VHX is bringing digital video distribution up to speed with the internet-fueled modern age, empowering filmmakers, artists and comedians like Aziz Ansari to bring DRM-free video directly to their fans. They're capitalizing on a huge opportunity at the intersection of the rise of social media and the slow demise of the old studio distribution model. For co-founder Jamie Wilkinson, that means that they've had to build a high-performance organization that can "push things to market super fast."
No other tool keeps everyone in the loop.
When you're moving quickly, a huge challenge that's absolutely vital to manage is keeping your team in sync and working together. iDoneThis is one communication tool among many that VHX uses — including email, HipChat, Google Hangouts, Asana, and Github. But according to Jamie, no other tool is as useful for keeping everyone on the team in the loop.
“With the chat, you’re going to miss things, and you shouldn’t be expected to see everything. With project management tools, it’s more static, and you kind of tune it out because there’s so much activity,” Jamie told us.
But iDoneThis has "been really good in terms of thinking about what will get accomplished that day.” With iDoneThis, rather than an endless stream of information and activity, we send you a daily digest in the morning that shows you everything you need to know about what got done the day before.
According to Jamie, "iDoneThis’s daily digest model has been really great because it’s a summary of what has been done and it gives you a high-level view. It’s exactly how start-ups probably should be run and how we try to run VHX."
iDoneThis’s daily digest model has been really great because it’s a summary of what has been done and it gives you a high-level view. It’s exactly how start-ups probably should be run and how we try to run VHX.
Open communication is vital for distributed teams
Business has been brisk, and so the VHX team has found itself in the process of expanding. Their mantra is, "Make something you love with people who build what they love," and they're willing to hire people who fit the bill regardless of location.
With the company centered in New York and remote team members, VHX "lean[s] really heavily on tools to make sure that everybody is up to sync all the time. I have a lot of experience, especially with open-source software development, so I know how critical it is having good communication lines.”
“It’s a question of having a good Swiss Army knife.” Jamie elaborates. One tool shouldn’t try to do everything. Instead, “it works having a Unix style, having small tools that do certain things really well.” iDoneThis is the small but powerful tool for fostering open communication on what's getting done, and that keeps everybody in the loop.