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@cattsmall@cattsmall
From Maker to
Businessperson
Lessons Learned from Becoming a
Creative Entrepreneur
@cattsmall@cattsmall
● Product Designer
● Game developer
● Teacher & event organizer
● Etc.
About me:
@cattsmall@cattsmall
I like to make
interactive experiences
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Collaborated with friends
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Went to game jams
Hexapong Teledoor
@cattsmall@cattsmall
At a hackathon,
I found “the one”
@cattsmall@cattsmall
The team I wanted
to work with!
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Prism Shell
@cattsmall@cattsmall
We wanted to sell our game
@cattsmall@cattsmall
We decided to
form a company.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Brooklyn Gamery
@cattsmall@cattsmall
We had no idea what
we were doing.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
We used an
online legal solution
& got to work
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Until Tizen’s launch
got delayed.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Then a member left.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
A lawyer offered
to help us pro bono.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
We’re finally going to
release Prism Shell.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Things I Learned
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 1:
Legal websites can
only do so much.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 2:
The ability to read
legalese is crucial.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 3:
Prepare for worst-case
scenarios.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 4:
Create marketing &
launch plans.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 5:
Ask for help.
You won’t be weak –
you’ll be stronger.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Lesson 6:
Learn from failures –
be retrospective.
@cattsmall@cattsmall
Thank you!
Questions? Comments?
Tweet @cattsmall
Email catt@cattsmall.com
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From Maker to Businessperson: Lessons Learned from Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur

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From Maker to Businessperson: Lessons Learned from Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur

  1. 1. @cattsmall@cattsmall From Maker to Businessperson Lessons Learned from Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur
  2. 2. @cattsmall@cattsmall ● Product Designer ● Game developer ● Teacher & event organizer ● Etc. About me:
  3. 3. @cattsmall@cattsmall I like to make interactive experiences
  4. 4. @cattsmall@cattsmall Collaborated with friends
  5. 5. @cattsmall@cattsmall Went to game jams Hexapong Teledoor
  6. 6. @cattsmall@cattsmall At a hackathon, I found “the one”
  7. 7. @cattsmall@cattsmall The team I wanted to work with!
  8. 8. @cattsmall@cattsmall Prism Shell
  9. 9. @cattsmall@cattsmall We wanted to sell our game
  10. 10. @cattsmall@cattsmall We decided to form a company.
  11. 11. @cattsmall@cattsmall Brooklyn Gamery
  12. 12. @cattsmall@cattsmall We had no idea what we were doing.
  13. 13. @cattsmall@cattsmall We used an online legal solution & got to work
  14. 14. @cattsmall@cattsmall Until Tizen’s launch got delayed.
  15. 15. @cattsmall@cattsmall Then a member left.
  16. 16. @cattsmall@cattsmall A lawyer offered to help us pro bono.
  17. 17. @cattsmall@cattsmall We’re finally going to release Prism Shell.
  18. 18. @cattsmall@cattsmall Things I Learned
  19. 19. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 1: Legal websites can only do so much.
  20. 20. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 2: The ability to read legalese is crucial.
  21. 21. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 3: Prepare for worst-case scenarios.
  22. 22. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 4: Create marketing & launch plans.
  23. 23. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 5: Ask for help. You won’t be weak – you’ll be stronger.
  24. 24. @cattsmall@cattsmall Lesson 6: Learn from failures – be retrospective.
  25. 25. @cattsmall@cattsmall Thank you! Questions? Comments? Tweet @cattsmall Email catt@cattsmall.com

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