Trip Hawkins is a renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder of the gaming pioneer, Electronic Arts. He was also the Director of Strategy and Marketing at Apple 1982, when, in an ‘Act of betrayal’ as Steve Jobs saw it, he left Apple to start Electronic Arts (More on Trip, Jobs, Apple & LSD below).
In his course of life Trip has also founded the game console company 3DO Co. and the mobile gaming company Digital Chocolate Inc. His latest startup, an educational games maker, ‘If You Can Company‘ recently raised $6.5 Mn in Series A funding to develop new kinds of games aimed at helping kids develop social and emotional skills.
In 2005, Hawkins became the eighth person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
We caught up with Trip Hawkins to know about his journey so far, turning points in this entire span of time, the lessons he learnt and what suggestions he has for the aspiring entrepreneurs. Here is a quick chat:[Edited Excerpts]
Inc42: Why a game developer? What made you start EA ?
Trip: As a child I could see how my brain was switched on when I played games. I realized that we learn by doing and the importance of play. It became my passion to innovate around that principle. I began to design games and realized how much fun it was to do my own thing.