I mentioned today that I feel like Balsamiq (the company) is really just starting now. The team is in place, the processes are pretty smooth, the revenue somewhat stable, the work for the next year or so clearly defined.
To kick off our company's next phase, I have invited everyone on team Balsamiq and their families over to Italy for 10 days of face-to-face, real-life time.
Valerie, Natalie and Malcolm are coming from California, Mike is already on a plane from New York, Luis will fly down from Paris and Marco will drive up from Bologna.
It all starts tomorrow.
Between staff, spouses and kids, there's going to be 21 of us.
We're staying at a great big villa near lake Como (no, it's not George Clooney's) with a swimming pool, a tennis court and a great big garden. Yes, it's lavish, but I cannot think of a better way to spend some of the profits I've been putting away since day one.
We'll be working together, have fun together, dine together, get to know each other's families... I CANNOT wait!!! :)
I have some activities planned for us to do - like "watch each other work morning" - but like everything else we do, it will be all pretty informal. I think we'll work in the mornings and play in the afternoons. Then, being all in Central European Time, some of us might work some more in the evenings to catch up with our US customers.
If we get to it, we hope to rapid-fire blog about what we do and learn every day on the new Life at Balsamiq blog, we hope you'll want to tune in!
We might be a little slower in our email responses for the next 10 days, and we're not going to have a release next week. I hope you'll understand.
I'd better hit the sack, I have to do 3 trips to the airport tomorrow with the 9-seater minivan I rented! :)