It’s been estimated that as much as 80% of VC- and angel-funded startups will fail within the first couple years of opening their doors, making it quite the treat when a bootstrap startup finds itself ringing in its fifth consecutive year of business. It’s even more of a celebratory event when that startup moves into its fourth office out of the necessity to accommodate its rapidly growing staff and clientele. At Killer Infographics, we have definitely been fortunate enough to experience such a positive trend and are elated to announce our relocation to the historic and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.
Nestled above McMenamins Six Arms pub on the corner of Pike and Melrose, Killer Infographics has taken over 4,000+ square feet of open space to call its own for the next four years. This new space will be a welcome addition to the internal transformations our company has experienced; transformations that many startups experience, are not always able to adapt to and overcome. We like to believe that in order to successfully navigate these transformations, a company must think about the empowerment of its employees and the establishment of a set of core values to aid in its growth.
Over the past five years Killer Infographics has instituted six core values, allowing us to identify who we are, what we stand for, and what we need to do as a team in order to maintain a happy and successful work environment. Of course not everyone will have the same core values as we do, but maybe these will help spark some ideas:
1. Keep Learning
While we are confident in our expertise, we are humbled by the knowledge that we will never be done learning. We will always remain open and supportive of new ideas and eager to learn from our customers, our projects, and each other.
2. Inspire Others
We push our own creative boundaries, seek out new challenges, and work cooperatively to develop the best possible products for our clients while inspiring our community and colleagues through our designs and actions.
3. Lead By Example
We hold ourselves accountable in both our work and our treatment of others. We will not make excuses for setbacks, place blame on others, or take advantage of misunderstandings. We will instead embrace the challenges before us, accepting honest responsibility as each situation may dictate.
4. Love What We Do
We believe our success stems from the simple fact that we enjoy what we do and have fun as a team. We will always encourage a company culture that supports communal and individual growth, celebrates creative challenges, and makes the happiness of our employees, customers, and community a top priority.
5. Embrace Change
We are agile and resilient by nature. We recognize that success for our company and our clients requires us to never rest on our laurels, but to instead continually innovate, adapt to emerging trends, and remain open and responsive to the future that lies ahead.
6. Respect Others
We believe in building all relationships on a foundation of mutual respect. We will practice empathy in all interactions, and will never accept arrogance as a form of communication.
7. (Bonus Value) Make New Friends
Being the new kids on the block, we want to make a good first impression and show that we are here to not only build our business, but to contribute toward an already thriving community of creatives and thought leaders across all industries.
This move is not only a welcome necessity for more elbow room — it is one that will allow us to start fresh, gain a new perspective, and develop a level of maturation that was quickly outgrowing our old office. This doesn’t mean we forget our humble beginnings or the wonderful memories and friendships developed from the previous Killer Crib. Instead, it’s a move that will match up with our neverending desire to fulfill and improve upon the mission, vision, and values created by the very team that makes this company what it is.