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CHAOTIC MOON HITS THE HUFF POST: CEO BEN LAMM TALKS MAINTAINING THE CREATIVE EDGE

30 Jul 2015

CM_HuffPost_FeatureImageCreativity is gospel here at Chaotic Moon, so we were stoked for our CEO Ben Lamm to expound upon the topic in an interview with Phil Simon of Huff Post Business. Catch a portion of the piece below, or click here to read it in its entirety.

MAINTAINING THE CREATIVE EDGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH BEN LAMM OF CHAOTIC MOON

By Phil Simon

I’ve known Ben Lamm for over five years. He runs Chaotic Moon, a really neat mobile-app-development shop that churns out some really innovative apps. I came across him while researching The New Small. Since that time, the company has exploded from three employees to more than 200. Clearly, it’s doing something right.

I recently sat down with him to talk about the company’s recent acquisition and the importance of teams and creativity in the workplace.

PS: Tell me a little about what Chaotic Moon does.

BL: Chaotic Moon is a creative technology studio based in Texas. We have an office in Austin and Dallas and we’re expanding to Houston soon. Our goal is to go out and create transformational digital products for the Fortune 500 and 1000 businesses around the world, and our passion is to push the bounds of what’s possible through technology and solve core business problems through building these digital products — either at the B2B, B2C, or even on the enterprise level.

PS: Tell me about some of the more popular apps that you’ve built.

BL: We’ve really grown as a business, and our initial customers were fantastic, but we’ve really evolved. Now people know us for some of our bigger mobile apps, such as the Caesars app and Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s entire subscription-based comic book platform.

Besides software, people often know us from our SXSW presentations and from the mind-controlled skateboard to the taser and flame-throwing drones. We’ve also got a couple of other projects that we’ll be rolling out that combine software and hardware in new, innovative ways to spur the conversation and different ways of using technology creatively.

PS: You’ve had quite a few acquisition offers in the past. Why did you choose to go with Accenture?

BL: Chaotic Moon has had this sort of meteoric rise. At one point, we were three dudes, a dog and a laptop, and now we’re over 200 people. And Accenture is this top publicly traded international company with an impeccable reputable and global reach. We’ve had acquisition offers come in before, but when we were having conversations with Accenture, unlike conversations we’ve had with other people in the past, they really understood Chaotic Moon, who we are, what we do and what our goals are, and they wanted to see us achieve those goals and grow under the Accenture brand.

PS: How do you go about building a great team?

BL: You know, even if you have magic technology, you want to come in and work with great people. In our office, it reads “We’re The Best” on the wall when you walk in, and we really believe that. We want to create the best solutions for our customers, work with the best clients and hire the best people.

We attract a lot of great talent. And while we spend a lot of time in the interview process assessing skills, we spend just as much time assessing passions, and we have people here that are screenwriters, musicians, artists and yogis all over the board. And the end of the day, that is the secret sauce of Chaotic Moon: It’s the people and the passion.

PS: Can you speak about the importance of creativity in the workplace?

BL: I haven’t actually been asked this before, but this is something that I think is pretty important. This is how we position ourselves in the market. It’s critical for us to constantly reinforce creativity in the workplace. We’re a creative technology studio, but we don’t have a designated creative department. Creativity is a culture, and it has to come from our project managers, our QA leads, our solutions architects, our engineers and our designers. Everywhere.

Read the piece in its entirety here.