Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Since I was a kid I’ve always been obsessed with computers, gaming, and technology. The ability to have infinite ways to create and break was always inspiring to me and led me down the natural path of computer gaming and MySpace wallpaper creation. These natural progressions over time led me into the world of technology and music entertainment- bridging the worlds between people of all different backgrounds. I co-founded Arkade as a way to combine my passions with emerging technology and influence those around me to just start.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story since starting Arkade was in June of 2022. We were in Austin, Texas for an event (hottest week of the summer at this point) and our Airbnb’s wifi randomly shut off 3 hours before our biggest product release yet. We had to scrabble to the nearest Internet cafe with partially charged phones, a late rental car, and about 4 bags of suitcases. We arrive at this cafe about an hour before release and realize there are no tables inside so we have to sit on the patio out back in the 100+ degree Texas sun wearing airport clothing (sweatpants, sweatshirt, etc) while hosting a Twitter spaces about our launch. We scrabbled to come up with a coherent story to tell our community why we all were speaking from 3 different devices, but just decided to tell them what a mess we were that day due to nerves and some bad time zone planning, and each of our phones were overheating so we had to take turns.
Our product sold out within 8 hours of public sale and that momentum has brought us to this point. too overwhelming and didn’t think to cash out. A few days later, you can imagine what happened..
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Have direction but make it fun and honest. Don’t build a product because you think it will make you X amount of money; Build it because of the utility and add a twist that’s important to you. That opens up innovation and endless pivot opportunities when scaling and reinventing (often times what you start to build ends up a totally different and better product – just start!)
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My grandparents and mom.
In 2018 I went through the worst depression episode of my life that lasted nearly two years. I moved from Los Angeles to rural Florida, I was in a relationship and hated myself that I couldn’t be the person they viewed me as in that moment and it led me to try hard and spiral with each failure. From there, they told me to reset, restart, and refocus as many times as I needed and it changed my life. Everyone says it, but realizing the importance of family and a support system is one of the pivotal things to someone’s success and without my mom, grandparents, friends, and family I truly wouldn’t have the confidence to pursue the things I do today.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I own a nonprofit called “PDM Gives” that is registered and active in Florida. As someone who suffers from ADHD and is dyslexic I publish books in the font “Dyslexie” and am working to donate these books to areas with high rates of undiagnosed learning disabilities (inner city schools and prisons). While its not a one size fits all solution – it’s a step in the right direction and can impact one kid/adult to have the confidence to do anything.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
We suffer more in our imagination, than we do in reality.
This changed my life forever. Realizing I was a prisoner of my mind for nearly 2+ years I would create scenarios and overthink drastically to convince myself not to do something. Once I got past that, the world felt easier to navigate.
.How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Twitter is @patrickdm and my Instagram is @patrickdmarshall – I’ve always shyed away from the spotlight but the timing feels right
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Not that I can think of. Please have fun and feel free to get creative 🙂