WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR INDUSTRY GOING?
Design and development, in general, is being replaced with “no-code” avenues, such as Webflow and Zapier, which allow people to better serve themselves and move even faster.
In addition, Upwork and Fivver help those who do not have the budget to hire full-time designers and developers. I see this leading to 3 buckets of entrepreneurs looking for design/dev work:
Don’t ever be too prideful or big time for the people that help you along the way. You’ll need that support system as you embark on your journey of entrepreneurship.- Jordan Walker - COO & Partner
WHAT PATTERNS, TRUTHS, OR INSIGHTS HAVE YOU GLEANED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?
A definite truth is that each idea (or business) comes down to execution on the founders’ end. Founders who love their idea and have the chops to make it go end up succeeding. Very rarely do you see a good idea with an “if we build it, they will come” attitude work out well.
Inside of that, founders who spend the necessary funds upfront to do it right will find more success than those who take the cheap route instead. I’ve also learned that taking the time to invest in people makes ALL the difference. Listen carefully to problems, pay attention to the details, and ask questions that get people to open up. You never know who believes in you, what connections could be made, or what ideas someone has to offer. I would say my companies are built on the back of this thesis.
WHY IS YOUR CITY AN ESPECIALLY GOOD PLACE FOR COMPANIES AND INNOVATORS TO GROW?
Orlando is a city that is on fire for growth and learning in general. So it just makes total sense that this city is perfect for a startup, or any company, to grow. It’s central to all major colleges and cities in the state of Florida, and I’d also say the excitement behind the UCF football and basketball teams have put Orlando on the map as a young, energetic place to stay and grow.
What two or three pieces of advice can you offer someone who wants to be successful as an entrepreneur or company in your city?