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Hatchlings team prepares for launch of second game, AlphaBrawl

May 29, 2013 by

The Hatchlings team last November headed to Startup Weekend Des Moines as a team building exercise of sorts. The result of their 48 hours of work, originally called BattleType, won second place at the event. More than six months later, the team is preparing to launch its first iOS and Android app, now called AlphaBrawl. Hatchlings creator Brad Dwyer this morning spoke at 1 Million Cups - Des Moines about the game and the challenges his team has faced in building it and reallocating their time. Founded in 2008, Des Moines-based Hatchlings …  read more

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Hatchlings surpasses 250k users, releases egg-filled infographic

April 10, 2013 by

Historically, the month leading up to Easter has been the busiest time of year for the Des Moines-based staff of Facebook game Hatchlings. March 2013 proved to be no different as the game's popularity reached an all-time high since its relaunch last year, surpassing 250,000 users. The team of 10 worked to release new collections totaling 70 new eggs, while the game was featured on …  read more

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Easter brings “month-long hackathon,” growth to Hatchlings

March 30, 2013 by

Though the Hatchlings team has no set office hours, its team of 10 has been putting in a lot of extra time in preparation for the holiday that served as an inspiration for the game. "It's been pretty hectic," creator Brad Dwyer said earlier this week. "I mean, I kind of enjoy it. It's like a month-long hackathon." Historically, the month leading up to Easter has been the game's "big time for growth," said Dwyer …  read more

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Hatchlings leaves beta mode on fifth birthday

January 31, 2013 by

In honor of the company's fifth birthday Friday, Hatchlings is dropping its beta classification and releasing a bevy of new features, including expanded privileges for premium users, additional levels and a redesigned site, to its loyal fans. Billed as the "world's largest virtual Easter egg hunt," the …  read more

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Holding yourself to a “hire” standard

October 5, 2012 by

(Guest post by Brad Dwyer.) Hiring your first employees is one of the scariest propositions a startup founder will face. It's often tempting to go it alone and make do with the superhuman efforts of a startup's founders for much longer than is healthy. The decision to build out your team is a huge responsibility and one not to be taken lightly, but it's probably the most essential thing you can do to lead to your startup's success. On the other hand, hiring the wrong people can be the kiss of death for any business. The team at Hatchlings: Being the sole driving force behind Hatchlings was a rut that I languished …  read more

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Prairie Portrait: George Jurgens of Hatchlings

September 24, 2012 by

Silicon Prairie News: What led you to Des Moines and Hatchlings? George Jurgens: Eight years ago I was invited to a friend originally from Iowa’s lake house on Lake Panorama. Ever since then I’ve been visiting every year and got to know Brad through mutual friends. | After graduating from university this year in England, I started looking for jobs with startups in the U.S. Brad was an ideal contact and offered me a position with Hatchlings, a business I've seen grow over the last few years. I didn’t realize until I started work at Hatchlings how huge the startup scene in the Midwest is, and I am excited to see where it will be in 10 years. Depending on how the visa situation goes, I’d love to stick around and be a part of that …   read more

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