For digital innovator Andew Kissel and his family, moving from one of the largest cities in America to beautiful Bainbridge Island is like coming home.
Leaving the sprawl of Dallas, Texas, Andrew is returning to the Pacific Northwest, where he spent much of his high school years on the Olympic Peninsula.
Andrew is the founder of Hello Digital, a digital studio now based in Bainbridge Island that builds websites and custom business applications, and much, much more.
“Everything I do really got started up here,” Andrew says. “You know, Bill Gates actually donated a computer lab to my high school in Sequim, and that’s when I started my first web design business.”
Andrew’s fascination with technology runs deep, becoming a cryptologist in the U.S. Navy, then studying computer and information science, and going on to work with a number of technology companies in various roles, such as a software developer, operations officer, entrepreneur and director of technology.
As a cryptologist, Andrew had to learn how to simplify and demystify complex reams of information, fast, efficiently and under pressure.
It’s a skill that he has applied to the business world.
Hello Digital works with a wide range of businesses, from local doctor’s offices to medium-sized textile design companies and even Fortune 500 companies. They specialize in creating custom business applications tailored to their clients’ unique needs. For instance, they’ve developed an inventory management system for a textile company and ticketing systems for events, providing solutions that clients might not even realize are possible.
“As thought partners, we listen, we work together, and we help our partners realize how their online presence can boost their business,” Andrew says. “Then, we map out the strategy to make it happen.
“At heart, we’re problem solvers. I love to learn about what a business might need – no matter how complicated it is – and develop ways to solve their needs in ways that really make sense to them.
“That’s why I’m really looking forward to working with local entities, to sit down, look them in the eyes and come up with solutions.”
As a full-service digital studio, Hello Digital focuses on business and consumer research, strategy, analytics, SEO, design, production, data storage and more, including hosting.
“We offer safe, reliable and secure hosting services,” Andrew says. “We have a strong focus on delivering top-notch hosting and data protection solutions, guaranteeing the dependability and safety of your website, web app, or e-commerce platform.”