5 Years in 5 Bullets
I started at MRY (then Mr Youth) in June 2007, not coincidentally, the same week I joined Facebook. It’s funny actually, to draw the parallels between the two companies; both started in Boston, built by young entrepreneurs, dedicated to innovation (and fun), and most of all… places where people didn’t feel like they were at work.
Today, both have grown-up and become sophisticated organizations and while I can’t speak for Facebook… 5 years later, over 100 new coworkers, an acquisition by LBi, and a major re-brand (MRY), I can honestly say that all those things still hold true. It’s an unbelievable testament to a place and a group of people that truly defy the odds and aren’t afraid to blaze their own trail. I couldn’t be more proud of the company we are, the work we do, and the game we helped change forever.
There’s so much I’ve learned along the way, mostly from the incredible people and clients I’ve had the good fortune of working with, but here are just a few bite sized snacks of wisdom I’ve learned:
- Failing is really just succeeding in learning the hard way
- New business pitches aren’t bought or sold, they’re merely mediums through which to tell a story
- Being a good businessman/woman is about knowing how to read between the lines
- Patience is not a passive skill, it’s a mental tug-of-war
- Being smart is not as important as being trustworthy
- And several other cliches…
Can’t wait to celebrate our 10th anniversary @MRY this Fall and even more excited to see what the next decade holds in store!
-Evan Kraut, VP of Brand Development