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About Our Team
We are web developers and consultants, and more. Polycot Associates is a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed team of highly motivated, creative collaborators who balance professional productivity and communications with diverse personal interests and creative pursuits for triple-bottom-line impact. Jon Lebkowsky co-founded Polycot Consulting with partners in 2001, and spun off Polycot Associates as a sole proprietorship in 2007. The current Poly-Coterie (team of people with shared interests or tastes, who work for Polycot) coalesced in 2012 and converted to a worker-cooperative in early 2014.
We are Drupal and Wordpress web development experts, designers, and project managers. We have created custom websites and implemented web services integrations for many years. Through collaborative problem solving, Polycot Associates offers custom website design and development services.
Our team is composed of member-owners, charged with production and project-based work, as well as ensuring long-term viability and great customer relationships. Every member-owner has a powerful stake in our success, which translates to a powerful stake in our client's success. This supports Polycot's commitment to collaboration at all points in the process. When you work with Polycot Associates, you are working with web professionals who care about your project at every moment.
Who We Work With
Polycot Associates seeks projects that align with our values as a worker-owned cooperative of economic and social justice, health, compassion, and other progressive issues.
Our member-owners are a group of highly qualified, senior web professionals. We cultivate a team of people with an array of extra-curricular interests and backgrounds, in support of our belief that different perspectives enable the best possible collaborative problem solving.
Jon Lebkowsky / CEO, Founder, and Digital Strategist
Jon Lebkowsky has been managing technology projects and companies for over 25 years. He has been cofounder and CEO of three companies, and has been CEO of Polycot Associates (which was recently transformed into a worker-owned web development cooperative) for ten years, and before that, its precursor Polycot Consulting for six years. He is currently focused on strategic digital consulting and development, as well as business vision and management. He is also known as an activist and writer/blogger focused on the future of the Internet, digital culture, cyber liberties, media, and society. You can see more information about Jon at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Lebkowsky.
Benjamin Bradley / Chief Technology Officer
Benjamin applies the concepts of open-source to many areas of life beyond the digital realms. With a deep-rooted commitment to intentional living, he participates with the Burning Man and Maker communities, and lives to guide the evolution of our human culture to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable community of cooperation.
Robert Matney / Chief Operations Officer
Robert provides day-to-day operations management, project management, and social computing strategy and tactics for Polycot Associates.
Prior to joining Polycot, Robert was a web strategy consultant for domestic and middle-eastern firms. Robert has been the Director of Communications and Client Services for Amicus, Inc. and a technical writer and multi-media product champion for the AppleCare division of Apple Computer Inc.
Robert is also a founding co-Artistic Director of Whirligig Productions, a co-founder of Breaking String Theater, Director of Technology for Hidden Room Theatre, and a board trustee for Austin Shakespeare Festival. You can battle his voice in DC Universe Online, where he voiced the level-boss Dr. Psycho.
Robert was a featured panelist/presenter at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 SXSW Interactive conference, and also the 2011 Fusebox Festival.
Steve Bartolomeo / Chief Creative Officer
With over fifteen years of experience in web design and management, Steve has created hundreds of custom websites. After living on the East Coast, West Coast, and the icy north, he now calls Utopia, Texas, home. A degree in Chemistry, as well as decades of experience in the arts, enables Steve to infuse his work with an influence from both an aethethic and technical viewpoint. In addition, to diverse technical and artistic influence, Steve’s experience and methodology provides our clients with personal service specific to their needs, tastes and preferences.
Skills include: Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML, CSS, Logo and theme design. Drupal, Wordpress integration. He has a B.S. in chemistry, minor in math, minor in biology at the University of Connecticut. Steve has also donated his skills to several local and international nonprofits.
Doug Addison / Senior Developer
Doug Addison is an Austin-based web developer, food co-op board member, backyard chicken advocate and author. Doug prefers open source software, such as the Drupal content management system, and finds many similarities between the community spirit of such projects and the values and principles of the cooperative movement. He has been a Wheatsville Food Co-op board member since 2010, and the board secretary since mid-2011. Doug also contributes to Austin’s food and sustainability effort as a board member of Austin's Funky Chicken Coop tour, which is held every spring on the Saturday before Easter. Doug's background includes newspaper reporting and magazine writing and editing in the business and science fields. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and has written two books about web design: Web Site Cookbook (O'Reilly, 2006) and Small Websites, Great Results (Paraglyph, 2004). Doug lives in central Austin with his wife, two daughters, one corgi and five chickens.
Maggie Duval / Senior Developer
Maggie Duval offers rare insight into and understanding of current, evolving, and emerging technologies. She has been an entrepreneur for over two decades and bundles over 27 years of experience in computer, electronic design, and digital media know-how as well as work in the educational and entertainment realms.
She has been a web developer and designer since 1995, and currently specializes in WordPress. She also coded and implemented an HTML5 compliant “Future of Mobile Learning” course for the University of Agder, Norway, in 2014 and has a keen interest in further work deploying innovative curriculum in a multitude of environments. In conjunction with this work, she heads up a small Austin non-profit, Learning Innovations in Future Education (LIFE), focused on the future of learning.
She began her technology career in 1989 at CompuCom Systems. She broadened her technical knowledge with Exemplar Logic, a technology leader in programmable logic synthesis for UNIX and Windows platforms as both Headquarters Sales Manager and Pacific Rim Distributor Liaison. From 1995-1997 with Pearce Communications of Albany, California, a "boutique" PR firm specializing in Apple/Mac-related start-ups, she handled the tactical implementation of online campaigns and co-managed media relations for Burning Man in 1996.
Maggie is also a long-term event creator, developer, and producer specializing in creating experiences at the intersection of art, science, technology, retro-history and science fiction, community building, education/learning, and entertainment.
Preferred Contract Partners
Our preferred contractors are vetted and approved for their expertise and commitment to hard work and accountability. We lean into this trusted group for projects on an ad hoc basis, determined by the needs of the project.
Dawnielle Castledine / Project Manager & Copywriter
Dawnielle brings a careful and attentive approach, coupled with top-notch communication skills. She is an experienced copywriter, editor, and online community manager. Dawnielle is a visual artist and writer, providing skills she leverages for creative problem solving. She came to Polycot in February of 2014 and is currently working on becoming a member-owner. Polycot provides an incredibly supportive and encouraging work culture for her to thrive in, and a dream team that she looks forward to working with for the foreseeable future. She is passionate about being a pet mom, exploring nature, and storytelling.
Our Satellite Members support the ongoing evolution of our global world-changing work.
"You can't take over the world on an empty stomach" — Bongo
Bongo / Chief Mascot
Bongo is a elephant orphan rescued bt the David Sheldrake Foundation and fostered by Polycot Associates. His name Bongo is synonymous with Mount Kenya, as well as being a very African name.
At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.