Blog: Posts in reflections

International-Women's-Day Hmm, what to write… I need to say something funny. All these cool tech dudes… Hmm, how about sharing a song… nah, they’ve probably heard all the good songs… Ohh, I should write something. It’s so lame not to contribute.

I’ll just skip it for now.

Oh, the utter anxiety of starting a new job and trying to establish your banter on group instant messaging.

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Back in January 2013 Mint made the business section of the Sunday Times for its groundbreaking employee bonus pool where 50% of each person’s annual bonus was determined by their colleagues.

Fast forward to January 2018 and we were having a discussion about paying bonuses for 2017 but we decided not to go with the crowdfunded model and it felt right. So why did the company that first introduced the world to the crowdsourced bonus subsequently veer away from it?

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This week Mint started offering technical audits as a service. It got me thinking about what agencies like Mint offer their clients and why.

Services

Go to the website of any company in our space and you’ll see a list of services or offerings that overlap but are not precisely the same. You’ll see some common language like “digital transformation”, “digital strategy”, “digital product development”, “rapid prototyping”, “discovery and validation”.

Ours say “Ventures” “Digital Transformation” and “Sprints”. In 2018 we added “Hiring the Mint Way”. I must say I don’t know whether these adequately cover what we do and I don’t know whether they are better or worse than our competitors.

That’s a bit of a problem with our industry in general - there are low barriers to entry. To be a digital transformation consultant or a software engineer, you just have to say that that’s what you are. And then you’re up and running. This seems broken to me, salesmanship shouldn’t trump competence but all too often it probably does.

I don’t really want to work at a company that makes this problem worse so how and when does Mint add a new service to its suite of offerings? Here is the path that led us to add technical audits:

Mint Digital Instagram midweek mountain When we talk to people from outside Mint, our ventures are one of the main things they ask about. How do they fit into agency operations? How do we decide what to pursue? And so on.

Our latest venture, Restly, is redefining flatsharing for professionals. But how did we decide to focus on this idea?

Andy, Mint’s Director of New Ventures, has written about how he ended up choosing this market - and the ones that didn’t make the cut.

Thinking There are four things I like outside of work:

  1. Spending time with my family

  2. Reading

  3. Exercising (playing football)

  4. Investing in listed stocks

Much has been said about the benefits of the first three so I won’t dwell on them here. But the fourth is a seriously underrated pastime. I think that all professionals in the technology industry (founders, developers, designers, journalists, etc) should do it and not necessarily to make money (although that can be a nice benefit).