with business & design experience
I've spent 20 years building a diversified career. I used to explain my eclectic combination of skills as a 'CEO in training'. Benjamin Franklin introduced me to the life of a Renaissance Man - a man of many interests.
The way to grow a business is to understand the relationship of three categories: Art (systems), Business (profit), and Code (execution). My value add is as a translator between the separate, yet essential aspects of a modern day Enterprise.
After my first business went insolvent I realized that ignoring accounting and finance in favor of sales and product design was not smart. This is when I decided to take the time and learn how to manage a sustainable business. I received a Masters in Finance andy applied my new education on a second business, which I sold in after four years and nearly $3M in sales with 3 employees. What we build must serve the customer's need to the end they are willing to pay enough that we make a positive net income on the transaction.
Code must be presented in such a way that the user experience is so pleasant it creates raving fans who tell their friends about us. In 2007 I discovered basecamp. It's simplicity, effectiveness, and business model fascinated me. It was the first web app that made me realize the web did not die when the dot com bubble burst. I started joking with my friends around that time that "I've recently come to the conclusion that the Internet was here to stay". Meaning, I knew how to consume the web but I didn't know how to produce it. Since 2009 I've learned what is actually possible.
I am currently available for 5 - 10 hours a week at $295 hour or full-time
(Boulder, Greenville SC, or Remote)
Youth was an amazing experience but had it's downsides like trying to make something of myself and the delusion of self-sufficiency. But time, trials, and failure helped me see that life is to be lived by following God instead of chasing temporal health and wealth.
Before coding full time, I spent 17 years in small business sales & marketing experience, including 3 turnarounds, founding 2 companies, selling one, and now realize that Art Director was my favorite past job before coding. I'm formally trained with a Masters in Finance. Yes, it's been an adventure!
I like to describe the web as a new country called InternetLand. Consider how difficult it is for people who don't know English in America. In InternetLand, HTML is the new English. I wanted to join that new economy without being bound to a translator because there is more opportunity in InternetLand than in America.
I've recently started writing again on medium. I took a break from platforms because I was trying to build my own blogging platform for practice. The problem with that approach is I was always coding rather that writing. So, I've decided to start again and just see what happens.dave woodall
I've been coding for 5 years now. It's the biggest subject I've ever undertaken to learn so it's a hobby as much as it's a profession. After the thousands of hours I've invested I still only feel like I'm in the shallow end. But I love it!
I enjoy poking around with iMovie and GarageBand but I don't have enough storage to keep those videos so I post them on youtube. Here are a few examples
Animation practice. Bad dog!
product line design and development
improving the customer experience
Back in college I used to gather some friends together for various group activities such as eating contests, book clubs, big idea thinking, and music recommentions.
I've recently started a new one on Slack that gathers all the best designers, developers, inventors, entrepreneurs, managers, and all around hustlers into a single team. It's pretty epic.