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Month: June 2015

Partner Spotlight – First Person

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is First Person!

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The Vitals

Name: First Person
Location: San Francisco
Year Founded: 2013
Specialities: Inspired stories, Intelligently told. First Person delivers a combination of business intelligence, creativity and know-how to an expanding digital world, where design and technology seamlessly coexist. We combine brilliant ideas with business insight to develop strategies that leverage design and technology to deliver lasting value through engaging media that informs, surprises and delights audiences.

What inspired you to start your company?

We were tired of executing other people’s ideas and we saw the commoditization of the video industry as a telling sign that it was time to evolve. All of the partners wanted to have more influence and impact on the outcome for our clients, and this was our opportunity to do something meaningful

How did the partners meet? 

The partners at 1P met when our two previous companies Elastic Creative & WESTERNIZED began working closely together and eventually moved into the same building. This is our history.

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Why San Francisco?

Design and technology are at our core. We draw a tremendous amount of energy and inspiration from what’s happening around us. San Francisco and the Bay Area is where many of the world’s most transformative tech shifts take place. 1P is at our best when we’re riding the bleeding edge of the next permeation.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

One of our first big jobs as 1P was the complete re-branding of Echelon corporation.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

Wow. Well, we do a lot with technology and it tends to be challenging when we’re inventing something new, but I believe our reimagining of the customer journey at Stanford Shopping Center for Simon Malls was up there. We built the new mall kiosk, map and wayfinding experience in a way that has never been done before.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

The 2014 & 2015 Opener for the Golden State Warriors, and Cisco Systems video brand assets and guidelines.

Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, David Lee, Chris Paul

Which project is your most underrated?

Corning’s A Day Made of Glass 1 & 2 & the Muse Factory explanation of those videos.

Who is your most interesting staff member?

This is a creative place, we have a lot of interesting characters here that like to dress up in costumes, teach classes, make things, I wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

This snarky piece for FITC by Stefan Sagmeister is a great commentary on our industry  and GE’s Childlike Imagination commercial takes something so complicated and brings it down to earth by making it so simple, even a child will understand it

How has the business changed since you started?

The world is constantly changing and business tries to keep up and stay relevant. This industry is full of surprises. It keeps things fresh. The biggest change is constant change.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

The Internet of Things and the automation of services.

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What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

Startups that think they’re enterprises and enterprises masquerading as startups.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Work together, learn from each other because you are the core team and the day-to-day success of a project has a lot to do with how in sync you are and how well you understand each other’s roles.

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

It’s more complex than a trend. The clients are facing immense pressure to stay relevant and large organizations have so much work in so many categories that a the AOR isn’t always the best or the smartest choice. From our perspective, friendly cooperation between the AOR and other vendors and agencies that help a client succeed in the market makes it clear that the clients needs are the central focus.

What is the best thing about working at First Person?

The people here are amazing and it gives us the courage to help invent the future. We love ideation, but we crave the opportunities that allow us to invent. It’s scary to head into uncharted territory, but when we succeed in creating something new, there is this overwhelming feeling of camaraderie, accomplishment and triumph for pushing past the fear and believing in ourselves. Everyone at 1P brings something unique to the table and It’s impressive how we continue to learn from each other daily even when some of us have worked together for years.

Where is the best bar in the SOMA & Financial district?

The Dirty Habit, & Hakkasan SF make the best drinks.

Any wild company party stories?

Oh yeah, so many. If you ever work with us you might help create a new one. But we don’t kiss and tell.

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Which industry boondoggle is most likely to send your employees to rehab: Cannes, AICP or SXSW?

Over in our universe of technology its more likely CES, & NAB.

Care to share a joke?

Sandra: I can’t understand why you failed in business,
Pete: Too much advertising
Sandra: What do you mean too much advertising? You never spent a dime on advertising.
Pete: That’s true, but my competitors did.

What does the future look like for First Person?

The future is about discovery and invention. We’re becoming known for our success in making complex technologies simple to understand and at the same time we’re developing IP and accelerating new companies that branch out from our core competencies to diversify our offering and satisfy our interest in emerging tech and business.

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You can learn more about First Person on VendorDB and at firstperson.is.

Partner Spotlight – Rabon Digital

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Rabon Digital!

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The Vitals

Name: Rabon Digital
Location: Alamosa, Colorado
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Motion Design, Graphic Design, 3D Modeling/Animation/Rendering, VFX/Compositing, Interactive Development

What inspired you to start your company?

It was actually out of necessity. After getting laid off from CP+B, and living in Alamosa at the time of the layoff, I wasn’t prepared to move out of Colorado or to a big city. At that moment I thought I may as well give it a shot; I had nothing to lose.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

I think it really boils down to creating my company web site single handedly. When you’re a one man shop you really are responsible for the entire execution of the project. My home screen consisted of some 3D animation effects created from Houdini, which in itself is a pretty complex program I’m learning. The remainder of the site from design, front end dev, back end dev was all on my shoulders. Projects like these really pushes a person to perform in so many aspects.

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What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

I’ve really always admired and respected the work being produced from The Mill. They have a Midas Touch; everything they touch turns to gold. Their VFX work has been very much an inspiration in what I would like Rabon Digital to grow and evolve into.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

I think the trend from web and mobile advertising transitioning out of flash and more prominently to HTML5 will ensure a relatively consistent flow of work coming in. Having a strong background in not only flash, but Interactive Development, has secured the future of Rabon Digital.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

I would say my biggest challenge is trying to secure clients, partners and creatives to sustain growth. I would really like to keep gaining momentum to allow my company to hire more talent, and work on amazing projects.

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Where is the best bar in Alamosa, Colorado?

Actually the best bar in Alamosa doesn’t exist here! I usually find myself heading out of town to Salida (Woods Distillery), Buena Vista (The Dearhammer Distillery), or Crested Butte (The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin).

What does the future look like for Rabon Digital?

The future looks very promising! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the best talent in this industry, and along the way have formed some lasting relationships. The way the industry is evolving allows the continuation of a working relationship regardless of who they work for and where they work.

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You can learn more about Rabon Digital on VendorDB and at rabondigital.com.

Partner Spotlight – Agent Illustrateur

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Agent Illustrateur!

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The Vitals

Name: Agent Illustrateur
Location: Montreal
Year Founded: August 2008, in the middle of the crash!
Specialties: A Montreal-based design and illustration studio working with international clients of the B2B, editorial and commercial sectors.

What inspired you to start your company?

I was a freelancer for a bit, working for agencies and whatnot after graduation. I got the blues after two years because I was too eager to move forward with my ideas and vision instead of following orders, so I started Agent Illustrateur out of pure recklessness. It was a difficult journey but I’m very excited about where it’s going right now.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

It was a pretty bizarre gig for Quebec Provincial Police. I had to design and illustrate dozens of animal heads in order for the snipers to know exactly where to aim so they could kill sick or hurt animals with a single shot, minimizing the suffering.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

A Holiday stamp for United States Postal Service (USPS) permanent collection, launched last year. I also have to say UK’s Toblerone holiday chocolate bar’s packaging from 2012.

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What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

I recently fell in love with the work of a very unique artist, Steve Spazuk, a French-Canadian artist using candle flames to create his masterpieces. It’s brilliant and inspiring. One day I’ll purchase a whole series from him. You simply can’t be indifferent when you look at his work and process.

How has the business changed since you started?

We didn’t have the same pressure back then; now, everybody wants the deliverables for yesterday and expects great quality. It’s a challenge that’s getting tougher each day for a business focused on delivering high-end services and customer delight. Also, every creatives now has to be business savvy, have a strategy and know how to market themselves on multiple channels. Before, you could have those crazy ideas and still work like an artist, in your own little bubble, waiting to be discovered.

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

We’re these kinds of production partners; we’re small, so we’re quick, humble and clients appreciate the flexibility, so yes, I’m loving it! For example, it does wonder for a multinational client having local chapters that needs specific work. It’s all a matter of collaboration, transparency and at the end, efficient results for the client.

And you know what, we do collaborate with big agencies of record on specialty projects because we are specialized in distinct areas. So it’s not exactly a nasty competition all the time.

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What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Business wise: whatever the context, the client or the type of work, always give a top notch customer service, even if the client gives you a hard time.

Creativity wise: allow yourself to be bored and don’t bother to follow trends.

What is the best thing about working at Agent Illustrateur?

We have a beautiful brick and mortar office in Old Montreal, but designers & freelancers can work from home 100% of the time if they want, thanks to technology!

The pet mascot is a parrot. That’s kinda cool too.

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Where is the best bar in Agent Illustrateur’s neighborhood?

Forget the bar, you have to eat breakfast or lunch at Olive and Gourmando right at the corner of our office, anything from their menu is to die for! Then you come by the office and we’ll have fresh beers in the fridge, for after work of course…

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You can learn more about Agent Illustrateur on VendorDB and at agentillustrateur.com.

 

New Companies This Week – June 1, 2015

Image courtesy of Mass Effect

Image courtesy of Mass Effect

Want to motivate your team? Check out HR software from Small ImprovementsBamboo HR and Namely to make reviews a snap.

Wicked VFX anyone?  Try ALCHEMY24DIGITAL DIMENTION and Iloura. Or call Mathematic – they just did Snoop’s new video!

Looking  to keep your design static? Gerald & Cullen Rapp reps the best illustrators in the biz.

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ALCHEMY24
Alt.Vfx
Artifex
Ateliervfx
Atomic Fiction
ATOMO VFX
Bamboo HR
Brett & Cie
CGEV
ChromaVFX
CLAN vfx
Cube Creative
Cutting Edge
DAY FOR NIGHT
Digic Pictures
DIGITAL DIMENTION
FRIMA Studio
Gerald & Cullen Rapp
Goldtooth Creative
Hybride
Iloura
Image in Work
IXOR
LUXX STUDIOS
M-CONNECT Solutions
Mac Guff
Mass Effect
Mathematic
MMC News Marina Maher Communications
MOKKO Studio
Namely
NOMAD
ObliqueFX
ONER Visual Effects
pixellusion vfx
PLUG
proof inc.
RISE
Rising Sun Pictures
SCREENSCENE
Small Improvements
Taxali
The Art of VFX
Thinkpot Productions
Trestipos films
TribeHR
Trimaran
TRIXTER
Two Dudes & A Booth
Unit Image
Veaone Studio

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