Our Team

Our Core Team

Dave Applegate – Founder

  • An entrepreneur since his first coffee stand at 6 years old, Dave is passionate about building great companies. He lives life intentionally through personal reflection and goal tracking. Known as the “old man” of the office, Dave enjoys daily naps and an early bedtime. He dreams of the day he can finally take those naps next to his future puppy, Ms. Wigglebutt. Dave is passionate about providing eager learners with the opportunities for education and exploration that he is forever grateful to have had.
  • https://twitter.com/DaveMApplegate
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/davemapplegate
  • [email protected]

Katie Dillon – Editor

  • Katie is a lover of linguistics, green tea, and spicy foods. Her life goal is to always be learning a new language, having already studied Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Katie got in trouble in 2nd grade for marking the grammatical errors in library books, which is why she now spends her days writing, critiquing, and editing R!4AR content. Katie’s main causes focus on environmental sustainability and world literacy.
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinedillon
  • https://twitter.com/moreirishthanu
  • [email protected]

Nam Nygen – Lead Developer

  • Nam is a social butterfly, or dare we say, “social dino.” He brews his friendships over cups of coffee and adventurous eats, and loves to share his whisky wisdom. A deep and multi-faceted individual, Nam studied both Philosophy and Programming. Nam’s work with Rawr! For A Reason is deeply motivated by his passion for supporting mental health causes.
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/nam-nguyen-ba819b5
  • [email protected]

Our Supporters

Interested in joining our team?

The best games are created by happy and fulfilled teams. For us, that recipe is fair compensation, an agile work environment and giving back our time. We spend 10% of our time giving back to charities or the indie game development community.

Our team is based in the beautiful Orange County, California. Although we love collaborating and building relationships with the indie game development community all over the world, we strive for our full time team members to live in the greater Southern California area.

Our approach to making games

Our games are built through “by the book” SCRUM teams with an emphasis on releasing testable proof of concept games quickly. We test these games in front of real fans and rely on their feedback to drive our development.

What we look for in full time team mates

  • A deep understanding of agile thinking. We leave our egos at the door and focus on creating things customers love quickly.
  • Passionate gamers. Our brains dwell on video games. We want people who are excited about games in and out of the work day.
  • Children of the internet. Teammates must understand what it takes to make the “internet” love Rawr! for a Reason. We want an individual who is still angry about how long it took to find out what was in that safe on Reddit, posts on Stack Overflow or Dribble, or watches Twitch in his spare time.
  • An owner’s mindset. We are a young startup that lacks a lot of process and are the first to admit we often don’t know the right answer. Our teammates need to take initiative and swiftly solve problems.
  • Diversity. We want a team that represents different backgrounds so we can create games everyone loves.
  • Involvement in the mobile game community. We test our games in front of real fans and are always stepping out of the office to build our community relationships.

Ready to take the next step?

We are always open to working with new people who share our values. Just like our development process, we believe our hiring process should be agile. We start off with a small project of paid work to make sure you can excel in our team environment.

If you are interested in applying, please contact us with your resume and portfolio.