Derrick has been in the litigation support business for 20 years. He is a tech guy who happens to be pretty good at graphics. In 2009, Derrick teamed up with some great folks who knew as much or more than he did about all that stuff, and they formed Core. Since then, Derrick's work has made its way into some of the largest litigations in recent memory. Currently, he is enjoying business development, convincing people to podcast with him, and sitting in coffee shops.
March 3rd, 2018 | 27 mins 36 secs
email, facebook, rant, voicemail
In this episode, Eric and Derrick do their best to offend almost everyone with their take on business communication processes and procedures. Voicemails? Unhelpful emails? Small talk chats on business calls? There are a few rants, a few laughs, and hopefully laced throughout, there are some helpful tips for make the most of your business communications.
February 9th, 2018 | 30 mins 38 secs
dropbox, google, gsuite, harvest, resilio, tools, wix
This week Eric and Derrick discuss a few of the essential online tools they recommend when starting your business. In lieu of comprehensive, unbiased reviews of all the options out there, they rather lazily give you biased reviews based on nothing but gut feelings and the simple fact that they don't hate these tools after using them every day for years on end.
January 22nd, 2018 | 33 mins 43 secs
alex, art, maxwell, onewheel, zachary
In this week's episode, Derrick chats with friend and Core colleague, Alex Miller, about his passion for fine art, construction graphics and his newest source of anticipation, the OneWheel. But the real story here is an idea that he and his kids have developed over the past several years that he recently took public called creADDive Lessons. http://www.creaddivelessons.com. Great concept and great execution.
January 13th, 2018 | 28 mins 54 secs
balance, new, routine, silence, start, unsettling, vacation
The topic this week is what to expect when you first start working with a remote team you don't know, and how to establish an effective work routine right off the bat.
January 5th, 2018 | 33 mins 9 secs
build, ladder, promotion, raises, self-start
Eric and Derrick discuss the infamous corporate ladder and provide their take on the differences between advancing at a large company versus a small one.
December 22nd, 2017 | 23 mins 47 secs
empathy, family, gifts, holiday
In a somewhat holiday-themed episode, Derrick talks with special guest and colleague, Kim Levine, about her key role in creating a close-knit culture at Core. They discuss the importance of trying to maintain that vibe as the company grows, and how fortunate they are to work with such a great team.
December 14th, 2017 | 28 mins 15 secs
bonus, breaks, hiring, hr, management, proposals, salary
Eric and Derrick rattle off their opinions on management styles and philosophies - including employee handbooks, vacations, and sitting around doing nothing - and how that helped inform the way they interface with current employees.
Also, Eric confirms that there are indeed bad questions that you should not ask a potential employer during an interview. Sadly, he doesn't tell you what they are.
December 3rd, 2017 | 29 mins 15 secs
bookkeeping, collections, experts, financial, retirement, taxes
Eric and Derrick talk through the tendency for new businesses to try and save money by doing everything themselves, and why that is often a mistake. They discuss the idea of building a support structure of experts who understand the way your company operates, and how much more cost effective that can be in the long run.
November 17th, 2017 | 28 mins 8 secs
isolation, nancy schlaifer, remote, slack, travel
Our first guest, Nancy Schlaifer, joins the EG Podcast as we simultaneously send get-well-vibes to an ailing Eric.
Nancy recounts her experiences working for a remote company while providing insight into how she balances work and home life. She also shares her views on isolation, the pros and cons of not speaking to people for days at a time, and why she ultimately thinks it's worth it.
November 8th, 2017 | 25 mins 44 secs
banks, bootstrapping, clients, funding, loans, non-solicit
The conversation this week revolves around deciding to fund the new business with emergency funds and a few generous short-term loans from family.
Armed with limited funds and some relationships that weren’t really accessible, the countdown began to see if there was enough money to make Core work.
Eric also discusses his love of paperwork - particularly as it relates to banks, and Derrick talks about the single most important thing you need to do to get paid. It involves invoicing, and yes, it does seem pretty obvious.