From the Bayou to the Big Screen: How Local Startup Pixel Dash Went National

This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.

When Jason Tate began Pixel Dash Studios with his co-founder Evan Smith ten years ago, he couldn’t have predicted the growth and success of his startup. Pixel Dash recently completed work on a project involving two house-hold names: Scoob! and the Masked Singer. The advertisement, starring everyone’s favorite cartoon canine, features Pixel Dash’s 3D recreation of the Masked Singer set.

A decade of dedicated work skyrocketed Tate’s tech startup to higher and higher profile projects. “We had no idea where we would end up when we started,” Tate says. “But now we’re working with well-known brands and have clients on the national stage.”

Here’s how connections and community propelled Pixel Dash to the national level.

Identify Your Path Forward

Pixel Dash began as a team of two, but Tate knew how he wanted his company to grow. They spent time working on their own video game passion projects and supplemented it with work-for-hire from local companies. “Most of our work before this project was local to Louisiana,” Tate says. Over the years, Tate and his team built out an impressive portfolio consisting of video games, simulations and 3D animations.

But Tate knew he wanted to get into the VR and film space. “Louisiana has a large film industry, but they’d never crossed over into interactive media,” Tate says. “That was a space we wanted to get into.” Tate was persistent in building industry connections and gained diverse experiences from his work-for-hire projects. “As we built our portfolio and expertise over the years, we were able to level up,” Tate says.

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