My husband, Chad Thompson, and I founded Monkey C Media in 2004, the year of the monkey—which is a coincidence, because we did not name our company based on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. The truth is: We just like monkeys. Boring? Maybe, but this story gets better, or maybe just more convoluted, you decide.
As it turns out, the year of the monkey is a great year to start a business, and businesses started in that year are likely to be successful and productive. For fun, I’ll include the horoscope for the year of the monkey:
Monkeys can run circles around other people with ease. They are curious and clever people who catch on quickly to most anything. Monkey people generally can accomplish any given task. They appreciate difficult or challenging work as it stimulates them and makes them think.
I think that pretty much sums up a design team I would want to work with.
The truth is we never meant to start this business, we just woke up one day with a company and looked at each other in disbelief. It started in 2003. I was an ex-marketer working as a freelance writer and Chad was a photographer. I took side jobs here and there to make ends meet. While helping with the marketing of a local yoga studio, someone asked if I had experience with publishing—I did. I had worked as the Marketing Director of a small San Diego publishing company many years earlier. Long-story-short, pretty soon I, we, were getting referrals and helping people find vendors to bring their book dreams to life. Consistently I found frustrating results from local website companies and designers, so we figured out how to do things ourselves.
Chad and I, working from our in-house office in South Park, realized we had this odd business we never dreamed we’d have, and so we needed a name, a logo, a website, and business cards, not to mention a license to do business—good golly, we had to pay taxes. And so, in 2004, Monkey C Media was born.
We originally named our company MonkeyC Design Group. The C was a copyright symbol, but when I went to register the name with the city of San Diego I found out that you can’t register a symbol as part of your DBA (doing business as), so it became a C on our business license. Eventually we changed Design Group to Media (since we offer photography and video) and I liked the alliteration. We dropped the copyright symbol and became Monkey C Media.
Sometimes I’m still surprised by MCM. We now have an incredibly talented team including a full-time designer, project manager, programmers and an SEO expert. Chad offers our authors amazing headshots, product photography and video at a price they can afford. I still write when I have time, and we get to meet amazing, talented, and passionate people from all over the world.
We are very blessed.
Do what you love and everything will fall into place.
—Jeniffer Thompson, Co-Founder