Bosco is 11 months old and almost grown. Remember this little guy? More photos on Flickr.
Through a rigorous search and even more rigorous interview process, we've decided to make our first hire. His name is Bosco and he's just over 6 weeks old. Over time and with some management, we expect that he'll become a very valuable member of the team. Follow him on Twitter: @boscolefever He's half-lab, half-springer spaniel, which is the same mix as Amos, our last dog. Read more about Amos here and here. UPDATE: We've been through a lot with this little puppy. From the moment we... Continue Reading
A couple of months ago, I presented a 5 minute presentation at Ignite Seattle called "Where Goldfish Come From" that is based on my experience growing up as a son of a goldfish farmer in North Carolina. The Ignite series happens around the globe and each presenter has 20 slides that display for 15 seconds each, and auto-advance. It's a challenge to make it work, but I enjoy it. Here's the video: Learn more at BlueRidgeKoi.com
It's a sad day at Common Craft headquarters. Our 15-year-old dog Amos passed away today. I picked him from a litter of puppies in the back of a pickup truck in Boone, NC in 1994. Since then he was a constant source of love in our lives. They don't make 'em better than him - we were lucky have him for so long. Amos, September 4th, 2009 See Having an Old Dog for a bit more about Amos.
A few months ago, we spent an afternoon with Jamie Friddle, a writer for Seattle Magazine, who was putting together a story on Common Craft. We were so excited. A few weeks later a photographer came to take pictures. As Sachi will tell you, the process added a layer of anxiety to her day over the next few months. What would the article say? What photos would they use? I'm happy to report that the anxiety was all for naught. The 4 page feature appears in the May 2009 issue of Seattle Magazine... Continue Reading
It's time for our 2nd annual Year-End Lessons Learned post. 2008 was a great year for Common Craft. While we published a number of videos that we're very proud of, 2008 was all about building a foundation for the future of our business. Going into 2009, we're feeling confident that we have a solid foundation in place - and now is our time to put more videos into the world. Here are a few things we learned: Overall Business: Build Foundations. Think hard about long term opportunities... Continue Reading
Hoping the Holidays make you say "YAAAAAY!" Lee, Sachi and Amos.
Over my life as a dental patient, dentists have told me to pay close attention to brushing the back of my bottom front teeth. Unfortunately, this piece of professional advice had a hard time getting into my daily routine. That changed recently - I'm now much more likely to brush these teeth - and it's because a new dentist took an extra 30 seconds to explain something important - why. There I sat, with a small liquid vacuum cleaner hanging off my jaw, waiting for the dentist to check in on the... Continue Reading
Through nearly 50 comments and 15-20 emails, you have spoken. You don't want to see politics on Common Craft. I agree that it is the right move - political discussions will not appear on the Common Craft web site. We may make videos about events that relate to government, but these will not reflect personal/partisan views. A couple of things: 1) First, wow. We are both so excited to see such amazing comments. The thoughtfulness is inspiring. Thank you so much for being involved - we are... Continue Reading
Sachi and I have an ongoing discussion that I want to share with you, dear reader, because I want to hear your feedback. When I was a consultant, people would ask me what subjects are appropriate for a blog. Inevitably I would say that it should reflect the person behind the blog and what is important to them. It should be multi-faceted and provide personality along with on-topic content. I would also say that context matters - company blogs deserve special care, for instance. So here I... Continue Reading