This Founder’s Incredible Journey From Academic Physics To Gaming Software Development
Carter Minshull’s love of gaming from a young age has led him down an unlikely journey. His excellence in academics, especially his physics studies, brought him to the University of Waterloo. Yet, his exposure to computer science during his freshman year altered his career path. Years later, he’s now a founder of Gamelynx, a competitive mobile gaming development studio that went through Y Combinator. Minshull has much to share about his career path from academia to game development.
Frederick Daso: Going to school, you initially set your mind to becoming an academic physicist. What drew you to physics at first?
Carter Minshull: Going to high school in a small town, the most significant impact on me came from my teachers. I was naturally drawn to STEM subjects, but it was my grade 11 & 12 physics teacher, Lisa Lim-Cole, who pushed me to pursue physics in post-secondary. The energy she brought to our small class of fifteen students engaged and inspired me. With field-trips to world-class institutions like the Perimeter Institute and class projects such as building a 1.5m working trebuchet, she motivated her students by teaching the curriculum in a unique, applied manner.
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