Three Things I Learned at Teehan+Lax

Eric Portelance
Jan 30, 2015 · 4 min read

Values always come first

The service industry is about two things: revenue and cash flow. There is an unpredictability to the amount of work you’ll have at any given moment. Sometimes projects land all at once, and other times there are scary lean months.

Give away your best stuff

I am certain that the reason you first heard about Teehan+Lax has to do with one of the free tools or knowledge that was shared over the years: iOS PSDs, Labs projects, blog posts, our stories, products like ImgSpark, code, etc.

Good is never good enough

There was a real feeling working at Teehan+Lax that we were never done. Whether it was a client project or our internal process, it seemed like the ground was often slipping below our feet. In some ways, this was by design. We were never fully satisfied with the work — always tweaking, always refining, always rethinking. It was hard for us, I think, to say something was “done.” In hindsight, it’s funny looking back at earlier projects to see how much had changed in our approach.


    Eric Portelance

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    Former Co-Founder of Halo Brewery. Working on a new project in beer.

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