I'd like the logo to draw attention to the use of the number 4 instead of an A if at all possible. The existing logo I've developed (that will probably never see the light of day, frankly) is an attempt to draw that out some. The key here is that the domain name is h4ck.io, kind of a play on wannabe-hacker "l33t5p34k", and I'd prefer the logo to draw strong attention to that fact.
The logo I uploaded here is just what I started with, and frankly I don't like it much (and it's my own work!). It's what made me realize that I need to hire a real designer, so don't at all feel tied down to the direction it's in.
Speaking of direction, feel free to go in different directions than what my existing logo shows. If you think something with red as a primary color looks awesome, go for it - let's see how it turns out! If you like the black/white thing, cool, push the envelope a little. I like the general direction I have already, but I'm not afraid to look at other ideas either. If I see something really awesome that is in a totally different direction, but it works well, I very well may go with it.
Finally, bring a little ATTITUDE to the logo if you can. The last thing I want is for this to feel like an empty, corporate shell. I'm starting a small business, and I want it to be memorable for being a little edgy (not to the point of being uncomfortable, but somewhat close to that). I'm outspoken and intense myself as a person, and I like that - I want that to come across in the logo if at all possible as well.
If you have *any* questions at all, if you need additional time, or if you want to just get a better feel for things, please get in touch with me. I'd much rather answer a hundred questions and get a great finished product than leave you guys in the dark wondering what to do. So please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you do some great work.
Thank you! :)