BizCraft Episode 44: The Truth-teller Episode

BizCraft Ep.44

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This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

In this episode of BizCraft Carl and Gene talk about things going on in the web design business industry. How shops are struggling and some reasons why maybe.

Show Flow:

The Truth-teller Episode… State of the web and stuff…

Topics we discussed:

  • Struggling shops. Shops of all shapes and sizes.
  • Lots of talent going to work for the bigs (Apple, Facebook, etc…)
  • Adaptive Path acquired by Capital One
  • Specialized vs. Generalist
  • Full Services shops popping up again…
  • Agencies scooping up small web shops
  • New work vs. Old Relationships

SF shops closing their doors… (actually everywhere)

Jellyfish Alliance, article on the nGen site by Carl

Salaries going up, clients building internally, new talent growth and salaries.

Great article on this subject by Paul Boag on Creative Bloq

Hey send us follow up questions! and we’ll dig into what you send in an upcoming show. PROMISE!

Owner Summit January 2015 (

Where @ next?

Breaking Development: Beyond the Desktop
ConvergeFL Nov 7-8th
Owner Summit January 2015 (

Drinks at end of show:

Gene: Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
Carl: Invasion Pale Ale (From Cigar City)


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.