If you are a developer and your passion is mobile gaming, you want to check the Papaya Mafia (Papaya Mobile incubator program for mobile games). Invited by iWeekend mentor Zhang Liang (张亮), also Papaya Mafia Manager, to visit their space, iWeekend spent the whole morning with him discussing about entrepreneurship in China and Papaya Mafia solutions. Selection process: – Mobile games only (Android and iOS) – You are working full time on your project (if you haven’t quit your job yet, don’t bother) – Ideally the game designer has a lot of experience under his belt – the engineer should be very good and capable to deliver fast – Potential is most important – Solid team (3-4 persons) Incubation conditions: – Free office space (Zhongguancun or Chengdu) with computer, mobile phones for testing and cloud services optional (according to the revenue sharing you choose). – One week of tutorial provided by Papaya Mobile senior engineer at the beginning of the program and 1 tutorial / week for all your incubation time. Tutorials cover technical training and management, leadership skills. – Access to their mentors team and introduction to potential investors. – Marketing support to promote your game – Mediation for any problem raising in the team. – Incubated 3 years max. You can leave anytime you want. Revenue sharing apply for the lifetime of any games you develop while been incubated. What Papaya Mafia expect from you: – You have to be able to deliver your first game within 3 months. – Your team should be earning ~1000 USD/day after 6 month in the incubator. So far 2 out of the 5 teams incubated reached these goals. Another thing you want to make sure is that you share the same values than Papaya Mobile:
- Improve the way people communicate with each other and make an impact through advanced technology, superb product and open platform,
- Put the users first and let the money follow.
- Hire outstanding people, let them be responsible and grow in the company.
- Respect for integrity and equality.
If this talks to you and you would like to join Papaya Mafia, please contact Zhang Liang at blink[at]papayamobile.com Otherwise, see you at iWeekend!