The board game that Mark Zuckerberg and Reid Hoffman learned the business of (and that you can try this holiday season)

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Recently, Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedInmade an unexpected statement during an interview with the Financial Times. The billionaire said his inspiration in business came from an unusual resource: Board games. You are not the only one who experiences business as a game or vice versa. Billionaire entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and CEOs have long referred to this entertainment as personal training rather than playful activity.

The board game that Mark Zuckerberg and Reid Hoffman learned the business of (and that you can try this holiday season)
The board game that Mark Zuckerberg and Reid Hoffman learned the business of (and that you can try this holiday season)

“One of the reasons board games are enjoying a new boom and success is because technology has forced people to become more isolated and interact through a device. However, humans essentially have the taste to be more personal, “says Vesselin Raynov. Land manager of Devir Mexico, the company that sells some of the world’s most popular strategy games in the country.

One of those games is this Catan, to which Reid Hoffman referred in the above interview: “It’s a game that has gained a lot of followers. Hoffman calls this the board game of entrepreneurship, but he also has other equally famous fans like Mark Zuckerberg, who along with his wife has declared himself a huge fan of the game, “says Raynov.

For the manager, the great attraction of Catan is the way in which the players are forced to think strategically, and a thinking emerges that can be carried over into the business. Catan introduces the people to a story: The players come to explore a non-colonized island. It is an area that is rich in resources. From there it’s all about how to grow and take advantage of those advantages of the place.

“The players (at least three) build certain elements: roads, cities, towns. The more you build, the more points you can get, and whoever reaches 10 units wins, ”summarizes Raynov.

So far it seems easy, but as the game progresses, players find themselves in a resource supply dilemma and are forced to start negotiations in order to set up and continue their colonization process. But be careful, the game can end up exposing those who don’t have much time to do good business, or it can be the first look at the next big business owner: the big colonialist.

“The lack of negotiating resources means that the moment is not always in your favor and creates a healthy rivalry at the table. The competition is increasing, but at the same time you have to think about working with the other players, ”explains the manager.

Those who work the least together on the board of directors have little chance of advancing, while those who negotiate the most and interact best at the table usually take the lead.

Perhaps it is the reflection of the search for power (the winner becomes the conqueror of the island) or the fact that you maintain strategic thinking even in free hours, but the game that Klaus Teuber developed in 1995 was a strong excuse for Bringing the players return to a physical board. For example, the more than 20 million boards sold worldwide.

“Zynga psychoanalyst and CEO Mark Pincus has also declared himself a fan of Catan. It was also implemented a long time ago as an integration game between the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, ”explains Raynov.

The Belgian football team also uses the game within its concentrations. In Mexico, Catan now also has top-class representatives, although there are only a few. One of them is the soccer player Javier Hernández, known as “The Chicharito”, a taste that was surely infected by his wife, model Sarah Kohan.

The most important national player of Catan is called, however Quetzal Hernandez. At the end of 2018, Quetzal became world champion of the specialty. On his way, which culminated in the title in Cologne, Hernández sent more than 60 Mexican and foreign players to survive a final tournament with 76 participants from 46 countries.

It was Plato who said, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of entertainment.” It is very likely that the Greek genius was not referring to business matters, but Catan gives the phrase a new perspective. Would you play it

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