Inc.com has a great article interviewing Alex Rigopulos, co-Founder and CEO of Harmonix (makers of the video games Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Frequency, etc.) about Harmonix’s long road to success. I’ve been a fan of their games ever since Frequency on the PS2 (4-player XLR8R!), and it’s great — both as a game consumer and as a fellow software startup entrepreneur — to see them hit it big.
Alex also gave a great speech at the DICE 2007 conference, called “Living the Dream” — Coding Horror has a good writeup of it. I’ll give you a sneak peek of one slide, as it shows what life is like for many startups (and most don’t make it 10 years):
And now I’m feeling nostalgic… so here’s a song/level from what I think of as Harmonix’s first game: