Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Brothers Creating New Apps ; Company Mainly Focusing Efforts on Mobile Games

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Brothers Creating New Apps ; Company Mainly Focusing Efforts on Mobile Games

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Matt Nyquist took an unusual path to starting a tech company -- leaving southern California and moving to Topeka.

To be fair, it was more of a return home than a leap into the unknown. Nyquist, CEO of NYQuist INDustries, Inc., and his older brother and chief financial officer, Mark Nyquist, grew up in Lindsborg. A lifelong passion for technology took Nyquist to California to work in the film industry, but an illness in the family brought him back, and the brothers decided to fulfill an old dream of starting a technology company, he said.

Nyquist said he spent much of his childhood taking things apart and putting them back together in the house, but really started learning about computers in high school. There was a program that let students earn an A+ certification and assist the district with information technology problems, he said.

"Actually being in the field and working with technology, you learn so, so much about how it works," he said.

After getting his undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas and a master's degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Nyquist said he did technical work for the movie industry for six years. While some people treated each other well, there also was a culture of viewing employees and others as expendable, he said.

"There are great people in Hollywood ... but I found myself missing the Kansas people," he said.

Coming back to help care for his parents when both were diagnosed with cancer helped him realize how much he missed home and revived an old interest he and his brother had in going into business together, Nyquist said. Both parents are now in remission.

Going from creating films to apps is an unusual transition, Nyquist said, but the emphasis on entrepreneurship in his graduate program has helped. In some ways, designing apps is a more traditional business than film-making, because investors have a better idea of the return they will earn, he said. …

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