Anthony Lai's recipe for success as an app developer is a mix of hard work, determination, and a passion for bringing realistic, everyday experiences to life through gaming.
Anthony was always good at solving problems. After college, he worked as an electrical engineer for a few years. While he enjoyed the work, he missed interacting directly with clients and getting consistent customer feedback on his products. He had always been passionate about gaming, but thought it was impossible for one person to create a successful game on their own. “It was actually the Google Play store that inspired me,” Lai recalls. “In their world, anybody could publish a game on mobile if you made a product that resonated with users and had basic marketing skills.” With that burst of inspiration, he founded his company, TapBlaze, in 2012 with a mission to create memorable entertainment experiences for players around the world.
After launching the company, Anthony spent hours and hours ideating on the first app his small business would launch. He wanted to center the business around games that were fun, educational, and would represent the diversity of the world we live in. Amidst all his ideas, he kept coming back to pizza, a dish that brought nostalgia of his upbringing. “Growing up in a melting pot like Queens, the local pizza shop was a watering hole for the entire community,” he says. “So why not create an app around that universal experience?”