Michael Melen CO-CEO & COO

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Michael's Story

Michael Melen is the CO-CEO & COO of SmartSites and has been involved in digital media and website development since high school. He spent some time working for Laws.com & Hospital.com and brings an enormous amount of experience in the SEO world. Michael was mentioned in Forbes at just 16 years old and sold his first internet company at 19. Before graduating college, he consulted both Disney and Budweiser on their digital media campaigns. Michael co-founded Melen LLC, parent company of SmartSites, upon graduating from Cornell University in just three years.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

My favorite shows are Dollhouse and Firefly. I’m a sci-fi geek.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is usually the one I’m currently reading. At the moment, it’s The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber. It makes me to look at our business from multiple points of views.

What websites can you not live without?

Google.com. Who can live without search?

What do you like best about the people you work with?

They are always willing to help, brave enough to disagree, and fun to hang out with.

What is the homepage of your browser set to? Why?

Google Search powered by AVG Antivirus, because it has taken over my computer.

What unique quality do you bring to SmartSites?

I created my first website at 9 yearsold. I wrote copy, designed graphics, debugged code, ran ad campaigns, and did sales and customer service before co-founding SmartSites. I think having done all these components has allowed me to assemble a team that does any individual part twice better than I myself ever could.

Who inspires you to be successful?

It has to be my parents. They immigrated to America with just pocket change and got me through a very expensive Ivy League school. The bar is set pretty high for me.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

There is nowhere I’d rather live than the great state of New Jersey.

What was the first website you created or helped create?

I helped Alex with his MP3 websites but the first website I created on my own was FunnyCities.com. I compiled a list of the country’s funniest city names and submitted to sites like I-Am-Bored.com. The $9.00 a month I made from ads may seem silly, but it really gave me the push I needed to explore opportunities on the web.

What is the most exotic place you have ever visited?

I went to Africa for my honeymoon. We tracked leopards in Kruger National Park, took a helicopter into Victoria Falls, and swam with hungry Great Whites. My wife and I made a pact to come back for our 5 year anniversary.

Hometown Washington Township, NJ
College Cornell University
Joined April 15, 2011
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