Getting Here

Ep 7 - Nate Martin

Episode Summary

Nate Martin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Puzzle Break, the first American escape room company. Founded in 2013, Puzzle Break is headquartered in Seattle with locations in New York, Massachusetts and on Royal Caribbean ships. He is a Business Journal 40-Under-40 honoree. Martin is a frequent lecturer on the topics of escape rooms, interactive entertainment, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He maintains a blog where he discusses those subjects and more. His interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, MarketWatch, and countless other outlets. He was profiled by MSNBC’s Your Business where he was first dubbed the "Founding Father of Escape Rooms." A graduate of the DigiPen Institute of Technology, he was a senior executive at Microsoft and Electronic Arts prior to Puzzle Break. He has shipped software used by billions of users as well as some of the most beloved video games of a generation.

Episode Notes

Nate Martin is a former senior executive in Microsoft and Electronic Arts whose love for gaming led him to become the father of Escape Rooms in America with his company Puzzle Break. Escape rooms popularity is exploding with fans among public figures like Ariana Grande and Barack Obama.

Puzzle Break is headquartered in Seattle with locations in New York, Massachusetts and on Royal Caribbean ships. Nate is a Business Journal 40-Under-40 honoree.

In this episode, Nate talks about his upbringing, the unusual way he got into the technology business and how he decided to materialize his gaming background into a profitable business.