Volker is a mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive. He is the co-founder of Oystercrowd (growth accelerator for start-ups), Blue Beck (a game development studio) and Digital M (branded digital merchandise for avatar and sticker platforms), and serves as Chairman of Cognisess, a people analytics start-up based in Bath and Berkeley, California. He is also a Venture Partner at Emerge Venture Lab, an education-tech accelerator sprung out of Oxford University’s Said Business School. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Business Development – Games for BlackBerry. BlackBerry had acquired mobile social gaming platform Scoreloop where he was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel and had helped drive growth to now 450m+ users.
A lawyer by education, Volker has worked in mobile entertainment since 1999. He worked with music artists like Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Nile Rodgers on the world’s first mobile artist services and oversaw licensing and corporate development with Mforma/Hands-On Mobile and Connect2Media (which he co-founded) and worked with Marvel, Hasbro, Activision, LEGO, BMW, Konami, the World Poker Tour, Universal, Viacom, and many developers, brand owners and network operators along the way.
Volker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Governor of the Fallibroome Academy, and “outstanding” (OFSTED) comprehensive school in North-West England. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for TEDx Youth @ Manchester and a co-founder of Mobile Monday Manchester as well as an expert for the Apps for Good programme. He tweets @vhirsch.