July 26, 2012

An In-Depth Look At The "Chaos, Arrogance, And Mistakes" Of Curt Schilling And 38 Studios

Jason Schwartz, Boston Magazine:
End Game

Curt Schilling set out to build the greatest video-game company the world had ever seen, and to get rich — Bill Gates rich — doing it. Instead, the whole thing exploded in his face. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the Red Sox legend and his former employees, Jason Schwartz takes us inside the chaos, arrogance, and mistakes that led to the destruction of 38 Studios and the loss of $75 million in taxpayer money.
Schwartz also has this brief follow-up on one point.

(P.S. In late May, when the company went under, there were various columns criticizing Schilling for grabbing taxpayer money, a liberal evil he had railed against time and time again when talking politics.)


Kathryn said...

A very interesting and well-done article. I almost* feel sorry for Schilling. I think he did approach the business much like his pitching...thinking that if he wills it, it will happen. That optimism and no-one -can-stop-me attitude is what gave us the World Series.

He should have been smarter than that, though. How could he think that he can run a business with NO experience? The idea of working 14 days in a row and then getting 5 off? Could he really have been that out of touch and not know the difference between the sports world and the real world? And now, he is close to bankruptcy? Sad.

*The almost is because there is no way to excuse the disregard for his employees' well-being at the end. Letting health insurance lapse, relocating people when things are worsening, and paying his uncle-in-law...it's just wrong.

laura k said...

How could he think that he can run a business with NO experience?

It's amazing how many people think that running a business is simple. (About as many people think writing a book is a great way to get rich quick.)

I haven't read the whole article, but based on Kat's comment, it sounds interesting and I will.