The Electronic Gaming Federation is an electronic sports company working to establish an NCAA equivalent for competitive gaming including titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Starcraft. The company also produces eSports media including live broadcasts of events, news, and eSports analysis.
What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?
I was actually really fortunate to be in the right place at the right time when the entrepreneurship bug got to me. I started my first company, Enraged Panda Boarding Co., when I was a sophomore in college and at that point the only thing really holding me back was funding. My partner and I scraped together the money to get it going and that whole experience was what inspired my focus on lean operations even now in my second venture. With the Electronic Gaming Federation, I was again fortunate to find the right people at the right time that were capable of giving the support and expertise I needed. That combined with going for my master's degree at the time made for a really awesome entrepreneurial experience.
What was your worst entrepreneurial moment?How did you gain clarity and know what steps to do next?
My worst moment probably came the first time in EGF that we got laughed out of a meeting. Not everyone believes that video games are a viable or sustainable thing the way we want to do it and at that point we'd been riding a wave of confidence from winning a bunch of business competitions. It was our first time really experiencing an outright dismissal of our idea and it was early enough that we were unsure if they were right and we were chasing a dream. Despite that experience, we weren't going to be discouraged. So we sought out some advice from our mentors on the comments from the person we had the meeting with, revamped our messaging and focused on things that no one could dispute, mostly around the numbers and trends in our industry.
What did you get out of presenting at 1MC?
1MC was a great opportunity to get out into the world and talk to people who were passionate about entrepreneurship and may have had no idea about anything we were talking about. It gave us the chance to test our messaging and find out where things got fuzzy for some people so we could continue to tweak our presentation to be understandable by anyone that we talked to, not just our target audience.
How can someone reading this help you?
At this point we're looking for two primary things, the first being that we're looking for Drupal developers. So if anyone had a really strong interest in gaming and also happened to love Drupal, we'd love to talk to them. The second is if anyone has contacts at any college in North America, we'd really like to talk to Student Affairs administrators so those introductions would be fantastic.