When Erik was a 2-man shop, he worked pretty much non-stop. Every once in a while, his family or someone would interrupt wanting to do something non-work-related. One particular Saturday, he went to the movies with his family, finishing up some code right before they set out. And as he was sitting in this dark movie theater surrounded by his family, he realized that he might have done something wrong, injecting a bug that he didn’t realize.
He went out into the hall, checked his phone and sure enough, the website was down and it had been down for about an hour and a half. And luckily no one had noticed or alerted the company of the website being down, but the website was down for a total of 3 hours before he was able to get home and fix it.
So he got home and got the website back up and running but it made him realize that he needed help. He needed someone who would assure the quality of the work he was putting out. He had another coder at the time and was worried she may have been doing the same thing so he knew he needed to hire a tester who would check all the work that they were speeding through in order to get out on deadline. So he hired Jamal, who still works with us, as an intern to quality-test. He is now our project manager.
Erik J. Olson is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. The Founder & CEO of Array Digital, he is also the host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.
Kevin Daisey is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was just 23, and is the Founder & CMO of Array Digital. Kevin is the also the co-host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the co-organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.