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Join our clients Rooster Teeth & LIVESTRONG this Wednesday

Rooster Teeth’s Gavin Free (left) & Burnie Burns (right.) 

We just learned that – in addition to Alexis Ohanian – two other Amplifier clients will be speaking Wednesday.  Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns and Gavin Free along with LIVESTRONG CFO Greg Lee will speak about the “Alternative Business Models” powering their respective businesses. If that weren’t enough synchronicity, Goodwill’s Michael Willard will be joining them. Goodwill honored Amplifier with their Business Partner of the Year award an event last week.

In the words of The Alternative event organizers:

This event will focus on alternative business models companies use to run their business. There will be guest speakers from a variety of different businesses and organizations present at the event to talk about what methods and strategies they use to run their company. These strategies are some that are not normally seen in the business world and are thus harder to study in an average classroom.

EVENT DETAILS:

Who: Rooster Teeth, Livestrong, Goodwill and more.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6PM

Where: Welch Shell Auditorium (WEL 3.502) at the University of Texas at Austin

More information here.

Trust us, the only excuse you have for missing THIS event is that you’re attending Alexis’ talk (and/or vice versa!)

Amplifier Client & REDDIT founder Alexis Ohanian in Austin Wednesday, Come Hear Him!

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We ran into Alexis (right) two weeks ago @ JFK Airport

Alexis Ohanian has done more before 30 than most people do in a lifetime.  In addition to co-founding powerhouse community Reddit, he’s created a thriving not-for-profit called Breadpig, acted as an angel investor to the likes of Hipmunk, Hubspot, Crowdtilt and helped stop antipiracy legislation on Capitol Hill.  Alexis’ most amazing achievement may be that despite his success, he remains one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Alexis and his epic tour bus rolls in Austin this week. This Wednesday, he’ll be speaking at the University of Texas about his new book WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION. 

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If you live in Central Texas and care about entrepreneurship, the future of the Internet or making the world suck less, then don’t miss your chance to hear Alexis speak.  Here are the details.

EVENT DETAILS:

Who: Alexis Ohanian

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 7-9:00 PM

Where: Burdine Hall Room #108 • 110 Inner Campus Dr Austin, TX 78712

Get Your Free Tickets Now

Alexis is no stranger to Austin. While this Brooklyn diehard isn’t quite shopping for houses, he did recently tell an interviewer another primary motivation for his stop in Austin.

“Austin is a hub for tech. There’s a tremendous tech community there and it’s nice to come without South By Southwest going on all around me. It’s also one of the largest universities in the nation so to reach such a large chunk of students is a great opportunity. I’m also coming for the tacos. I should make that clear.

He ain’t lying, he loves him some breakfast tacos!  Now sign up and get ready to listen to someone drop some science.

Girl Scouts visit Amplifier, forget to bring us Thin Mints

We’ve hosted book signings and Kickstarter mavens but yesterday’s visit by Girl Scout Troop 1252 will go down in Amplifier history as our first time staging an actual merit badge challenge.

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We’re pretty sure these girls will grow up to be creative kingpins. Every year, they design and print their own troop tees, with stencils and ink and amazing DIY grit and gristle.

This year, they asked us if Amplifier would teach them to screen print for real. Who can say no to girl scouts, even when they aren’t selling cookies?

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Our screen printing man, myth, and legend Chris Vreeland taught them the printing process, from art to film to screen to tee, and they took turns printing and curing their very own t-shirts.

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The shirts look amazing. We’d like to say you can get your own Troop 1252 tee in our online store, but you can’t. That would be… strange.

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Thanks again for stopping in, taking the tour, and brightening our day with your questions about screen printing, glitter ink and unicorn posters, Troop 1252. Let us know when you’re old enough for summer jobs!

Amplifier All Hands Meeting

All Hands Meeting

Yesterday, March 27th, we held an all hands meeting at Amplifier. During yesterday’s all hands meeting, Everyone ate huge, ridiculous, almost debilitating portions of Rudy’s BBQ.  Pretty cruel when you consider that after the meeting everyone had to go back to work instead of take a nap.

We surprised the crew by handing out embroidered Red Kap workshirts. (If you don’t know Red Kap, they make some of the best work wear in the business.)  We thought it would be cool to color code our teams by their department. Do so enables visitors to instantly grasp what’s happening in the often raging sea of activity on a typical day. 

Color schemes were: 

5 Year Jerseys

We also took a moment to recognize employees who had put in more than 5 years at Amplifier with a special handmade flannel baseball jersey.  We do hard work here.  Anyone who has made it five years has put in unbelievable hours. No matter what their department, it’s a given the “5 years” have packed thousands of orders, worked many a holiday, and generally done so with a great attitude.

These jerseys were a secret. Only our founders knew about them.  We just asked employee for their favorite number between 1 and 100.  They didn’t know it but they were picking their team number.  

  • Joel Bush - #1
  • Paco Contreras - #20
  • LeVar Fresch - #77
  • Jud Harris - #67
  • Topher Hyink - #17
  • James McNown - #2
  • Doug Sewell -#33
  • Jef Sewell - #00
  • Macon Stokes - #7
  • John Totman - #44
  • Chris Vreeland - #23
  • Terry Wallace - #3

Very soon Tanya Johnson and Cody Isaacks will join the 5 year club.  We hope everyone working here today sticks around to earn a jersey.  They’re a great crew and we’re proud of all of them! 

60,000 Sq/ft and Counting...

Amplifier’s expanding.  In the last 6 months, we’ve grown from 27,000 to 60,000 sq/ft.  How big is that? Here’s what a 9,000 sq/ft chunk of it looks like as we tore down the demising walls.

When we moved into this building back in 2004, Amplifier was mostly a fulfillment company. Touring visitors saw racks, pallets, shelves and inventory. Lots and lots of inventory.

By 2011, Amplifier had evolved from moving things to making them. By producing and personalizing merchandise inhouse, we helped our clients to more efficiently monetize their online communities. When it came time to expand to 60,000 sq/ft , we wanted to highlight this business evolution. So we chose to move almost EVERYTHING. Mountains of inventory were moved “offstage."  Printing and pick/pack now hold the center stage. Visitors step into much more of Amplifier’s kinetic energy.  They grasp instantly just how much work Amplifier does under a single roof.

And we’ve not even begun rolling out the cool stuff yet.

Check out Amplifier locations over the years: