Kate Ryan Reiling
Kate Ryan Reiling loves games. "I have a friend who says just give him a pile of dirt and a string and he can make a game out of it," she laughs. But that is nearly what Kate did in 2002. "Some friends and I were sitting inside one cold winter day and got a a little bored with Jenga and Pente," she says. So she made a new game out of the pieces, which she calls Morphology.
With constant improvement, by watching customers play the game, and with counsel from her Tuck (Dartmouth MBA program) professors, Kate refined and improved her game. In fact, TIME Magazine called Morphology one of the Top Ten games of 2010.
"Tuck opened doors. I was able to get advice from the inventor of Cranium and the developer of Pictionary due to the connections of alumni," she says. "That is the hidden value of business school." Thousands of the Morphology game have been sold via her website and through game stores.
Kate balances competitiveness with collaboration. A three-time All-American soccer player at Macalester College, she went on to coach at the St Paul school. During breaks, she would have her team play her game and watch to see how it was played. "College students are inspiring because they exist in a world where anything seems possible and they have endless hope and energy," she says, as they helped her develop her iPhone app and travel editions of the game.