Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 | 3 a.m.
Aron Ezra, vice president of mobile technologies at Bally Technologies, is new to Las Vegas, but this high-tech guy is already making a big impact. Formerly CEO of MicroView Labs in San Francisco, Ezra specializes in mobile apps and technologies. Ezra spoke with VEGAS INC about why he’s excited to be one of Las Vegas’ top new businessmen.
What was your first job?
I was an entrepreneur from a young age. I juggled mowing lawns and many paper routes and selling things door-to-door when I was 15.
What was your worst job?
Working at the dining hall during college. I had to wear a hair net, and the other students weren’t terribly nice.
What’s the best advice your mom gave you?
"Treat everyone like a peer." I think that’s been good advice that’s served me well.
What’s your business philosophy?
Just instill a sense that anything is possible, and a sense of personal responsibility. One of the things that attracted me to Bally is that the people really cared about what they were doing. We need to be constantly thinking about what we can do better.
What’s your favorite high-tech toy?
I’m the big nerd who walks around with an iPhone and a Droid phone and a Galaxy Tab and my iPad. I think my favorite toy as a kid were called Construx, which were sort of like Legos. From them, you could really create any toy you wanted. I look at tech the same way.
What’s your most valuable possession?
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Probably the Maldives. It’s how I imagine the world used to be.
What do you miss most about living in San Francisco?
The walkability. I actually had to buy a car when I moved here because I didn’t need one in San Francisco. I bought a Prius.
What two albums would you want with you on a desert island?
Something by Radiohead and something by Bob Dylan.
What’s the movie you could watch over and over again and never tire of?
“The Lord of the Rings” movies.
What’s your impression of Las Vegas so far?
I love it. This is a city full of forward-thinking people. People are friendly. My wife and our baby on the way are excited to be here.