Because I can't imagine doing anything else. I was very fortunate to make money at the age of 15 doing what I loved -- which permanently changed the way I look at life and the world around me.
Gamify, Riot Games, KickStarter
I'd say that the emotional rollercoaster is one of the hardest things about doing startups.. but it also makes it exciting. It's like being Christopher Columbus. You have to convince a bunch of people that you're not crazy and to join you, and to fund your expedition to do something people say can't be done. You're sailing the ocean with a dream you believe in but always the possibility you might fall off the edge because your assumptions were incorrect or the tides changed.
However.. there is always the chance that you may change the world. There is nothing more exciting than that.
Finding the right co-founder is often critical and I think a lot of startups fail because of this. It's like getting into a marriage.. you need to spend time with the person, understand their culture and make sure you have the same long-term goals but both are able to work together and be flexible on how you get to that end goal. It's also good if you're not exactly the same as the other person.. diversity of skills, experiences and viewpoint can be very important while also having some commonality.
#1: Work super hard at what your passionate about -- but don't forget that life is really a big game and you've most likely only got one shot at it. It's easy to forget that and to get stressed out with the crazy hours that startups require. Make sure you're doing something that you truly enjoy or if not -- make sure there is a damn good reason and that it's part of some bigger plan to soon get to do something you truly would love to do.
#2 Don't take too much money too early.. try to control your own destiny if at all possible. Don't obsess over TechCrunch or comparing yourself to other people or friends. . just do your thing and do your best.
#3. Relationships are important. Don't neglect them, wether they're personal or business. In the quest for high valuations and being the next Mark Zuckerberg, some people lose themselves.
Nathan is a serial gaming entpreneurer. He began his journey as an entrepreneur at the age of 15 in Alabama when he began making money from playing games and has been creating companies ever since. Nathan is crazy passionate about having an impact on the world and has always believed life should be more fun like a game. That idea started as a child when he wondered why you couldn't level up in real life and that dream led to the inception of Gamify. Nathan is a gamer and has been fortunate to become friends with most of the top game designers and executives in gaming and also had a major booth at E3 with his last company,GameStreamer. During his early 20's he traveled Asia and studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan.