Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary at ChopDawg.com
Joshua Davidson wrote this article
Ten years ago, I was sixteen years old, going door-to-door to the small businesses in the shopping centers of my New Jersey hometown.
Armed with my very own digital camera and the family laptop, I knew only that I wanted to start a web design business, and I was determined to get my first client.
It took me almost an entire summer going on foot to find even one business who was willing to give me a shot.
But little did I know where Chop Dawg would be in just ten years time.
I’ve been reflecting a lot about what Chop Dawg’s tenth anniversary means to me
I owe so much to the clients we’ve partnered with over the years. Without them, Chop Dawg wouldn’t exist. And Chop Dawg wouldn’t be the growing company that it is today.
I cannot emphasize enough the value that our clients have given us.
We have only been able to evolve so much thanks to those who put their trust in us and inspire our team to push day in and day out to be the best possible version of ourselves as we build out their technical dreams.
The Chop Dawg team has gone through quite an evolution over the years. And we’ve had our share of growing pains along the way, even recently as our business continues to grow exponentially. Some team members have come and gone, new trailblazers have arrived to take their place, and others still will probably be lifetime members of team Chop Dawg.
It’s been incredible to see how each individual team member has made an impact and helped each other to grow over the years.
Every new good hire we make is a step towards making Chop Dawg better and better — and that’s an ongoing goal of ours, and the true secret to lasting success.
Our team members help each other, challenge each other, and most of all, passionately care about the clients they are working with together each and every day.
I cannot thank them enough, and I owe everything to them. I could not hope to do what I do without our incredible team members.
It’s remarkable how far our services have come since the early days of just designing websites for small businesses. But Chop Dawg was able to adapt with the changing times when 4G LTE was first rolled out, pivoting our business model away from building just websites to apps.
Since then, the apps we’ve built for our clients have only gotten more powerful.
“Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.”
In recent years, we’ve explored augmented and virtual reality features, developed blockchain technologies within applications across multiple industries, and have even created ‘new life’ with artificial intelligence and machine learning software. We’ve never pigeonholed ourselves to any one industry, so we’ve been able to learn about and have our own unique technological impact across many different ones.
I can’t help but reflect on the first fully functioning web application that we built, and how much of an achievement it was just to build that. I also can’t help but remember how much of a struggle it was to build it.
Never could I have dreamed of the over 300+ sophisticated apps we’ve built today! At the end of the day, our top priority is the success of clients and their apps. And we mean it when we say that.
So we will ask the hard questions to make sure your idea and the business model that powers your app is a success.
We will work alongside you to come up with the game plan your app deserves from day one, and carefully spell out your entire project scope before any work actually begins so you know exactly what to expect.
We will make introductions and recommendations for your app based on our ten years of experience in the entrepreneurial-tech space. Most importantly, we will work alongside you to create the app of your dreams.
Succeeding in business truly is a mix of luck and hard work.
Believe me, my team and I have worked very hard to bring Chop Dawg to where it is today.
Luck usually doesn’t just come from thin air — you have to lay down the groundwork first.
And when luck does come your way, you need to be ready to work. Hard.
I always think back to when I was just seventeen years old, and I was getting covered in the media as a website freelancer.
It was luck that a lot of work came in because of that. But that would have meant nothing, however, if I wasn’t ready to work hard to take advantage of it.
Chop Dawg would not have survived without its ability to adapt. Every agency and business needs to be able to adapt to the changing times. And the team needs to grow with it.
It can be tempting to stay stagnant when things are going well.
Why fix what isn’t broken? Why take the risk?
But for an agency (and business) to be the best it can be, there needs to be a constant hunger to grow, learn and change.
And when times are changing, the team needs to be ready to adapt, too.
We are not just building traditional apps anymore. We are adapting to the next frontier of VR, AR, AI, blockchain, and decentralized apps.
I’m very excited about the future. This year has especially been a time of great change. We’ve been doing a lot of thinking of what it means to build your app for 2020.
And with 5G almost upon us, the way mobile apps work is going to change. The way we interface with technology is going to change. More and more industries that were previously non-technical are already looking to modernize.
There is such an excitement pulsating through our team right now about the possibilities.
Little did I know ten years ago that we were going to train and build artificial intelligence software. I still need to pinch myself that we’re working on brilliant VR and AR apps. And blockchain, fintech; that’s the future.
I feel that Chop Dawg has more of a central purpose than ever before.
There are more and more brilliant, but non-technical businesses and entrepreneurs who are looking to build out their technologies.
Chop Dawg is their guiding light to Make It App’n.
We are gearing up for an even bigger and brighter future here at Chop Dawg, and have some incredible apps and events in the works celebrating all that’s to come.
Here’s to the next ten years.
Want to know more about Chop Dawg’s story? Pick up a copy of Joshua’s debut book, The Entrepreneur’s Framework: How Businesses Are Adapting in the New Economy, or listen on Audible!