Once upon a time…
MonstRpreneur began in June 2013 as an idea about how to make a game out of some of the vexing challenges in starting up a new business.
John-Michael and Kathryn got together at the Paris Baguette bakery in Palo Alto, CA, to complain about previous startup teams and brainstorm ideas on what to do next to realize our dreams. The upshot: to combine forces to create something new, fun, easy, and bring some playfulness to the way-too-serious startup culture.
Catherine was enlisted to round out our team of big thinking, action-oriented, fun-loving, game-playing intrepid entrepreneurs.
We’re a bicoastal team (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Washington DC) – we live online in long, creative video conferences (we know A LOT about how to create, build, and sustain an effective virtual team). Our first video conference was initiated at the Stanford Alumni Center to plan out our approach to creating this game.
We’ve learned a lot
Like many founders, we were pretty clear this was only going to take us a few months. We could envision the experience, so how hard would it be to create the game? Ok, we’re two years into this, we know a HECK of a lot of more, we love working together, and we’re REALLY EXCITED about MonstRpreneur!
We’ve had a LOT of iterations of this game – really a lot… And we finally hit on a combination that people like playing – even laugh out loud while playing it! In fact, they get into hysterical giggling fits sometimes… While at the same time doing what it takes to accumulate value so they can WIN the game. Of course, everyone has a good time.
We’re constantly playtesting the game – so sign up and we’ll let you know what’s happening when and where.