My name is Max Spiker. I travel, build WordPress sites and blog about photography, traveling, broadband & web design.
I spent a few years as a digital nomad traveling the world with my fiancee as a way of life – road tripping across America, flying to Asia, Europe, Hawaii, Central America, and the Caribbean. I spent a lot of time in LA, San Francisco, NYC, Las Vegas, Austin and Miami connecting to entrepreneurs. Here’s a “lifelapse” of that whirlwind 2 years:
We lived entirely day to day, making no future plans of any kind beyond the current day. While it was a lot of fun, it also got very expensive so we ended up settling down in Florida in 2012. After living in Sarasota and South Beach, in 2014 we decided to take off again and are once again nomadic.
I’ve been developing for the web since 1998. In 2001 I launched my first website at the University of Florida called Gatormenu, which was one of the first online ordering businesses for restaurants. It was borne out of an idea I had while sitting in my junior year SQL database course.
After getting a BS in business (heh), I didn’t know what to do with my life so I went to law school. After 2 months, I quit law school to form my first web development company where I partnered with a local magazine to create websites for local businesses.
In 2004 I moved to Sarasota, Florida where I pitched the local Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate to develop their website for the next several years. I got to work with some of the earliest mapping API’s (like Yahoo’s now-defunct flash based maps) and learned to outsource some of my web development projects.
In 2006 I decided to form a company with a friend of mine to pursue affiliate marketing full time in lieu of running a client-based business. That year I attended Future of Web Apps & Pubcon and met a lot of internet entrepreneurs. I started AU Interactive with my college buddy and at the beginning of 2007 – after months of experimentation – we hit our stride in the affiliate space.
Over the years we enjoyed great success and I started traveling extensively. At the end of 2010 I left the company and decided to pursue my own projects.
In 2012 I got engaged to Ashley Spiker (she runs a popular designer shoe blog). Together we hope to keep working online and traveling for the foreseeable future.
Feel free to contact me.