#GivingTuesday – Burlington Bytes Style

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Here at Burlington Bytes, we don’t just give out beautiful websites, steadfast support, and effective business promotion, we’re also proud and grateful to be able to give back to our community and the causes we care about. So in the spirit of #givingtuesday, here are the charitable causes and nonprofits that our employees are giving back to today, and–– in their own words–– why they chose them.


Peter Jewett – Founder – Leeds, ME Food Pantry and the Huntington, VT Food Pantry
This year I’m continuing my annual holiday donations to the Leeds, ME Food Pantry, and the Huntington, VT Food Pantry. I grew up in Leeds and currently live in Huntington.  Both groups are operated solely by volunteers and put 100% of my donations towards getting food into the hands of the people that need it, typically by coordinating with area supermarkets to redirect expired or blemished product out of the waste stream.  Both allow families to pick up food during the week, and operate a program with their respective elementary schools to send food home with kids for the weekend. It’s astonishing to me that there are families in our country that don’t have enough to eat.

Jason Di Vece – Co-Founder – WRUV 90.1 FM
The radio voice of the University of Vermont and “Your Better Alternative.” WRUV is a rare bird. It’s a free format, community supported college radio station that relies on your support to remain ad free and fully funded. I’ve been volunteering there as a DJ and organizer for 5 years now, and the music you’ll hear left of the dial is truly unique. In a time when the public airwaves are dominated by corporate ownership and over played crap, it’s easy to forget how much music is really out there. Support creative freedom and independent thought. Give to WRUV

Andrew Stickney – CEO – Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is one of the nation’s most effective organizations in ending animal cruelty, puppy mills, fighting, and helping animals in need.  I’m giving to the Humane Society because they work to save and improve the conditions of animals that make our lives so rich and ask so little in return.  

Greg Schoppe – Production – Camp Ta-Kum-Ta
I’ve selected Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, which is a year-round camp that provides children with cancer and their families a way for experience some of the normal childhood experiences that might otherwise be impossible, due to their condition.  Camps like this help to improve the morale of children undergoing cancer treatments, which has a proven positive impact to outcomes.  Everyone knows someone who has suffered from Cancer, but it is particularly hard when it is a child dealing with this disease. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta helps make sure that the condition that robs them of their health, doesn’t also rob them of a childhood.

Ellie Miner – Digital Marketing – The Warmth Program
Staying warm through a Vermont winter is no easy feat, and it’s made that much harder when you can’t afford to keep your house warm. I chose to donate to the warmth program to support an organization that helps Vermonters with their heating bills so their homes can be a refuge from the cold, because nobody deserves to suffer through a Vermont winter without access to heat.

Scott Kliczewski – Digital Marketing – Lake Champlain Committee
This Giving Tuesday I chose to donate to the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), a bi-state citizens’ organization dedicated to the health and accessibility of Lake Champlain. The LCC works to protect and restore water quality, safeguard natural habitats and preserve recreational areas in and around Lake Champlain. The preservation of Lake Champlain is extremely important to me as I spend countless hours around the lake swimming, biking, paddle boarding, camping and relaxing throughout the year. The protection and preservation of Lake Champlain should be front of mind for anyone who lives around and enjoys the lake!

Aaron Silber – Support – Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been instrumental in the fight to protect free speech, fair use, innovation, and privacy on and off the Internet. Their mission to defend digital freedom is more important now than ever. The EFF’s work has served to protect political activists, independent journalists, and average Internet users across the country.

Mitch Berriman – Digital Marketing – Vermont Public Radio
I’m choosing Vermont Public Radio (VPR) as my non-profit or charity to donate to for this Giving Tuesday. As someone who listens to podcasts on my way to and from work and while at work, it’s great to have VPR Vermont Public Radio streaming the latest about our community here in Vermont. VPR keeps me informed and updated on important developments in our state and helps me feel more connected to our community. The value of having a community voice over the airwaves can’t be overstated and in today’s world, it’s easy to reach the masses with important information to keep us all informed and better educated.

Sarah Cootey – Digital Marketing – All Breed Rescue
I’m choosing to donate to All Breed Rescue for Giving Tuesday. I had the pleasure of volunteering there last year and saw first hand how the organization changes the lives of dogs, volunteers and the dedicated staff that works there. Their efforts to rescue dogs from the south are truly inspiring, and I’m eager to help them this holiday season to continue providing nurturing homes to rescues of all breeds.

Ben Stein – Production – ASPCA
I like the ASPCA for my charity.  They provide material support to animal rescue organizations across the country as well as developing and promoting animal welfare programs for shelters, and rescues nationwide.  They also provide emergency support for large-scale issues like massive animal hoarding cases, hurricane relief, and other natural disasters.  They’re basically the FEMA of the animal welfare world, only without the bureaucratic bloat.  

Casey Morrison – Production – Planetary Society
The Planetary Society is a non-profit organization that works to educate and empower the community by spreading scientific knowledge and encouraging critical thought. I choose to support the Planetary Society because I believe in a future built on a foundation of science and reason. I believe human achievement through scientific advancement is a great unifying force, and with more public awareness and a more scientifically literate community, we can move toward a brighter future.

Lilly Thompson – Support – Vermont Public Radio
With “fake news” becoming a real epidemic in our society over the last year or so, now is the time to support news outlets that are dedicated to keeping it real by serving hard facts. With Vermont Public Radio’s connections to NPR and BBC News, there isn’t a more well-rounded news source available to Vermonters. This is why I support VPR today with a donation and every day by tuning in on my commute to and from work.

Nick Romano – Production – Humane Society of Chittenden County
The Humane Society of Chittenden County is an organization whose mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering. I want to support HSCC because of the 3 adopted four-legged friends running around at my home right now. Giving to HSCC means that more animals can find their forever home, and bring peace, happiness and licks to people all across Vermont.

Sam Reinhardt – Animal Welfare Institute
Recent reports show that elephant poaching in Kenya is on the decline, and the Animal Welfare Institute attributes this in large part to the aerial patrol efforts of the Kenya Wildlife Service. These patrols not only keep a lookout for poachers, but also survey wildlife, deliver supplies to rangers, and keep animals from wandering out of the national parks. For Giving Tuesday, the AWI is trying to raise $10,000 to purchase fuel, parts and equipment in support of that initiative. I hope that the AWI can reach their goal, and I’m happy I could help contribute to it.

Andrew Allen – Support – Dementia Discovery Fund
I choose to donate to the Dementia Discovery Fund in memory of my grandparents who recently passed away. I hope to see tremendous advancement in the treatment and cure of this terrible disease in my lifetime.

Hey Maine, we’re coming back home!


Every time I meet a new client they ask where my accent is from.  No, I’m not from Boston, I’m from Maine. 

My co-founder and I were both born and raised in Maine.  We met while attending Champlain College in Burlington, and chose the “West Coast” as the location to start our business and our families.  Over the past 7 years, Burlington Bytes has grown to a team of 22 with a portfolio of over 300 clients.  When we started discussing how to expand into new markets, setting up shop in Portland was the obvious choice.  When we found a spot in the State Theatre, it was a done deal. We love Maine, and we’re planning on racking up some major mileage on Route 2 in the coming years.

Here’s a rundown of the services that we offer to businesses and organizations of any size:

Website Design & Development

We typically focus our website design and development on two core open-source platforms.  95% of our websites are built on WordPress, the other 5% are large e-commerce stores built on Magento.  Our websites are beautiful and functional, if you can dream it up, we can write the code.  Whether you need a simple lead generation site, or a complex enterprise website with API integrations, we’re your team.  We also frequently partner up with marketing departments and agencies to do their technical heavy lifting on projects.

Website Hosting & Support

We can host websites at any scale and have a support team at the ready to keep your website updated and help out with any problems that might arise.   We have a variety of packages to suit any business, from cost-effective cloud hosting to on-demand enterprise server clusters.  You can rest assured that we’ll keep your website backed-up, secure, and loading lightning fast.  We’ve worked with a client to host their website while they pitched on Shark Tank, and we handled the server configuration for live streaming of the 2017 Maine High School Basketball Tournament.

Digital Advertising & Marketing

Our digital marketing team will drive traffic to your website with SEO, and paid advertising platforms like Google AdWords and Facebook Ads. We offer A/B testing services to help you maximize your website’s ROI, and prove our results with custom reporting in Google Analytics.  Let’s drive more visitors to your website, and convert those visitors into paying customers.

You can get there from here, get in touch!


Sticker Promotion: Enter to Win $250!

Sticker Promotion: Enter to Win $250!

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The World’s Crappiest Social Media Promotion Ever

Burlington Bytes is crowdsourcing our latest promotion and challenging our fans, friends of fans, and friends of friends of fans to stick the Burlington Bytes logo sticker in the most creative places possible. If you snap a photo of the Burlington Bytes sticker placed somewhere creative then tag Burlington Bytes, you could win a whopping $250.00 and never work again for the rest of your life. If the $250.00 isn’t exciting enough for you, wait there’s more! Your sticker image may also be featured in the upcoming Burlington Bytes calendar… but stay tuned on that because if the calendar is anything like this promotion it might also fall completely flat on it’s face.

Follow the steps below and we look forward to wading through your not-so-safe-for-work submissions on Facebook & Instagram.

To Enter:

Step 1: Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and send us your physical mailing address.

Step 2: We’ll mail you Burlington Bytes logo stickers to use for the promotion. 

Step 3: Once you get those stickers, place said stickers in the most creative places you can think of. We’re hoping for some quintessential Vermontiness, like the back half of a Cow somewhere roaming around in a pasture but we’re also open to any outrageously, crude and wildly inappropriate but hilarious placements of stickers. Let’s just try and avoid being extremely offensive…

Step 4: Take a picture of your sticker placement, post it to Facebook or Instagram then tag Burlington Bytes (Burlington Bytes@burlingtonbytes) in the image.

Step 5: Once we’re tagged, our expert panel of sticker placement engineers, who are experts mind you, will review your submissions and pick a winning photo. If you win, we’ll mail you your $250.00 Visa or you can come pick it up or whatever. I don’t know, this wasn’t my idea.

Terms & Conditions Apply

Fill out this form to enter:

Terms & Conditions 


  1. Eligibility: The World’s Crappiest Social Media Promotion Ever contest is open only to those who sign up at https://www.burlingtonbytes.com/news/sticker-promotion-enter-win-250/ and who are at least eighteen years old  as of the date of entry.The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Burlington Bytes LLC (“Burlington Bytes”), its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Burlington Bytes, in its sole and absolute discretion, as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.  You agree to abide by all applicable laws, rules, regulations and refrain from any illegal conduct (including defacing or trespassing upon the property of any third party)  in connection with your participation in the Campaign.
  3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on March 25th, 2017 and ending April 25th, 2017. All online entries must be received by April 25th, 2017.
  4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at https://www.burlingtonbytes.com/news/sticker-promotion-enter-win-250/. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Burlington Bytes.
  5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive $250 in cold hard cash money. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award, and based on the faith and credit in the US gov’t – which is no small variance. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Burlington Bytes. No prize substitution shall be permitted except at Burlington Bytes discretion. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Burlington Bytes to use Winner’s contest entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  6. Odds: The odds of winning depend solely on the skill of the entrant and the mood of the selection committee tasked with picking a winner.
  7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by selection committee vote under the supervision of the Burlington Bytes’ office dog, Savannah. Winner will be notified by email, mail, or Facebook within five (5) days following selection of Winner. Burlington Bytes LLC shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT BURLINGTON BYTES LLC‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
  8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that Burlington Bytes LLC, anyone acting on behalf of Burlington Bytes, and Burlington Byte’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Burlington Bytes. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Burlington Bytes from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Burlington Bytes LLC may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.
  9. Terms & Conditions: Burlington Bytes reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Burlington Byte’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, Burlington Bytes may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Burlington Bytes LLC.  Burlington Bytes reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Burlington Bytes LLC has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason.Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Burlington Bytes reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Not to mention, your family will be incredibly disappointed in you.
  10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Burlington Bytes and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
  11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF VERMONT, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Chittenden County, Vermont having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  12. Privacy Policy: Subject to the terms and conditions of Section 8, information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Burlington Bytes LLC  website. To read the Privacy Policy,  click here.
  13. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, please first recognize that you are “that person”, then, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Burlington Bytes LLC 2 Church Street, Burlington Vermont 05401. Requests must be received no later than May 31st, 2017.
  14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is Burlington Bytes LLC, 2 Church Street Burlington Vermont, 05401
  15. Facebook: The Campaign hosted by Burlington Bytes LLC is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
  16. By submitting entry to this contest, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.


Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017!

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017!


A year in review:

If you’re one given to reading news, 2016 is a year better forgotten. We lost countless celebrities to the grim reaper’s general ageism, Ryan Lochte made it difficult for ALL of us to visit South America, and what was that other thing?  Oh yeah…we lost our country to a bloviating citrus fruit that can only be impersonated by a Baldwin brother.  Not that anyone should vote based on who they want to look at on SNL for 4 years, but c’mon America. He promised 6-7% GDP growth…you know better.  A clear sign that the horse puckey has hit the fan is when you’re calling your electors asking them to faithlessly vote for a George Bush 3rd term.

And the latest sign that 2016’s craziness will sprint over the finish line with no sign of slowing down? I just heard an NPR guest, correct an NPR host on not being politically correct.

But that doesn’t mean it was all bad.  Certain parts of our country had bumper years.  Between soaring SUV sales and “Startups Gone Wild”, those of us with both SUV’s and startups have been partying like it’s 1999.  And Burlington Bytes is no different.

See our partying Santa below:

So what did Burlington Bytes accomplish over the year?  A lot, and in no particular order of importance:

  1. Record sales – Burlington Bytes broke through last year’s sales sometime in September.  Growth. Is. Good.
  2. Our team changed – A few members of our team went on to the next steps in their career, but we hired some all stars in their place.  In the end we’re slightly larger, and have a stronger culture than before.
  3. I learned to use Microsoft word without Clippy’s help.
  4. We committed to hiring with balance – Hiring in the tech sector comes with challenges, and even more so when we want to mirror the populations we serve.  This year we committed to putting balance in the mix when hiring.  This means for everything from culture to gender to hair color, and all while not sacrificing one iota of quality in our team members.  But, it is important, and in a world where culture is as important as strategy, this is an effort that makes sense.
  5. We won a state grant to assist in hiring – a hat tip to John Young and the team at the Vermont Training Program, we landed a grant to help support our growing business. Who says Vermont isn’t business friendly!?
  6. We organized our business – As the size of our team increased, we need to make teams, and let our leaders on the team, lead.  Kristina, Greg, Mitch, and Lilly have masterfully risen to the challenge of leading their respective areas – Production, Development, Digital Marketing, and Hosting & Support.  Yes.  We’re on a team, and everyone helps everyone (especially at this size).  But now there is structure, leadership, and incredibly smart team members mentoring and growing our other incredibly smart team members.
  7. We started Accessible Web – This was an obvious evolution whose time has come.  After Pete Jewett experienced a need first hand with a family member, we dove in head first and learned everything we could about designing for web accessibility.  While there is a lot more to come from this part of the business in 2017, it is exciting to be a part of a socially forward thinking business that is promoting equality across the web.
  8. Burlington Bytes won the LCRCC Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit – BOOYAAA!!!!  (and thank you to LCRCC!)
  9. We raised the stake’s on Slender Man with Burlington’s friendlier (and body image positive) version, Naked Man (see post here).

If you look at it all in aggregate, it was a busy year.  And there is a long way to go before we get to retire and party on Pete Jewett’s new boat (pictured here). But we have carved out an exciting path, and can’t wait to share it with you in 2017.

First on the list? Releasing our newest product, Blockade in January.  Get ready to see more innovation, more products, and a LOT more fun from this team.  And most importantly, thank you for being supporters along the way.  This company would not be where it is, without our wonderful community cheering us along, and being a part of our culture.

Happy New Year from the Burlington Bytes team!


Andrew Stickney

Nudity on Church Street

Nudity on Church Street


We spotted a nude man strolling on Church Street yesterday and posted it to Facebook, various media outlets stopped by the office today to get a comment.  Our leadership team has issued the following official statement…

Media Outlets,

Thank you for stopping by the Burlington Bytes office earlier today.  We apologize no one was in at the time to give an official statement on how the nude man on the street yesterday was impacting our Church Street business.  Upon your inquiry, we immediately formed an exploratory committee to determine how this situation could happen, and how we could prevent more au naturale pedestrians from wandering Church Street in the future.


The findings of our exploratory committee were striking.  While theories ranging from the man being an Emperor, to being the lost “UVM naked bike rider of 1969” were offered, we believe this was a case of an uninformed consumer.  Clearly this “in the buff” man had been searching online for clothes, and due to poor SEO, Google Adwords, and retargeting campaigns by local haberdasheries, he simply did not know where to buy clothes.  Our committee offered the following as a solution: If more local retailers had purchased Burlington Bytes’ digital marketing packages, consumers would be more informed, and we could reduce Church Street nudity by a staggering 76%.


Retailers interested in pursuing this noble option are encouraged to reach out to Pete Jewett at pete@burlingtonbytes.com for a free consultation

Employee Spotlight: Meet Jeff Simonds – Our New Digital Marketing Specialist

Employee Spotlight: Meet Jeff Simonds – Our New Digital Marketing Specialist

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The Burlington Bytes team just keeps on growing!

We are thrilled to share with you that we’ve recently hired Jeff Simonds, as our new Digital Marketing Specialist. Formerly a Senior Web Analytics Specialist at Terakeet out of Syracuse, NY, Simonds’ experience and skill set will bring a new, complementary perspective to the team.

Simonds has been noted for his success in SEO optimization and analysis, and more broadly in digital marketing branding and strategy. Simonds holds a Bachelor’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied Electronic Media, Arts & Communications. “Burlington Bytes is an awesome opportunity and fit for me on both professional and cultural levels”, remarked Simonds, “while the role is a part of a growing and increasingly important team and initiative for Burlington Bytes, I ultimately decided to join the company after experiencing the culture and cohesiveness of the team”.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add Jeff Simonds to our team ” added Burlington Bytes founder Peter Jewett, “our digital marketing team has been growing primarily due to the outcomes we’ve generated for clients, and Jeff will be an asset as we continue to grow the team”.

Here at Burlington Bytes, we like to get to know our new hires on a deeper level and want you to as well, so that’s why we do an “Employee Spotlight” interview, where we ask professional work questions and sprinkle in some silly & fun questions to mix it up!

So let’s get started…

Q: Where did you grow up? 

Jeff: Syracuse, NY

Q: Where do you currently reside?

Jeff: Winooski, VT

Q: How did you first learn about Burlington Bytes?

Jeff: I traveled to Vermont a lot over the last two years, and really liked the Burlington area, so I decided to look for some potential jobs. After searching for SEO companies in Vermont, I found Burlington Bytes at the top of the SERPs, which is always a good sign for a company that does SEO!

Q: What part of your job are you most excited about doing?

Jeff: My previous role was focused solely on organic search, so I’m really looking forward to broadening my skills and gaining more experience with paid search and other digital marketing channels.

Q: How would you describe the work environment?

Jeff: The office strikes a perfect balance between work and play. It’s clear that everyone knows when it’s time to get work done, but every day you can count on someone saying (or chatting) something that gives us all chance to laugh and relax for a few minutes.

Q: What are your interests & hobbies?

Jeff: I love golfing and try to get out fishing as much as I can. I’ve also been a homebrewer for about 6 years, and have been known to make a pretty solid batch of beer or cider from time to time.

Q: Have you ever sang karaoke? What’s your “go-to” song? 

Jeff: Nope, but if I was ever forced into doing it the only song I would sing is Here I Go Again, by Whitesnake.

Q: What would a perfect day look like for you?

Jeff: An 8am tee time to play a round of golf with my dad (and friends if they manage to wake up on time), followed by a late afternoon BBQ featuring Liehs & Steigerwald brats on the grill, and some craft beer in the cooler.

Q: If you could close your eyes and be anywhere on earth when they opened, where would you be?

Jeff: Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon, in Anderlecht, Brussels.

Q: If you won $20 million dollars in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Jeff: Pay off those pesky student loans, travel the world for a while, attend brewing school and finally open my own brewery.

Q: Being the newest hire, what are you contributing to your department?

Jeff: I definitely have a lot to learn from Mitch (our digital marketing manager), but early on I’ve been able to leverage my past experience with analysis and reporting for large e-commerce websites to bring a new perspective to the team.

Q: Last question, what was your all-time best Halloween costume?

Jeff: That’s tough, because my mom made some amazing costumes for me and my brother when we we younger (imagine a 6th grader dressed as Uncle Fester from the Addams Family), but I’m partial to that Halloween a few years ago, when I let the dogs out as Alan from The Hangover.


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If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching the Hangover, do yourself a favor and check it out. Jeff could literally be a stunt double for Alan, he nailed it!

We are glad Jeff has joined the Burlington Bytes team, and we look forward to have him involved with all things digital marketing! Welcome Jeff!

Join Us For Web & Wine Night: Tuesday, June 14th!

Join Us For Web & Wine Night: Tuesday, June 14th!


We’re teaming up with EB Strong’s for an educational collaboration on Tuesday, June 14th from 5:30-8pm, for a night of learning and networking with local business leaders and community members. Come take part in this free special event designed for those who love the web, and love wine more!

This night will feature multiple educational web/wine learning sessions presented by members from the Burlington Bytes team, as well as local wine guru, Peter Kenseth. Learn about digitally marketing your business during informative “Tech Focused” discussions, while you sip and learn about the night’s featured wines provided by Baker Distributing. Light appetizers from EB Strong’s catering will also be served.

Topics for technology education will include: SEO, Design, Social Media, & Web Development followed by a Q&A session. Topics for wine education will be: the effects of terroir, and winemaker influence on wines, also followed by Q&A.

We hope you can make it to “Web & Wine” and enjoy a relaxed and informative gathering. This event will be taking place at 2 Church Street located at The Cellar at EB Strong’s.

Please RSVP & register for the event here. We’d like to thank the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this fun event.

We look forward to seeing you! 


We Love Burlington: Vote Now To Make Burlington, Vermont The Most Sustainable U.S. City!

We Love Burlington: Vote Now To Make Burlington, Vermont The Most Sustainable U.S. City!


Did you hear the big news? We Love Cities has nominated Burlington, Vermont as a finalist to become the most sustainable city in the United States!

We Love Cities “is a social media campaign that allows people to across the world to express support for sustainable urban development by voting on selected Earth Hour City Challenge cities and posting improvement suggestions for these cities.”  It is the main public facing element of the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative and aims to:

  • Inspire and raise awareness for the sustainability progress being made in cities
  • Give the general public an opportunity to celebrate, vote and upgrade their city through making suggestions to decision makers
  • Reward communities and strengthen the bond between the public and decision makers

So, are you ready to vote for Burlington, and make our lovable city more sustainable? Luckily, it’s super easy to vote and only requires three simple steps.

  1. Vote for Burlington online at: WeLoveCities.org/Burlington
  2. Share ideas online about how to make our city even better
  3. Use the Hashtag #WeLoveBurlington on Instagram & Twitter

The winning city will be announced June 22nd, so there’s still plenty of time to vote! And as an added bonus, every idea you submit on how to make our city better will also count as a vote for Burlington. “With over 3.5 billion people living in cities across the globe, cities have a big climate footprint. But they’ve got an even bigger opportunity to create better places to live and a healthier planet in the process. Through better transport, green buildings, harnessing the power of nature, wasting less and loving more, cities can lead the way to a climate-friendly future.”

So what are you waiting for? Together, let’s make our beloved BTV the U.S. Earth Hour City Capital!

To All LaunchVT Contestants: Good Luck At Tonight’s Final Competition!

To All LaunchVT Contestants: Good Luck At Tonight’s Final Competition!

Events News

This year, Burlington Bytes has been able to try something new.  We’re able to sponsor organizations that we are proud to be associated with, and who are doing incredible and necessary work for our communities.  After being in business for five years, we’re able to start giving back to the community that has given us so much.  

To that end, we’re both proud and excited to be sponsors of the 4th Annual LaunchVT business plan competition, and tonight, 7 incredibly deserving entrepreneurs will compete for a combined purse worth of $100k in cash and support.  If you’re inclined to see the next wave of Vermont entrepreneurs, please join us at the Main Street Landing this evening.

To the contestants: Congratulations, and good luck!

I have been mentoring and advising with this competition since Emily Piper & Nick Grimly launched it in 2012.  But I can honestly say I’ve never been more hopeful about the group of startups competing this year.  Why?  Because many of the contestants this year are tackling problems that affect millions of people at a time, many of whom are the most vulnerable.  This isn’t to say that the past year’s contestants weren’t excellent, (they were), but it is to say that looking at this years group (listed below) is cause for incredible hope and optimism.  

They impact Vermont’s economic future, while tackling difficult problems.  They are poised to create jobs, and they improve the quality of lives of their customers. And perhaps most importantly, they are advancing industries through their innovations, and they are making meaning, globally.

The Contestants:

Julie Lineberger – Wheelpad is a temporary, eco-friendly, handicapped-accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to a home.

Andy Peters – Agewize is a social media platform which helps family members and caregivers coordinate the care of their loved one in need. It is easily navigable and allows the person in need to maintain independence.

Greg Kelly, James Mix, and Randy Rowland – Hortlabs is a cloud based technical system for monitoring and managing the growth of any kind of plant in indoor growing environments.

Ken Puzey – Solar Water Boiler is a portable unit which can be propped up and used anywhere to provide clean water. Each boiler can provide drinking water for a family of four.

Abbott Stark, Alex Stark, and Mark Rice – Ogee is an organic skincare line which consists of about 10 skin care items. Each item is based on jojoba seed oil (a product from the Arizona desert) which has a molecular structure similar to that of the human skin.

Chas Smith, Charles Smith, and Nikita Salmon – Sap! Maple Water is a carbonated drink made up of Vermont maple sap with about 40% of its water content boiled away.

Matt Giles and Cullen Jemison – Thermouse (LaunchVT Collegiate Winner) is a moldable computer-gaming mouse based on the qualities of thermoplasticity.

Please check out the descriptions of the businesses above, and if you haven’t already, go to their website, like their Facebook pages, follow them on twitter, and share them with your friends.  These teams have worked hard to build their companies, and we should support the incredible work they’re doing!  

See you tonight!


Employee Spotlight: Meet Jon Schwadron our Newest Team Member

Employee Spotlight: Meet Jon Schwadron our Newest Team Member

Careers News

We are excited to announce that Jon Schwadron has joined the Burlington Bytes team as a Technical Engineer and Developer. Formerly a Software Engineer at robotics firm Replica Labs out of Boulder, CO, Schwadron’s experience and skillset will add new depth to the development team as it grows. Jon’s programming languages include HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, Django, Ruby on Rails among others. He studied to be a Full Stack Developer at General Assembly in NY.

“This exciting opportunity with Burlington Bytes is the role & firm that attracted me to the area”, said Schwadron on his career move.  “Between the incredible culture of teamwork, growth, and improvement, coupled with everything the Vermont lifestyle has to offer, made moving here an easy decision.”

“We continue to add people at a rapid clip” said founder Peter Jewett, “and attracting talent like Jon from other states and firms is a huge win for Burlington Bytes and the Vermont technology ecosystem”.

Now that we’ve introduced Jon and his role at BBytes, let’s get to know him on a more personal level.

It’s “Employee Spotlight” time! Here’s our Q&A with him…

Q: How did you first learn about Burlington Bytes?

Jon: Craigslist! At first I was skeptical… but the post they made looked really professional for a craigslist post. I went ahead and emailed them my resume along with Linkedin. I got a quick response and got an interview!

Q: Where did you work before BBytes?

Jon: Replica Labs in Boulder, CO via remote from New York. It was a volunteer thing and their technology is fascinating; 3D scanning with your smartphone. Replica Labs is now acquired by another computer vision company, I wish them all the best!

Q: What is the favorite part about working here?

Jon: Humorous and friendly environment. Dogs everywhere. The smell of coffee brew all day long.

Q: What do you find the most challenging about working at Burlington Bytes?

Jon: Since I’m new to both Burlington Bytes and Vermont, I’m currently adapting to the environment. Vermont is a new experience for me, and I intend to fully explore the way things run here. It already feels different than NYC.

Q: Where are you originally from and where you live now?

Jon: My hometown is Maybrook, New York. I currently reside in Winooski.

Q: What are your interests & hobbies?

Jon: My biggest skill is photography, which I’ve enjoyed for 10 years now. I picked up snowboarding last year, self-taught through video lessons and today I’m doing eurocarves. Now looking to jump into the bicycling bandwagon.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Jon: On top of any mountain, above the clouds. It has to have a ton of snow and a ski lift. Just like this guy.

Q: What is one of the things on your bucket list?

Jon: The major one would be Esteem, which is a Middle-Ear Implant, that will basically boost my hearing capability and basically make my life easier by a million miles. Normal hearing levels with the option to power on or off.

Q: If you could take one physical item with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

Jon: Light Saber – It can make fire, it can cut things, it can protect you from danger, and they make great flashlights.

Q: If you could only eat one meal, for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jon: Authentic Chinese Hot Pots from NYC! Tacos would be good too.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Jon. Everyone here at Burlington Bytes is really glad he joined the team as he is a talented, hard-working gentleman!