Meet the leadership team

  • Gabriel Leydon

    Gabriel Leydon

    Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

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    Prior to founding MZ, Gabriel was the creator and game designer of America's Army Arcade Edition at Global VR, a leading US coin-op manufacturer and the U.S. Army's Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. Before embarking on the America's Army project, Gabriel was a game designer at Tsunami Visual Technologies, where he amassed deep game design and monetization experience. Earlier in his career, Gabriel also worked on various coin-op games for Atari/Midway Games. Gabriel was recently named as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2015 by Goldman Sachs at their fourth annual Builders + Innovators Summit.
  • Halbert Nakagawa

    Halbert Nakagawa

    Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

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    Prior to founding MZ, Halbert was a Senior Software Engineer at Global VR, where he was the lead developer for a tools and technology platform that shipped titles such as PGA World Tour Golf, NASCAR, Vortek II, and Need For Speed: Carbon. Prior to Global VR, he was a Software Engineer at Signature Devices, a company building military simulations and first-person shooter games, where he was responsible for writing multiple tiers of their proprietary game engine including the Sound System, UI System, and tools integration. Halbert holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Kristen Dumont

    Kristen Dumont

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Kristen joined MZ in early 2015 after serving as a company advisor for 2 years. Prior to joining MZ, Kristen founded and led Goodwin Procter's California employment law and trade secrets practice. Before founding Goodwin Procter's employment and trade secrets group, she was a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focused on advising emerging technology companies, both private and public, in all stages and facets of growth, including company formation, retention and development of employees, strategic partnerships, M&A and IPOs. Kristen was repeatedly recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" and was named multiple times as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in California.
  • Eric Brown

    Eric Brown

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Before joining MZ as CFO, Eric served as CFO and COO of Tanium, an enterprise software company. He has also served as COO and CFO of Polycom, CFO of Electronic Arts, CFO/COO at McAfee, and President/CFO at MicroStrategy. Eric was the co-founder of the online analytics company Datasage. Eric serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of Electronics for Imaging. Eric received a BS in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Deepak Gupta

    Deepak Gupta

    Chief Revenue Officer

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    Before joining MZ, Deepak was VP of Business Operations at Outspark, a leading publisher of free-to-play MMO games, where he was in charge of performance-driven user acquisition, retention, BD as well as BI analytics. Prior to Outspark, he led strategy, planning and business operations for EA Online as Director of Strategy & Planning. Prior to EA, Deepak founded a mobile social games company called Hovr, where he formed partnerships with over 60 game developers to offer 700+ mobile games in a social community with millions of users in a freemium and ad-supported model. Earlier in his career, he was a technology venture investor at Technology Crossover Ventures, and a technology investment banker at CSFB, DLJ and Wasserstein Perella. Deepak holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Rochester.
  • Tory Valenzuela

    Tory Valenzuela

    Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

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    Before joining MZ, Tory was General Counsel of Cypress Semiconductor (CY), where she also advised Cypress's three privately-funded subsidiaries, including SunPower. Tory brings more than 15 years of experience advising public and private companies on a broad range of issues, including M&A, venture investments and IPOs, as well as litigation, corporate law and the prosecution and monetization of IP portfolios. Prior to Cypress, Tory practiced at Clifford Chance US and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. In 2012, she was named a “Woman of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. Tory earned her law degree from Stanford Law School.