Three’ish Months of Official Business

December 14th, 2007 by kevin

Not too long ago we had our one month of business anniversary. Well, actually… that was about 3 months ago 🙂

We were talking the other day about how fast time has started flying for us since we opened up shop and banner stands. But, on that same note, we’ve managed to accomplish a great deal in a short amount of time. Back when we were employees at corporations, time stood seemingly still and things happened at such a slow pace.

What have we accomplished, you ask? Here’s a run-down of the latest happenings since our 1-month anniversary posting.

New Office!

In case you missed it, we moved into a real office about a month ago. Apparently the ceiling leaks, which is kind of a downer, but our landlord should have that fixed soon. Other than that, we’re really enjoying the office.

The move was great for me because I can get out of my house and go someplace else to do work, and it’s great for Dusty because it’s closer to his place of residence.

We were initially wanting to have an open house party shortly after moving in, but we decided it wouldn’t be all that exciting because we don’t have much furniture yet. Plus, it’s crappy and cold out. So, we’re aiming to have an open house party sometime in the spring of 2008.

New Website + Logo + Hosting!

In early November we migrated to Read more about our positive experience with Slicehost here.

Along the same vein, after being stuck in the logo design process for a few months, we worked with the Granger Group to finalize our logo. While we were at it, we re-branded

New Client!!

New business is always good business. In late November, we started working with a new, top-secret client here in Omaha. We can’t give out any details, as we’re under an NDA, but the idea is exciting and it’s being built using Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

New Hardware!

We attained another Dell 24” LCD monitor, which has taken up residence on my desk as my secondary monitor. (I was briefly in violation of our own credo regarding dual monitors).

Also, Dusty managed to score us a rad printer from a family member. This new printer is replacing our older, also donated printer. It can print at a whooping 17 pages per minute, while our old one could only do a lowly 6. That’s approximately a 300% increase! Woohoo!

Full-time Hiring Positions

We’ve yet to announce this officially, but we’ll almost certainly be looking to hire 1-2 full-time developers to help us out. At a glance, we’ll be looking for individuals who are savvy with ASP.NET, SQL, Javascript, and CSS. More details on the positions and how to apply will become available very shortly.

BrightMix Summer of 2008 Internship Program

Additionally, we’re looking at hiring a small team of interns to help us out this upcoming summer. We believe we can provide an awesome, interesting, and, above all, meaningful internship experience, similar to the type of internship program you’d find at FogCreek or JacksonFish.

The fact of the matter is that many companies out there hire interns because they need a cheap, temporary employee to perform some lowly and boring task (paper shredding or coffee fetching, anyone?). While this is great for company XYZ, the intern isn’t going to learn and benefit from much of anything. Our aim is to have our interns develop a brand-spanking-new web 2.0 application, from start to launch.

We’re still hammering out the details of the program, but we’ll probably be making an announcement within the next month or two. We’ll likely be looking for 2 computer science students and 1 graphic design student. Stay tuned for more details.

Omaha Developer / IT Job Site

After perusing Omaha’s various big job search sites, we’ve come to the conclusion that there is no good resource for finding good local developer and IT staffing positions. We’re looking to solve this problem by creating a job site geared towards this particular market. More details on this are soon to come.

Where We’re Headed

Obviously, as indicated by our move into an office space and our plans to hire on developer help, we’re looking to grow BrightMix. Over the next few months, there’s going to be a lot of planning on Dusty’s and my behalf to get this stuff all figured out. At the same time, we’ll be focusing hard on doing exceptional work for our clients. Busy times, indeed!

That about sums it up – we’ll post again as soon as time allows.