Venture Funding for Game Studios with Jason Della Rocca

Jason Della Rocca is the co-founder of Execution Labs, a hands-on early stage investor for independent game developers.  Prior, he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for nearly nine years.

In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “Power50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.

In this episode, Jason tells us about the birth of Execution Labs, elaborates on the specific phases of Venture Capital, and provides highly targeted advice for studios looking to pitch potential partners for capital or publishing. 

 
"As an Indie developer, you have to embrace an entrepreneurial identity and mindset." - Jason Della Rocca

"As an Indie developer, you have to embrace an entrepreneurial identity and mindset." - Jason Della Rocca

 
 
 

Connect with Jason

Twitter:  @JasonDellaRocca
Web: Execution Labs
Web: Gameplay Space
Twitter: @GamePlaySpace

Selected Links from this Episode

Core Design
Matro
Ubisoft
International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Tomb Raider
John Carmack

Featured Show Highlights

  • Jason talks about his about 22 years in the industry and working with Core Design and Tomb Raider. [0:30]
  • The mission of Execution Labs and why it matters to studios. [4:40]
  • The Evolution of Execution Labs and what they look for today in opportunities.  [19:00]
  • Let's dig deeper into the various phases for Venture Capital and how the system works. [36:40]
  • Funding Assistance and the importance of being prepared. [41:00]
  • The mindset needed for long term success. [51:20]