gitw

stay
build,
relax,
and live
in Valdez,
Alaska

history of gitw

Twin brothers from Seattle are experimenting with work/life integration by building software technologies in Alaska. They are creating a diverse community of software engineers in Alaska who work remotely for West Coast-based companies where their work and life are seamlessly integrated.

  • high quality of life with skiing and programming

    growing up watching ski movies

    childhood

    The twins grew up watching iconic ski movies. Home to endless big lines and deep powder, Alaska was (and remains) the classic destination for extreme skiing. This sparked their interest of the Great White North.

  • geek believing in creating the future and skiing

    first time in Valdez

    April 2016

    snow skiing Chugach Mountains with helicopter into glaciers

    Lee serendipitously goes on his first heliski trip deep in the Chugach Mountains. While in the air, his guide flies him over the property for sale.

  • work life integration with sunshine and snow

    first property

    July 2016

    Robe Lake surrounded by Chugach Mountains and Prince Williams Sound

    The incredible location set amidst jagged peaks jetting up from Prince William Sound caused us to fall in love in love with Valdez and its potential for working remotely. We purchased the first 14 acres on Robe Lake.

  • innovation building lines of code for trial

    more land

    September 2016

    Sunset over Robe Lake

    After the first property purchase, the Brown brothers began dreaming big on how they can create a remote and connected community for software engineers. To help accomplish their dreams, they purchase four more lots - expanding the property to 21 grand acres on Robe Lake.

  • hiring geeks living working camping

    sleeping in tents

    December 2016

    living and building GOlang apps and Python scripts from tent with snow

    Even though the brothers owned the property, they still spent all their time in Seattle. Lee was ready to begin the work-life integration experiment. At the end of January, Lee set up two Arctic Oven tents for camp, marking the beginning of turning Geeks In the Woods into a reality.

  • hardware innovation building tech

    trail to waterfront

    July 2017

    twin brothers building, iterating and learning

    Besides the driveway entering the top of the property, the 14+ acres down to the waterfront was untouched wilderness. The 200' elevation drop to the water made development a challenge. To start understanding the property and enjoy the lake, they build their first trail. This path to the serene waterfront is 0.25 miles long and drops 200 feet elevation.

  • geek building tech in Alaska with software engineering

    houses on order

    October 2017

    concept of smart Nordic living in Alaska

    Over the summer and into the fall, the brothers purchase three prefab tiny houses - 400 square feet each. To ensure they can install them as soon as the winter ground thaws, they begin preparing the property for the arrival of houses.

  • geek with Hummer and new smart house

    three houses

    June 2018

    smart modern houses with tech in Alaska

    Along with preparing the property for their annual 4th of July celebration, the houses arrive via barge from Idaho. The houses are set and hooked up to utilities including power, water, septic, and ethernet.

  • fiber server rack at geeks in the woods

    fiber optic internet

    September 2018

    fiber internet at geeks in the woods

    Up until this point, the property operated on two DSL connections. With the help of amazing friends and belief in our vision to bring tech to Alaska, Copper Valley Telecom worked with the 51 50 team to install fiber optic internet on the property.

lee brown

software architect, geek, entrepreneur,
object oriented, python and GOlang programmer,
& lives life pushing to production

Lee Brown

Lee Brown leads the development of the software technologies. From the early age of 11 years old, his interest in programming and internet technologies led him to build websites for local businesses with his identical twin brother. While his twin focuses on the business aspect of entrepreneurship, Lee leads the design and engineering of software from prototype to production. He boasts 20+ years of computer programming experience - particular favorites being python and GOlang. As Chief Architect at TUNE, Lee is on the front lines of scalability and flexibility, spearheading an API-driven data layer and creating unique solutions for utilizing Amazon Web Services to host all TUNE products and technologies for industry leading performance.

Graduate of Babson College, Boston, MA
#1 rated college for entrepreneurship

lucas brown

entrepreneur, geek, product developer,
creative thinker, newbie programmer,
& builds businesses from zero to one

Lucas Brown

Lucas and his twin brother Lee began their first businesses before starting high school. They quickly found themselves suited for the world of software and marketing. They launched their first successful startup as sophomores in college. Developing unique solutions for their own ad network, Lucas had the foresight to white-label their technologies to empower other businesses providing the first SaaS offering. Lucas leads agile product teams that strive to quickly meet the needs of an ever growing client base. As a founder of TUNE, Lucas grew the company to profitability by 2010. Lucas' expertise in complex business models, integrations, and implementations coupled with his constant drive for innovation make him a cornerstone of startups.

Graduate of Babson College, Boston, MA
#1 rated college for entrepreneurship

building gitw in valdez