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About Brainstorm

Brainstorm Will Move Heaven and Earth to Make Your Vision a Reality.

Our passion is helping small business owners create a distinctive web presence that matches the excellence they provide their customers.

Our goal is to help business owners break from the ordinary and become extraordinary.

Our covenant with our customers is to provide excellent products and services with an ethical business culture founded on the principles of Open Source.

Brainstorm offers hosting products that utilize the world’s largest cloud hosting platforms and brings democracy to the internet by giving our customers access to the same dynamic platforms that large enterprises already enjoy. We embrace the concept of an open internet, so we not only offer Managed WordPress, but also give our customers the freedom to travel from hosting provider to hosting provider, should they choose. This includes offering a portable domain name and a Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.  

Of course we hope the quality of the products and services we offer will make each customer a customer for life!

A Note From Brainstorm’s Founder

The seeds for my decision to create a managed web hosting company were planted two decades ago purely by happenstance!  In 2002 I left my job as a simple systems administrator at a digital education company to join what was then a small little-known domain registry company in the Silicon Desert: GoDaddy.   I was hooked immediately on the world of hosting.  I then met Matt Mullenweg, who was at the helm of an exciting Open Source project, WordPress and became an instant convert to this elegantly designed tool that allowed everyday people to construct their own websites, without needing a web developer. I served as an evangelist internally and externally to bring these two passions together.   Today, GoDaddy is the largest self-hosted WordPress company.

I eventually left GoDaddy, but my passion for providing web hosting and WordPress never faded.  Although I worked for a while as a consultant with several tech companies, I quickly realized I wanted to use what I’d learned over the years to create a company that made it possible for small- and medium-sized business owners to have access to the same tools as the big guys, without the big costs.

Why Brainstorm?

After almost two decades in the hosting space, I chose to create a business that transcends technology and the bottom line to help small businesses gain access to high quality products and services.  This is what guides Brainstorm’s every action.  We are small, agile, and creative.  And we will move heaven and earth to make your vision a reality.

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Justin and Teddy Jilg

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We Are a NO R-Word Company!

I firmly believe we must respect the dignity of individuals who have special needs, especially those with Down syndrome and/or autism.  Yet the R-word is used casually throughout our society. In too many workplaces it is an epithet that has become part of our popular vernacular to describe a difficult customer or a bad decision. 

And yet there are people in our community with conditions that result in their having a developmental delay or a lifelong developmental disability. To them the R-Word is a very personal a put down, an insult, a word used to shame them.  And it hurts. My eldest son has Down syndrome and is on the autism spectrum.  On Teddy’s behalf … and on behalf of all of us who are a little different (and after all, aren’t we all unique in some way?)

I have created Brainstorm as a NO R-Word company.   The goal is not to regulate anyone’s speech, but rather to hire employees who share our belief that the use of the R-Word and other derogatory phrases that disparage individuals in any way will not be tolerated.  This is an inviolable guiding principle of our company. If you share our vision, please join R-Word: Spread the Word to End The Word.  

That brings us finally to the question of why? Why are we here? Why are we doing this hard work?

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Why Brainstorm

To brainstorm encapsulates everything that a small business does on a daily. The process of brainstorming epitomizes creativity, action, solutions, and ultimately success. Our company provides the tools needed to help small businesses share their vision with the world.

Why WordPress

WordPress is the ultimate platform for creating a web presence and is the most powerful tools to distribute a small businesses solutions to their potential customers. WordPress is the preeminent publishing standard and epitomizes everything we think the internet should be.

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Why Amazon

Amazon Web Services is the preeminent cloud computing platform. They run some of the most important internet services such as Netflix and of course Amazon.com. Choosing Amazon as the foundation for Brainstorm allows small businesses the same level of access as these incredible Enterprise companies. Brainstorm offers SMBs the speed, security, fault tolerance, and availability that only they can offer.

Why partners

Deciding to choose the best partners to take responsibility for the areas of their expertise allows Brainstorm to focus on what is the most important part of our business; our customers. We chose Amazon for the platform, Cloudflare for the content distribution, Let’s Encrypt for security and several others for performance, caching, development, etc. We chose this business model because we feel that we should let the experts be the experts and allow us to be what we want to be the most, the guardians of our customers.

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