If you are an entrepreneur experiencing burnout or doubts about your venture, a new game called Founder Life might interest you.
Not everyone is suited to being an entrepreneur. Success often takes years of hard work, long hours, and little recognition. It is common for entrepreneurs to give up or fail for various reasons, such as running out of cash.
Founder Life aims to teach entrepreneurs how to manage their time, energy, morale, and money to ensure they can keep going, even through difficult times.
The game is available as a free download through Steam and is available for PCs, Macs, and Linux systems.
Founder Life has been a labour of love for Nell Watson, a tech entrepreneur and ethicist. “Along my own startup journeys, things sometimes seemed very bleak. It was a struggle to keep going, even when so many things didn’t go as planned. I resolved to take meaning from those experiences by somehow making it a little easier for others who might also be in my position. The development and release of this game is the fulfilment of that promise.”
In the game, players face various dilemmas common to those in startup life as they transition from a traditional job to a ‘ramen profitable’ business (barely profitable). Players must decide whether or not to take investments from outside sources.
Unlike many other business simulation games, Founder Life focuses on managing the personal resources of the entrepreneur themselves rather than the business.
Watson and her team aim to ensure that the game can reach those experiencing challenges in startup and freelancing life.
“We’re hoping to find organisations in the Mental Health and Startup Support spaces that can help to share this resource with communities which can make the best use of it.”