You may know Jeffrey Ma as a member of the MIT Blackjack Team featured in the best-selling book Bringing Down the House and the box office-topping hit movie 21. His recent book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, tells the story of how he went from the blackjack table to corporate business. But there is more to this entrepreneur and media mogul than blackjack.
Ma is the co-founder of Citizen Sports, the revolutionary sports media company that is changing the way businesses today use numbers and metrics to build their brand and retain customer loyalty. From Sports Illustrated to ESPN and from Ford to McDonald's, Ma has been instrumental in bringing these powerful organizations into the digital age.
A sought-after corporate speaker, Jeff Ma shows companies how harnessing the power of these technology-driven platforms, using not only social media, but concrete data and numbers, can create incredible success. With stories drawn from sports and from Vegas, he helps you better visualize how a more rigorous approach to numbers will improve results in everything from sales to HR to strategy. A charismatic speaker, Ma talks about teamwork and innovative metrics in a way that will make you reevaluate how you access talent, find undervalued assets and measure the true worth of your business.
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The $100,000 Lesson: Business Lessons from the World of Blackjack
How one deals with losing tells a lot about the person. Losing tests our confidence, our conviction, our ability to deal with future risk and more importantly our character. The real story and real lessons of 21 come from the adversity faced on the blackjack table. Sharing the story of losing $100,000 in two hands of blackjack, Ma reveals how he recovered his confidence through teamwork, trust, creativity, and goal-setting. “The $100,000 Lesson” is about more than winning and losing: it is about learning how to fight obstacles in order to create the best team possible.
21 and Other Numbers That Changed My Life: Harnessing the Power of Analytics to Improve Your Business
As a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, Jeff Ma created an ingenious method for counting cards -- using talent, creativity, math, and teamwork to win millions in Vegas. Also the founder of Citizen Sports, a revolutionary sports media company, he shows companies how to harness the power of numbers to make better bottom line business decisions; decisions that, often, are the difference between winning and losing. Drawing from his unique personal experiences, from the blackjack table to consulting professional sports teams, Ma talks about innovative metrics in a way that will make you reevaluate how your group accesses talent, finds undervalued assets, and measure the true worth of your business. By eschewing emotion and honing in on hard facts and results, Ma has helped usher in what Newsweek calls "a new age of numbers in corporate America."
Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: The Man Behind 21 on Finding the Path to Your Future
While still an undergrad, Jeffrey Ma went to Vegas and walked away with millions. His message of finding - and then using - your intrinsic talents (in this case mathematical acumen), whatever they may be, to forge your way in your post-college world, has inspired campus audience across the country. He shows you that there is no one path to success.
Beyond blackjack, Ma has applied that rigor and skill set to carve out a career in his true passion – sports. Ma has followed his dream and now works in a field where his skills have married with his interests and that tale has inspired crowds across the country.
Citizen Sports and Social Media: How Web 2.0 is Revolutionizing Business and Branding
As the co-founder of Citizen Sports, which has brought fantasy sports to Facebook and sports information to the iPhone and Android, Jeffrey Ma has a deep understanding of the power of social media in building a brand and business in the new digital world. Social media platforms, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare and more, aren’t just a flash in the pan. They are true opportunities to cost-effectively bring your brand to a wide audience and develop passionate customer loyalty. Ma has worked with media giants like Sports Illustrated and ESPN as well as blue chip brands like Ford, AT&T, Miller Lite, and McDonalds helping them harness the power of new media. Learn how social media can transform your business straight from an expert with unique insights and experiences, and bring your business to the forefront of the media revolution.
A successful event is about more than just a speech and Jeffrey Ma certainly understands that. Adding the allure and theme of the Vegas world to your corporate event is a unique touch that Ma can bring to the table. Themed casino nights with Ma as the special guest, teaching card counting techniques, answering questions, or just telling more fun stories from his days in the casino are just the touch to give your attendees that once in a lifetime memory.