UC Davis Today: Entrepreneurial leader scores high tech success

Man with a number of people standing behind him

Entrepreneurial leader scores high tech success

UC Davis alumnus Mark Otero is a serial entrepreneur — the kind who likes to play games. 

In three short years, Otero and his business partner bootstrapped Sacramento-based KlickNation into a multi-million-dollar social media company creating fantasy and sci-fi role-playing games.

“I love the intense creative process, the capacity to create new products and services,” said Otero, who sold the start-up in December 2011 to Fortune 500 gaming giant Electronic Arts. KlickNation has become BioWare Sacramento, the newest studio of BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts, with Otero as the general manager.

Otero, who received his M.B.A. degree from UC Davis in 2007, credits his alma mater with helping to make it all possible.

The skills and knowledge I gained at UC Davis enabled me to scale KlickNation from two to a team of 70 in just 24 months,” said Otero, who recently made a major gift pledge to establish a faculty fellowship as well as the Otero Faculty Resource Center in Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. Hall, home of the Graduate School of Management

Alumni like Otero are examples of how UC Davis’ highly ranked M.B.A. program prepares students to excel in leadership and innovation. 

(Mark  Otero, an alumnus of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis who started the company KlickNation and now manages its transformation as BioWare Sacramento, poses with a number of his employees. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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