After selling his MMO for $350 million, Lance and his next company almost fall apart trying to make the next big thing.
Small Bursts of Imagination tells a story about the level of deep personal investment and sacrifice that goes into creating companies. It’s a journey that anyone who has been told “you can’t do that” can relate to. In 2007, Lance Priebe sold the virtual world he created with his co-founders to Disney for $350 million. He built a fun social game for hundreds of millions of kids around the world to play. He'd also created jobs for hundreds of workers in Kelowna, BC in the process. But replicating the success of Club Penguin was harder — and more costly — than anyone could have imagined. In this story, we learn about how Lance and his new studio Hyper Hippo Games almost fell apart, and what they did to create success once again.
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Dave Krysko is one of the co-founders of Club Penguin. Upon leaving the Walt Disney Company in 2010, Dave founded Davara Enterprises, which invests in various culture-making, social, and tech enterprises. He is currently a President for the New Horizon Productions, Davara, and SOMA Craft Cidery. Along with his wife, Dave co-founded the Karis Support Society which assists women in recovery from addictions and mental health issues. He has also created a number of foundations that are committed to improving the lives of children and families around the world.
Colin Basran is the mayor of the City of Kelowna. He is both the youngest and the first non-Caucasian person to be elected mayor in Kelowna. Colin Basran was elected mayor in both the 2014 and 2018 municipal elections.
Brother of Lance. CEO of Two Hat Security, and creator of Community Sift, a chat classifier used by Roblox, Supercell, Animal Jam, Habbo, and Kabam. Chris Priebe built the original backend server for Penguin Chat with Lance, which later became Club Penguin.
Our star. Creator and co-founder of Club Penguin. Lance sold his MMO to The Walt Disney Company for $350 million. A serial entrepreneur since he was a teenager, he's since founded many BC companies including RocketSnail, Hyper Hippo, Screenzilla, OOMM, and Classy Yak.
Lane co-founded FreshGrade in 2011 and has since served in multiple roles, including his current position as CEO. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Club Penguin, the largest virtual world for kids, leading the company to rapid growth and eventual acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2007 for $350 million. After the acquisition, he spent five years as Executive Vice President of Disney Online Studios.