Papercut the Tween Years

Eleven years ago today I got the business license for what was to become Papercut Interactive. It’s pretty amazing to have been in business that long, especially in this industry. Things change so quickly.

When the company started, it was just me. I would sell the job, do the design and programming, accounting, maintenance, etc. I built sites with Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and I was super excited to get to do anything that involved Flash.  I worked out of my house for the first year. The first Christmas party consisted of me eating take-out hibachi steak and listening to “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney. There was no social media to speak of where I could share pictures. Actually, phones didn’t have cameras, so I couldn’t easily share a picture anyway.

It’s a different world now. I’ve been lucky enough to find folks who are better than I am at each of the jobs that need to be done. We build sites that work on desktop computers, but also change to fit on mobile phones and tablets. I’m typing this into a blog that will simultaneously post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google +, Foursquare, and other social networks yet to be created if I so choose. We also have an actual office with real desks instead of doors on galvanized pipes, and are within walking distance of any type of restaurant you could imagine.

I get excited about change. It’s fun to look back on when the company started and think about how far things have come. It almost seems futuristic. I can’t wait to see how we do things in 2023. I hope I finally get my flying car.