Gabe Zichermann


What do you do?

I’m a serial entrepreneur, author of several books and public speaker on the subject of Gamification. Also, I’m a pretty good cook. 🙂

Why do you do it?

I love to create order out of chaos; making abstract ideas tangible and digestible gets me (profoundly) excited. 

What accomplishment in your career to date are you most proud of?

Everytime I see a group of people come together around their shared interest in behavior and engagement, I get very excited. I’m grateful that I can help create community in this way. 

Who has made the biggest impact on you in life so far, and why?

My mom has had an outsized influence on my life. From the age of 10, I’d travel with her to sell fancy food or cookware in her farmers market stalls. I remember her saying to me “people don’t buy products or services, they only buy you. If they believe in you, they’ll buy what you’re selling.” I think about this advice every day of my life, and put it into action in everything I do. 

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Self-Actualized. Curious. Generous. 

What is something that not a lot of people know about you, but you wish more people could know?

Cooking is my favorite leisure activity. 🙂 Actually, most of my friends know this pretty well – I rarely miss an opportunity to make a meal for my besties. If you friend me on Facebook, you’ll be inundated with my “food porn”, and maybe someday I’ll get to cook for you. 

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?

I would never want to do that – I fundamentally like being me. But if it was just for fun, I’d probably want to be Bach or Haydn – just to experience what it’s like to have extraordinary musical talent coming out of every pore. 

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Sarah Silverman. It’s awkward from a gender standpoint, but she really gets me. 

Where would you go if you had a time machine?

1980. Studio 54. As a friend of Grace Jones. No question. 

Anything else you would you like to tell our readers?

Start something you’re passionate about and do it now.  Never be afraid to ask for help. 


Read our interview with Gabe about Gamification here

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