Ten Thousand Hours

A blog about tech, business and life

They say 10,000 hours is what it takes to become an expert in anything, so we’re putting that to the test. We want to build the best design and development studio the world has ever seen, so we’re tracking our progress from 0 to 10,000 billable hours. And we’re sharing everything — our successes, failures, metrics, rates — right here on this blog.

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Business

Why Snapchat's New Spectacles Will Succeed Where Google Glass Failed.

Last week Snapchat, er, sorry, Snap Inc. unveiled their new wearable device. Spectacles are a pair of sunglasses with two built in cameras that let the user record video in 10 second snippets. Everyone knew they were coming, but still, they were all confused and surprised. Didn’t anyone in the Snap Inc. office see what happened with Google Glass? Are they crazy or just oblivious?

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Business

No You Don't Need a NDA... And Other Tips For First Time Founders

Why am I writing about this, when there’s already so much great content out there? Because as a design/dev shop we talk to first-time startup founders a lot, and we still see them making the same mistakes and asking the same questions.

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Business

What Elon Musk gets that most people don’t

The idea of sharing is a huge part of what has gotten us to where we are today. While Tesla’s patents may not have directly impacted the company we’ve become, when we were first trying to figure out how to run a startup, we spent hours pouring over the Groove and Buffer blogs. So when we started making the shift to become a full-time design and development shop, the first thing we did was start looking for design agencies that were doing the same thing. And we couldn’t find any.

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Business

7 Alternatives to Upwork That Don't Suck

Finding quality work on Upwork (formerly oDesk) sucks. The pay is terrible and the job descriptions are generally vague and below par. So here are 7 places to find freelance work online that are much more effective. Note that these are in no particular order.

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Business

With a paddle: Why you need a contract for every project

As a designer, it can be easy to jump past the initial stages of a client project and get right to designing. Usually, you’re excited about getting to work and getting all the ideas running through your head down on paper. But rushing to get projects started can come back to haunt you, especially if you don't have a good framework to go by.

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Business

How To Freelance As A College Student

Doing freelance work in college can give you invaluable experience, but it can be difficult to get started. Don’t let that scare you, though. Knowing a few tricks will let you jump and begin your freelance career while in school.

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Business

Getting Down To The Nitty Gritty: How To Figure Out What Your Client Really Needs

Clients hire us as designers to solve some type of problem. We’re problem solvers. More specifically, we are creative professionals with an expertise in design. But many times, clients hire designers without a good idea of what we do. Many clients also don’t understand that there’s often a difference between what they want and what they need.

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