Bart Decrem was the founder and CEO of Tapulous, one of the earliest iPhone startups. Most recently he was the SVP and General Manager for Mobile Games at The Walt Disney Company, from the Tapulous acquisition in July 2010 until June 2013. Originally from Belgium, he now lives and works in Silicon Valley.
His first entrepreneurial venture was at the age of 13, when he started a weekly magazine for Belgium’s leading underground radio station while working as a DJ there. Bart moved to the US to study law at Stanford University. After graduation, Bart founded Plugged In, one of the nation’s first digital divide programs.
In 1999, Bart co-founded Eazel, an open source Linux desktop start-up. Their software, Nautilus, continues to be used by millions of Linux users. Among other projects, he coordinated the creation of the GNOME Foundation. After Eazel shut down in 2001, Bart spent 18 months in Seoul, doing business development for several local startups.
In 2003-2004, Bart headed marketing and business affairs for the Mozilla Foundation. He coordinated Firefox marketing activities, including branding, the Firefox 1.0 launch and the creation of Spread Firefox, the community marketing effort for Firefox. He also headed up partnerships with Google, Yahoo and Amazon that have worked out quite nicely for Mozilla. His work for Mozilla was sponsored by Mitch Kapor’s Open Source Applications Foundation.
After leaving Mozilla, he founded Flock, the social browser company. Flock was started with the help of a angel investors including Josh Kopelman, Gil Penchina, Joe Kraus, Scott Kurnit, Stratton Sclavos and others. VC investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Catamount Ventures and Shasta Ventures. He was Flock’s CEO through its Series C, and moved on in the Summer of ‘06.
In 2007, Bart worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at DCM (Doll Capital Management).
In January, 2008, Bart joined with Andrew Lacy to found Tapulous, one of the leading iPhone companies. Tapulous is the company behind Tap Tap Revenge, the most popular game on the App Store.
Bart has worked on twenty-five number-one App Store hits.
Bart Decrem tells Mike Arrington about Tapulous.Added: 6/9/08