Portalarium, Inc. was formed in September 2009 for the purpose of developing and publishing online games, virtual worlds and related services and products.
The goal is to foster people coming together for fun, shared play, good will, learning, and community. We desire to maximize the social play experience between friends (old and new).
Our company is centrally located between New York and Los Angeles… between Europe and Asia… in Austin, Texas, a great place to live, work and play. Browse here to get a good feel of what we’re talking about when we say we really love being in Austin!
Purpose, Principles, and Values
Our Purpose: To provide fun games and virtual worlds that foster community, good will, learning, and people playing together
We, the members of Portalarium, have chosen to come together and combine our efforts as an interdependent community of employees, owners, investors, and partners, guided by the shared principles of open participation and cooperation, with the intention of providing a sustainable, satisfying livelihood and quality of life for all our employees, members, and their dependents, as well as equally sustainable and satisfying results for our investors and partners, through the realization of our purpose to provide fun, online, social games, virtual worlds, services, and learning environments that foster our customers coming together for shared play, learning, good will, and community.
- We, the members of Portalarium, have chosen to establish a community-oriented culture and working environment based on the shared beliefs and expected behaviors of:
- Concern, commitment, and loyalty to each other’s lifetime welfare, including our families and dependents.
- Commitment to Our Purpose: To provide fun games and virtual worlds that foster community, good will, learning, and people playing together.
- A striving to have fun with our work (deliberately and uncompromisingly, fun-oriented in all our work endeavors; we must have some measure of fun, engagement, and satisfaction with our daily work, or question what, and how, we are doing it).
- Trustworthiness assumed between us all (the expectation of honesty and integrity in all our relationships; the courage to be vulnerable to each other).
- Trusted competency in each others roles (a basic trust between us all that we can get our work done, perform our role, and carry our share of the load, without close supervision, constant monitoring, or micromanagement).
- A striving for admirable and prideful work (high standards of quality that we hold ourselves and each other to).
- Openness/transparency (open information systems and broadcast communications; sharing all information with everyone enables effective decisions and promotes accountability).
- Shared equity (employee ownership, sharing of profits and losses).
- Personal freedom and responsibility (individual autonomy and responsibility in all decisions and actions).
- Shared leadership (the right leader for the right task at the right time; anyone with the inclination and ability can move in and out of leadership roles as determined by self and group needs/interests).
- Cooperative decision-making (including open, respectful, healthy, safe conflict).
- Individual equality, no matter what our organizational role.
- Mutual respect and validation between all participants (employees, owners, investors, partners, and customers).
- Open invitation to all employees and stakeholders to responsibly participate in organizational operations anytime, anywhere, about anything (all employees and stakeholders are invited to attend and responsibly participate in any and all meetings, at any level, for any purpose).
- Constantly emerging individual roles defined by self and group needs/interests (self-determined, fluid job descriptions).
- Sharing of ideas and opinions expected (a safe, respectful environment where the open sharing of ideas and opinions is both welcome and expected).
- Collaboration expected (allow the opinions, needs, desires, and goals of each other to responsibly influence decisions).
- Learning-oriented (organizational investment, support and expectation for both internal and external forms of education, training, learning, teaching, mentoring, and interning; exploring the unknown where mistakes are a welcome byproduct of experimentation and experiential-learning).
- Business Intelligence-oriented (organizational investment and emphasis on the acquisition, analysis, and open distribution of business intelligence data as a fundamental component of operations and decisions in every area related to our work, from game design metrics to financial analysis).
- It is important to understand that Portalarium, although more democratically oriented than most traditional corporations, must still adhere to sound business practices. Portalarium expects to operate under forms of collaborative operational management that resemble those of cooperative associations. However, management and operation of Portalarium must be just as disciplined and competent as all other businesses in order to achieve the sustainable and satisfying results that are our mandate. As in other businesses, there will be those employees who are charged with the role and responsibilities of “boss” and others who will support their leadership and guidance. However, a clear distinction from most other corporations is that Portalarium is operated for the balanced benefit of all stakeholders, rather than the often typical power and benefits structure accorded to a select group of investors/shareholders/owners.