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Serenity Forge: Creating Video Games for Good in Boulder, Colorado | Z Yang

Creating Video Games for Good in Boulder, Colorado

Today we are joined by Z Yang of Serenity Forge, a company that seeks to create meaningful video games that challenge the way you think about and view the world.

Z Yang built his first computer when he was six years old and designed his first video game when he was 10. He was always interested in video game design, and when Z was 18 he was diagnosed with a rare disease that put him in the hospital for two years. Z says himself that video games saved his life, allowing him to feel successful and giving him a community filled with support.

Recognizing that video games helped him, he wondered what could be done if games were specifically designed to help the people playing them. This led to what is now Serenity Forge, a company creating video games for good.

This week on Small Business War Stories, Z Yang joins us from Boulder, Colorado.

Three reasons to tune in this week: 

  • Hear Z’s inspiring story that lead to the idea to create meaningful video games that impact the world positively.
  • Learn how Serenity Forge decides what games to create and how to best market them.
  • Learn how Z decides who to hire, based on skill as well as passion for good.

Listen to the podcast:


This episode is part of the Soul of America tour sponsored by Freshbooks. During October 2017, I took my second tour of America. I drove with my puppy Muddy Waggers, my guitar, and my podcasting equipment with the goal of recording podcast episodes with small business owners throughout the heart of America.

If you have any questions or comments about today’s episode, please leave them below.

Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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