the same time...
Hobbies: D&D, computer building, cooking, photography
People would be surprised to know: I've been using computers since I was 2
Who should play me in a movie: Val Kilmer, circa 1985
Favorite Game Console: XBox 360
Favorite Game: Final Fantasy VII
Favorite Food: Sushisammiches
Hobbies: Video Games, Making Music, Drawing
People would be surprised to know: I like turtles.
Who should play me in a movie: Jesse Katsopolis
Favorite Super Power: Round-house kicking people.. IN THE FACE!
Senior Manager - Quality Assurance
Favorite Game Console: PC
Favorite Game: Starcraft II
Favorite Food: crabcakes
Hobbies: gaming, playing with my pug, travel
People would be surprised to know: I was Home Schooled for 12 years, and have three post-secondary degrees
Who should play me in a movie: Lee Pace or Topher Grace
Favorite Super Power: Time manipulation
Favorite Game Console: Dreamcast
Favorite Game: Dragon's Lair
Hobbies: Fencing and Rock Climbing
Who should play me in a movie: Jonas Armstrong
Senior Game Engineer
Favorite Game Console: XBox 360
Favorite Game: Starcraft
Favorite Food: Ribs
Hobbies: Cooking and crafts
People would be surprised to know: I'm standing behind them.
Catchphrase: It can be done.
Who should play me in a movie: Rain
Favorite Super Power: Time travel
Favorite Game Console: PC! (Xbox 360)
Favorite Game: Skyrim
Favorite Food: Sushi
Hobbies: Gaming, reading, fighting hordes of ninja
People would be surprised to know: I can throw knives!
Catchphrase: By the power of Greyskull!
Who should play me in a movie: Hal Sparks
Favorite Super Power: Super Strength
Favorite Game Console: Wii
Favorite Food: Tuscan
Hobbies: Hiking with my dog!
People would be surprised to know: I've been around the world
Who should play me in a movie: Reese Witherspoon or Katee Sackhoff
Favorite Super Power: Organization!
At GameSalad, we're always on the lookout for top developers across a variety of disciplines.
GameSalad is a rapidly-growing company based in Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, and San Francisco, CA. We make GameSalad Creator, a visual tool that enables game creation for iOS and online platforms.
GameSalad offers great benefits, generous salaries, happy coworkers, and stock options. We’re out to do nothing short of changing the world…
…and we need your help.