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Brent Dusing

CEO

Brent Dusing is a technology business leader with a successful track record of pioneering and building leading companies in new markets. He has over a decade’s worth of experience as CEO taking companies from concept to product to business execution to scale to market leadership to liquidity. As founder and CEO of Lightside Games, the world's leading faith-based gaming company, Lightside had over 7 Million people play its games globally. Lightside has had Apple Award winning team members produce its products and has a successful track record of high engagement, production excellence, and lives changed..Brent Dusing is a technology business leader with a successful track record of pioneering and building leading companies in new markets. He has over a decade’s worth of experience as CEO taking companies from concept to product to business execution to scale to market leadership to liquidity.

Before founding Lightside, Brent was the founder and CEO of Cellfire, the nation’s leading mobile coupon company used nationwide today at thousands of grocers like Safeway and Kroger. Cellfire was acquired by Catalina Marketing. Cellfire is used by millions of consumers and has had over 2 Billion coupons used. He started Cellfire with Preston Tollinger at the age of 26 and built the company from concept to nationwide scale.He is passionate about significantly increasing educational and vocational opportunities in Computer Science for all of our nation’s children, no matter their skin color, gender, or location.

Prior to Cellfire, Brent was a venture capitalist at Menlo Ventures in Silicon Valley, sourcing multiple investments the firm made. Brent also spent a year working with refugees and the homeless in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been featured on CNN.com, FoxNews.com, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media. Most recently, Brent was featured in the book Finding God In Silicon Valley. Brent has a bachelor’s degree in Economics with Honors from Harvard University.Brent was Founder and CEO of Cellfire, the nation’s #1 mobile coupon company, used nationwide today at thousands of grocers like Safeway and Kroger. Cellfire was acquired by Catalina Marketing for $130 Million. Cellfire is used by millions of consumers and has had over 2 Billion coupons used. He started Cellfire with Preston Tollinger at the age of 26 and built the company from concept to nationwide scale.

He was then Founder and CEO of Lightside Games, the world's #1 faith-based gaming company. Lightside had over 7 Million people play its games globally and has a successful track record of beautiful production, high consumer engagement, and changed lives. Lightside has been blessed to partner with many wonderful organizations like the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn.

Prior to Cellfire, Brent was a venture capitalist at Menlo Ventures in Silicon Valley, sourcing multiple investments with significant returns. Brent also spent a year working with refugees and the homeless in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been featured on CNN.com, FoxNews.com, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media. Most recently, Brent was featured in the book Finding God In Silicon Valley. Brent has a bachelor’s degree in Economics with Honors from Harvard University.

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Carlos Padilla

Director of Engineering & Operations

Carlos brings over 15 years of engineering experience in video game and mobile software development and is responsible for leading GameSalad’s day to day operations, product, and software engineering teams. Prior to GameSalad Carlos has held a variety of successful tech leadership roles at Lightside Games, Migration.mobi, Electronic Arts, Certain Affinity, and Glu Mobile.

Carlos has shipped over 30 video game titles ranging from Doom(4), Madden 2013, Age of Booty Tactics iOS, Madagascar 2 PC, Callaway Golf, and Alien versus Predator. He has have worked on a variety of technologies such as Xbox, Sony Playstation, PC/MAC, iOS. Android, Facebook, Android, and Windows 8/10 to name a few.

Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of New Mexico.

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Tan Tran

Director of Web Development & Co-Founder

Tan Tran, co-founder of GameSalad, has been hard at work trying to make life easier through technology. In a previous life, Tan was a senior web developer and a team-leader with Hotels.com. 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 online 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.