I am just sharing a MeetUp email to all you that will involved a special topic: how a person went from a minimum viable product (mvp), to funding through Kickstarter, to sealing a business deal with Steam, formally Valve, to have an opportunity of delivering a product to an established fan-base, on top of securing additional development funding.
This is a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to chat and ask questions with business leaders/software developers, who do what I have talked about with respect to developing software in the state of Hawaii and working with venture capitalists (VCs) located in the Bay Area, and vacation in Lahaina on Maui and Kona, to fund your idea.
I understand you may not know who either Don Kosak, Derek Bruneau, nor what MeetUp is about, but I hope this will create some curiosity into what is being done in establishing a small IT/software business in the knowledge age. As for Derek’s example, we will learn how he got into creating and selling games (or paid advertising on your games) through either iTunes or Google Play, and eventually attracting investors.
If you plan to attend, please register and create an account on MeetUp. Then join the Hawaii Island Game Developers group.
Remember that “Sometimes it’s moxie that gets you an invitation to the table.” – Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl Cocktails
EXTRA BUSINESS TANGENT: Skinnygirl Cocktails was acquired by Beam, Inc. in March 2011, for approximately $64 million (give or take $5 million), and counting. Yes! And counting because as part of the deal, Bethenny worked out future royalty compensation because the cocktail brand apparently bears her image. Attorneys are amazing.