Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my Weekend Musings. I've had a few emails from readers over the last couple of months asking for more photos in my weekend musings posts so I'll be doing my best to make these posts more visual going forward. The photo above is from a hike that we did in Austin yesterday.
One of the things I really appreciate about Austin after living in LA is how close you are to nature even when you're in the heart of the city. We live in the middle of downtown but are only ten minutes from about ten different hiking spots all that five minutes in make you feel like you're in a middle of nowhere.
Yesterday we hiked along the to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls, both along the Barton Creek Greenbelt which is a series of trails running along Barton Creek. The water is beautiful and yes, you can go in it and a lot of people do at several different points along the trail:
This weekend represents something new that Daina and I are trying, a weekend off. We typically end up working most weekends, which we love doing since our work really doesn't feel like work, but we still think it's good for the soul to try to spend a weekend away from our computers. Of course I we still ended-up working a bit last night, and I've been doing emails this morning, but hey, it's a step in the right direction!
This morning we are going to head over to the Colorado River for some kayaking, then I'll be doing Yoga while Daina does Ballet, and then we'll probably go swimming. The weather is absolutely beautiful in Austin right now and I'm excited about the day ahead. Of course this is only a small fraction of our lives so here's a quick update on what's on my mind this week:
Interviewing, interviewing, interviewing – we have four open positions at Fashion Metric and right now our main focus has been interviewing. It has been an incredible learning experience and something that I think we get better at with each person. Most of these are senior-level positions which means we are hiring people with more experience than us, which can be a bit weird but is also incredibly exciting and it is so amazing to see how many bright and creative people want to join the Fashion Metric team, it feels like we really are building a dream team.
Working with clients – our API is live and we have clients that are actively using it. This is incredibly exciting and it's also so important for these early clients to have an amazing experience with FM.
Building our company culture – now that we have our own office and a team that's bigger than Daina and myself we're thinking more and more about how to create a great company culture. It's something I've thought about a lot before but doing it is a whole different thing. Luckily we have