We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, how did you fund your business? Do you think you would do anything different if you could go back?
Ping! Development has been entirely self-funded. I am only recently able to answer this as I didn’t realize how resilient the business is during events with significant economic impact (such as we’re seeing now). Having never taken out a loan and being deliberate about what kinds of projects we take on has allowed me to keep going without having to make any staffing changes. Looking back, I’m happier than ever at having gone through the trials that come with running a lean business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It was a long road to get where I am now and it started when I got a chance from a great friend and fellow business owner after moving to college. It was complete happenstance that we met but the eight years I spent working for him (along with going to college) really laid a foundation for knowing how to get things done. Since it was such a small company, I was forced to learn quickly how to accomplish the things that were sent my way. My friend, Justin, was a great mentor and instilled some great habits when it comes to detail and quality (and a healthy love of Star Wars). So many things have changed since the job that kickstarted my career but the core behaviors that keep me successful will never change. Now that I have my own company, I try my best to mentor other new developers that come to work with me to provide real solutions to small businesses that have created their own success but need to find a better way to run their own business and connect the different systems and platforms they use.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a huge fan of being outdoors and most of my friends share that. I’d definitely have to take them out for a spin on mountain bikes at Estrella Regional Park (Goodyear) or Brown’s Ranch (north Scottsdale) where they have some of my favorite singletrack. And it wouldn’t be a trip to visit me without a trip to Huss Brewing to pick up a growler of the Scottsdale Blonde or Koffee Kolsch so we’d head over there after the ride for a post-trail beer. Breakfast at Sweestest Season Artisan Eatery in Tempe is also must and you can’t come to Arizona without having great Mexican food – it doesn’t get any better than La Santisima in Phoenix. Being outdoorsy, we’d definitely spend some time in Sedona and take time to summit Humphrey’s Peak. They may not be in the city but they are must-see destinations if you want to experience everything Arizona has to offer.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am without my community in the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Early on I met so many great people that some become mentors and I absolutely cannot say enough great things about the organization and the community I’m so happy to be a part of.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce