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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

This ain't no cola

I’m so excited for this team of three guys who started their company back in 2000 for a hundred bucks. They talked a friend into giving them space on his ISP, purchased some business cards, quit their jobs at a gaming company, and founded PopCap games. Their original plan was to create the games and license them to sites like Yahoo, but in 2000 the advertising market wasn’t so hot, so they came up with a new plan. Now you can play a version of the game for free on sites like Yahoo, and those sites direct people to the Popcap site where you can try the game, download it and then purchase a full version of the game. They got a real office in 2002. In 2005 they were making more than $10 million/year. Now they nearly 200 employees and 35 different games. Not bad for a hundred dollar investment.