It’s time to talk about the pain and everything that went wrong in 2016. Even though 2016 was the best year of my life, there was still a lot that sucked. I want to be very transparent about it and at the same time help myself mentally file it away. Here goes…
Over the last several years, I've had the chance to work very closely with dozens of founders as I directly or indirectly helped them build their startup. I am starting to see patterns about different types of founders and how they work and act -- the good, the bad and the ugly.
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I've developed this uncanny ability to correctly identify a first-time founder with pinpoint accuracy based on one question. It's quite simple. I ask the same question to almost everyone I meet, and there's one response that immediately raises the first-time founder flag.
Don't worry though. Not only am I going to reveal the secret to my detective skills, but I'm also going to help you solve your biggest problem with a 100% chance of success.
Here's my super top secret question that instantly reveals so much about you without you even knowing it:
One of the worst mistakes that an entrepreneur can make also happens to be the one that is the easiest to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your first company or your seventh startup. Even if you are aware of this pitfall, you might fall victim to its trap. So what is the mightiest of startup perils?
When you become too attached to your idea, you only see what you want to see.
Firehawk Creative teams up with entrepreneurs to build remarkable products. Structured as a nimble two person shop, we dedicate ourselves to projects for the long haul, fusing brutal honesty and fresh ideas with exceptional coding and design. We have completely redefined the relationship between founders and their development partner to ensure the maximum opportunity for success before, during and after the development process.
We’re pumped to announce that we’ve just released the Firehawk Creative Imaginarium, our internal collaboration and brainstorming tool for client projects.
Over time, every devshop and startup develops its own processes and methods of operation. As these processes evolve, third-party organizational tools like Basecamp, Asana and Trello become less and less useful, as their methods and processes don’t mesh well enough with your own.
When that happens, it’s time to roll your own organizational tool. Ours is the Imaginarium.
The importance of a solid, repeatable process is perhaps the most important factor in the decision to work with a development partner. Consistency and quality of the product is a very telling sign of the maturity of the development team. There is one simple question that can provide so much valuable information. It can reveal stunning weaknesses and inefficiencies or expertise and competence. In essence, this question is what separates the children from the adults...
Firehawk Creative is a development partner that works with carefully selected, early stage startups and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life. Our development process is carefully constructed to transform an idea through wireframes and storyboards to a fully functioning and polished product. We completely focus our resources to one product at a time to ensure that we are providing our partners with the ultimate experience.