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2014 Year in Review – A look back on the year that no one expected

If 2013 was the year that changed everything at TINT, 2014 was the year that no one expected. Period. From growing our team 5x (from 4 -> 20 people), increasing monthly recurring revenue by 5x, hosting our first team retreats, moving into our very own first office, expanding international, and growing our customer base by 3x, it is safe to say the whole team and I didn’t expect this type of growth whatsoever. There were a lot of difficult lessons learned along the way, and humbling milestone celebrations that will never be forgotten. Without further adieu, I am excited to share our 2014 year in review with you all.

January

Rohith and Brandon joined us and they started getting busy. We built out our Tumblr integration and CSV export while closing brands like Sanrio, Bon Jovi, and Axe.

Team TINT Jan. 2nd, 2014

Rohith joins Team TINT

Brandon joins Team TINT

Fun tennis games + team lunch

Axe, Bon Jovi, Sanrio, Queen Latifah

 

February

Brett joined us and we had our first team photoshoot. We set out for our first team retreat to come together on a cohesive vision and brainstorm for pricing upgrades as well as product roadmap. Ryo our developer hacked up our Chromecast integration (it’s been a hit ever since) while Rohith built out our search functionality!

Brett’s first code.

TINT’s first photoshoot.

Chromecast + Search Launched!

First team retreat in Tahoe.

March

E joined us and not long after, we were getting too big for the co-working space we were at and found our own first office space! Our developers were hard at work building out our insTINT updates and launching our iOS mobile app for moderation on the go! We also placed 4th in a team race around the city! Some clients we were fortunate to work with included ReMax, Northwestern, and Google Cloud!

E’s first day getting on-boarded.

TINT team takes 4th out of 152 teams in Challenge Nation SF!

#tinthatched from The Hatchery co-working space to our new office!

The first look at our new office. So bland at that time!

InsTINT updates and iOS mobile app launched!

Northwestern University using TINT.

April

A HUGE month for us. We hit $290k in revenue that month (only 14 months in operations), and processed $1M of transactions. Lukas joined us at that time and we launched our new pricing structure. We also welcomed Krispy Kreme, Chipotle, Vanity Fair and more to our client list.

The beginning of a new era. New Tint pricing, $1M in Tint transactions in 1 year, and solid growing team! #tintlove

The office getting improved.

Lukas joins TINT and we go bowling to celebrate :).

We are amazed by Krispy Kreme’s amazing looking TINT.

 

May

We set out for our 2nd team retreat in Santa Cruz and we planned out our next product roadmap. We also welcomed our summer Tinterns, who helped us build our Add a Post and call-to-action feature. We appeared on the HBO hit show Silicon Valley and loved seeing Nasty Gal and 50 Cent join us as clients. Fun Fact: Some person put up an ad asking to replicate the whole TINT platform… for $5000 (didn’t work).

TINT’s 2nd team retreat in Santa Cruz

Summer TINTerns 2014

Someone tried copying TINT. Nice try.

 

Call-to-action launched!

TINT on Silicon Valley. So. Cool.

 

 

June

June was the month of traveling for the happiness team. While the happiness team travelled to Corpus Christi, Las Vegas, and more, the developers were hard at work launching our Highlighting, Auto-moderation, and API improvements. That month, we locked in Playboy, American Heart Association, and huge malls into our client list.

Bonfire time!

Tim our CEO speaking at Corpus Christi.

Repping at EDMBizCon and closing Insomniac!

Auto-moderation and highlight feature is pushed live!

DECA TINT’ing up their large 70′ screen.

 

 

July

Muriel joins team TINT and immediately travels with the whole team to our New York trip for our 3rd team retreat. We show up on NASDAQ and that was a humbling moment for all of us. While working there, we launched our recurring add a post feature and our geolocation for all our social posts. We loved seeing Visa, Dubai Mall, Panda Express launch TINT for their websites/campaigns.

TINT touches down in NYC.

The whole team makes it onto the NASDAQ jumbotrons in Times Square!

 

American Heart Association TINTing it up at the Twins Stadium.

Dubai Mall. Largest TINT yet. Enough said.

 

 

August

A sad month as we said good bye to our Tinterns, but a happy celebration that we hit $2M in transactions (only 4 months after hitting $1M). We travelled to Chicago to do some more business conferences and welcomed friends/family into our office warming party. It wasn’t all play as we started our analytics feature and closed Cars.com, Boise State, and Insomniac that month.

Office warming party!

Our fun “social media” drink menus

Rock climbing bonding time!

TINT at weddings :). So beautiful.

Insomniac launches with TINT for all their festival websites.

Team Tint celebrates a big milestone today: processed over $2M+ in revenue in 1.5 years! Thanks for everyone’s support! #tintlove

September

Nathan and Joel join us right on time when we launched our new website for customers to see. We step up our swag game by getting all our employees TINT jackets so they can rock it out at the AX3 and SOCAP conferences. It was also a big month as we closed $353k in revenue that month while closing Harvard, AKQA, Conde Nast, Patron, United Nations, and many more!

Our new revamped website launches.

Joel and Nathan join us!

Introducing TINT jackets!

Brandon repping TINT at AX3.

Harvard Football team knows what’s up!

October

Our craziest month yet. Colton and Saachi join team TINT while we expand TINT to Dubai and the UK. We launch our analytics dashboard and auto-updates to all our customers. We top off the month with our 4th team retreat of the year at Dillon Beach to ensure everyone’s on the same page as we continually evolve our business and hire more employees. We all gained more confidence in our vision and product roadmap.

Colton, Saachi, Stu, and Mo join team TINT!

Analytics launched!

Honda Civic tour, Dolce and Gabbana and others join our client list :).

TINT officially launches in Dubai at GITEX.

Team Retreat #4 at Dillon Beach! The team looks so big :).

Hard at work planning ahead.

Halloween

 

November

Ali, Jessica, and Amrit join team TINT right when we needed them and the day to day operations feel a lot smoother. The developers finish their database refactor while the happiness team closes a big deal with Gnip/Twitter. We welcome Rugby Football Union, Leo Burnett, Nike HK, Walmart, U of Notre Dame, Patagonia, and many more into the TINT family as awesome clients. We end the month right with our very first TINTsgiving dinner, full of festivities and amazing home-cooked food.

Ali, Amrit, and Jessica join!

Updated team photo… up to 16!

Fresh TINT swag!

The first TINTsgiving full of home-cooked food!

Rugby Football Union and Nordic Forum!

December

Alice and Tony join us as strong developers and we feel the product instantly move faster! We realize we’ve been growing very fast and initiate our office hunt to find somewhere next. Crazy that we didn’t even make it a year before the office got too small. We launch our trial on-boarding flow and android app for moderation on the go. We hit our biggest month yet with revenue, hit $3M+ in online transactions, and end the year with our first TINT holiday party!

Tony and Alice join us! We doubled our engineering team in 2 months!

Bring on the holiday spirit with a TINTmas tree and holiday card!

$3M in online transactions!

Android app and iOS app is all out!

The first TINTmas holiday party with friends :).

White Elephant and Secret Santa!

 

It is INSANE to see what’s happened in such a seemingly fast amount of time. I am SO proud of our amazing team for the HUGE results we’ve been able to achieve with such few resources. We have some big plans coming up in the next year with a stronger, stickier, more valuable product while ramping up our customer facing team to ensure our customers have the best experience with us.  We have a lot to learn with the internal operations side, but we’re excited to take them on. We thank everyone who’s supported us along the way and we’re entering into our year 3 of operations. We’re still young and hungry, and can’t wait to share what 2015 brings us. Keep in touch with us and we’ll be sure to update you!

Cheers to 2015,

Tim

CEO, TINT

  • Catalin Huzum

    Congratulations guys. I am really glad to see that you have achieved so much in such a short period of time. Wish you a happy and amazing new year.

  • Stuart Whitlock

    Amazing work as always Tim! Please let me know if you ever consider coming down under 🙂

    • teamtint

      Thanks Stuart! We may be expanding to AU sooner than we think. I’ll reach out and see what we can do :).

  • chriscb

    Absolute beasting growth! Very excited to see Tinternational expansion, too. Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for you!

    P.S. I’m most excited for the standardized emojis. You’re doing God’s work. Seriously 😛

    • teamtint

      Thanks Chris! We’ll keep you posted on the continual Tinternational expansion.

      PS we love emojis too :D.

  • Andre Visani Perroud

    Long life for Tint, you guys deserve it! Happy Client from Brazil!

  • Localiiz Hong Kong

    Fantastic Tim, its amazing how much you can cover in a year!! Wishing continued success in 2015.

  • Erin Harris

    You guys have done great work and deserve your success! Enjoy and keep it up 🙂