Posts Tagged:Austin web design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


A New Best Friend

I received this text message from a friend the other day regarding the imminent launch of George: A New Best Friend It’s funny because my hope was that my small-yet-significant investment of getting some custom work done for the design and branding would result in people falling in love with the character and, of course, what he could do for the users. So, it seems as if this strategy may pay off…! Well, at least emotionally. For those who know… dogs are man’s best friend and become part of your family once they enter it. My hope is that my small and spartan app can have the same lasting power and effectiveness as a real canine friend. The post A New Best Friend appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

FC Royale

These are some fantastic pics: The post FC Royale appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

A Lovely View

My view one morning: The post A Lovely View appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Professional Video Game Player

This was a dream of mine, at one point, but, the reality is that I’m not that amazing at video games and broadcasting while playing isn’t something that I’m interested in. But, there was a time when I thought being in the video game industry full-time would be where I’d eventually end up and where I thought I’d be the most happy. This was entirely do to the fact that video games is the thing that got me into software programming – I just wanted to build things that I could play myself and through creating my own mini-games to modifying maps for my friends, I believed the industry had a spot for me. It wasn’t that I grew up and grew out of it; I just realized that to make it work would require a different type of person, someone that wasn’t me. So, I won’t be getting rich playing…

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The People Must Change

My brother has been building a 90 Day Curriculum for folks who are interested in getting into blockchain, cryptocurrency, and bitcoin and he’s called it B90X, a 90 Day Challenge to help folks build a unique (and new!) lifestyle around these exciting things. I’ve participated since the inception and we’ve got about 15 or so days left. Today’s activity and exercise is deeply impactful: I shared a few of my own thoughts in the official thread: When I decided to leave alcohol behind I had to make the difficult but important decision to stop hanging out in certain places and to stop spending time with certain people. They were holding me back from a life of sobriety and ultimately a more full and fulfilling existence. It seems so obvious now, but, during those times it was hard. The same thing goes for my professional endeavors as well. As I make better decisions…

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Better Estimates

After having built a ton of software and a number of different startups I know better than ever that things take much, much longer than you originally hope and plan. Things like multiplying by three and iterations on product and strategy are well-worn paths at this point. Strangely (and sadly…?) I’m not sure that this makes me better at estimating the time required to complete tasks or projects, despite this wealth of experience. painful truism from @garyvee pic.twitter.com/3ViMSmeJ3c — Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) November 12, 2017 So even now, as I budget and plan I liberally add time to the top-end of an estimate, I think to myself that I’m wildly off and still overly-confident in my own ability to execute. But it’s a fun exercise nonetheless. I don’t mind being surprised by the results, both early ones and ones that take much longer to boil. I have lived long enough to appreciate…

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Full Discretion

I’ve said this phrase so many times in my life (and shared it with others) that I’m shocked that I haven’t actually every written it down here on my blog. Well, today’s the day I suppose. The reason that I do what I do is because I simply want to have full discretion of my time, my schedule, and ultimately my life. I, like you, want to be as much in control of the scarce resources that I have so that I can have the most purpose-driven, value-filled existence imaginable. It is the ability to say “no” at-will and the ability to decide what I can and won’t do. This extends throughout everything in life from my relationships to my relaxation to my professional decisions and to my vocation. This is why entrepreneurship and building my own projects and companies is really the only lifestyle that could possibly make me happy because…

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Incomplete Missions

It is okay to have a mission and/or vision statement that you and your organization never quite fulfill? Yes.   In fact, part of the excitement of a mission (or vision, depending on your perspective of how one uses them) is that they are just outside one’s grasp… and will stay that way. Semantics aside, I think it’s okay to have incomplete missions. It means that you’ve stretched yourself and your team to do impossible tasks. In some ways, if you’re able to achieve and make all your marks all the time then you’re probably not making your goals very difficult. Go ahead and shoot for the moon once in a while. The post Incomplete Missions appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Team Tendencies

Know thyself… as Socrates once famously said, is one of the more important tasks and exercises that we can undergo as people (and professionals). In fact, Socrates said that we make ourselves appear ridiculous when we try to understand things before we know ourselves first and that understanding our own natures and behaviors has a greater result and yield if we spent time investing in it. True, true. In many ways my blog here is a consistent exercise of that principle as I write for myself first and foremost as an exercise of discipline and of self-revelation. After that, though, I try my hardest to understand other people, especially those that I live and work with. Primarily, my spouse and my (growing) group of kids that I love tremendously. Following closely, the work that I do is deeply personal and very intimate. This is just the case in the startup world…

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Cash, Credit, or Relational Equity

When you build something with other folks you have to compensate them. Compensation can come in many different forms, the more typical being cash, credit, or the more fluid (but just as important) relational equity. Knowing the difference between the three and how you’re compensating (and how you, yourself is being compensated) is important. Not only is it important but it demands that you be direct and that you communicate explicitly about these things. Why? Because most folks do not naturally find financial alignment without actually talking brass tacks. In other words, no one can easily guess what another’s expectations are around compensation so it’s just better to have that conversation early (and often) instead of being completely in the dark. The cost of not having those important conversations can mean life and death to the project. More startups and projects fold because of founder disagreements than lack of product /…

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If It’s Never Going To Happen…

… then one should just stop now. Immediately. I have had a terrible habit in the past of entertaining almost every novel idea that has popped into my brain and quickly purchasing a domain name that captures the idea succinctly. The result has been a massive collection of completely wasted and unused URLs that collect dust (and burn holes into my wallet). As I’ve grown as an adult I’ve recognized my ability to be much more honest with myself about whether I will actually spend time building it out (whatever “it” might be). The result has been an exponential decrease of emotional thrashing and a lot more money stays in my pocket. All good things. I’m also more motivated to move quickly to remove extraneous things from my life that might end up bottlenecking me later down the line. True agency over one’s time is precious and rare, especially these…

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Stripe Atlas

I’m putting together something new. This shouldn’t be a massive surprise, but, I thought I might as well continue to do what I normally do… share the process as much as I can. So, something new that I’m doing this time around as I put things together is that I’ve decided to pony up $500 and use Stripe Atlas which bills itself as the “best way to start an internet business”. Getting it done. Thankfully I have a few friends who are already members and part of the service so that I got fast-tracked into the application process and hopefully can put things together really quick. I can’t imagine the process going any more smooth than it already has and since this is super-early stage, well, there’s nothing unique or distinct that should throw off their standard procedure(s). Putting a new organization together has never been more simple. This is the way…

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You Just Changed My Workflow

Good products challenge people to rethink their existing workflows and consider changing them so that they might adopt the new tool. This requires time and patience, trial and error, and can even create a lot of anxiety. The difference between a good product and a great one is that a great one simply changes the user’s workflow magically. And, it really does feel like magic when it works well. Instead of anxiety it can create excitement. Instead of the user feeling as if their investing time that they can’t afford to invest they, instead, feel that their time is well-spent. This is the aim of any good product designer and developer. Our goal is to fundamentally transform your existing workflow(s) for the better. And, if we do our job well, then, we can be handsomely rewarded for it. CryptoYum Development — Nov, 2017 I’m working on two current mobile (iOS) applications right now…

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Great Business Culture in a Nutshell

What’s the optimal work environment for a project? That’s quite simple: You should be able to say, unequivocally, that you’re working on projects that you like with people that you like, maybe even people that you love. Mhmmmmmmm. Work on projects that you like with people that you love. The recipe can be simple if you want it to be. Doesn’t mean that it will be easy, of course. But, the natural resources will be in the right place. Then you should work incessantly on building (and maintaining) a culture of organizational trust. The post Great Business Culture in a Nutshell appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

The Shit People Say

I think I’m extra-sensitive right now because I have a 5-day old kid with me now… but, seeing comments like these on the internet never ceases to amaze me: What in the… I shouldn’t be surprised but I still am. I wonder why that is? Do I just naively believe that folks would have more self-control digitally (or should)? I’d love to see this guy (or gal) say this to my brother’s face (or anyone for that matter). I mean, you’d never see that. It wouldn’t happen. So why is it easy and fine to do it in a digital comment? Sheesh. The post The Shit People Say appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Workflow Party?

I shared some thoughts today about how major life events force you to re-examine and re-engineer your workflows. I, for one, do not mind these interruptions because they present amazing opportunities to reformat and asses what is working and what’s not working and how to make it all better. An example of this was done last year, if you remember (you can skip the first half of the video): Building systems is often times more important than just setting goals. The systems inevitably last longer anyway and can be used infinitely. The post Workflow Party? appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Subscribe to My Dad’s Channel

I’m totally using my new kiddo as a vehicle for self-promotion. … … … LOLOLOLOL. By the way, I’m getting near the end of the 365-day vlogging challenge… so, there’s that. The post Subscribe to My Dad’s Channel appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

The Language of Work

The language that you choose to use will always depend and change depending on who you’re working with. In other words, the lingua franca is transformed by the people, for the people. In the context of work there is a clear difference between a bunch of relative strangers trying to get things done and a bunch of friends. The former requires formalized methodologies and workflows to get things done, which isn’t necessarily bad but can feel mechanical and cold. The latter doesn’t require as rigid workflows and methodologies to get things done; things happen because of the underlying bound of mutual understanding and trust and the language allows for the free passage of ideas, criticism, admonishment, and encouragement. This is what high-performance teams are made out of and it’s yet another truly fundamental competitive advantage for the younger but more-agile software startups (besides velocity). You see, terms and methodologies like…

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My Life Now

My (professional) life in just a few pics: I’m working with my brother on a few things and we pair program while video chatting and the new kiddo in my arms. I’m kind of experienced at this at this point in my life… Life is pretty good. The evenings are super-tough and nothing can mentally prepare you for that difficult season. But, my wife is a true hero. I told her the other day that women get the short-end-of-the-stick when it comes to early parenting. They have to move from carrying a human being in their belly for 9 months and then the painful process of breast-feeding and little sleep. It’s such bullshit, to be honest. Men, on the other hand, just get a lot of the early upside… So, I’m going to be a bit out of commission for a while: The post My Life Now appeared first on…

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