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.
Why we do this
We love creating AHA moments. Those times that your eyes light up—when you realize something that you didn’t understand or know before—and you are NEVER the same again. These can be little AHAs or big AHAs.
We’re committed to creating AHA moments combined with fun.
Together we call that: Sparking Playful Exploration. And that’s the difference we’re going after creating in the world. For you. For us.
We’re a bicoastal team (San Francisco and Washington D.C.) – 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 Games!
We’ve had a LOT of iterations of the board 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.
Adventures with card games
After creating the MonstRpreneur Startup Board Game, we came to the conclusion that having games you could easily carry with you, play anywhere, and involve getting up and moving would be a fun challenge. Oh, and also create AHA moments—one of our founding values for everything we do.
We came up with Convince Me. The first version was for grownups, but we found kids LOVE playing it. So we took some of the more adult activities out of it and made it fun for anyone to play, ages 7 and up. And kids of all ages are having a lot of fun with it.
We have another version of Convince Me in the works—one that really is only for adults. Look for that soon!
We’re constantly playtesting all our games – so sign up and we’ll let you know what’s happening when and where.