About Me

Hi, I’m Charles Forster. I’m glad you’re here!

I am a designer turned engineer and entrepreneur. Back in 2008, I closed up my design studio to be a cofounder in Vine & Grain, a startup focused on bringing efficiency and accuracy to liquor management for the bar and restaurant industry. Even though that startup ultimately failed, we grew and learned a tremendous amount.  

Shortly after Vine & Grain closed up, we pivoted to start Skunk Worx Lab, a software development startup based in Austin, TX. Since then, we’ve built custom software solutions for companies all over the world, including San Francisco, London, Miami, and Texas to name a new.

Over the last 10+ years of managing a team of designers, engineers, QA staff (not to mention client projects) I’ve shifted from designer to engineer to leadership. Personal growth was not an option, it was a requirement.

I started reading personal development and leadership development books by authors like Tim Ferris and Daniel Pink. I developed practices, mental models, and tactics for myself. That led to faster personal growth than I thought possible.







Today I write about being an entrepreneur in articles like:

Whale Hunting – The Risk of Having One Major Client

In 2012 we shut down our startup. It was devastating and emotionally draining. Walking away from something you’ve put your blood sweat and tears into ...
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Business Name Brainstorming – How-to Guide

If the idea of finding the right name for your business fills you with anxiety, you’re not alone. Business name brainstorming can be really challenging. ...
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The Enduring Legacy of Napolean Hill’s Worst Quote

The king of self-help got it very wrong. It's high time we stop using this quote.
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AND Google Sheets in articles like

What is the Easiest Bookkeeping Method for Small Business?

As a small business owner, keeping track of your finances doesn’t have to be complicated. The easiest bookkeeping method for small businesses is using a ...
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The Formula for your Credit Card Minimum Payment

Ever wondered how credit card companies calculate your minimum payment? Here's the complete formula
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Unleash Your Inner Bookkeeper: How to use Google Sheets for Business Finances

Manage your small business finances with ease using Google Sheets. Learn why it may be a better option than Quickbooks and get tips for managing ...
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You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium. I also send semi-weekly emails with my latest posts and what caught my attention on the internet lately. Give me a follow and say hi, I read everything people send me. If you’re interested in working with me, go here to find out more about the work we do at SWXL.

Thanks for being here, I appreciate you!