This Saturday is DFTBA’s four year anniversary! FOUR YEARS!
It also happens to be Small Business Saturday, an annual holiday invented by American Express to celebrate local and small businesses while also encouraging you to spend more money than you probably should.
Anyway, I cannot describe how different my life is now after DFTBA’s initial success. Not just the obvious monetary success, but my self-confidence and pride are, like, off the charts. I smile every time I check the DFTBA tag here on tumblr, or my various saved searches on twitter, and see everyone geeking out over their new poster or shirt or CD.
Receiving feedback from artists about how happy they are with a new product we developed with them, or after the success of a sale, it just adds to those feelings. Wanting to run the best damn service we can. Not only for customers, but for artists. And knowing that profits will take care of themselves as long as we don’t lose that customer/artist focus.
These past twelve months have continued to get better and better. After a few phone calls between Charles Trippy and me, we took over all of his CTFxC merch, which Alli is super thankful for, they no longer have to stock thousands of shirts in their house. Stan (from CrashCourse) and I just completed the season one DVD of Hannah Hart’s My Drunk Kitchen, with commentaries and bonus features and all kinds of fun things. And we’ve moved into working with more educational channels such as MinutePhysics, CGP Grey, CrashCourse, and SciShow, as well as volunteering our time and resources for numerous charities like TSWGO, P4A fundraising, and various Foundation to Decrease WorldSuck projects.
I dunno what else to say, everything with DFTBA is just in such a good place right now. I love the artists we’re working with. I love our small and dedicated staff/team (Kristen Franklin, Sam Rudge, John and Hank). I never dreamed we’d be here some 48 months ago when Hank posted his first announcement video for the So Jokes preorders. Just imagine where we are another 48 months from now.
Thanks for staying awesome guys. <3