Category Archives: Workshops

24 Aug

Learning to Grow at Elm #GrowWithUs

Where do I even begin?

As an aspiring marketer, when I work on any project, I generally look for an end product and build towards that. I may as well keep up the same routine for this blog post.

This week at Elm we are beginning a marketing campaign titled ‘#GrowWithUs’. This campaign is what I have been working towards for the last 10 weeks, since I started at Elm Solutions, as the first ever marketing intern. The #GrowWithUs campaign will focus on raising the profile of Elm Solutions and will also focus on making people aware of the job opportunities we currently have available. We want to make individuals aware of how they can #GrowWithUs by becoming part of the Elm team.

21 Jul

Anki – Cool Flashcard App

Anki is a spaced repetition application, based around user-generated flashcards. I have been using it about nine months and it has been great for learning Polish, programming syntax, and keeping my Spanish ticking over, even if I’m not a fan of rote learning. The cards are shown using a display algorithm. That’s where the real magic of this nifty little program is.

Here at Elm we make great software for a living and like that which makes living easier too. Life in a start-up doesn’t slow down for much, and there is no harm to have another tool in the box – whatever the interest! Ok, first things first.

11 Jul

31,556,900 seconds old today!

Birthday cake

We can hardly believe it… 1 year ago today we made our dream a reality and became a limited company going by the name of Elm Solutions. Why in seconds though? Well, anyone who’s involved in a start-up knows that it is not, in any shape or form, a 9 – 5 job. Every waking (and a lot of weird unwaking seconds) are spent worrying, thinking, planning, innovating and dreaming about the future. I remember glimpsing the saying “Entrepreneurs spend 80 hours a week to avoid working 40” on the day we set up and you could not speak a truer word. Although it’s not just the entrepreneurs but everyone who works for and with Elm.

10 Jul

13 things we learned in our first year

It has been 1 year since we became a fully fledged IT start-up and no matter how experienced you may think you are, there is so much to learn in such a short space of time. One of our core principles at Elm Solutions is that failure is necessary when moving at a fast pace. It means you are pushing the boundaries while learning the route to success. But the importance cannot be overstated enough in failing fast while maintaining the highest levels of delivery for your clients. All that being said, accepting failure as a necessity of producing the best quality is fine, but making the same mistake more than once is unforgivable. If I could impart 13 lessons to anyone about to embark on the IT start-up journey it would be the following;