Maria's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Santa Monica, CA

MARIA BURNS ORTIZ

CEO / Co-Founder
7 Generation Games

“You can’t just kind of dip your toe into things. It’s only when you go all in that things start to work.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Fulfillment Planning Transitions Doubt Individualism Negativity Perseverance Chance Education Hard Work Passion Confidence Determination

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

adversity, chance, change, changing your mind, commitment, committed, doubt, enjoyment, experience, exploration, fulfillment, individuality, paths, perseverance, planning, possibility, sacrifice, technology, timing, writer

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says her path into technology wasn’t traditional, but the longer you work in tech, the more you start to realize that very few people actually have a “traditional” path into tech.
  • In college at NYU, she was a journalism major; after graduating, she wrote for ESPN.com.
  • She loved her job, but at age 23, she realized that writing articles about “the Clippers doing yoga” wasn’t making a difference in the world, and it was no longer fulfilling to her.
  • She wanted to help her mother start a gaming company, but she was hesitant because she’d just had a child, didn’t know if it was the right time.
  • Her mom told her, “That perfect time will never come,” so she decided to just jump in and commit.
  • Together, they started 7 Generation Games, an educational gaming company.
  • Left journalism after working in that field for a decade, but assures road-trippers that it was the right choice; says they shouldn’t feel obligated to continue down a path they don’t like.
  • Says that as a Hispanic woman, she’s faced difficulty in the tech and media worlds, but she uses any discouragement or doubts about her credentials as fuel to motivate her forward.

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