Being Grown Up and Stuff...

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Who am I?

Alex Rodriguez

I am passionate about...

  • Science & Technology
  • Rock Climbing
  • Anything Outdoors

And this guy...

I work for...

The College Experience...

  • Had no idea what I wanted to do
  • Didn't value learning
  • Started a Fraternity
    • Partied a lot
    • Learned a lot
  • Found an internship junior year
    • Worst professional experience I'd ever have
    • One of the most valuable professional experience I'd ever have 

Lessons Learned

  • Get involved in SOMETHING
  • Don't chase paper... Find and chase your passion
    • Diploma
    • $$$
  • Get to know your teachers
  • Make as much time as possible to gain professional experience in or out of your field of study
    • Volunteer
    • Internships
    • Freelance
  • College isn't for everyone and thats okay
  • Learn how to learn!

Life After College...

  • STILL didn't know what I wanted to do
    • Moved back home
    • Got a job at Subway
    • Started freelancing in my spare time

Freelancing

  • It's very challenging...
  • Requires more then technical skills
    • Social
    • Finance
    • Business
  • Spent more time on the business side then the creative and technical
  • It's not necessarily WHAT you know, but WHO you know
    • Networking: Quality > Quantity
  • You can only learn so much working on your own...

Starting a Career

  • After a year and a half of freelancing and working at Subway, I decided it was time to start a REAL career
    • Spent a few months interviewing at various companies
    • Just as I was starting to give up on finding the perfect job, I found...
  • Founded in 2001
  • I've been with the company for the last 3 years
    • ​Frontend
    • Backend
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Project Management
    • Hiring and On boarding
    • IT Support
    • Process Improvement
    • ...
  • I continue to love every minute of it

Our singular goal...

is to be the world’s leading web agency building consistently amazing websites, systems and products. 

How do we measure this?

  • Client retention
  • Client referrals
  • Pulled not pushed
  • Having the greatest team
  • Progressive opportunities for team
  • Employees grow to greater things
  • New grads want to work here
  • Consistently profitable 

We want to build cool stuff...

With cool people...

For cool clients...

We do work with...

  • Startups
  • Small Business  
  • Large Business

We offer an array of services...

  • UX Strategy and Consulting
  • Website Design and Development
  • Web App Design and Development
  • Mobile App Design and Development
  • And more...

Expectations

  • Manage yourself
  • Own the details
    • Make no assumptions
    • Be the most prepared person in the room
  • Know/manage the time budget
    • We can do anything, but are we being paid to?
  • Do whatever it takes
    • But be pragmatic
  • Make yourself proud of the outcome
    • Hold yourself/others to a high standard
  • Always do the right thing

Simple Best Practices

  • Expectation setting is everything
    • With each other, with our clients and with yourself
    • Under promise and over deliver
  • Review early and often
  • State and restate everything
    • Make NO assumptions
  • Talk in person whenever possible rather then e-mail/chat
  • Come to conflict quickly
    • Make NO assumptions

What we look for

  • The Three Hs
    • Happy
    • Humble
    • Hungry
  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
  • Technical knowledge related to the job

Questions?

Thank you

Being Grown Up and Stuff

By Alex Rodriguez

Being Grown Up and Stuff

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