We Are Here Because...
We started NeverEnding because stories matter. Your stories matter. Each of us has a well of creativity, insight, and humanity to explore and share. When we play games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Vampire, or others, we are co-creating stories. We’re building entire worlds.
We thought – how amazing would it be if other people could SEE those worlds? If people could share and experience stories beyond the table. Maybe these worlds and stories can live on in more than just a memory between friends.
Another reason is that for so many of us, our imagination has helped us through challenging, difficult times – heartbreaks, bullying, anxiety – the list goes on. We all need an opportunity to imagine a world more fantastic, to imagine ourselves as something more, something different. NeverEnding intends to be a space to explore those dreams and ideas.
Behind It All
Jamie Van Doren
Jamie had the original vision for NeverEnding. A long time (like really long, folks) player and DM, games like Powers & Perils and Dungeons & Dragons have been a staple of both childhood and adult life. He’s excited to help other people share their stories, their adventures, and their worlds. You’ll often see Jamie walking around with a Tome of… erm… notes. Yep. Notes. Nothing warlock-y to see here folks.
Development Team Lead
What happens when a stealth ninja is also a cybermancer coding wizard? Kristi is what happens. As our Development Lead, she makes sure our rag tag team of coders stays on track and focused on the priorities while building the bajillion features NeverEnding will eventually have. But Kristi doesn’t sit in her tower passing judgment, she’s right there in the thick of adventure – sleeves rolled up and keyboard in hand crunching code and smashing bugs.
Art Team Lead
Kelci is just a terrific illustrator. And she’s so FAST. Not surprising, because she spent some time as a caricature artist. Kelci has several comic books + web comics she’s been involved with. She’s also an avid D&D player. She is bringing her amazing creativity and style to NeverEnding, so you can bring your characters to life. Note: While she’s unlikely to cast raise dead on your character, you might get a reincarnation out of her.
Finance & HR
If you’re going to be in a knife fight against the town guard, Kyle is who you want at your side! You might think that has nothing to do with developing a platform like NeverEnding, but Kyle brings the precision of an assassin’s strike and the loyalty of a paladin to all the Finance and HR duties she’s responsible for. She’s proof positive that multi-classing can be great!
Yiming (Francis) Wang
Awards and Recognition
Instead of being a source of joy and connection, traditional social media seems to disconnect and divide us. We think there’s a better way. At NeverEnding, we want everyone to be seen in their stories and feel represented. We believe we can build better communities by sharing meaningful content and good stories. We work hard every day to uphold our promise to our members, partners, and the global community.
When outside organizations recognize us for our efforts, it reconfirms the fact that we can create innovative technology that makes the world a better place to be. A better place to live.
In August 2020, NeverEnding received a $25k grant from the GLIDE Innovation Fund.
GLIDE (Great Lakes Innovation & Development Enterprise) administers the Innovation Fund, Northeast Ohio's pre-seed fund founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation supports technology-based entrepreneurial companies. It awards early-stage capital to business in Northeast Ohio.
In December, NeverEnding was awarded $10k in a Pitch Competition held by the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund.
NEOSVF’s goal is to show students, entrepreneurs, and startups that Northeast Ohio is a viable geographic location to start their business. They fund high-growth potential, startups in areas such as advanced materials, medical technology, software applications, sensing and automation technologies and several others.
In November 2020, NeverEnding won $5k from Youngstown Business Incubator’s Virtual Pitch Competition.
Thanks to our supporters, we won the most votes! The Youngstown Business Incubator is an internationally recognized program focused on the development of software and additive manufacturing companies.