Today it's exactly 10 years ago that Thijs and I decided to start a company. Here's what happened between August 10, 2002 and today. From working from our parents house to living in vacant office space to running a Ruby shop with a team of seven.
You made a deal with someone to build you a website. Best of all: you agreed on a flat fee! You're getting everything you want, because that's what your vendor promised you. Guess what? It's not going to happen. You fell for the Myth of the Flat Fee.
You don't get rich over an idea. Execution is what counts, what makes money and brings value to the table. Pretty much any idea that has the potential of actually being executed is not unique. Our ideas are always based on other ideas. We only think of a web app that can do X because others paved the road before us.
We're starting a little investment program for startups. This year we'll be selecting one or two startups which will get the opportunity to use our agile design and development services at a heavily discounted rate. We will also act as sparring partners on the business end. In return you'll hand over options or shares in your startup. The terms are negotiable based on the scope of the to be developed product and the business.
About a year ago we decided to make our entire operation as paperless as possible. This means we basically scan and shred anything that isn't a contract, or a document for which we're required by law to keep the original.
Yesterday Thijs and I visited Pivotal Labs at their NYC office, following up on Ian McFarland's open invitation. Ian had a great talk at RailsConf about how Pivotal works, and we wanted to dig a bit deeper into it and have a look at their "pairing stations" (yes, they pair program).