Chris Kolmatycki

Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, and Shower Singing Enthusiast

There is very little secret to how Denote Communications got its start.  I had a couple months salary from my game designer job saved up, an opportunity for a contract, a suit that sort of fit, and I’ve written prior on how Denote got it’s name and logo and love talking about it.  Basically, it was with one smartphone alternating between a thesaurus site and a whois look-up for available   Read More ...

Entrepreneurship Living The Dream My Industry Working For Yourself

In my return to blogging, I’m going to attempt to do a little series on ‘Living the Dream’, or working for yourself.  Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to give some advice, talk about the challenges I’ve encountered, my own dream evolving, and any other little things I thing is interesting. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of people I either know, or have recently come to know, talking about starting their   Read More ...

Entrepreneurship Living The Dream My Industry Working For Yourself

I originally thought this song was about going for love, but then started seeing the applications to taking the unconventional path in business as well and going out there and becoming an entrepreneur.  Basically going into the hellish fire of risk and reward that can be associated with running your own business vs. “standing outside the fire” where you work your 9-5 job climbing the corporate ladder.

According to the music video, it turns out I was completely wrong and it’s about overcoming some completely different sort of adversity…?

Lyrics:

We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk it the tables being turned

We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always come with getting burned

But you got to be tough when consumed by desire
‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire
We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all

They’re so hell bent on giving, walking a wire
Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

[Chorus:]
Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

There’s this love that is burning
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can’t abide standing outside the fire

[Chorus x2]

Entrepreneurship Working For Yourself

Surprisingly, people ask quite often what made me to decide to start my own business.  Depending on how much time I have, and my mood at the time, I give a couple different answers.  One part of the story that remains consistent is “I’m young and if I screw it up, I’ll have plenty of great experience to make up lost ground on the corporate ladder.” The other, bigger, part   Read More ...

Denote Entrepreneurship Game Design My Industry Q&A Working For Yourself

A big part of why I haven’t blogged since returning from Toronto way back in 2011 was a result of a combination of things.  The first was my idea to write about my New Year’s resolutions and how I felt they would help bring further growth and success to Denote Communications.  As it stood, a big part of that was going to be changing my diet for the better in   Read More ...

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