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by mkeefe on Apr 25th, 2011

End of one venture & the birth of PixelBit

In early 2011 I put the final steps into action on starting my first non-freelance company. I joined forces with @PhilipJNeal to provide a combined 20+ years of professional experience in development and design. The company may be new, but the work and clients are not.

Basically PixelBit is 3Pixels and mkeefeDESIGN merged into one company, though it is a bit more complex than that its a good overview. Right now the company is still in the building phase, but as luck and good contacts would have it we have our first project already underway. While I can’t speak on the specifics I can say its all extremely exciting.

Update: The mkeefeDESIGN blog will be transformed into the personal blog of Matthew Keefe and soon a new blog for PixelBit will be online.

by mkeefe on Feb 8th, 2011

Project turned business Bait and Switch

I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend in the development and design industry. No not “potential facebook-killers” though that is annoying as well. For right now I am talking about Partial Ownership and Profit Sharing opportunities.

Be a Part of the “Next Big Thing”
Now don’t get me wrong, if you get an opportunity to be part of the next big thing or to even create that thing then awesome. However, using it as a way to get free work is downright evil. I have been contacted by potential clients with a great project and of course I follow up with a timeline, quote and proposal just like you always should. Though lately those potential clients like to slip in the business proposal on the third or fourth inquiry. Its like they are feeling you out and trying to hook you on the project.

I have even seen a few instances when the potential client will try to belittle your work and talent if you don’t decide to hop on their “Million Dollar idea” as if you offended them, when in reality they are wrong. Its similar to “Bait n Switch” in a store.

As a freelancer, developer, agency or all around technology professional have you experienced this growing trend or am I simply the lucky one? Weigh in via the comments below, I am eager to hear others opinions on this topic.

Update: Before its misconstrued in the above post, I am open for new opportunities, just don’t hide the “business opportunity” portion while claiming to have a standard freelance gig. Most of all, don’t waste others time.. its not good business.

by mkeefe on Jan 3rd, 2011

A look back on 2010

Just as soon as it began 2010 is now in the history books. Let me take a moment to reflect on some notable things that took place in 2010, both professional and personal.

It technically began in 2009 but on New Years eve I went to a Dane Cook show with my now girlfriend and what a show it was.

Fast forward to February which included a vacation to the Caribbean with family and friends where I was unaware at the time I would be doing the majority of my photography for the year. Overall the cruise was a great start to the New Year! I highly recommend you go on one at least once in your life.

The majority of Spring I spent working on various freelance projects and with awesome teams around the world. One notable project I got the opportunity to work on in the Spring was an interactive training module for an oil company, though I can’t speak any specifics on that project I can say it was fun!

Towards the start of summer I was invited to a Red Sox game where i’m almost certain no one remembers the score, but thats how you know it was a great time. As summer marched on I took a small break to Florida to see family and friends for a few days but ended up working on a bunch of projects while there.. kind of typical in the life of a freelancer.

When I returned home in late July I started officially working as a Flash developer with Litl in Boston where I had the opportunity to work on awesome Flash projects for their Litl webbook and other upcoming hardware. This was also the first time I had responded to a cold call from a talent agent, but something about Aquent (their parent) struck me right. I am still enrolled with Aquent and highly recommend them to professionals looking for new work or a new career.

In the Fall I flew out to Vegas for the annual PhotoshopWorld and got to meet a bunch of great people, including some I had spoke with via email/chat for the last few years. Rather than flying back home from Vegas I decided to make a stop in Colorado and spent some time with friends roughing it in the woods and shooting guns, two hobbies of mine.

When I finally returned home from my Vegas/Colorado travels I only had a few short weeks before I was on a plane to attend Adobe MAX for the first time in my life. Looking back I can’t believe I waited so long but I certainly picked the right MAX to attend with all the goodies given away by Google, Motorola, Adobe and even Blackberry. While in LA I also got the opportunity to speak at a mini conference on the subject of Flash mobile, which was a great time and can’t wait to speak again.

After returning home from MAX I decided to work on a few personal goals and in doing so I got my motorcycle permit, took a class and ended up receiving my motorcycle license. I also obtained (after much hoop jumping) my LTC gun permit. Don’t be concerned though, I am not running off to join a motorcycle club/gang.. I just love guns and bikes.

On a strictly personal topic I also celebrated 6 months with my girlfriend, got to spend the holidays together and even celebrated the arrival of 2011 on the Boston waterfront with friends this past weekend.

I also took a 13 day vacation to where else? Florida! I imagine one day I will move there, I guess we’ll see.

In all 2010 was a great year, I progressed my business towards bigger and better projects, checked off personal achievements and got to travel around the country. This of course only means 2011 will be even bigger and I am not wasting any time either. In early 2011 I am launching a bunch of website applications, mobile apps/updates and opening a new company with my good friend Phil whose graphics work you have seen in much of my client work for many years now.

So there you have it, how was your 2010? Lets hear it.. and on to 2011 and all it has in store for us all.

by mkeefe on Jul 29th, 2010

A litl update

I am sure you are thinking to yourself did he really just misspell “little” in the subject of this entry? Well the answer is no I didn’t. What I am speaking about is hardly little. I am officially announcing that I am working with the team at Litl in Boston.

For those that don’t know Litl is an intuitive webbook that runs Flash Player and is built around a community of apps “cards” for the user to download with ease.

I actually learned about Litl from Scott Janousek and other Flash enthusiasts about a year ago. Well a few months ago an offer was presented where I got the chance to work with Litl (freelance basis) and I am thrilled.

While I can’t talk about specific projects or concepts I can say its a freaking blast. The Litl team instantly made me feel at home and all of them are a thrill to work with. Stay tuned for more details and of course lots of great tutorials on Litl development over at Scriptplayground in the coming months.

by mkeefe on Jul 3rd, 2010

Freelance to perm

That post title may come as a bit of a shocker to some but its the truth. I am currently in talks with a company (to be disclosed at a later date) which I will be working freelance with. The idea is to “test” the project flow and team where I may very well become an employee.

The company is working on some great stuff that I can’t wait to be a part of. In fact I will start freelancing with them once I return from my Florida vacation later this month. To say i’m excited is an understatement. I am freaking thrilled.

Once I learn more about the company and projects I will make the “tough” decision of actually hanging up my freelance hat, at least during the day.

I will leave you with a clue of where the company is. Lets have some fun with this, first person to leave the correct company name in the comments gets a $20 iTunes Gift Card courtesy of me. I will not give additional hints or acknowledge incorrect/correct answers till I announce the company later this month. Good luck.

Job clue

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