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Company: Playd
Age: 25

Hometown: Newark, N.J.

After graduating from high school, I was living a seriously bum life. I was sitting around doing nothing on the couch, playing the video games I’d loved for years. Eventually I knew I had to change something, and I had an itch to start creating.

I started contributing a lot of content on forums for a certain video game website, and my commentary attracted so much attention that I brought the site a lot of extra traffic. I figured, if this is going so well, then I might as well do it myself. So I started The Koalition, a gaming site aimed at urban youth. It was a new approach, and it really took off.

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I started working with some other startups, which was great, but I still wanted to do stuff with video games. I thought, why not an app? That’s how Playd was born.

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