Our One Year Anniversary
We are in the last few days of 2016. Everyone is looking back on the past year, reflecting on what happened, the good and the bad, and maybe deciding on a resolution or two for their new year. It’s the perfect time of the year for me to share with you our journey in 2016.
A year ago, I decided to start A.Y. Technologies to work with startups and entrepreneurs. I had a lot of experience building cloud-based solutions, but as I started out on my own I didn’t have a team or any clients. My company was a one-man band.
The expectations for my first year in business were low. I knew going in that the first year for any business is the most difficult, so I began with that reality in mind. Much to my surprise, within 4 short months we rented our first office space to house our team of 5.
With growth that fast, mistakes were inevitable. We made them and learned from them. We improved processes and shared with others what we learned the hard way. In September, not only did we grow the team again but we also outgrew our office. It was a significant milestone to see us move into our second new office as we expanded to a team of 8.
However, the defining moment for me personally was in October. I had to leave abruptly and unexpectedly due to a family emergency. It was the first time since opening our doors that I had to be offline and unavailable for so long. We had just started a new project and I was anxious about leaving at such a crucial time. I returned a week later to find everything on-track and moving forward without me. It was a moment of realization that we had formed more than just a series of skilled individuals in a room, but a supportive and self sustaining team.
2016 was a great year for us. Not only did we survive, we thrived and in the process had the pleasure of working on some very exciting projects, while helping our clients get closer to achieving their own goals. It was only possible with the help of a team who worked tirelessly and our clients who trusted us. Thank you to all of you.
Looking back at the great year we had, I imagine an even better year ahead. With our clients, our prospects and partnerships forming, 2017 is going to be even better.
To my team, our clients and all of you, Happy New Year!
Founder of A.Y. Technologies