“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

The Future of Me?

So after a billion twints (twitter hints) and Facebook teases over the last few months, I’m ready to explain what’s been going on and more importantly what will be going on.

The biggest piece is that I will no longer be a full time professor at SCAD. I love teaching; I so appreciate my students’ passion, energy, and talent; and, I’ve enjoyed working alongside fabulous peers with such tremendous knowledge and dedication. I have learned and discovered so much about design, teaching, education life and a host of other things.

So why leave? And why now?

Being a professor is a commitment. Schools need to understand their staffing requirements well in advance of the term, and they need to feel confident that that staffing will remain in place throughout the entirety of the term. This up coming term, I didn’t feel I could make that commitment.

Why? What’s going on?

Well, I decided to go all in (probably a few months earlier than I would have liked) and work on a startup that myself & my partner in crime, Brooks Eqsterling (@brooksre), are incredibly excited about.

What is this mystery startup?

Peer Loft as we call it is in very early stages, aka stealth. What I will say is that we are a designer-led company focused on filling the gap other collaboration tools have made by designing solutions that fill the needs & real-world practice of designers.

Also, to make money during this time of flux, I will be doing consulting. I am interested In helping organizations build, train, and make effective their digital design teams. My first deployment will actually be w/ A former employer in a different department.

I will be looking for new opportunities in the coming months, so if you have contacts & or needs please do let me know.

On a related note to Peer Loft, we are looking for a co-founder of the technical variety who has a strong interest in: SaaS, Mac desktop, iPad, and API engineering and tech team management.

Of course we are also looking for general tech talent and financing by people who are interested in a design, collaboration, and design thinking.

Well, that’s me and my world. See you out there.

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  • Kyle Koski

    See you out there. If you need any HTML5 and CSS3 work, let me know.

  • Jonathan

    Good luck! Looking forward to reading more about your startup adventures. I hope you’ll be able to share the mundane details of starting up; I think many designers would appreciate knowing more about how to launch their own ventures.

  • http://twitter.com/kamstewart Kam Stewart

    Good luck with the adventure, Dave. It sounds exciting. Too interesting indeed. 

  • BoazRossano

    Welcome to the startup pond :-)


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