July 12, 2018
Tonight I made the final pitch for Papyrux as a part of the Veterans in Residence Cohort at WeWork. My pitch during tonight's capstone event focused on how we dialed in our product offering and the bumpy yet supported ride we had along the way. During our six months in the program we not only took a deeper inventory of our ideas and tested them in the marketplace, but we also met other veterans with the same mission, and by helping each other, we lifted the collective group. Some of us have even hired other veterans to work through our new companies.
This was both a learning and enriching program that I encourage any veteran with a creative and industrious business mind to join. Even if you can't get into the physical cohort, the accompanying online course is still available. As you learn in startup, you get out what you put in.
And speaking of people that put it more than the lion's share... we would like to thank WeWork at South Lake Union and especially Elly, Molly and the WeWork team, Johannes Schoenberg and Jake Tozier and the Bunker Labs team, and the program sponsors for this special opportunity, along with Daniella Young and Eric Mammano for your awesome in-team support.
March 27, 2018
We are proud to announce that Papyrux LLC has been included in the first ever BunkerLabs Veterans in Residence program at WeWork, in South Lake Union Seattle. This sixth-month program provides a support and learning experience for startup and early seed companies founded by veterans or their family. During our time in the program we will not only develop our business models, products, and customer outreach, but also we'll develop our long term networks and trust within our industries and markets.
We are super excited what these next months will bring and we look forward to watching our fellow VIR participants succeed and get their companies up and running to full power as well.
January 17, 2018
What a year, or should we say half-year it has been. In the six months since our founding, we have worked with four amazing clients and increased our own production capabilities to better serve them and others. This is a great place for us to be in and we thank everyone who has helped us achieve this milestone. However, as awesome as this, it means that there is more work to be done.
This next year we will be looking to grow Papyrux by bringing aboard a junior UX designer, and also a junior web UI developer. We'll start by working via specific contracts for a project component or module, and from there, the opportunities can grow into a full time position with the Papyrux team. We'll also be looking for an office manager to help us for a growing number of hours per week with accounting, payroll, planning, communication and document authoring. We are drafting the job descriptions now for all three of these roles, but if you know of someone who would be a perfect fit, please let us know now. These would be perfect for someone looking to moonlight at first or begin building up their skill set with real work.
That's where we are in our quest to better serve you and your customers. We hope you have a successful 2018, and Thank you for all your interest and support along thus far.
The Papyrux Team
October 2-6, 2017
Techstars Startup Week™ is a five day celebration of entrepreneurship in the Seattle area.
Paris and I both attended various events during this year's startup week. The panels were all amazing in their own way, and we came away feeling smarter in all cases. We also came away feeling more informed and connected with the community around us. When we both looked at each other at the end of the week, we said together, it was the most compact and valuable use of time we've spent on our business ideas yet. Thank you to all the presenters and Techstars for facilitating this stellar week for us here in Seattle.
September 15, 2017 - Washington DC.
I was one of 25 veteran founders invited to come pitch their ideas within the investor group dynamic of First Wave in Washington DC. First Wave is a cohort of business leaders that have all served as veterans and who were all also graduates of either West Point or the Navy War College. This unique opportunity was soon tempered with a down-to-business tear down of our ideas and models. It was an awesome and priceless experience! After a day of inspiration and complex discussions, we were treated to an wonderful dinner at Larry Johnson's Fogo de Chao.
September 13, 2017
This was the first annual Veterans in Tech Summit where Seattle’s top technology, corporate, education, and civic leaders showcased the innovation and opportunities available with the region’s military presence. Prospective engineers were able to network and learn more about positions available within the Puget Sound region.
September 1, 2017
We had built our initial minimum website on May 19 and had not changed it much since. We were learning more along the way about what visitors needed, so we set out to address those areas of desire and clarity in this latest iteration of www.papyrux.com.
We'd love to know what you think. I you are interested in providing feedback, please click here...
July 21, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the launch of Papyrux LLC. And congratulations to all our prize winners throughout the evening.
We look forward to the challenges and good times ahead. Let us know if you feel the same!
Paris and Don.
May 19, 2017
At Papyrux, we help bring your ideas on paper to life. How we do this is through iterative and lean processes that generate useful results sooner than later. We craft a plan for your project and provide accessible prototypes along the way. We also work with your target customers to refine your product experiences, seeking to deliver not just a usable, but also an inspiring product.
If you have a software design challenge and need a ghost buster, then let's talk.
If you rocket surgeon is on vacation and the UX of your product depended on her, then let's talk.
If you don't even know where to start, but know you need to make software, then let's talk.
And if you just wanna chat about startup, then let's talk.