We made a video game to show the highs and lows of the startup experience

  • Co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, Matthew Prince, found playing the Startup Trail “a big too autobiographical for comfort.”
  • Longtime tech startup entrepreneur, and current California Department of Tech Chief Technology Innovation Officer Rick Klau stated the game “does a great job highlighting policy choices/tradeoffs throughout a startup’s journey.”
  • Tech lawyer Cathy Gellis, tweeted that she “kept nearly running out of money” but cited that should she keep things running well enough, “it should have a path to come back.”
  • @Gumbercules lamented on Twitter how it took “three tries” to play the game and how they “fought the law and the law won” in the end.

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