Persistence Pays Off
A couple years ago I read a short book
by Seth Godin called The Dip. The book reminded me of how important persistence can be in achieving great things. Knowing when to keep going and when to quit isn't always that obvious — especially if you enjoy what you do. In everything ZURB has done over the last 15 years, it's been my job to help us determine when to push forward and when to pull back on projects. And, for the most part, persistence has been a trademark of ZURB — it's also a quality we enjoy in the people we work with.
It's with great satisfaction that, this year, we picked Family Giving Tree for tomorrow's Fifth
ZURBwired. This was their third submission, proof that persistence payed off for them. We couldn't be happier for them — though, I'm sure they'll be questioning things at 4AM :). Cheer them along and watch our progress at ZURBwired all day and night tomorrow at ZURBwired.com.
In other ZURB news, we continue to make great progress on pulling together our
product effort. Over the past three years, critics have questioned our ability to successfully build and sell products alongside our consulting, but we've proven them wrong by putting together a rock solid product team that has continued to help us grow. We've had 11 consecutive quarters of revenue growth and we're looking to strengthen the entire suite with the public release of Solidify.
Knowing when to quit is important. Persistence, however, is incredibly important for success. Keep your goals lofty and work hard! Now, on to the news.
Introducing Our ZURBwired 2012 Nonprofit: Family Giving Tree
We're excited to start work tomorrow with Family Giving Tree. Family Giving Tree has been around since 1990, ensuring that children in low-income neighborhoods get their holiday gift wishes fulfilled. They also give backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of the school year. We'll be updating their website and creating a marketing game plan for their Millonth Child celebration.
Social Web Icons From Adam Fairhead
When we heard that our friend Adam Fairhead, of
Fairhead Creative, put together a set of resolution-independent web icons for all the various social networks, we decided to team up with him for our first guest playground piece. The set of icons includes nearly every major, and a few minor, social networks. Since all of the icons are SVG files, they can scale easily to any size or pixel density. That makes them perfect for retina displays. And, of course, they also work with Foundation 3.
Rebuilding Our ZURBapp Pages
We recently gave a refresh to our four apps that make up our product suite. Each page is now filled with a lot more information, making it crystal clear which app does what and how their features can help you. We also filled the sites with more examples and a tour page. We even added an animated video that helps communicate how each app can be used.
In Case You Missed It: "You're a Startup Founder, There Will Be Blood"
That tweet from our advisor and friend Luke Wroblewski sparked one of our most popular blog post this month. Here’s an excerpt:
"We see a lot of people become startup founders for all the wrong reasons. They dream of fame and fortune, getting that huge round of seed funding, that valuation in the millions or that billion-dollar acquisition. And it's hard not to have those aspiration when you see Instagram's meteoric rise before Facebook snatched it up. In other words, these folks have become enamored by the startup myths and aren't fully prepared for the realities being an entrepreneur really entails."
Say Hello to Our New ZURBains
We want to give a warm welcome to the newest members of our team. Kelsey Stewart has joined us as our new Customer Service Advocate and Shawna Moser is our new Team Coordinator. Kelsey's hard at work helping our customers while Shawna has dived right in to helping her fellow ZURBians get the things they need to do their jobs right.
We're currently looking for an awesome Designer to join our quest for world domination and help us build great things. While what we need is always changing, it's our philosophy to hire people, not roles. Think you've got the chops?