Tom has been my yard guy since he joined Zaarly about a year ago. Since then, my life has been better than it was before.
I’d used a few different yard services from the proverbial kid next door, to one of the larger outfits in Kansas City, to just taking care of things myself.
But I can confidently say that Tom is the best there is.
Here’s how I know…
I asked Tom to just “take care of things” and he actually knew what that meant. From cleaning out the dark corners of the yard to planting flowers right where you knew something should go, Tom and his crew just take care of things. He takes care of my yard like I would if I had all the time in the world and knew the difference between a white ash and a white oak tree.
He comes as often as he needs to so that things always look great. It’s not unusual to see Tom at my house three or four times in a week - just cleaning up things or attacking a little piece of the yard we hadn’t really thought about.
He surprises us. We recently moved into a new house (and took Tom with us) and on my previous months invoice I noticed he hadn’t charged us for a Japanese Maple he had planted. It turns out that he considered it (and the work that went into planting it) a “house warming gift.” How awesome is that?
It seems like the last thing he cares about is money and the first is that we’re genuinely happy to drive up to our house. That’s a feeling that you only get with the very best folks.
We loved having director Ondi Timoner in our office creating his video. It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at our history and how we’re working to heal the economy and help people make money doing what they love. (by atotaldisruption)
Products can be built in many different ways. But, no matter what the process, usually the end goal is always the same. A simple, useful and meaningful product that people love.
We just released Zaarly 3.0. We wanted to share a few early sketches that we made on a favorite iPad app of ours, Paper.
Many of the ideas below were killed, edited or morphed into something different. The editing process of going from an idea to an end product is the best and most challenging part. Paper really was a fun place to start.
Paper has a way of making things look and feel beautiful and focused yet not overly detailed so you can make core UI decisions that aren’t about the pixels.
You can see a lot of the new Zaarly (web and mobile) in many of these sketches. Many you can’t because they never made it to life. Hope you enjoy some of the thoughts behind these sketches.