We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Drew Baker is the technical co-founder of Funkhaus, a successful Los Angeles based digital creative agency. He’s built hundreds of websites for the top creative companies in the world and trained teams of developers. He has a proven track record architecting and building large scale decoupled websites and applications. He recently co-founded Polaris, a project management web application for the construction industry and is a regular presenter at the Vue.js LA meetup group.

Hi Drew, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Our first hire at Funkhaus was a sales person. I think most people would have grown design or development capabilities, because we had more work than we could do at the time, but my thinking was that we were leaving money on the table for the jobs we were doing, and we needed someone that could fight for our contracts. And ideally that sales person would also free up time for design and development work. So we hired Nicholas Dies as our “sales guy”. We paid him way below what he was worth, and gave him some long term stock vesting plan. He crushed it and within 6 months we gave him all the stock and made him the 3rd partner at Funkhaus. He was that good. 10 years later it’s impossible to calculate the impact of that decision on our success.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We’re a digital creative agency formed in 2011 by David Funkhouser, Nicholas Dies and myself. We are guided by the belief in the alchemy of process when applied to strategy, design, content, and technology. We got our start working with leaders in the entertainment world of Los Angeles, carrying the spirit of creative collaboration that defined our early successes through our work ever since. Today, we work across industries, executing world-class projects with a working class excellence.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I try to take them to all the good Mexican places possible. Pettycash is one of my favorites as is Tacos Escuela. I also try to take them to an improv show at the UCB. If there is a basketball game on, that’s always a fun spectacle. Hiking in Griffith Park or Malibu.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My partners David Funkhouser and Nicholas Dies. We formed almost randomly, but the dynamic really couldn’t have worked out better. I’m so lucky to have found these guys 10 years ago.

Website: https://funkhaus.us/
Instagram: instagram.com/funkhaus/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/funkhaus-design

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