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Primate, Six Months In

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1st December marks Primate’s six month anniversary. I can’t believe how quickly it’s passed, how much we’ve accomplished and how much fun we’ve had doing it.

Wow, how times flies. It only seems like yesterday that I was standing, incredibly hungover from my previous company’s leaving bash the night before, in the middle of our new empty office, thinking to myself “oh fuck, what have I done?”. There’s nothing quite like quitting a good job and putting your entire life savings on the line to really strike the fear of God in you. But hey, it all worked out. We’re alive, we’re surviving, in fact, we’re downright thriving. The past six months have exceeded our predictions and expectations on every single level imaginable. It’s all rather incredible.

Not that I ever doubted ourselves but we’d have been fools to have never considered the risks of starting a business. We ventured forth with only the money in our savings accounts, no investments, no loans, and gambled that we’d be able to find work. Which we did. We’ve been blessed with fantastic clients and exciting projects, all of which make the entire job worthwhile and make us look forward to coming into the office every day. We were even shortlisted for a DADI award in the process which was jolly nice. Personally, I couldn’t be more delighted with what we’ve achieved.

Likewise, it’s also been very rewarding to be able to expand our knowledge and skills and actively help push the web industry forward by participating in some of the more recent and cutting edge practices. I’ve learnt so much in the past six months and can honestly say that I’m incredibly proud of the work we’re the producing and the methods we’re utilising to do so. Some of the stuff that we’re working on right now is, frankly, utterly awesome (I can’t wait to show it off), weaving content, copy and design with elegant technology into products that truly deliver an engaging and influential experience. It’s some of the best stuff I’ve ever seen (Espen: there he goes again, good ol’ humble Gordon) and I’m so thankful to be part of crafting it. Not that I’m bias or anything.

Finally, I want to take the opportunity from all of us here at Primate to thank all our friends, family, ex-colleagues, clients and everyone else for all of the support and encouragement you’ve given us. We honestly couldn’t have done it with you all.

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Author: Gordon McLachlan

Gordon is uncomfortably good looking.



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  1. Edd Hannay November 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Congratulations, chaps! I’m looking forward to dropping in to the office again near Christmas.

  2. Anne Brunborg November 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Congratulations!! I have to belive that you’ve done a great job, when I see how much you have accomplished in such a short time!!
    Jeg er stolt av deg Espen!! Stas at dere får dette til:)

  3. amcl November 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Well done all of you! Keep up the amazing work!

  4. John Sætrang November 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Congratulations! You primates are a great inspiration!

    • Espen Brunborg November 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Aww, thanks John! Have to say I’m equally impressed with what’s happening in Buskerud’s great capital :) Keep up the good work and smoke signals!

  5. Melanie Sangwine November 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Congratulations to all of you talented bunch of monkeys! May you continue to reap the fruits of your labour )))

  6. The VMCA December 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Well done on taking the plunge, believing it will work, no doubt working your butts off, and reaping the rewards! Awesome post. I’m also a firm believer in making it work without loans etc. It can be done!

    • Gordon December 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks! :) It’s been tough but I believe that hard work and, more importantly, good work eventually lead to recognition. At least that’s the theory ;)

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