Shane Larrabee

{founder & developer}

Founder & Developer

Shane Larrabee Web Developer at Beach and Drinking Cofee

Why are you here?

I founded FatLab, LLC because after well over a decade in the web development industry I sensed a void. It seemed that you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting someone who said they knew how to build a website and tools like WordPress and Drupal allow even non-programmers to launch sophisticated websites.

However, general support and client service were lacking. Too many times I heard complaints that agencies made website maintenance a low priority service or freelancers couldn’t be reached post launch.

With this in mind, I launched FatLab Web Support in late 2010 as a client service focused company.

Remember AOL 5.25 floppies?

I do and in fact my adventure began well before AOL filled our (snail) mailbox with 5.25 floppy disks, when getting online meant looking up a phone number in local BBS directory and ‘high speed’ was 14.4 BAUD.

Another introvert geek coder, huh?

Not really. Despite this fascination with computers and technology, I was more interested in how technology could be used in marketing and communications. My career began amongst large and mid-sized PR and marketing firms including Ogilvy PR (Washington, DC) , Brodeur (Boston, MA) and The Hoffman Agency (San Jose, CA). Working for the agencies gave me great experience working with people and companies. The question was always: How can we use web technology to meet business and communication goals?

There is no way anyone is still reading this, is there?

In 2003 I launched Larrabee Interactive Business Communications, LLC (Larrabee IBC) after leaving the agencies. Based in Washington, DC, this was a consultancy focused on working with trade and issue-based organizations and commercial businesses on developing their online presence and interactive communications strategies. Larrabee IBC was acquired by Project BIG fish, a Washington, DC based design studio, in late 2004. I served as a partner and the Director of Technology at Project BIG fish for 6 years.

In 2010, prior to launching FatLab I served as the Director of Client Service for Blue Water Media, A Washington, DC based interactive firm focused on providing interactive solutions to private businesses and the federal agencies.

I’m pretty sure even my mother has stopped reading by now

I grew up in Seattle (go Seahawks!) and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and currently live in Brasilito, Costa Rica with my wife Amy, and daughter Kendyl. I make regular trips back to Washington, DC and work East Coast business hours (not sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink).

Call Me: 703-662-5792

Shane fast facts

Professional Experience: 20+ yrs

Languages and Platforms: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Windows, IIS, MS SQL, Coldfusion (yes, really), WordPress, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, Joomla

Titles Held: Director of Client Service, Interactive Director, Director of Technology, Partner, Project Manager, Lead Developer, Janitor (unofficially), Boat Boy (that one is real)

Point of Pride: I have several clients that have been with me over 16 years

Recognition: PR Platinum Award, Pollie Award

Relative Fact: I developed a proprietary and commercially successful Content Management System (CMS). However, today I am an open source convert typically recommending WordPress

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