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Whit Alexander
Whit Alexander

Whit Alexander

Cranium Games

Seattle, WA USA

"It's really about finding a passion and working for something...You want to find an avocation, not a vocation."

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Day In The Life


I created a new board-game where everyone gets to have heroic moments.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Development Economics and International Development

    Georgetown University

  • Graduate Degree

    Geographic Information Science and Cartography

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Jokes that he's the founder of the "career-of-the-month" club-he's taught school, he'd done urban planning, he's sold seeds door to door, etc.

  • 2.

    Went to Georgetown University and studied foreign service; he thought he'd work at the U.N. someday.

  • 3.

    While studying abroad, he got interested in computer mapping and information systems; came back and did his master's degree in that.

  • 4.

    One day, he saw a tiny listing on the University of Washington's job board-Microsoft was looking for a digital cartographer, which was right up his alley.

  • 5.

    While at Microsoft, he met his co-founder Richard Tait; they knew they wanted to collaborate on a project, but they were at a loss for ideas.

  • 6.

    Out of the blue, Richard called him and said, "Let's make a board game"; Whit replied, "You can tell my father I'm leaving Microsoft for a board game."

  • 7.

    They knew nothing about the game industry, but they were passionate about this specific game, which gave every player a chance to shine.

  • 8.

    They struggled to sell the game until an epiphany in a Starbucks pointed them towards their demographic; after Starbucks got on board, Cranium took off.