For Crying Out Loud! The sad state of business funding versus creative fields
Usually we’re much more focused on the game development side of things in our posts, but Nine Dots is also a business. As an entrepreneur, I get to learn firsthand how the current classic funding models simply aren’t a good fit for the truly creative companies. It’s a frustration I’ve been experiencing for a while now.
Business funding takes place in a parallel universe, where nothing makes sense and everyone is secretly working against you. Common sense is perceived as a threat because when you use it, you make assumptions that aren’t driven by cold “metrics”. Never mind the fact that when gathering those metrics, you are actively trying to prove your point, and thus you are as biased as you could ever be, only now you can pretend that “It’s science!”. It’s as if they weren’t aware that you can make numbers say whatever you want. Big numbers, flashy numbers, vanity metrics, that’s what counts!
Also, your business culture must be derivative to be credible in the eye of most institutions but at the same time you must be making “innovative” products, try to find the discrepancy here. Speaking of products, they should cost nothing to make! Not to mention that according to them, everything should be transformed into a service nowadays. Having employees to develop software is a liability. After all, by providing a salary, you pay for something that you can’t sell back once you’re done with it; that’s ridiculous, right? Who cares about your development team anyway, your intent must be to give up on your business (read “exit plan”) once it’s doing good, usually dooming it in the process. That’s OK though, because that’s what being an entrepreneur should be about: selling out!
To them, it has nothing to do with having a project, a vision and doing all you can to make it true: nope. That’s just for silly dreamers! Who cares if I got a dedicated dream team? Who cares if we’re working on a kick ass product a lot of people are eager to see come out on the market? Who cares if we’re currently proving that excruciating crunch time is completely and utterly useless in game development?
The true meaning of business is to provide a solution to a problem. Traditional business funding and thinking, that’s a huge problem. Crowdfunding, ladies and gents, is the best solution there ever was to that problem. As you can imagine, I’m pretty happy about Kickstarter finally launching in Canada on September 9!
Now seriously, I’d like to know who really cares about *what* we are doing and *why*. If you’re out there and you want to help us make Nine Dots a reality, I’m all ears and I intend to deliver.
*Gasps for air*
Well, it sure feels good to vent off a little.