About Me

My name is Jacques Vrolijk. I'm a 28-year-old full-stack web developer living in Houston, TX.

I left my last full-time job in October of 2013 with the intention of building a small web design and development studio, which is now three people strong. In addition to serving my own clients, I wanted more time and freedom to work on building products of my own.

In essence, I just want to create things. Things that are of value to other people, that solve problems and that are a joy to use.

My Life in 33 Bullet Points

  • I was born
  • 13 years went by
  • I learned how to make an HTML button
  • My dad gave me a copy of Macromedia Flash 4 (before Adobe bought them)
  • I made dozens of crappy animations and animated websites
  • My dad gave me a copy of Adobe Photoshop
  • I made dozens of crappy websites with lots of graphics
  • I got caught up in the online digital art scene (Deviant Art, Breed Art, Twisted Drain, etc.)
  • I stopped making websites for a while
  • I turned 18
  • I moved out of my parent's house and into my first apartment
  • I worked in painting/construction/demolition, security and catering to pay my rent
  • I ate tuna fish, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and spaghetti
  • I started to learn CSS
  • I put an ad up on Craigslist as a web designer looking for work
  • I got a $200 gig with a lady who rescues poodles. She hated my awful design and demanded $100 back. I gave it to her.
  • I ate more tuna fish
  • I got more web design gigs on Craigslist and they went better
  • I got a job at a local web agency – Houston Interactive
  • I realized how much I had to learn. I learned a ton.
  • Almost 2 years went by
  • I wanted to get into building web applications / products
  • I got a job at a company that made their own SaaS products
  • Time went by
  • I got a new job at a local social media startup – MarketMeSuite
  • I learned a lot of JavaScript
  • I learned MongoDB and a lot of PHP
  • Time went by
  • I got a job at another local startup – CustomMade
  • I learned even more JavaScript, as well as some Python
  • Time went by
  • I left my job so that I could freelance full time. I wanted to run my own business and be independent.
  • I am now running a three-person web design and development studio with an office in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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