Last month Modern Species turned 9 years old. In human years that means fourth grade. In business years we're somewhere between 39 and 58—because 50% of businesses die within 5 years, and 75% close within 10 years (According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). So as we sit here, one month into our 10th year, all I can feel is humble, yet somehow proud, and grateful to still be going strong.
Wowza we can't believe it's 2018 already!
How did it get here so fast?
Before we fully embrace this this brand new year (as one should), we wanted to take a little time to post up a recap of 2017 (because it was a kicker of a year!)
Just when you thought we couldn't get any more productive or professional we found a way to one up ourselves. Boom! That's right. We've now officially installed the latest edition of design studio project coordination and it goes by the name Josh. With this upgrade we're now able to juggle 3X more schedules, 5X more complex deliverables, and we can do it while being 10% more efficient with your budget... okay, maybe this software joke has gone on too long.
Meet Joshua Yu, the latest species to join our team. He comes from a background in event and project management where he juggled budgets bigger than our annual revenue, timelines that make ours look lazy, and more vendors/volunteers/team members per project than people we've employed in our entire 8 years of business. Long story short, he can not only handle our crazy workload, but can also help us upgrade our processes and systems to scale more efficiently. Yay for Josh!
To welcome him to the team and to introduce him to you, we sent him our usual line up of newbie questions. Read below to learn more about him and then say hello next time you drop in or call!
We're super excited to announce that we've officially become a 1% For The Planet Member, which means we've now committed to donating 1% of our revenue to causes that support the environment. This roughly equates to double (or more) our former giving policy of donating 5% of our profit each year. So we're doubling down on our impact, in at least this one way.
We're also honored to have been asked to sit on the 1% For The Planet Steering Committee for the Seattle area and have already attended two meetings where we get to share advice and best practices with amazing companies like Patagonia, Miir, and Bluewater Organic Distilling.