Tell us more about MuchDifferent, how and when you got started?
MuchDifferent was founded five years ago (under a different name) by a group of college students who had just finished making a game for Swedish Game Awards. They wanted to keep doing things together and had the idea of starting a company. But they had seen others start companies and get caught up in bureaucracy and lose control of their innovations to investors and shareholders. So they decided to form a company that was, in several respects, much different from the norm where the joy of working together and doing really cool stuff was paramount. MuchDifferent is the realization of that dream.
The company is a non-profit organisation, how has that affected your business model?
There have been some trepidation at first about the fact that we are a non-profit from some of our customers but almost all of them end up seeing it as a good thing. We are not in it to make a quick buck and get sold to a bigger company so there is no risk of us going away and no longer supporting or developing our products. Our customers like our stability and the fact that we have a higher purpose as a company.
What are you working on now?
Lots of things, as we always are. And we are always preparing and evaluating new projects. We tend to get a lot more proposals than we can handle so we have to weed out the ones that aren’t interesting enough or feasible for us. Our biggest project right now is Badanamu which is a language education game aimed at kids learning english as a second language. We have just launched Badanamu in South Korea but we are already looking at expanding throughout the rest of Asia where the demand for english education is huge and growing.
How big is your team and how does someone get hired by Much Different?
We are always looking for talented people interested in making a difference and working with other talented people.
We currently have 25 employees in Sweden and four in South Korea. We are always looking for talented people interested in making a difference and working with other talented people. We rarely place ads so if you want to work for us just get in touch and we’ll see if there’s a place for you at MuchDifferent.