Trevor Collins is the CEO and founder of two companies: 100 Danish, which crafts beautiful and intuitive websites that tell a story and positivio, which is a mechanism for the world to interact with news in real time and create solutions. Trevor is one of Impact Hub Boston’s original members, working out of our coworking space for over two years.
Q: What led you to the work you’re doing now?
While building my first startup, I had plans to hire a web development firm to build the Version 1 of the platform I envisioned. As luck had it, I got the chance to see Paul Graham speak at an MIT event. After the talk in a personal conversation with Paul, he urged me to learn how to code so I could build a web platform myself. The advice was frustrating at first, because I thought this would take me off focus from the marketing, strategy and executive decisions I was making for the startup.
But he was right in the end.
I deeply believe it is valuable to touch every aspect of a business as you grow it, even if one day you’ll only be making high-level strategic decisions. Not only did my decision to learn coding make me a stronger leader for a tech company, but led me to co-found and grow a web development company of my own.
Q: If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
- Impeach Donald Trump. (For protection of the environment)
- Get the chance to show my future kids the power, wonder and beauty of the ocean.
- Build a thriving company whose platform or products touch over a billion lives.
Q: Tell us about the community you serve/problem you solve.
For 100 Danish, I serve those who want to use creativity and design to create delightful & immersive experiences for users of web sites and applications.
For Positivio, I serve those who want to find utility in their news by getting to interact with it in real time and help solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself 3 pieces of advice when you started your project/organization/business, what would that advice be?
I would give my previous self 1 piece of advice before starting 100 Danish, our web development & growth firm.
That advice would be to treat every project like a masterpiece and pretend that each client is paying 10x the actual price agreed upon. I find that a firm’s portfolio and referrals from previous clients is the strongest source of rapid and sustained growth.