126: The analogy queen breaks down web development.
About Jill Manty
Jill Manty is co-owner of MantyWeb, a 9-year-old web development company based in Houston, TX serving creative agencies throughout the US. She has a degree in theater, is married to her business partner and is Mom to 6 kids. She brings the diplomacy, calm and solutions-oriented mindset she has learned in her varied life experiences to her work with clients. She is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.
Why are accessible websites important?
“Accessible websites are one of those things right now that is a little bit of a hot button item. Because there have been a lot of lawyers who are sending out demands letters and that makes businesses very nervous. Because even if there's not an ultimate lawsuit involved, no business likes to get a letter from a lawyer… we want to be able to do business with everyone that wants to do business with us…”
How did you go from a degree in theater to owning a web development company?
“…my husband had this brilliant idea that we should start a business. And he is a website developer, or he is a software developer and so this is where we ended up…”
When is it a good idea to hire a development company vs a freelancer or taking care of things in-house?
“I think there is really one answer to that. Which is do you have someone who can manage the development? Because it's not so much a question of can you get the work done, it’s a question of can you communicate what work you need done?”
Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?
“when we started the business 9 years ago, about a year in I was on twitter and I came across this twitter hashtag, twitter group, and I became involved with that group. And that group until the past year… was one way or another connected to 90% of the business that we had done…”
How do you stay in front of or best nurture your network community?
“So, whether it's online or in person, the first thing that I am always trying to do is to find out who the other person is and what they need. You know, how can I help you?”
What advice would you offer to the business professional who is looking to grow their network?
“…first figure out who it is that you are looking for. I think one of the mistakes we make when trying to quote on quote grow our network, is we just randomly start going to networking events…”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
“I would say, I would want to spend more time taking risks. And by that, I mean, I spent the first six years that we were in business rely terribly, terribly concerned with whether people were happy with what I was doing…”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
“I think the best thing we can all do is just remember each other’s humanity. You know, we are in a kind of a difficult time as a society, and it's very easy to get online and see people and just not want to have anything to do with them, or in person not have anything to do with them…”
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