27 November 2018
Back in November 2014, I founded No Divide with Dan Edwards. Our aim was to build a company around the idea that “united we stand, divided we fall”. We wanted to get away from the isolation we felt as freelancers and have the security of knowing that we had each others’ backs.
I’ve always loved the No Divide brand and the story behind our name. It’s all derived from the fable of the lion and the oxen:
A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
United we stand, divided we fall.
A few months ago Dan decided he wanted to move on to something new. Running an agency is hard and you often spend more of your time focusing on the minutiae of the business than doing the thing you really love. I respect this decision, I respect Dan, I love him and of course I want him to be happy, so I’m proud that he’s landed himself a role as a Senior Product Designer at Product Hunt. I know he’ll do great things there and I will always champion his successes. Good luck, mate!
This left me with a difficult decision to make… do I continue to run No Divide on my own?
Over the last 4 years we’ve built a company that I’m very proud of. We’ve worked with some incredibly talented people and done fantastic work. The company is strong and has grown in both turnover and profit year upon year, and I’ve learned more than I ever expected to when we started.
Even with all of this in mind, I have come to the difficult decision to close down No Divide. Quite simply, No Divide is “Dan and Ryan” and, without one, the spirit of the company doesn’t exist. I believe it’s best to go out on a high and wind the company down in a controlled and considered way, for our clients and ourselves.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll soon be joining the team at Snyk in December.
Snyk are working hard to make the web a more secure place by helping developers find and fix vulnerabilities in project dependencies.
Snyk are growing fast and are doing great things. I’m honoured to be joining them.
This blog is the start of my endeavours to continue contributing back to the web community. Keep your eyes peeled for future projects and updates to existing ones!