Why I didn’t build my company in Silicon Valley

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About nine years ago, I co-founded a company with Rick and Roy and created a product that helped businesses create forms and collect payments via Paypal. It ate up three of our lives and made life better for some small businesses. Honestly, this first product didn’t disrupt an industry. It probably only took a handful of clients from bigger competitors and we don’t have investors from Silicon Valley. Oursky has no valuation. Instead, we started getting paid to make other people’s products. Yes. We became an agency. We gave up being a sexy startup to become just another agency. And we got more jobs than we could handle, so we recruited more developers to help.

Now, we’re an agency that’s worked with listed companies like Yahoo! and Philips and created products with half a million active users. We’ve also opened up a satellite office…in Taiwan. I’m sharing this because I’m one of thousands of tech founders around the world who started companies not based in Silicon Valley that make money, have happy clients, and great team members.
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Why Wireframes Win Over Clients

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Why would anyone care about a barebones wireframe? Because basic layouts can help you demonstrate your competency to potential clients. Oursky’s working relationship with a client begins with understanding the problem they want to work and developing a user story. We share our early designs in the conversation to demonstrate our working style before they make their decision. This small investment builds trust with potential clients, helps secure contracts, and begins great working relationships.

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Why our company’s remote work system failed

My company’s cornerstone principles is manage yourself. As long as you get stuff done, no-one will mind when you’re in the office. Remote work seemed like a logical next step for self management. We wanted to accommodate each of our 40+ team members’ working styles.

Since my company grew organically, without outside investment, and has less than 10% annual turnover for people who pass probation, I’m pretty sure we got something right.

Remote work wasn’t one of them. Continue reading “Why our company’s remote work system failed”