Firehawk Creative teams up with entrepreneurs to build remarkable products. Structured as a nimble two person shop, we dedicate ourselves to projects for the long haul, fusing brutal honesty and fresh ideas with exceptional coding and design.
One of the most delightful perks of my job is that I get to talk to many people about their startup ideas. People ask if their app idea is feasible, how much it will cost, how long will it take to develop it, is this a terrible idea, and so on. I love it. I don't have all the answers, but after doing this for the last four years, you start to see patterns.
Hatred is probably too strong of a word. Disappointment feels better. Frustration definitely applies.
When I visit a new website for the first time and it takes massive effort to actually figure out what you do, you have failed. Unless of course you are trying to piss people off, because then your website is perfect.
I was recently forced to watch a TV show. The show came out in 2011 so I'm a little behind the times, BUT it has some amazing lessons in entrepreneurship. The show is Suits, and this one is my favorite lessons.
One of my favorite daily activities is to sit in a sauna and sweat like an offensive lineman on his first day of pre-season in the summer heat of Texas. I can't really describe why I like it so much, but there's something about the intense heat that allows me to focus. Apparently, it has some ridiculous health benefits which is a nice bonus.
Several years ago, we were given a free booth at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC from a friend who wasn't going to use it. As a web development company, I didn't think we would get much value out of it but it seemed to good of an offer to pass up. In general it was pretty boring standing at the booth except for one conversation that I'll never forgot...
One of the biggest mistakes that designers and developers make when creating new things is that it almost always ends up too complicated. Simplification is the ultimate goal here, and it's very easy to forget that.
Over the last several years, I have worked very closely with dozens of founders as I directly or indirectly helped them build their startup. I have started connecting the dots and recognizing patterns regarding different types of founders and how they work and act -- the good, the bad and the ugly.
Thinking back on this, it sounds so completely crazy. A few months before I graduated college, I hit a fork in the road of life that could have taken me down a path so incredibly foreign to where I am now. It stemmed from my need for uncertainty and growth and living the life of my dreams. I convinced 3 of my best friends from high school that we should buy a bar in Hawaii and move out there an run it ourselves.
I love this story about Marshawn Lynch and his required media appearances. Marshawn doesn't want to talk to the media. The NFL threatened to fine him $500,000 if he didn't talk, so he did.
At some point during my earliest memories of elementary school, we were taught that we should strive to make the world a better place for generations to come. It must have been an Earth Day or Arbor Day. They gave everyone in my class a baby tree. Our mission was to take it home and plant it. Planting trees is good for the environment they told us.
My tree died.
We all know that the best way to grow is to get out of our comfort zone. The problem with this profound wisdom is that our comfort zone is something we’ve been working to perfect our entire lives, and it’s amazingly comfortable. That’s why I feels it’s part of my responsibility to make founders squirm.
I've developed this uncanny ability to correctly identify a first-time founder with pinpoint accuracy based on one question. It's quite simple. I ask the same question to almost everyone I meet, and there's one response that immediately raises the first-time founder flag.
I was fired. I couldn't believe it and at the same time I knew it was coming. I had never been fired from anything in my life. I made a stand for what I believed in, the company didn't agree with me and I was fired. This moment triggered the next phase of my life -- entrepreneurship.
This week Firehawk Creative had it’s first birthday. Considering how many businesses fail within their first year, this could certainly be considered something to be proud of. My last company lasted just about a year before it began to eat itself alive. So this is progress.
I just read a post from Brad Feld called Brutal Honesty Delivered Kindly. It’s one of my favorite posts I’ve read in a while because it discusses the difficulties with always being honest, transparent and authentic.
When we started Firehawk Creative a year ago, we made a conscious decision that honesty was going to be one of the 4 main pillars of the company.
What is fun? Ask 50 people and you’ll get 50 different perspectives. I can't think of any place where this is more obvious than at a nightclub, and as an entrepreneur, you must understand how important this is.
One of the worst mistakes that an entrepreneur can make also happens to be the one that is the easiest to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your first company or your seventh startup. Even if you are aware of this pitfall, you might fall victim to its trap. So what is the mightiest of startup perils?
Here's a cool Rails validation trick to add to your arsenal. Enjoy.