New DFJ Esprit website live

Our new website went live yesterday – please go and check it out and let us know what you think, positive and negative.  We will do an update in the not too distant future and we’d love to incorporate your feebback.

I hope you like it, mostly because I want us to have a good website, but in part because it has been a long haul getting here.  We started thinking about this project seriously at the tail end of last year and some of you might remember a post I wrote last December asking for help with our strapline.  This process has been a reminder to me that changing a company’s website might seem like an easy thing to do, but is complicated in practice, largely because of the need to involve so many people in the design at multiple different stages of the project and at different places of the website.  A website represents every part of a company which means that everybody (pretty much) has to be happy with it (pretty much), or at least with their part of it.

The other reminder I got from this process is that if you are undertaking a big project and you want to get it done quickly then you need to carve out some time from the organisation to make it happen.  We simply added the website project to our existing work loads which is the main reason it took us a little while.

A few ‘thank yous’ are in order.

First and foremost thanks go to Paula Darlison.  Paula is the lady behind the scenes here at DFJ Esprit who keeps us ticking in so many ways and the new website has been her project from design through to delivery.  She did a terrific job of building a great site and chivvying everyone here along to make their contributions in a timely fashion.

Secondly, a big thank you to Luke Razzell (project lead), David Gibbs (visual designer) and James Sui (developer) of Weaver Digital who took our initial designs and made them into something beautiful.  Have you ever seen one of those make over programmes where professionals help people change their look from head to toe and turn them into something almost unrecognisable?  That is what Luke and Nick did for us.  I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Thirdly – credit to all of you who helped with ideas for our strapline, but particularly to Jan Simmonds who came up with ‘fuelling global ambition’ which I think captures what we are about brilliantly.

Finally, (and this isn’t a thank you) if you are wondering what the caricature of me is all about, we thought it would be a bit of fun if all of us at DFJ Esprit had one done.  You can check out what my partners look like on their individual profile pages, which link off the team page.