So, first off, happy holidays! 2014 was a very strange year for me, personally. I left the best team I've ever worked with, took a few months off to recover from the last five years of nonstop sprinting, and then realized that well, we're gonna do this all over again because there's nothing else we'd rather be doing.
Over the last few months of the year, we've learned *so* much, it's almost hard to believe it's only been a few months. Our game concept solidified, changed direction, and resolidified into something much, much stronger. We decided between two games, one of which was probably "easier" to turn into a successful, lasting business, and instead chose one that we're really passionate about and want to build into something great.
We've learned a lot about how to validate our ideas by watching a bunch of lectures from Stanford's How to Start a Startup class, we've talked to a lot of investors and learned how to improve our pitch. We've iterated endlessly on our ideas and have made them stronger and stronger, and really, I think, deeply understood why we're building Wonderspark and what we want to get out of it.
Obviously, we want to build something great. But more than that, and as "squishy" and idealistic as this sounds, our goal is to make peoples' lives better. For our players, we want to make their lives better by giving them a new kind of experience they've never had before that will let them connect meaningfully to other people through both competition and cooperation. For us, we get the satisfaction of working on something creatively fulfilling. When we're able to hire more employees, the goal will be to give them a project they can really deeply be a part of, that they can own, and that we can together continue to learn better ways to work together - because that will make everyone's *lives* better.
And then if we are lucky enough that our hard work turns into commercial success, great - we'll all be in it together.
That's what we want out of Wonderspark, and that's what we've been working towards the last few months of this year, and really, our entire careers. It's what we'll be working on heading in to the next year, and I hope that this time 2015, we can look back on the last year and be amazed at what we've accomplished.