We are a team of over a dozen designers, developers, writers, marketers, and problem solvers, who work together to make websites successful. We plan websites based on what people are searching for. We design websites that users love and share. We promote websites and get them to the top of search engines. We constantly analyze and optimize.

  • Industry: Media
  • Year Started: 2011
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • # of Employees: 20 ( as of Dec 31, 2013)

Alex Melen


Alex Melen is the CO-CEO & CFO of SmartSites and brings over 10 years of digital media experience. Before SmartSites, he spent 3 years heading up digital analytics on the Walmart account at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG). In the late 1990’s, Alex founded T35 Hosting – one of the first and largest free web hosting providers. Alex has been featured numerous times in Business Week, Forbes and other publications. In 2001, he was named the #19 teen entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Young Biz Magazine. In 2006, Alex was named one of America’s Top 25 Best Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek. Alex is a graduate of Babson College, one of the top entrepreneurial schools in the nation. Alex completed Babson with honors and was awarded the highly prestigious Babson Student Business Initiative Award.

  • Age: 33
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Michael Melen


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 & 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.

  • Age: 27
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

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