A Thinking Ape's Eric Diep: 'We Want to Build the Most Respected Tech Company in Canada'

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

A Thinking Ape, a startup that moved from Silicon Valley to Vancouver in January 2011, wants more than just money. The now-Canadian startup, which was founded in 2008, wants respect. A lot of it.

"We want to build the most respected technology company in Canada," 24-year-old Eric Diep, a co-founder and University of Waterloo dropout, told The Globe and Mail. In a 10,000-square-foot Gastown office, A Thinking Ape is "creating the future of social gaming experiences online."

One way A Thinking Ape gained respect was through dedicating the proceeds of virtual goods in their popular Kingdoms at War game to the humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross in Japan last April. They managed to donate more than $50,000 to the cause.

Of course, money still matters. But A Thinking Ape has that too: they made the top Canadian iPhone app of 2011, Kingdoms at War, which generated up to $20 million last year. And they were able to acquire Good Guy Robots, an independent gaming studio also based in Vancouver.

Company:
A Thinking Ape
Website:
http://www.athinkingape.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A Thinking Ape is a small yet driven team that is dedicated to building strong mobile communities. With our collaborative approach to product design, we ensure the best ideas get the space they need to grow. Our team seeks out intuitive solutions to complex problems, and maintains strong ties to our hacker culture. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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