This past weekend, our company reached the two year anniversary as a startup. We are now in the 69% of small businesses that succeed past 2 years! WOW...
Looking back over the past 2 years, we had a lot of interesting experiences. Many were painful. A lot were magnificent.
I met unselfish people who were inspirational, both with their willingness to help in many ways and with their support when we needed it the most.
Of course, I'm grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far. You've helped more than you can imagine and I assure you, it's possible to touch or even change someone's life with a simple gesture, kind word or a little courage to say "maybe".
I recently read a good article about startups. ( How to know your side project is ready to be a startup;http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/39008/How-To-Know-Your-Side-Project-Is-Ready-To-Be-A-Startup.aspx)
It's a good checklist for any startup company. Here's how we compare...:
1) We are doing something we love - helping bring jobs to local, cash starved communities while helping filmmakers stay on budget, especially for smaller independent TV and film productions. What's not to love!?
2) We are making revenue (Thank You early customers!) Next year, I hope we can eat less popcorn for dinner.
3) We know the BIG VISION - FLIPSFilm can be an important part of all 23,075 US communities, but also all the film production companies and even communities around the world! I saw firsthand the need to make film planning easier, faster and more streamlined in countries around the world. There's more FLIPSFilm can do, but we can't reveal everything here!
4) Founders really are low man on the totem pole. Wow - what a learning experience. I am amazed at the energy level maintained by fellow entrepreneurs. Some of them are so smart it makes my brain hurt. They know so much - how can they know so much at such a young age? If you have an ego problem, become an entrepreneur. That'll cure it quickly.
5) We have a responsibility to employees, contractors, customers and investors. It's easy to get distracted and forget people are staking their time, reputation and money on us. We absolutely must deliver on our commitments - people are counting on us to do what we say and do it well (and be nice about it!). We are on track so far and have a lot more to do but it's a good reminder this isn't a game - it's serious stuff and we should all treat it as such, but that doesn't mean we cannot have fun doing it.
Filmmakers large and small, local communities and vendors have all expressed their excitement and gratitude with FLIPSFilm because of our impact. Makes me proud...
Special thanks to my wife, Kathy, for putting up with all the things that entreprenuers have to do.
I hope the next 2 years have even more gratifying experiences, with more people involved, more benefits to local communities and new ideas. There's a lot of nice people out there and I look forward to meeting them!