April 30, 2013
A group of 22-year-olds are huddled around a game board, playing Tablet Wars. But they aren’t goofing off during senior year of college; they’re actually on a job interview.
Challengage makes games that help companies test undergraduates’ problem solving, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Played in groups of four to six – which may include current team members – these 25-minute challenges give you a real-time, unrehearsed look at what a job candidate can do. You can also test culture fit by how they get along with your team.
These games come bundled in a briefcase, and they pair with mobile and web apps from Challengage. Below, COO Paul Klopfer shares some of his startup lessons.
Tech Cocktail: What common startup advice do you completely agree with?
Paul Klopfer: Relish in your failures. We have a failures chart we regularly update from minor to severe. We love to look at it and laugh about all the things we have tried along the way.
Tech Cocktail: What’s the best entrepreneurship book you’ve read and why?
Klopfer: Outliers. It isn’t specifically about entrepreneurship but it talks about the 10,000-hour rule to mastery and how the ultra-successful came into the market when the world was waiting for their revolution.
Tech Cocktail: What do you wish someone had told you about startup life?
Klopfer: Prepare to look forward to ramen sprinkled with cheese.
Tech Cocktail: What personality trait has served you the best as an entrepreneur?
Klopfer: Resilience. Getting back on the horse after things do not go the way you envisioned them.
Tech Cocktail: If your startup were a cocktail, which one would it be and why?
Klopfer: Long Island Iced Tea. On the surface it tastes harmless, but when time passes and you think about it, you realize how much power it has.
Tech Cocktail: What’s one quirky fact about your team?
Klopfer: The CEO is obsessed with wolves.
Challengage is a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail New York mixer on Thursday – join us!
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