If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Monday, January 09, 2017

353Solutions - 2016 in Review

Happy new year!

Let's see how 353solutions did in 2016. We'll start with the numbers and then some insights and future goals.

Numbers
  • Total of 193 work days (days where customer were billed)
    • Up 23 days from 2015
    • Out of 261 work days in 2016
  • Out of these 61 days are in workshops and the rest consulting
  • 18 workshops
    • Up from 14 in 2015
    • Go workshops
    • First docker workshop (teaching with ops specialist)
    • First open enrollment class
    • In Israel, UK, and Poland
      • Only 4 out of the country (vs 8 last year, which is good - I prefer to fly less)
    • Workshops range from 1 to 4 days
  • Revenue up 10% from 2016
  • Several new clients including GE, AOL, Outbrain, EMC and more
Insights
  • Social network keeps providing almost all the work
    • Doing good work will get you more work
  • Workshops pay way more than consulting
    • However can't work from home in workshops
    • Consulting keeps you updated with latest tech
  • Python and data science are big and in high demand
    • However Go is getting traction
  • Having someone else take care of the "overhead" (billing, contracts ...) is great help.
Last Year's Goals
We've set some goals in 2015, let's see how we did:
  • Keep positioning in Python and Scientific Python area
    • Done
  • Drive more Go projects and workshops
    • Done
  • Works less days, have same revenue at end of year
    • Failed here. Worked more and revenue went up
  • Start some "public classes" where we rent a class and people show up
    • Did only one this year
  • Publish my book
    • Failed here, though I'm close. Probably Q1 this year.
Goals for 2016
  • Work less while keeping same revenue
  • Work more from home
  • Publish my book
  • Publish a video course
  • More open enrollment classes

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