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Michael Hartman judges Lexington Startup Weekend pitches.

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Michael Hartman was asked to be one of the judges on the final panel for Lexington Startup Weekend. The panel also included Drew Curtis of, Rick Miller from the Bluegrass Angels Managing Board, and Dr. Bruce Walcott from the UK School of Engineering.

Lexington Startup Weekend is part a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

By the final round, 9 companies remained and they had 5 minutes to give their final pitch while also showing off the latest version of their company or product. The judges deliberately extensively before selecting GiftPool as the Lexington winner. GiftPool will represent Lexington in  the 2012 Global Startup Battle.


Tower of Elements Launches on Big Fish Games

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Frogdice proudly announces the launch of its first game on the Big Fish Games platform: Tower of Elements. This release marks the beginning of a very exciting partnership between Frogdice and Big Fish Games. Big Fish is the leading online marketplace for premium casual games with over 2 billion games downloaded since 2002.

Tower of Elements is an innovative match 3, tower defense, role playing game. You play an elementalist who commands a magical tower against a relentless horde of monsters trying to breach your kingdom’s walls.

It has been described by Big Fish reviewers as Bejeweled + Plants vs. Zombies + Awesomeness. We will let our players decide if that is an apt description.


Frogdice exhibiting at PAX East – March 22-24, 2013

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Frogdice will be exhibiting at next year’s PAX East convention in Boston, MA on March 22-24, 2013.

Frogdice will be attending with other game developers from Lexington, KY who are part of the RunJumpDev game developer group. The trip is being sponsored by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership.

In addition to showing off Frogdice’s games, including Threshold RPG, Coin ‘n Carry, Tower of Elements, and 1 or 2 new games that are yet to be released, we hope to promote Kentucky to other game developers.


Michael Hartman Guest on Web Show: Gamer Hangout

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Our President & CEO, Michael Hartman, was a guest on the webshow Gamer Hangout last night, hosted by’s Beau Hindman.

Topic: Online Piracy: what is it, should we stop it?

If you find the topic even remotely interesting, please check out the video and make a comment or two.


Michael Hartman interviewed on the future of social games.

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Michael Hartman, President & CEO of Frogdice, was interviewed by WebProNews about the future of social games.

Exclusive: The Future Of Social Games Through The Eyes Of Frogdice

“If you want to see the future of browser gaming and how far it has come since its humble roots under Shockwave, check out Coin ‘n Carry. Frogdice has some exciting things on the horizon, as do many others. It’s safe to say that browser-based and social games are not going anywhere.”


Michael Hartman Judges 5 Across Pitch Competition

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On April 25, 2012, Michael Hartman served on a panel of three to judge a competition of 5 pitches, 5 minutes each, starting at 5 o’clock.

The 5 Across pitch competition is sponsored by the Lexington Venture Club and Awesome, Inc. and features presentations from local entrepreneurs starting or expanding new business ventures.

  • Eric Gaines presented Party Tutor: a smartphone app/website.
  • Grant Weherley and his team pitched SmartLit – a bluetooth controllable outlet.
  • Cameron Lippert pitched Last Call Beverages, a hangover pre-treatment.
  • David Nelson presented EHW, LLC which is developing an improved walker for the elderly.
  • Tom Dugan pitched Bluestone Geologic which provides Geologic Mapping Services.

Idea State U Keynote Speaker: Michael Hartman

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Michael Hartman was asked to be the keynote speaker kicking off 2012’s Idea State U business plan and pitch competition. What is Idea State U?

Kentucky’s new statewide business concept and business plan competition is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding participating student teams from the commonwealth’s eight four-year state universities. Winning teams will be those judged as having the best new business concepts and business plans for proposed new ventures…

…The competition places emphasis on business concepts and plans that are scored by independent judges as most likely to result in successful, high-growth ventures. This “ready for the real world” emphasis ensures that winning teams will have the best chance of providing a return on the state’s investment by creating high-paying jobs in Kentucky. 

Mr. Hartman spoke about his own experiences as an entrepreneur and gave advice to the 100+ participants in the competition on how to pursue their dream of founding and growing a startup.


Pang Hartman Interviewed by skirt! Magazine

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Pang Hartman, Vice President and Creative Director of Frogdice, was featured by skirt! Magazine in an article about women in technology.

Now, as the primary designer for their games, Pang is one of very few women in the field. The company prides itself on embracing diversity, and believes in order to succeed you must “put differences aside and celebrate the common areas.” As one of the first in the fledgling industry, Pang states, “We had to be the leaders and learn the hard way.”

Pang Hartman- Girl’s Got Gameskirt! Magazine.


Frogdice Represented at Lexington Venture Club

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Pang Hartman, Vice President and Creative Director of Frogdice, was asked to speak at the March meeting of the Lexington Venture Club. Pang updated the group on Frogdice’s recent progress and met with other business leaders to discuss potential working partnerships.

Lexington Venture Club


Frogdice Featured in Business Lexington News

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Frogdice is featured as one of the primary case study examples of new tech companies and entrepreneurs growing and receiving investment in Lexington, KY.

Michael Hartman of Frogdice, an on-line gaming developer, says industry leaders repeatedly told him that to grow their company they would have to move. Frogdice already has a successful role-playing game, Threshold; they are growing their business by creating a new game called Coin n’ Carry, and they are also building an offshoot that creates games for other companies. Hartman and his wife travelled to Austin, Texas, and were looking for houses there when they heard about the Innovation and Commercialization Center and, ultimately, Nash.

Nash helped Frogdice stay in Lexington by finding office space, assisting in recruiting employees and, perhaps most importantly, helping find financing.

Making it happen for entrepreneursBusiness Lexington.

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