Alright ! the entire world is going crazy with Pokemon Go. Within the first week of the launch, Pokemon Go has crossed 10million + downloads and is clocking $2mn revenue everyday (in-app purchase).
Pokemon Go has more daily active users than Twitter and has higher average user time than Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram & WhatsApp!
Meet John Hanke. He connected the dots.
John Hanke is the founder and CEO of Niantic labs, the company behind Pokemon Go.
While many of us might want to believe that Pokemon Go is an overnight success, it took John 20 years to get there/connect the dots.
1st Level up: In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.
2nd Level up: In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.
[Pokemon Go users are exploring more!]
3rd Level up: In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.
4th Level up: John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokémon Go.
5th Level up: In 2010, John launched Niantic Labs as a start-up funded by Google to create a game layer on maps. John explains why he called it Niantic:
“The Niantic is the name of a whaling ship that came up during the gold rush and through a variety of circumstances got dragged on shore. This happened with other ships, too. Over the years, San Francisco was basically just built over these ships. You could stand on top of them now, and you wouldn't know it. So it's this idea that there's stuff about the world that's really cool but even though it's on the Internet, it's hard to know when you're actually there.”
6th Level up: In 2012, John then created Niantic’s first geo-based MMO, “ingress”:
7th Level up: In 2014, Google and the Pokémon Company teamed up for an April Fools’ Day joke, which allowed viewers to find Pokémon creatures on Google maps. It was a viral hit, and got John thinking the idea could be turned into a real game.
8th Level up: John decided to build Pokémon Go on the user-generated meeting points created by players of Ingress, and the most popular became the Pokéstops and gyms in Pokémon Go:
9th Level up: John raised $25 million from Google, Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and other investors from Dec 2015 to Feb 2016 to grow a team of 40+ to launch Pokémon Go this year.
10th Level: John and his team launched Pokémon Go on July 6th in USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Since its launch, Nintendo’s share price has risen $7.5 billion, and the app is already generating over $2 million daily in in-app purchases, making it an overnight phenomenon. (via : Roger Hamilton's post).
Well, it's just an overnight success fellas!!