Mike Tyson, App Maker: “I Don’t Want To Be A Dinosaur”

0 Posted by - May 14, 2011 - Career & Business, Science, Sports & Other Games, Video Games & Apps

My Two Cents: I’m glad that Mike Tyson really seems to have found himself since leaving boxing. He seems happy and on the right path. Kudos to one of my favorite athletes growing up. It seems like he has found redemption and a true sense of life that he didn’t have under the microscope. Not all celebrities with problems have to have their story end in tragedy. End Two Cents.

 Mike Tyson, App Maker: I Dont Want To Be A Dinosaur*Taken from Fast Company.

Mike Tyson’s entered the next phase of his career: creative consultant for the wildly successful iPhone game, “Mike Tyson: Main Event.” And while plenty of celebrities lend their names to products, Tyson tells Fast Company he’s poured his heart into this one–and found kindred spirits among hardcore gamers.

“I never hung around geeks much,” Mike Tyson tells Fast Company. But when Tyson met John and Sam Shahidi, founders of RockLive, and they flew him out to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, to meet a herd of techies, many of whom grew up playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, the champ was smitten. “Afterward, when I dropped him off at the airport, he was literally teary eyed,” John Shahidi says. The heavyweight champion of the world had just been surrounded by enthusiastic gamers, programmers, and nerds. “He looked at me and said, ‘John, I’ve never done anything like this in my life.’”

In the Shahidi brothers, Tyson says, he found the perfect partners. They’d started with a silly app called RunPee, which told you what moments in movies were safe for you to miss when you had to go to the bathroom. It caught Chad Ochocinco’s eye, and the brotherssoon became experts in getting big-name sports stars to collaborate with them on apps and games–without major sponsorship deals.

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