We’re Moving On Up (Again!)

After the accumulation of two senior staffers and our initial funding, GDG quickly outgrew our Marina Drive location, and headed to… a church?

Yes, that’s right.

Good Done Great’s Charleston headquarters relocated to a former church building on the Upper Peninsula of Charleston. Located beside the Rutledge Cab Company (a popular lunch spot with locals), the new location offers an open-office/collaborative work environment in the budding Silicon Harbor tech community.

If you stop by our HQ on any given day, you may find our team of software implementers and account managers playing a quick game of ping-pong in the great room or collaborating outside on GDG-blue picnic tables.

One of our first office shindigs in our new location was a fiesta hosted by the Sales & Marketing team with homemade steak fajitas, chips & salsa, competitive cornhole, and a rolling stream of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Prior to our moving-in, internal chatter at GDG surrounded the most creative way to utilize the baptistry. Ball pen? Puppy tank? We didn’t arrive at a succinct conclusion; however, the piece remains quite the talking point with visitors and passersby.

If you didn’t know… we’re strong believers in empowerment, and we’ve found that providing our employees with the opportunity to give feedback surrounding their needs in an office-space increases overall happiness, well-being, and employee engagement.

Now that we’re settled in, we’re ready to see what we will accomplish during our time at Rutledge Ave!

GDG Office

Focus People!

Defining and adhering to charitable giving focus areas is a win-win proposition!

I have the great pleasure of working with corporate executives who authentically embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR). At their very core, these individuals and their teams believe that helping solve the world’s social injustices and environmental issues is simply the right thing for corporations to do. The reality is, those dedicated individuals are more often than not, tasked with demonstrating a business case for their programs and initiatives. They’re asked to show how the dollars, in-kind contributions, and in some cases paid time off for employee volunteerism, are helping the company achieve its business goals and objectives. The good news for those of us who are passionate about CSR is that doing good and doing well don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, my personal opinion as a PR veteran, is that they shouldn’t be.

Read the full article. 

GDG in the Community

At Good Done Great, we not only talk the talk about the value of volunteerism, we also walk the walk. Over the course of our five-year history, we have participated in gaming marathons and environmental clean-ups throughout the surrounding Charleston area.

For our first clean-up with Keep Charleston Beautiful, a team of GDGers headed out to the area surrounding the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge which connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Much of the debris was wind-blown from surrounding schools and businesses. At the end of our afternoon-long clean-up, we collected over 620 pounds of litter, 25 bags of trash, and 5 tires from the marsh.

KellyJennifer Scales, Programs Manager of Keep Charleston Beautiful, reported that our volunteer hours saved the city $240 that would have contributed to hiring someone to perform the clean-up. After the success of our first clean-up, the GDG team was eager to perform a second clean sweep of the park surrounding our new location on Marina Drive.

In addition to our passion in keeping the Charleston area clean and green, our team of software implementers share a passion for gaming. This passion translated into the perfect volunteer opportunity with Extra Life, a non-profit organization which benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Our implementation team transformed our Marina Drive office into a gaming haven where they played video games non-stop for 24 hours, raising money for MUSC Children’s Hospital. The initiative was spearheaded by Nic Patterson, a member of the product development team at GDG.

Our support prompted a tour of the hospital in which we spoke with doctors and hospital administrators who shared stories and information surrounding the impact of our donations including funding towards the expansion of the new hospital.

GDG is proud to support local nonprofits in the Charleston area and beyond! We are working to expand our CSR program to include a core non-profit partnership. Stay tuned!

PS Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our Keep Charleston Beautiful clean sweep!

 

The Tech Life Podcast Featuring Good Done Great

Rich Conte of The Tech Life Podcast featured Good Done Great and Earl Bridges in a dynamic conversation surrounding brand-engagement and CSR, our B-Corp status, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

You can hear it all here.

Meet {g}ecko: GDG’s Official Mascot

Any fast-growing technology company needs an official mascot to increase camaraderie and act as a cheerleader to celebrate employee and client successes. Not to be confused with the GEICO Gecko, Good Done Great’s two leopard geckos are Harry and Ace or is it Lloyd and Gary…

There is internal debate regarding the official names of our leopard geckos. A quick poll of our Charleston and Tacoma offices reveals an interesting collection of responses: Brandon Jr. and Brandon1, Good and Great, and Sir and Madam Sticky Feet (a bit more appropriate considering the female once laid eggs).

Once a week around midday, the Charleston office gathers around the gecko tank for the feeding extravaganza- crickets doused in calcium powder tumbling to their imminent deaths. Any visitor to our office would undoubtedly question several employees’ claims as animal-lovers as we cheer on the geckos’ preying upon the unassuming crickets.

Curious about our favorite weekly pastime?- Take a peek into the day in the life of the GDG geckos…

Good Done Great & The Rise Of B Corporations

By the time I co-founded Good Done Great, I had already seen my share of poverty. I’d spent my formative years in Thailand with a father who was an Air Force pilot-turned missionary and a mother who was an early social good entrepreneur. As my father tended to the spiritual needs of the congregation, my mother spent her time providing job skills and entrepreneurial mentoring to a thriving cottage industry. I witnessed first hand how this type of support complemented and often exceeded the impact that the church could achieve through utilizing contributions from their members. What started out as her little business soon prospered, and the money often-times became the main source of income for our family. It was then that I realized how critical business engagement was to solving many of the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

I returned to the United States after high school, attended college, and then later completed a masters degree in international business studies. I held the expected jobs in the corporate world with expanding responsibility and challenges and yet found myself increasingly anxious to do something with greater social impact.

Read the full article.

A Good Done Great Personal Story: It tastes better with Spinach

I recently traveled out to Good Done Great’s Tacoma, WA office, just south of Seattle. Just a few months into my new role as the VP of Technology Services, my goal was to get to know my West Coast team as our fast-growing company is becoming an industry leader in Corporate Social Responsibility software for large corporations (think Fortune 500 and 1000 companies).

On the way back, I was able to connect in the Atlanta airport in-between flights with our VP of Strategic Partnerships, Christina Bowen (who just so happened to be on en route to meet with an incredibly large credit card provider in DC that will remain nameless). Christina, based in our Denver, CO office, and I were so excited to be able to catch up. What are the odds we would have a layover at the same time in the same place?! We headed up to the Gordon Biersch brewery in Concourse A, with only 32 minutes before boarding started for our flights. We sat down, hoping we could get quick service. Sadly, I had to ask hostess for a server after waiting 10 minutes. As the clock ticked down, only 22 minutes left, the server came by and took our order. When a few minutes passed by and we didn’t have our waters, I started to wonder what was going on. 17 minutes left. Our server came by to tell us that their computer systems were down, they weren’t able to take any orders and recommended we find another place to eat. We just about died laughing at the entire experience, considering both of us are in the business to ensure our own client’s success.

Read more.

South Carolina Business Update Featuring GDG

John Warner of Swampfox, a service which connects entrepreneurs to the business community, featured us on his weekly roundup of the latest and most revolutionary business happenings in South Carolina. You can listen more here.

Our Big Investor Event in Charleston

We’ve been working on raising capital for just a short while now, and we’ve had some great early success. We’ll be hosting investor gatherings in South Carolina, participating in events in Houston, Washington, DC, Charlotte, and Seattle, and speaking with investors from Boston to Atlanta to Tacoma and San Francisco.

 

IMG_2938

Just last week, we hosted a large investor event at the DwellSmart warehouse in Charleston with participation of local investors, other tech leaders, and community members. We also invited students from the business school at the College of Charleston because when else do they get a chance to see a real life presentation like this!

The event was lots of fun. Edmunds Oast catered, and the Jazz trio was lead by our own Senior Product Engineer Ben Wells, multi-year winner of the Charleston City Paper bassist of the year. And of course, Earl and I had a great time talking about the amazing work our team and clients do.

Post and Courier Exposé

Okay, exposé might be a bit strong, but Abigail Darlington of the Post and Courier, who has been following our company’s progress, came out with a story today that captures much of who we are. You can read it here.