Now that 2014 is coming to a close I wanted to take a little time to remember the year, as well as update you on our plans for 2015.
Joomla! Day Minnesota Rocked Minneapolis
I would have to say that the major highlight of 2014 was co-coordinating the very first Joomla! Day Minnesota. There was a lot of work that went into holding that event, and my co-organizer Mike Demopoulos, was so instrumental in making it such a successful event. The event was sold out with more than 100 professionals from all over the state, and world, coming to listen to guest speakers, learn new thing and network.
My favorite part of the event was all the personal interaction I took part in. I was able to meet some of my peers in person for the first time, and I also got to meet a whole host of new people. As a Web guy, I’ve developed relationships with people over the Internet for years, but it’s so awesome to actually see them in person and share stories about Joomla!, talk about the future, and just talk about our lives in general.
The big takeaway from the event was finding out just how passionate and intelligent Joomla! developers are. (If you didn’t know, Joomla! is one of our favorite content management systems to work with.)
And, we’ve already started planning for the 2015 shindig. It’s July 18 at Mall of America, and it’s bound to be even bigger and better than our inaugural one.
Happy Dog Adds Some New Peeps to the Pound
Another highlight was watching my staff blossom. In 2013 I hired Jon, Chelsea and Joe, and I’ve been able to watch them all perform beyond my expectations, and our clients expectations. Mike has been here since 2010, and he grew a lot in his project manager role, as well as overseeing the design of our websites. Also, Caitlin came on in early June and watching her masterfully coordinate keyword strategies, digital marketing reports, and copy for the websites has been jaw dropping.
Mix all this with the additional help by some handy interns, and from the driver's seat things are looking really good. It's easy to do good work when you have good people doing the work.
Growing Pains of a CEO
One of my goals this past year was to really grow into my role as a CEO. Now that the company is growing, I felt I needed to do all I could to grow right along with it.
Unfortunately, there’s now “CEO School” in this industry, so I’ve had to learn a lot through trial and error. But, you know what? That’s totally okay with me. Being able to learn from mistakes is crucial to never making them again.
My desire to school myself in CEO best practices means that I’ve been reaching out to mentors and colleagues, and just networking, networking, networking.
There may be no CEO School, but they’re sure are plenty of CEOs to learn from out there.
2015 and Beyond!
I’m so excited for 2015. I really can’t wait. (and thankfully I don’t really have to as it’s officially beginning tomorrow).
With our business growing, we’re definitely expanding our capabilities. Our digital marketing and content division is growing fast, and we’ve now taken on copy writing projects with businesses around the Twin Cities. In addition, I just contributed my first pull request of my own fancy code to Joomla!, so it can be included in the core setup of the CMS. Even more, we are developing custom web apps more frequently. It's exciting!
Yep. Things are looking up, and we’re so thankful. Thank you to all of our clients, all of our fans and the Web for letting us do what we love.
2015 is going to be bananas!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Ryan Boog, CEO