Allan Maman, a 21-year-old who didn’t go to college, is the brainchild behind many of the memes used by the presidential campaigns of Andrew Yang and Mike Bloomberg.
Maman’s work included an ‘AirPod’ meme for Yang and a Democratic debate meme for Bloomberg.
In an interview with Business Insider, Maman revealed his career in meme-making, and how it started with cold emails.
Maman also got an assist from contacts dating to his days as a fidget-spinner entrepreneur, he says.
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Years ago, Allan Maman used to be known for co-inventing the fidget spinner. But that was before the now 21-year-old took the digital reins of first Andrew Yang and then Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaigns.
It’s been quite a journey for the young man from Westchester County, New York. But strangely enough, the first business led quite directly to the second, totally different one.
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to furthering Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy, has appointed EarthLink President Mike Toplisek to its Board of Directors. Toplisek joins a group of senior executives and leaders from other prominent technology companies and organizations across the state.
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The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has appointed EarthLink President Mike Toplisek to its Board of Directors. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our Board of Directors,” said Larry K. Williams, Technology Association of Georgia President and CEO. “TAG’s mission is to connect, promote, influence and educate Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy. Mike has brought back the iconic EarthLink brand to Georgia. His experience will be an asset to the Board and we look forward to working with him.”
Blizzard created one blockbuster franchise after another — “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “StarCraft,” “Hearthstone,” “Overwatch” — while being passed around by a succession of corporate owners. That’s because Morhaime and his original partner sold the company back in 1994 for $6.75 million. All those years, no one at Blizzard — Morhaime included — owned the games they were working on. (The company is now a division of publicly-traded Activision Blizzard.) He stepped down as Blizzard’s CEO in 2018 and left the company altogether last year.
Now Mike Morhaime is back in the game business. With his wife Amy and a handful of Blizzard veterans, Morhaime has founded a game publisher and developer called Dreamhaven. The new company plans to reveal its existence Wednesday and announce it has created two studios populated by Blizzard veterans — Moonshot Games and Secret Door — that are actively working on new undisclosed game concepts.