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Michael Janda

New YouTube Channel for Creative Freelancers!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new YouTube channel! Since founding my agency, Riser, in 2002, I have been passionate about operating my business in a structured and systematic way. This passion drove me to create turnkey processes and strategies that helped my agency land clients like Disney, Google, and National Geographic, and average more than 30% annual profit margin over our 13 years in business. I sold my agency in 2015 to a friendly competitor, EKR, where I implemented my systems and processes, helping lead the agency to back to back listings on the Inc. 5000. Continue Reading

QA Session with the Design Experience School in Moscow

Over the past several years I have been fortunate to connect and build friendships with some amazing people all over the world. One of those awesome people is Eugenia I. in Moscow, Russia. Eugenia is the owner of a successful interior design company based in Moscow and an online school called, Design Experience. She and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to the business of design.

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Speaking at HOW Design Live in Boston

For the second time, I was honored to be included in HOW Design Live’s speaker line-up. (I previously spoke at How Design Live 2016 held in Atlanta.) The HOW Conference is one of the largest design conference in the United States attracting designers from all over the nation. This year’s event was held in Boston at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

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5 Things We Look for in Job Interviews

A few months ago my management team and I were discussing converting one our our talented interns into a full-time employee. As a small business, we don’t take this lightly at Riser. Our objective is to hire people who will be with us for a long time in a mutually beneficial relationship. As such, I did a little soul searching to determine our hiring strategy and landed on this analysis when considering adding a member to our team.

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