About Cristian Graziano
I'm the founder of Ixpleo - a company that helps small and mid-sized businesses plan, organize, and develop effective websites. Ixpleo works closely with businesses to identify their target audience, craft a strategic sitemap, and deploy their website.
Lately, my passion has been working on Compass Web Publisher - a unique way for businesses to market and promote themselves online. Compass provides a website management tool that helps drive traffic to your site and give you near-complete control - while Ixpleo handles the hosting, software, and technology. Compass is designed to elegantly balance function with form; it is built completely around the smallest details.
You can probably tell that work is a large part of my life.
I grew up in a small town in Woodinville, Washington. I started playing with computers at a young age - and redesigned all of the signs at my parent's business when I was eight or nine.
When I was 15 and the dot com boom was peaking, my parents spent a lot of money to have a business website developed that wasn't very good. I told them I could do a better job - so I picked up a 400 page html book and started reading. I built them a website and did a few revisions as I learned more. I had so much fun doing it, and realized I could probably make money doing something I loved, I decided to start my own business at the age of 16. I've been self-employed ever since.
I worked on various websites in the community - including one for my high school and various non-profits. I eventually moved to Arizona, enrolled at Arizona State University, and rebranded my small business into Ixpleo, Inc. Customers began asking for ways to update their own websites, but I wasn't satisifed with what was out there. It was either too complicated for a regular person to learn to use, or was so dumbed down it didn't have any functionality. I ended up developing Compass to strike the delicate line between features and ease-of-use.
In December, I graduated summa cum laude from ASU with a bachelor's degree in finance. I love working on websites, but I enjoy interacting with clients and running my business even more. This blog culminates all three topics.
If you're reading my blog and haven't introduced yourself, be sure to get in touch!