Archive for June, 2006

Last Day at Work

June 30, 2006

Today is my last day at work. I’ve been here just shy of a year now and will certainly be sad to leave, but at the same time, I’m overwhelmingly excited to begin working for myself and, man, am I desperate to regain my creative freedom.

Let me preface this: my story isn’t really that bad. I mean, after all, customizing web portal implementations for insurance carriers is a pretty glamorous job. But I felt I was missing something. And I was. I had no creative freedom. I always felt bound by the fact that I worked for a company that wasn’t much more than a professional services shop. Not only was it expected that my hours be billable to the max, but halfway through the project we made the mistake of switching to a fixed price deal. Fixed price deals are almost always lose-lose situations. It’s like some customers walking into a restaurant, opting for the prix fixe, and after finishing their meal, demanding the chef provide them with a metric ton of baked Alaska. Well not exactly, but certainly the customer feels they should try to squeeze more features into the release (since they’re no longer paying per feature) and we end up just trying to hack the thing together and get it out the door (so we don’t lose money on the deal). And when you’re constantly in a rush to bang out code, there’s not much time for creative thinking.

That being said, I’m ecstatic to once again be able to design and innovate. And I’m damn excited to be building a business from the ground up, especially a business that I think will really help a lot of people. As cliché as this all sounds, it’s how I really feel.

Time for one last beer with the Irish intern,

Brendan

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Day 45 – You have to start somewhere

June 29, 2006

The gears of tropist.com have started to turn. I’ve now setup shop on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer, and once Brendan arrives we will hit full tilt. Brainstorming over ideas for the last couple of months has been really rewarding and to finally be starting production of the site is surreal.

I’ve realized that film-making is a tougher industry than I imagined it would be and that connections are even more important than they say. I know that once tropist is up and running we’ll be able to give all those talented artists a real outlet.

A little food for thought:
Last year there were 2,613 feature length films submitted to the Sundance Film Festival for 120 spots.

Hollywood releases only 350-400 feature length films a year.

chris