Authentic F&F started the year with a fairly large change. The last day in 2014 was also the last day for our previous (and first) employee, Ian, who decided it was time for him to move on from Authentic and venture on his own path. Ian became a great colleague and friend to both Chris and I, and seeing him leave disrupted the idealist picture of what we wanted our business to be, questioning many decisions we've made about how to build our business.
This change, while hard to digest at first, forced us to take a hard look our company’s remote-oriented vision. Not only how to retain talented remote employees, but ensuring all members of the team felt fulfilled; in the work they are doing individually, and in business we are creating together.
I recently returned from a two week trip across Japan with my good friend. There's no showing off here: it was an incredible opportunity and I'm endlessly thankful for being able to tag along. While we were traveling, I was dabbling in design work for my business when time (and wifi) allowed.
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