It was great to hear Geoff Graham give some great insight on the successes and failures of his company (GuildQuality) through both the rocky economy and 2006-to-present housing market, especially since his business provides services in the home and commercial construction industry.
To choose right clients, technology, work environment, and team members was all key to GuildQuality's survival. Geoff gave great advice to the up-and-coming entrepreneurs!
0 · September 21, 2012
Creating a profitable business from scratch is admirable, and anyone who has done so is worth listening to closely. Geoff was friendly, open, and engaging and I got a lot out of my time at the talk. I took off the one star because the talk meandered away from the core message about half way through (due to audience questions), which left little time for discussing the successes in part 2&3 rather than the difficulties in the early days. Still, I'd encourage anyone trying to launch a business or struggling to figure out how to build a great dev team to attend any event Geoff speaks at.
0 · September 21, 2012
Fantastic first meetup with the HTML5 group. Great people and a great speaker!
0 · September 20, 2012
@Robert, I think you get the gold prize here. I probably have a thousand questions that are more pointed and of specific purpose to me. But if I were to boil down my general purpose questions, I would say Robert's Q1 & Q3a-c were of the higher tier and Q2 would be a close 2nd. In the same vein as Q3, maybe stated differently, how would you break down the pro's and con's of a "pivot", to borrow Robert's term, especially when the largest differentiation between one pivot and another is probably time-to-engage?
0 · August 31, 2012
Here area few questions that come to mind that I think all entrepreneurs face:
1. How did you bridge the startup funding gap to profitability?
At what point did you realize you had a business that really could make it?
2. Did you ever experience times when you thought you should abandon the business and do something else? How did you navigate through that doubt?
3a. What were some of the directional pivots you had to make to achieve profitability, if any?
3b. If you did make a pivot, how did you become aware that a pivot was necessary?
3c. And how did you recognize the best pivot to take?
1 · August 13, 2012
Hey, y'all! Please chime in here if you have any burning questions you'd like me to be prepared to address during my Sept 20 talk, "What I've learned taking my startup from idea to profitability." Thanks for having me, and I look forward to seeing you all in September.
0 · August 13, 2012