Vallone expects the game to launch on Facebook in about four months with the phone apps to follow quickly thereafter and the web site launch expected in about six months. Funding will partially determine that time frame, but he has hopes the Indiegogo campaign will pay off.
Still, it’s a shame local technology startup businesses are on their own in the Sooner State. Norman is not a technology hotspot, but it could be, Vallone said.
Like Austin — the “Silicone Prairie” — Norman is a university community with some of the best and brightest in the nation right here, providing a base of both potential mentors and potential entrepreneurs.
Austin decided to go after technology, he said, and the results have paid off. What Norman needs are more incubators in the form of office space, available conference rooms and good internet connections.
Equally valuable would be mentorships through partnerships with the university. Vallone suggested the city could work with OU’s Center for Entrepreneurship to set up a mentorship program and to provide workshops, training, and information on starting a business and finding funding sources.