Laurence Tobin
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Laurence Tobin

Larry Tobin served as VP of Product for FOX Sports Interactive from 2005 to 2009. Prior to FOX, Tobin spent six years as Director of Fantasy Sports for Yahoo!.

Website: www.mindcorporate.com
Los Angeles, California, United States
Member since April 22, 2011
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Education
1992 New York University , BA , Journalism

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Dropbox, Spotify, Groupon

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most rewarding thing is being able to move quickly to develop cool things and see them being used by real world consumers. As for the most frustrating ... that could take a LONG time :-)

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Everything takes longer than you expected and costs more than you planned.
2. You will shoot yourself in the foot -- several times. Learn from it and move on.
3. Every conversation is a good one ... you never know where it might lead

Full bio

Larry Tobin most recently served as Vice President of Product for FOX Sports Interactive, where he managed the production, strategy and vision of FOXSports.com and its gaming titles. Tobin joined FOX in 2005 and directed production of the site’s first proprietary fantasy football game for the 2006 NFL season. Tobin’s team at FS.com was charged with developing and building all aspects of FS.com, including its entire offering of gaming products.

Prior to FOX, Tobin served as Director of Fantasy Sports Products at Yahoo!, Inc. While at Yahoo!, his team created and built Yahoo!’s industry-leading fantasy sports games, which had more than 6.5 million players at the time of his departure. Tobin also oversaw the development and management of Yahoo!’s entire product set, which included traditional, survival and pick ‘em prediction formats, along with a suite of premium products and pay leagues.

Previously, Tobin spent several years as a writer and producer for NHL.com, the National Hockey League’s official Web site. He also worked at AT&T Downtown Digital from 1992 to 1995, developing games for iTV and the Web. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and resides in Los Angeles, CA.