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Ep137 - Elan Lee | Exploding Kittens & The Key to Running a Successful Kickstarter

Talks at Google

Game designer Elan Lee visited Google in 2019 to talk about the work that went into the record-setting Exploding Kittens Kickstarter. Exploding Kittens is an irreverent, highly-strategic card-game version of Russian roulette, and is the most funded game in the history of Kickstarter. In this Talk, Elan discusses how his groundbreaking work on Alternate Reality games such as The Beast and Ilovebees made him aware of the power of positive online communities. In addition, he describes how his analysis of previous Kickstarter campaigns showed him the connection between daily community engagement and acquiring new backers. Originally published in July 2019. To see the full video, visit https://g.co/talksatgoogle/explodingkittens

49mins

16 Apr 2021

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Building an Iconic Brand in Tabletop Games - with Elan Lee (Exploding Kittens)

Monetizing Media

Exploding Kittens co-founder & CEO Elan Lee talks with Monetizing Media host Eric Peckham about the $13 billion (and growing!) tabletop games market and his company's expansion strategy within it. Elan was a longtime video game executive who rose to become the Chief Design Officer at Xbox before leaving in late 2014 and launching Exploding Kittens as a new card game on Kickstarter. It not only had one of the most successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns ever but became one of the most popular tabletop games in the industry. The Exploding Kittens brand has launched several new games since (surpassing 16 million units sold) and also launched mobile games tied to the Exploding Kittens IP. It's adding new IP from both in-house development and operating as a publisher, and working to bring this IP into film & TV. // Join the Monetizing Media newsletter and find more resources at MonetizingMedia.com

41mins

8 Apr 2021

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Matthew Inman and Elan Lee: Invite Everyone to The Party

Inc. Uncensored

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks to Matthew Inman and Elan Lee--founders of Exploding Kittens--about how they founded their company, when to give up on a potentially good idea, and the $1 million dollar meow.

1hr 6mins

29 Mar 2021

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Matthew Inman and Elan Lee: Invite Everyone to The Party

What I Know

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks to Matthew Inman and Elan Lee--founders of Exploding Kittens--about how they founded their company, when to give up on a potentially good idea, and the $1 million dollar meow.

1hr 6mins

29 Mar 2021

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S1E1: Trailblazing Game Designer Elan Lee (Exploding Kittens)

Reality Escape Pod

In this episode, David and Peih-Gee chat with Elan Lee, one of the creators of the ARG (alternate reality game), and co-creator of Exploding Kittens - the most-backed campaign on Kickstarter at the time. David manages to surprise Elan with interview questions that he’s never been asked before. Elan talks about creating the world’s first ARG and shares stories about what happens when you don’t properly define borders in immersive gaming. We also talk about escape rooms (of course) and Elan’s post-game ritual. We find out that Elan is a huge fan of Survivor and he tells us why he considers Jeff Probst to be one of the world’s best game designers. Elan tells us that the best-designed games aren’t entertaining in and of themselves, but rather, that the best-designed games make the players entertaining. Show Notes Music: "The Legend of LoFi" by Dj Cutman & James Landino, provided by GameChops.

47mins

2 Mar 2021

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E659 Elan Lee (part II)

Penn's Sunday School

Being great vs. being good, how to land an interview with ILM, & we play Poetry For Neanderthals with game designer Elan Lee.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 2mins

27 Nov 2020

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E658 Elan Lee vs. Elon Musk

Penn's Sunday School

Penn bets against Tesla, doesn't violate others' nondisclosure agreements, & finds out what makes a great game, with Exploding Kittens game designer Elan Lee.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 5mins

24 Nov 2020

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Think Like a Game Designer #20: Elan Lee

Think Like A Game Designer

Elan Lee is the creator of Exploding Kittens, the most-backed game in Kickstarter history, by the number of backers. He started as an intern at Industrial Light and Magic, working on Star Wars Episode I, before moving on to working with legendary game designer Jordan Weisman at Microsoft. His interview is filled with incredible design insights, so get your notebook out and be prepared to take some notes and have some fun.

10 Sep 2020

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How Elan Lee Created and Sold 10 Million+ Copies of Exploding Kittens (the popular card game)

How We Made It In Ecommerce

Elan Lee is the CEO and co-founder of Exploding Kittens, the popular card game that sold over 10 million copies and set a crowdfunding record by raising 9 Million from 220,000 backers. In this episode of How We Made It In E-Commerce, Elan generously shared his methods for coming up with new ideas, creative business and marketing hacks, and the most important lessons he learned throughout his career about running a business.

33mins

29 Jul 2020

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147: Elan Lee

Cool Tools

Our guest this week is Elan Lee. Elan is a professional game designer. He is a co-creator of Exploding Kittens, the most backed crowdfunded project in history. And before that, he was Chief Design Officer for Microsoft's Xbox.For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/elan-lee-co-creator-of-exploding-kittens

27mins

2 Nov 2018

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