Hat Factory is a technology startup that operates as a partial UX/UI design consultancy and partial product development lab creating modern, consumer-facing applications.
BJ Scott, Founder/CEO of Hat Factory
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day starts at about 6/6:30 a.m. where I get up to hit the gym and get the blood flowing. During that time I generally go through my project management tool to refresh my memory on the status of all of our current consulting projects and to check on any deliverables for the day. I’ll then go to my personal checklist and organize the day’s events so that when I get to the office I can usually hit the ground running at 8:30/9 a.m. Because we are still such a small team, I have many roles depending on the day. There are times when I assist with design or development or even project management. Our entire team wears multiple hats. That’s the inspiration behind our name, Hat Factory.
I spend a majority of my mornings providing assistance to our consultancy but when noon hits, I generally switch gears and focus strictly on our product development side. That part of the day could be anything from design to organizing user testing and feedback or looking ahead at go-to-market strategies. Because we are also building our own products at Hat Factory we try to organize our time and resources so that everyone has the ability to contribute to both sides of the organization.
I generally end my day between 6:30-8 p.m. The last thing I do at the end of every office day is write out my tasks for the following day. I’ll then head home, turn on a Netflix show, and download my day mentally while I filter through some final emails.
What inspired you to start your company?
My background is in the startup space and because of that, I naturally have a passion for building products from the ground up. It’s a passion that our entire team shares. Witnessing the product development cycle first hand and watching a project launch is an incredibly rewarding feeling, especially when that product is your own. I wanted to build a company that wasn’t restricted to designing and building technology for other companies but could also explore our own ideas. I wanted Hat Factory to be a place where we could take our knowledge and help other companies innovate, but in the process also reinvest our resources into products we believe in ourselves.
What’s your favorite thing about Virginia?
I was born and raised in this awesome state and continued my education at the University of Richmond as an undergraduate. One thing I love about Virginia, and specifically the Richmond area, is the beautiful summer days down by the James River. The mix of food, music and great people makes it an experience hard to beat.