First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Jacob Hawley: We are well; my family had COVID-19 very early on. Most people have recovered, but my wife still has very serious complications because of it.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded TLM Partners
Jacob Hawley: This is the 3rd company that I have found, and it was after a successful exit from another startup (which I did not start). TLM Partners was started in May 2017.
How does TLM Partners innovate?
Jacob Hawley: Our entire studio is based in the cloud, and our employees and contractors are remote. We rely on cloud and SaaS products to run our business.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Jacob Hawley: Our business has exploded during this time. Because we had the existing infrastructure, there was no to change our normal business, and had unlimited opportunities to choose the work we wanted to do.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Jacob Hawley: Not so far, we have been very fortunate to have an abundance of work. Key lessons, stay nimble and look for key indicators that allow you to move before the industry is forced to react. We saw the shutdown coming weeks ahead of the mandates, we have seen large business struggle with remote, and we offered solutions. Our core business has become the business model of choice for Facebook, Google, and many other fortune 500 companies.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and TLM Partners in the Future?
Jacob Hawley: Yoga, meditation, and gaming. We have an opportunity to grow into a top publisher while the rest of them struggle to provide basic services to their employees.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Jacob Hawley: 505, Nexon, Starbreeze, and most small to mid-tier publishers. Yes, of course, we do, but that is our secret to success. As I stated above, we are peeking over the horizon and staying ahead of the herd.
Your final thoughts
Jacob Hawley: Good luck, and stay safe.
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