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#ShitBretSays — Billion, Million … Let’s Just Have Fun

If you missed hearing the word on the street — we were chosen by Texas Monthly for the Best Companies to Work For in Texas. The mysterious partners at The Starr Conspiracy will tell you it’s because of the team. They’re half right.

But without the autonomy we are “granted” (it’s just like being knighted) by the partners, we wouldn’t be able to do half of what we do.

If you’ve had the opportunity to meet one of our five partners or our new CEO Paul, you should already know that the culture takes on their personalities — their vibes — while also breathing with the personalities of everyone that works here who is free to be themselves.

And there are a few things The Starr Conspiracy culture has going for it that are certainly advantages in the Best Places to Work For competitions of the world. You can read about those things here.

But it’s more than that.

And it really has less to do with us and more to do with the question — why aren’t more places led by good people to work with/for?

I can only tell you what I see from here … but we have those things because the leaders at our company have good intentions for the people who work here (I’m in that group, if you don’t know me).


The attitude is equal parts let’s kick some marketing ass and drive results for our customers … and let’s have fun doing it.

I can’t think of a better time to introduce this week’s #ShitBretSays — which is one of my personal favorite quotes in the whole #ShitBretSays anthology — than on the tail of the Texas Monthly announcement.

And that’s really the only thing I have learned that can be packaged up in a nice little box about working at a “Best Place to Work” — it’s about playing as hard as you work. It’s about thinking of the people you work with/for as people instead of resources. And it’s about having fun, damnit.

Because taking yourself or your work too seriously is not the key to success.