It wasn’t long into my first conversation with Bobby when I was struck by just how unique Prolific actually is. It’s one thing for a company to be a development shop, and another to be a creative agency, but it’s an entirely different challenge to exist in both creative and development. I continued to learn about Prolific and became enamored with the idea of being able to influence the products being developed, as opposed to checking off boxes on a list in order to prove to a client we are delivering what they asked for. Instead, to help the client understand what they were asking for, and how best to deliver it, seemed like a very unique undertaking.
I wasn’t looking for a new job the first time I walked through the doors of Prolific Interactive. I was not a mobile specialist; I wasn’t even focused on just how impactful the mobile space truly is. The first time I walked into Prolific I was following up, trying to learn–and above all else–I was just curious.
There’s an almost tangible energy abuzz inside the office here. The best way to describe it is excitement mixed with uncertainty. It’s clear everyone knows that what we’re doing here pushes the envelop of mobile design. It’s not that we’re creating crazy new ideas that are meant to change the world, but instead applying our own unique point of view and impacting a relatively new space–one that continues to develop standards, best practices, and procedures. What’s uncertain? Everything. In an industry that develops new technologies on a weekly basis, and improvements almost daily, how could anything be concrete? Well, let me rephrase. While the individual advancements may be uncertain, one thing is clear. Prolific will continue to lead and engage the mobile community in new, innovative, and impressive ways. No one here doubts that, and it’s part of what makes Prolific such an amazing place to work everyday.
Once I arrived at that conclusion, I could no longer convince myself of anything else. I needed to work here.
New Doors, New Challenges
About a month ago I walked through the doors at Prolific in a new capacity: I worked here. Excited, nervous, apprehensive–all words that describe the first time I realized I really had left my job in Manhattan and decided to take the leap across the bridge. I can say with unequivocal certainty that I’m glad I did.
This first month at Prolific has been challenging to say the least. I’m learning an entirely new industry, a new field of study, a new medium. But beyond challenging, its been fun; every day is filled with a different set of obstacles and decisions. There are always reminders that while I am by no means an expert in the field, the people surrounding me are. And the most amazing part of it? They want to share what they know.
We chastise the idea that there should be an opaque divider separating us from our clients, and instead we share our knowledge through a transparent relationship with our clients. The entire process is collaborative and iterative. No idea is ignored based on where it comes from. We try new things, even if we know they won’t work, just to see how or why they fail. And while the screen sizes of our devices continue to grow or shrink and the methods of device interactions continue to evolve and mature, there is a seemingly constant idea embedded in the ethos of Prolific. Technology advances and so do we. And because we’re on the cutting edge, there is no one to tell us what’s right or wrong. We get to drive innovation in the industry and through that innovation build lasting relationships with our clients. Needless to say, I finally feel like I’m somewhere I’m going to stick around for a while.
Let’s see what we can build together.