Rising Design is an entrepreneurial launching pad for new ecommerce-friendly startup ideas, that are created on a modest budget and have likely-to-be-profitable-quickly business goals.
Some of these projects 'take off' and 'scale', but our model is to aim for modest successes that continue to build upon the goodwill and interest of our existing customers.
The integrity of this customer database is the primary value of Rising Design, and the collective value of our customer goodwill and interest is what we bring to every new project.
How We Select New Projects
I’ve been a DIY entrepreneur since age 15, and I’ve gotten very good at picking winning projects over the past 30 years.
I haven't focused much on my Linkedin profile, but my former business partner Robert Schmid had a few words to say:
"Erik has a proven record at building small businesses up from nothing. I am glad I chose to join him in ErikOrganic."
That endorsement was given to me back in 2009, and I've learned a lot about entrepreneurship since that time. I'm a skilled and ethical Internet marketer with a strong social network; Rising Design's attorney Slade Cutter called me a unicorn :)
This means that Rising Design can select projects carefully -- our results speak for themselves.
Our focus is on projects that improve the lives of our customers, and adhere to a clear set of ethical values.
Erik Schimek, Founder/Designer
Website Designer, Product Designer and Internet Marketer for over 25 years. I enjoy new projects, I learn quickly by diving in and ‘doing’.
Expert in Pay Per Click Advertising, Landing Page Optimization, Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics, Conversion Analysis, and several other co-related forms of digital marketing. This combination of skills allows me to iterate quickly, and find product-market fit cost-effectively.
Specialist in marketing to high-expectation, high-income customers.
Expert in ecommerce product design, including cost of goods sold analysis.
Expert in writing effective marketing and advertising copy, and integrating ad copy into marketing using design tools like Shopify and Photoshop.
While my coding and technical skills are out of date, I’m an old-school ‘computer hacker’. I built my own computer from spare parts at age 15, and ran a two-telephone line Bulletin Board System in my basement called Dissent. Dissent was an active source of flame-war-free political discussions and event organizing, with an openness to the new. One of my favorite BBS topics was learning how to use neuro-lingustic programming to upgrade my brain's software.
My academic training is non-technical. I have a BS in History/Political Science, with a focus on 20th century American and European nationalism and a deep interest in the philosophy of creativity as a means of self improvement. I've put that drive for self-improvement into practice.
During college I managed several large political events, including a Minneapolis convention for the National Lawyers Guild and a highly credible 3rd party statewide political campaign that earned the endorsement from several of Minnesota's most influential newspapers. I also started a webzine with my friends called Columbus Day Riot.
After the death of Senator Paul Wellstone and the increasing ugliness of politics, I focused my work into ethical entrepreneurship. I began designing award-winning websites for academic and commercial purposes, including design of a website and didactic panels for the University's Francisco Goya exhibit. This was a self-taught activity as there were no digital design classes available at the time.
- In graduate school I studied Public Administration, with a focus on alternative education theory and practice.
After college, I was a high school teacher for 3 years. I built an innovative distance-learning program in 1998 that was promoted in the local newspapers and drew in students from 5 neighboring school districts. Because of this outreach, the distance-learning program I created was a net profit for my school district. I also co-wrote a grant proposal to bring in $150,000 for school transformation; we received extensive training from Wayne Jennings and other noted experts in student-centered education
More recently, I was an leader in the Austin paleo community. I set up over 30 events with guest speakers and/or activities, and assisted PaleoFX with operations for several years. Through my interaction with numerous heath-and-fitness entrepreneurs, I've learned a lot about how successful products are marketed and developed.
I have 20 years of entrepreneurial experience working with a community of Amish crafters from Minnesota and bringing their furniture to market. Erik Organic has brought over $15,000,000 in revenue to the town of Harmony over the past 20 years, which has helped the Amish community and the town of Harmony Minnesota to thrive economically.
I've been working with the same team of coders/designers for over 7 years, we're great at launching creative/effective/DIY projects that prove their value the old-fashioned way: by earning it.
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