October 15, 2019

Calvin Carter to speak at upcoming TexChange Event

Starting a business is hard. Growing and sustaining a business can be even harder. There’s no instruction manual and really no rules of the game. So how do some people find their way to entrepreneurial success? Even the kind of success that can lead to being acquired by a massive multi-national giant?

Join Calvin Carter as he discusses his life as an entrepreneur and highlights how he’s used both successes and failures as motivation. He’ll highlight lessons learned and provide actionable advice for any type of business during this intimate CEO to CEO (or future CEO) dialogue and discussion.

Calvin sharing his Entrepreneurial Journey with TexChange.
Rocketeers joined Calvin at the TexChange presentation.

October 10, 2019

Bottle Rocket to Host 48 in 48 in Dallas

When 48 in 48 reached out to Bottle Rocket about its upcoming foray into the Dallas market, we couldn’t help but get involved. This not-for-profit organization itself has set out to help as many other not-for-profits as possible. In each city they visit, the organization along with a host of local volunteers build 48 websites for 48 local not-for-profit organizations in a mere 48 hours.

Curious about how you can get involved or do you know a deserving non-profit organization in the Dallas area? Learn more or nominate participants here: https://dallasinnovates.com/an-event-is-coming-to-dallas-where-volunteers-build-websites-for-48-nonprofits-in-48-hours/

October 1, 2019

Rocketeers win big at this year’s Adobe Creative Jam Awards

We are so proud of our teammates for their success in the Adobe Creative Jam for World Interactive Day last week! Bottle Rocket designer Logan Bingaman won first place while Bottle Rocket designers Kelly Gillit and Jennifer Huang took home second place. Such amazing work by our amazing Rocketeers!

More info on the awards can be found here: https://nvite.com/CreativeJam/IXDDdfw2019

September 26, 2019

Calvin Carter Opens SMU Digital Summit Discussing The Connected Lifestyle

Bottle Rocket’s Founder & CEO was invited to give the opening keynote at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University (SMU), during their 2019 Digital Summit. Here’s a synopsis of his talk along with a video recording from the event.

The Connected Lifestyle Is Here! Are You Ready?

We all know that the digital revolution is in full swing. Both emerging and existing engagement technologies can unlock tremendous value for your business and for the customers you serve.

But are you truly ready to embrace this new normal we’ve come to know? Which technologies are “must haves” and which experiences will garner deep loyalty? How do all of your digital experiences fit together into a cohesive ecosystem that exceed the ever-changing wants and expectations of your customers?

At the intersection of business and the connected user’s goals lies opportunity. We call this intersection the Connected Lifestyle and those companies that embrace it will thrive while others will be left behind. The digital experiences that your company creates are already being compared to the likes of Starbucks, Uber, Netflix, and Facebook, among others. These brands are your competition whether you realize it or not. This is the new normal. For Connected Consumers (or for employees,) digital experiences are as important, if not more so, than the product or service your company makes or sells. And they expect these experiences to be seamless across all digital touchpoints from websites to apps to voice skills, chat bots, virtual reality, augmented reality, and beyond. No matter the industry, no matter the company, the implications of not paying attention could mean huge things for your business.

Join Calvin Carter, Founder & CEO of Dallas-based Bottle Rocket, as he highlights his experience building an award-winning experience-based technology company in North Texas that is leading many of the world’s most distinguished brands head on into the Connected Lifestyle. Carter will take a deeper dive into the Connected Lifestyle and share how companies can overcome the challenges that they will face as they move toward success in this turbulent, and ever-changing world of technology.

Watch the full session here: https://vimeo.com/363619274

September 24, 2019

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Originally, the term was coined as “The Imposter Phenomenon,” by the clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in the 1970s. In a nutshell, Imposter Syndrome isn’t just about doubting yourself, or having low self-esteem.  The syndrome is a belief or continuous feeling that regardless of academic or professional accomplishment, you’re inadequate or incompetent in your field of work. Or a fraud that will soon be “found out” at any moment.

These feelings are not mutually exclusive to entry level positions. Senior, Management, C-Suite, even some of the brightest and most talented individuals have expressed their feelings of Imposter Syndrome, amongst them are: Arianna Huffington (of the Huffington Post), Tom Hanks, acclaimed writer Maya Angelou, Howard Schultz (former Starbucks CEO), 3 time Oscar winner, and 21 time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Debbie Millman (named one of the most influential designers of today, and the former President of AIGA). This list goes on and on.

There are thousands of articles, books, blogs, videos and the like that have recipes for dealing with imposter syndrome. But I have been able to deal with mine by realizing the ultimate power wasn’t in having to always know everything...but the opposite. I gained infinite strength by being humble enough, and brave enough, to say these three simple words: “I don’t know.”

Having self-awareness in the things that you don’t know—paired with a restless pursuit for knowledge lifts a weight off of your psyche. Embrace what you don’t know, fall in love with your ignorance enough to change it. Learn and grow through the ignorance, not in spite of it, and to use challenges as didactic opportunities.

It’s also key to be open and verbalize those challenges. It’s a lot easier to climb Mt Everest with a group of Sherpas than it is to do it alone.

*As presented at the 2019 Big Design Conference in Dallas Texas.

More info on the event can be found here: https://bigdesignevents.com/

More info about Tony Dausset and his Imposter Syndrome can be found here: https://www.xdpodcast.com/

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