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From Indie Developer to Company Owner: Building Your Indie Game Studio

September 22, 2015

Going from being an indie game developer to the owner/manager of an indie game studio is hard! You need to develop new skills to navigate being a business owner.  On 22 Sept at 7:00 PM at the Capital Factory, come listen to a panel of experts on all the topics you know are important but are afraid to talk about. The IGDA and Austin Mobile & Indie Game Dev Meetups are pleased to bring to the Capital Factory a wide range of world class experts to help! Bring your toughest questions and get the answers you need.

Kay Oder, Business Performance Advisor – Insperity

Insperity provides human resources services to over 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses. You may think HR is only for big, established companies, but Kay will discuss issues that are critical for small indie studios, including:

  • Paying people as employees vs. as contractors
  • Health insurance options for yourself and/or your team
  • What a “professional employer organization” does for small companies

Doug Jones, Principal – Colliers International

Colliers International is a commercial real estate company with approximately 16,000 employees in over 500 offices around the world. It’s true that many indie game devs work out of their own home or with a remote team, but having an office can provide a huge boost to productivity. So, in case you decide to explore that option, Doug will share some tips on office rental, such as:

  • Status of the “hot” Austin market
  • Common terms in office rental agreements
  • Options for short-term and sub-leased office space

Lewis Leavitt, Business Development – Bridgepoint Consulting

Bridgepoint Consulting provides financial and technology consulting services to a range of clients, from startups to publicly-traded companies and government organizations. Lewis will offer advice in many areas relevant to indie game studios, including:

  • Why you should care about finance and book keeping
  • Other services available (debt, strategic decision making)
  • Top of mind topics for startups

Brian Halbert, Financial Advisor – Merrill Lynch

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is the wealth management division of Bank of America. It employs over 15,000 financial advisors and manages $2.2 trillion in client assets. As a struggling indie game dev, investing may be the furthest thing from your mind. But putting a tiny bit of thought into this now can make you (and your studio) far more financially stable in the future. Brian will cover some basics, such as:

  • Importance of thinking about saving now at the start of your career
  • Smart, easy ways to save and invest
  • Do it yourself versus getting professional support

We hope to see you there!




September 22, 2015


Todd Simmons


Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street
Austin, 78664 United States
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