2015 – What an amazing year!

Michael Howse, Bruce Wilson, Scott LaFleur, Rex Grignon and Jason Schleifer

2015 has been a year of incredible growth and excitement for us at Nimble Collective.  We thought that as the end of the year approaches, it would be a perfect opportunity to step back and really appreciate everything that’s happened over the past year, and give a hint as to what’s to come in 2016!

In January of 2015, Nimble Collective was operating out of Scott’s Garage.  We had 4 employees working full-time and a few others as part-timers.  After an incredibly heart-warming round of funding from friends and family, we were poised to dig in and really build this dream to help animated filmmakers create, collaborate, and prosper.

April 2015 - George Bruder, Rex, Jen Dahlman, Jason, Fleur Dragan, Jay Maglione, Bruce and Scott outside Coconuts in Palo Alto, Ca

April 2015 – George Bruder, Rex, Jen Dahlman, Jason, Fleur Dragan, Jay Maglione, Bruce and Scott outside Coconuts in Palo Alto, Ca

By the end of April, things were really starting to pick up.  We had been demoing a prototype platform to technical partners, investors and potential customers across the continent.  Our team had grown to 7 full-time employees, and we had moved into our first true office – 4039 Transport Street in Palo Alto.  800 square feet of pure awesome (occasionally pure stinky awesome.. especially after hockey on Tuesdays and Thursdays).   

Scott LaFleur - From Garage to 4039 Transport Street!

Scott LaFleur – From Garage to 4039 Transport Street!

 

This was also the start of a very exciting few months for us, as we began preparing to announce the company to the world at the Citrix Synergy event in Florida.  In front of 7,000 people, Rex and Jason jumped on stage and demonstrated our first use of the platform and a short film we created over a few weeks.  The response to this event was a huge validation that our idea of building a pipeline in the cloud where we streamed graphics applications was truly going to be a game-changer for the industry.  

Mark Templeton, Rex Grignon and Jason Schleifer on stage in front of 7,000 people at Synergy 2015! www.vimeo.com/127659234

Over the next months we continued to grow, adding developers and holding more talks with various software vendors about our plans. By the end of summer, we had closed on an impressive seed round of funding (announcement coming soon) that will allow us to focus on building a great platform and attract creators from around the world to our community.

Fleur – our first official full-time hire after funding! It was either her or the margarita machine. We made the right choice.

Around that time we began to outgrow our current space, and needed to find something a little larger.  So we started a hunt for a new place we could call home.  This took a few months, but we finally landed a great location with plenty of room – and space for a shower!  On November 18th, we held a small party with investors, friends and family to celebrate how far we’d come this year. We are really enjoying our new location at 2400 Wyandotte St in Mountain View, California.

 

Jeff Wang, Adam Roberts, and Kevin Cureton hanging out in the production hub – complete with hand-made clouds!

Dacosta Bayley - one of the incredible filmmakers we’re working with this year! www.behance.net/Dacosta

Dacosta Bayley – one of the incredible filmmakers we’re working with this year!
www.behance.net/Dacosta

Throughout this entire experience, we’ve been working with a number of extremely talented filmmakers, artists, illustrators, animators and enthusiasts who have been giving great feedback and validation as to what we’re building.  We can’t wait to share what these filmmakers are doing!

2016 will be a very thrilling time for us here at Nimble Collective.  We are so appreciative of your support, encouragement and excitement around what we’re creating.  Over the next few months, we will be releasing more information about the platform and our plans for the future.  Stay tuned to see how we help animation artists around the world spend more time creating.

 

2 Comments

  1. Mark Kirk says:

    Go! Go! Go! You guys look awesome and like you’re having the time of your lives! Can’t wait to see what you’re building. I’m not sure how you can fit that many smart folks in one tiny office. And I’m loving the PDI jacket on George.

  2. Nimble Collective says:

    Thanks Mark! 🙂

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