It’s time to break out of your cubicle and play the startup game! Land some seed funding, build your team, create a product, take on some venture capital and battle the final boss in this one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial adventure.

startupgameWe’re pleased to present this special video, “Adventure of the Startup Kid,” which was created by the hard-working team at Killer Infographics in collaboration with GeekWire for the opening of the 2013 GeekWire Awards at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

It was an amazing experience to watch this on the giant HD display at the Sky Church — the world’s largest indoor LED screen. As we mentioned on stage, we’ve always wanted to play a video game on that thing.

The video is packed with so many startup and game references that it’s worth watching a few times to catch everything. As you’ll see, the final boss battles are especially epic.

This is our second project with Killer Infographics, the Seattle company that also worked with us on the popular Silicon Valley Geeks vs. Seattle Geeks infographic for last year’s GeekWire Summit. See this portfolio page for more of their work.


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  • Kevin Leneway

    This was such an awesome video, what a great way to kick off the show!

  • Hakon Verespej

    I loved this video. Any hackers out there want to get together and build the game?

  • Monica Guzman

    Agreed. LOVED it. Nice work.

  • Mehigan

    You gotta upload the whole thing! The final boss showdown was the funniest part

    • Todd Bishop

      Hi Mehigan — thanks for the note. This is the whole video. Just to check, are you not seeing the boss battles at the end?

      • Mehigan

        Oh, yeah, it’s working now. I watched it this morning and the video was only about 1:30 long.

  • Amy Balliett

    Thanks for the great post Todd! It was so rewarding to watch the culmination of our hard work displayed on the EMP screen! This was, by far, one of the most fun projects we’ve done so far at Killer Infographics!

  • Chilly

    That opening shot of Seattle with the old Sega font needs to be a t-shirt. And I mean the word “needs” in a very literal sense.

    • Amy Balliett

      We didn’t even think about that and now my team wants a t-shirt of that as well! We’ll get to work and keep you posted.

    • Big Josh

      Our office is stoked about this idea. And I mean the word “stoked” in a very literal sense, as well. Stay tuned…

  • Guest

    Somebody needs to make this into an HTML5 game. I totally want to see 520 sink in the game.

  • Roy Leban

    Awesome. Now back to work.

  • Jean-Baptiste Feldis

    It’s half disturbing and half super-great but it’s more or less exactly what we are working on. Except we called our game “Startups From Hell” :D

    You can try our demo at

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