Pop Quiz, Monday with Jeanann Grubbs, Founder & CEO at Hour One, LLC

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Jeanann Grubbs

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO

Tell us about your company?
Hour One is a New-Media Marketing & Production agency based in El Segundo, CA. We believe people are the new media and take a fresh, modern-day approach to help our clients find their purpose, voice, and point of view.

What do you love most about your job?
Using creativity on a daily basis

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Helping brands find their purpose

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team shares the same passion and outlook on advertising in 2018. Savvy, smart, creative, unorthodox, thoughtful and practical.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We send each other video animoji’s throughout the day as a more fun way of communication than email 🙂

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Finding the balance. The balance of resources when we have too much on our plates or balance of time allocation when we’re slower. It’s constant optimization.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Taking extra time to outline a very detailed SOW in the upfront of the project will save you stress and frustration down the road. Make sure all parties agree on the deliverables, timing, and budget and you will be smooth sailing from the start.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Trust your gut. If things seem off, voice it and optimize it. Also, know your worth. If there’s an investment element within a project (more time than the budget calls for) make sure it’s an investment you believe it, otherwise walk away and focus on the next project.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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