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► RICCARDO ZACCONI | 200 Steps interview with CEO and co-founder of Candy Crush creator, King

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Gummy candies, bubbles, little animals, social interaction and ever-more complicated (and difficult) levels – these are just several of the factors that have contributed to the immense success of top social gaming company, King, and its Italian CEO and co-founder, Riccardo Zacconi. The 40-year-old native of Rome, who was included in The Guardian’s most powerful people in media list in 2013, has succeeded over the last 12 years in building a veritable digital empire on a culture whose key principles are talent, failure and humility: “Failure and success are two sides of the same coin. If you want to succeed, you need to consider failure as an integral part of the process. Don’t get discouraged, just move forward with great humility. If you don’t make mistakes, it means you’re not running fast enough.” Riccardo lives between a surreal world of games – King has developed nearly 200 so far – and a more concrete reality of surprising numbers, like their network of 356 million monthly unique users, and he believes inspiration can come from anywhere in between. Candy Crush was invented in a bathtub, after all. His own creativity comes from opportunities and challenges – the challenge to create content that is interesting, fun, simple but also unique; something that will entertain millions of people around the world. Riccardo started down this path with tenacity and initiative at the dawn of a new digital age, a journey he relives in his 200 Steps video. Along the way, he reveals the five elements that have driven him throughout: inspiration, derived from challenges, opportunities, the possibility of creating innovative games; innovation, the result of working with great talent; the importance of people, the most vital ingredient to any entrepreneur’s success; the tenacity and humility that distinguishes entrepreneurship; the future, between the fun of inventing new games and the willingness to help fellow entrepreneurs succeed. Discover more: http://cana.li/1Q9HpbT “When I first started thinking about this collection, I was immediately transported to 1950s Milan. I envisioned an impeccably dressed man walking down the street as neon signs flickered to life around him, illuminating spirited, refined details. My inspiration began with this vision – a series of lines that intersect and overlap, representing a crossroads between this elegant man of the past and his contemporary counterpart for an aesthetic that redefines casual refinement. The runway bridges tradition and modernity, seamlessly combining the excellence of Canali tailoring with my rendition of the new season’s look. Lines are an essential part of the collection; I trace them one at a time, studying and moving them to craft motifs – abstract stripes, checks and shapes of varying proportions that underlie signature elements of my aesthetic and the identity of Canali at the same time. These lines shift and evolve, developing into a distinct architecture of style. The collection blends formal and informal – sweaters, jackets, coats – in an original composite of layers. Soft outerwear in pure double cashmere, clean-cut pants with considerable cuffs that sit just at the ankle, ample sweaters with braided detailing and accessories in premium and unique materials. The color palette is deliberately monochrome – black, white and gray with hints of petrol blue and “Canali” yellow – giving geometric designs and luxurious fabrics the attention they deserve.” Andrea Pompilio Discover more: http://cana.li/1DXW20q You can also find us here: http://www.facebook.com/Canali1934 http://www.twitter.com/canali1934 http://www.instagram.com/canali1934 https://plus.google.com/+Canali1934 http://www.pinterest.com/canali1934