When I immigrated here from Russia (USSR) in 1991, my family settled in Brooklyn. I was 7.
We lived in a 2 bedroom apartment with my Aunt and Uncle. There were 7 of us, under one roof. The apartment, located in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn was about 900 square feet. At the time, it felt "big" to me.
My parents would leave the house for work at 7am and wouldn't return until 10pm, with full time jobs during the day and English tutoring on nights and weekends. I saw how hard they worked, day in and day out.
In just a few years, my dad became a Computer Programmer at First Boston, an investment bank, which was eventually bought by Credit Suisse. My mom became an Executive Sales Director at Mary Kay, a multi-level-marketing company that sells skin-care products. She met Mary Kay in Dallas and won the prestigious Pink Cadillac. The car was a gift from the company, given to a select few who make it to the very top.
It was around that time, in '94 that my dad bought me my first computer, a 386 Intel processor with a floppy disk. It ran Windows 3.1 and had a 14 kbps modem. I was instantly hooked. First I became comfortable with DOS, a command-line driven operating system, and then came Windows 3.1. Within a few years I was building computers from spare parts.
In 1999 my parents bought a house and we moved out to the suburbs.
By the time my wife and I moved back to Brooklyn in 2013, I was already learning Ruby on Rails, an object-oriented programming language used to build high-profile websites like Twitter, Groupon, Bloomberg, AirBnB, SoundCloud and Hulu, just to name a few. After I became comfortable with my programming skills, I decided to launch this company.
As my business grew, I hired a branding consultant who made me realize that Brooklyn represents everything I stand for. It symbolizes opportunity, individuality and creativity. Each neighborhood has a story, shaped by hard working immigrant families that live in them. There's a sense of unity and pride. These are all the words that describe my vision for this company.
We are humble, delivering services with quality and integrity.
That's why Brooklyn.