Polycot Associates is an open source web development and consulting firm led by Jon Lebkowsky, a seasoned web professional and Internet expert with two decades of experience managing technology projects, and primarily focused on website development. Jon works with experienced Drupal and Wordpress developers, designers, and project managers that have been living and breathing web for many years.
Our services include web strategy, discovery and requirements analysis, development, design, project management, and social media consulting.
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Jon Lebkowsky, Manager, Strategist, and Developer
Jon Lebkowsky, web consultant and developer, technology strategist, social strategist, writer An entrepreneur in the purest sense, Jon is an Internet pioneer who was at the ground floor of web development, building websites since web technology first appeared. He has worked on dozens of web development projects ranging from multimillion dollar web systems to smaller nonprofit and business sites built with Wordpress. An early proponent of online social communities, Jon has been consulting on web development projects and web application infrastructure for two decades. He first caught the social media wave when he joined the seminal virtual community known as the WELL in 1990. There he met one-time Whole Earth Review editor Howard Rheingold and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) founders Mitch Kapor and John Perry Barlow. Jon was a cofounder of the EFF-Austin, a standalone organization that was originally supposed to be the first chapter of EFF. EFF-Austin was one of the first organizations in Texas to focus on Internet culture and policy. He became an associate editor at “bOING bOING” an early ‘zine that began way back in1988. Next, He was involved in the early days of Wired Magazine and Mondo 2000, and hosted a weekly series of chats called the Electronic Frontiers Forum at Wired Magazine’s HotWired site.
Closer to home, Jon has played a strategic role in cultivating Austin as a center of online innovation. Jon was cofounder of the influential Internet company FringeWare, Inc. and publisher of the international publication FringeWare Review. He helped Whole Foods Market’s early ecommerce transition and in 1998 became Whole Foods’ interactive community director. Jon created and managed the website for author Bruce Sterling's Viridian Design Movement, a movement focused on “bright green” environmentalist concepts or innovative design and technology that can more quickly and radically improve the environment. Jon was also involved in building the website for Worldchanging.com, and served as Worldchanging’s Technology Director. Jon is an advisor to the SXSW Interactive conference (an event that for many years is Austin’s largest event, generating in 2010 the largest economic impact yet of $113 million).
He is also cofounder of the Society for Participatory Medicine and a collaborator at Bootstrap Austin. You can read about all Jon’s part in bringing the web to life and promoting the Austin’s rise as a web industry center on his Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Lebkowsky
Selwyn Polit, Software Developer
A passionate proponent for Drupal and open source development, about ten years ago Selwyn set up shop solo, about the same time Jon formed his company. Their penchant for content management systems based on PHP is a thread that runs through all the team.
Selwyn brings over twenty years of software application design and development experience, including network systems configuration and installations at customer locations and customer training. He is adept at developing front–end user interfaces by designing backend databases systems that play well together.
Selwyn has worked for Austin companies MIP (fund accounting) as a senior programmer/analyst, Office Domain as lead programmer, Optical Document Technologies, Inc. as lead software developer as well as San Antonio based DataTel Solutions.
He is fascinated by projects that present unusual challenges. For him the trickier and more challenging, the better. When Selwyn’s on your team, unforeseen obstacles tend to uncover exquisite gems of code that turn customers into fans. Another asset to a project is his ability to migrate data from legacy systems to a new platform and if needed, he can implement simple management interfaces and backup systems for your website. So when the project is over, you’ll know what to do on your own.
Selwyn came to Austin from Cape Town, South Africa. He was educated at both the University of Cape Town where he studied psychology and Natal Technikon where he studied Electrical Engineering. As a craftsman, he has built building beautiful Indonesian/Japanese style Tea Houses much to the delight of their owners.
Steve Bartolomeo, Web Alchemist and Renaissance Man
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 East Austin 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 the left and the right brain. 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. While working on a new generation of website design and service, Steve has also donated his skills to several local and international nonprofits. Giving back to the community in the most meaningful way he is able to sleep peacefully at night.
Some of his skills include: Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML, CAA, Logo and theme design. Drupal, Wordpress integration CMS
He has a B.S. in Chemistry, minor math, minor Biology at the University of Connecticut
Benjamin Bradley, Software Developer/Architect, Programming/Data Guru
Benjamin has been developing software applications since 1994, with an emphasis on web-based development since 1999. With a Computer Science degree under his belt and several years of experience in the corporate world, Benjamin shifted to working for smaller, cooperatively-run businesses in 2007 and has never looked back. Benjamin's goals are to live intentionally, facilitate cooperation and collaboration, support the move towards global sustainability, and participate in the re-growth of community.
Other skills include project architecture/design, expectation management and thorough communications, and attention to detail.
Robert Matney, Project Manager, Web Developer, Social Computing, Theater Maker
Robert provides project management as well as 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 prior to that, Robert worked in the AppleCare division of Apple Computer Inc. slinging technical support, QA, and technical and process documentation.
Robert also produces, directs, and acts for the stage. Robert has produced the annual New Russian Drama Festival featuring new plays and playwrights from Russia, and designs technology for productions featuring integration of network technology and transmedia content. Robert is a co-founder of Breaking String Theater, Director of Technology for Hidden Room Theatre, and a board trustee for Austin Shakespeare Festival.
Robert was a featured panelist/presenter at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 South By Southwest Interactive conference, and also the 2011 Fusebox Festival.