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Mike Hostetler

Managing Director, Epic Creative, Inc.

Algonquin, Illinois
  1. Epic Creative,
  2. appendTo
  1. jQuery Project,
  2. A Mountain Top, LLC,
  3. Computer & Communication Technologies, Inc.
  1. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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Epic Creative

Epic Creative

Managing Director

– Present

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I am passionate about organizing and leading teams to build high-tech software solutions. As an entrepreneur, I have founded software organizations to pursue this passion and have had the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills.

As a leader, I am passionate about organizing my team to achieve their full potential by working together to set a vision and strategy, then mentoring and coaching through the execution of the plan. I am skilled in company operations, finance, accounting, human resources, sales, marketing and customer service. I enjoy challenges and can execute with very little supervision.

Organizations I have founded have all been operated by a remote workforce, building on operational infrastructure and a culture that supported this design. I am well versed in all aspects of remote working, both domestically and internationally.

As an engineer, I am experienced in working with the business to identify needs, develop architecture and lead a team to implement a solution on a wide range of platforms. I have extensive experience building web-based software and highly available applications. I can "speak" both the technical and business language and particularly enjoy translating between the two. I am experienced in Agile and Scrum methodologies.

I am passionate about open source and the open source community. I enjoy working within open source organizations and supporting the ecosystem with my organizational and technical experience. I have participated on the front-lines of several open source communities, including Drupal, jQuery and Node.js.

I attack all of these passions through the lens of a coach, mentor and teacher. I love sharing my knowledge with others and helping my team achieve their full potential. I have had the opportunity to deliver high-tech training to several Fortune 500 companies. I have also gained experience through many speaking opportunities, to audiences numbering over 1000.


Managing Director

Epic Creative
– Present (1 year 3 months)Hoffman Estates, IL

Epic Creative is the parent company and IP holding company of appendTo.

Founder & CEO

– Present (5 years)

Bootstrapped services organization from an initial training sale to AOL's Web Performance team of $17k. Managed and set up all aspects of the organization from our first sale through our current growth.

- Built a 100% distributed workforce of domestic and international employees
- Set up all company operations to support this distributed structure
- Managed finances and built budgets and forecasts to support company operations
- Oversaw all technical operations and solutions delivery
- Wrote and delivered technical training to several Fortune 500 organizations
- Responsible for all aspects of corporate sales process, personally landing over $5m in business via a solution selling approach
- Advertised, interviewed and hired all roles, including back office, technical staff and leadership.

Project Infrastructure Lead

jQuery Project
(4 years 3 months)

Volunteered to operate and grow the early iterations of jQuery's infrastructure. Served on the founding committee and assisted with business strategy as jQuery began gaining attention from the web development industry.


A Mountain Top, LLC
(2 years)

Formed a LLC to freelance within. Primarily focused on Drupal.

Software Design Architect

Computer & Communication Technologies, Inc.
(1 year 6 months)

I was hired onto CCT through a 3-month contract to hire package, spending the first 3 months with COMSYS, Inc. CCT is part of Japan Communications Incorporated (JCI), the first MVNO in Japan.

My job at CCT was to work in the Research & Development department putting together a new mobile platform set to be launched in Japan & China on JCI's network. The hardware device is based upon a Linux embedded package. PHP and Ajax technologies have also played a significant role in the architecture. I currently have a patent pending for the architecture design that I put together.

Research & Development Engineer

Gunther Douglas
(6 months)

I worked on a 3 month contract through Gunther Douglas. I was contracted to Xcel Energy, who had developed a partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). I and two other engineers worked on a piece of prototype software that was designed to help planning engineers at Xcel Energy determine the optimal place to put solar cells.

The software was built using open source software around a Postgres GIS backend. The front end was based upon a PHP/AJAX project called pmapper. I worked mainly on the PHP/AJAX front end, adding significant functionality.

In the end, the project was extended as much as possible, but ultimately ran out of steam.

Software Engineer

(1 year 3 months)

I worked for CIBER in the Rocky Mountain Government division as a contract employee for the Bureau of Land Management. I was responsible for porting legacy ASP code to PHP for several web sites. While at CIBER, the BLM failed a unannounced IT security audit and all websites were shut down for 6 months. During this time, I participated in extensive security reviews and security training. I passed the Ethical Hacker Certification test while with CIBER.

I worked on several projects before the security audit. The most notable would be the Adopt A Horse website software to allow the public to adopt wild horses from BLM land.


T & M Web Enterprises
(1 year 7 months)

Responsible for all aspects of business operations including sales, marketing, accounting, product development and support services. Sold business to a larger firm.

Co-Op Student

J-W Operating Company
(1 year)

Built sites with classic ASP 3.0


Network device having selected functionality(Link)

United States United States Patent Application 20080046879
Filed August 15, 2007

Self contained internet appliance optimized for low bandwidth connections. Having remote backup functionality.


Projects Responsive Redesign(Link)

Served as visual design engineer (HTML & CSS) for the appendTo team that worked on the programming part of the responsive redesign of

Worked with Doug Neiner primarily, who served as Tech Lead, to develop the responsive markup and styling for their responsive redesign.

See appendTo's case study here:

Team members:

The original launch of was powered by the QCodo PHP Framework that I heavily was involved with. Will Kessler and I worked closely together on the initial site through the launch. Minted has grown into a successful company powered by our initial implementation.

Team members:


Conceived and organized the creation of a SaaS based HTML powered slide presentation platform specifically built for software developers.

Team members:

The Best Life

With only a two month deadline we came together to program a redesign of the clients existing site into a new look and feel as well as new functionality. The deadline was January 1st to meet the New Years Resolution people who choose to lose weight for the new year.

Team members:


– Present

Conceived, funded and oversaw an internal startup team to identify a market and build a resource management tool over a 10 week period. Followed the lean startup methodology which resulted in a new tool being successfully launched to a small beta group.

Team members:


  • jQuery
  • HTML5
  • AJAX
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • HTML 5
  • MySQL
  • Start-ups
  • Apache
  • Linux
  • Drupal
  • Web Design
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Front-end
  • Web Applications
  • Web Development
  • XML
  • Git
  • Java
  • Ruby
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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

BS, Computer Science

Graduated with a Computer Science degree and a minor in Business Administration. Participated in the ACM programming contest, scoring 13th in our region.

Activities and Societies: Golden Key Society

LeTourneau University

BS, Computer Science

Transferred before graduation.


Software Freedom Conservancy

Evaluation Committee Member
– Present

Serve to review and evaluate open source projects and their community's for admission into the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)

– Present

The YEC is a highly selective, invite-only group of like minded peers from nearly every industry. As a group work done by the YEC has been honored by Nasdaq, The White House and has been recognized in media outlets worldwide.

O'Reilly Media Fluent Conference Program Committee

– Present

Participate in the planning and content curation for one of the largest conferences for HTML, CSS and JavaScript developers.


Certified Ethical Hacker

– Present


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Spanish

    Limited working proficiency


jQuery Cookbook(Link)

O'Reilly Media
November 2009

jQuery simplifies building rich, interactive web frontends. Getting started with this JavaScript library is easy, but it can take years to fully realize its breadth and depth; this cookbook shortens the learning curve considerably. With these recipes, you'll learn patterns and practices from 19 leading developers who use jQuery for everything from integrating simple components into websites and applications to developing complex, high-performance user interfaces.

Ideal for newcomers and JavaScript veterans alike, jQuery Cookbook starts with the basics and then moves to practical use cases with tested solutions to common web development hurdles. You also get recipes on advanced topics, such as methods for applying jQuery to large projects.


Volunteer Experience & Causes

Software Architect

COMPA Ministries
(2 years)Poverty Alleviation

Implemented various line of business tools for the organization.

- Mapping & Donation system for Thanksgiving outreach
- Architected and Implemented entire food management platform on top of a self-designed double entry accounting system

Opportunities Mike is looking for:

  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Mike cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Science and Technology

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