Birth of an Empire
Building since 2012
Youtech & Associates (‘Youtech’ for short) CEO Wilbur You incorporated the company in July 2012 with the $600 he had to his name. Times were tough without a consistent revenue stream, but You and his team of two at the time made it work. His goal was to personally call 100 companies every day with an offer to build their websites for $500. Ninety-nine times out of 100 his proposal would be rejected, but as we all know, all it takes is one.
CAN’T STOP US.
After three to four months, You and his charges finally had enough money to move to downtown Naperville – and they never looked back. Within 6 years, Youtech moved to a 6,000 square foot office at its current address and opened up another 5,000 square foot office in Scottsdale, Arizona.
From the days of going after small mom-and-pop shops to signing quarter-million dollar deals, Youtech has never wavered in its commitment to treating each project like it’s the last. Developing websites will always be our bread and butter, but our programming, mobile app development, and digital marketing strategies have grown more sophisticated as we increase our national footprint. The addition of our Scottsdale office has been a significant milestone in entering new markets and industries. Don’t stop us now.
WHAT’S IT LIKE DURING THE DAY?
See for yourself.
Why We’re The Best
As a modern, full-service agency, Youtech combines the best qualities of both digital and traditional marketing and advertising to effectively achieve your goals. In an industry where change is the constant, we’re comfortable being uncomfortable. Taking on new disciplines and projects refines our skills and makes us not just better for ourselves, but our clients.
Youtech is filled to the brim with the most sharp-witted minds in the all dedicated working together to accomplish one goal: building your empire.
As told by Youtech & Associates CEO Wilbur You.
“Although it was frightening, I figured I had almost nothing to lose.”
Yes, my name is Wilbur You, and I’m 27 years old. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. A lot of people say that I’m way too young to be doing this, or I’m missing the best years of my life working instead of enjoying life around me. I’m here to set the record straight.
I started Youtech & Associates in June of 2012 after a month researching the marketing industry, tech trends, and if I could seriously do this thing. Prior, I had worked in Corporate America as a Marketing Director gaining experience and learning how real corporations ran. Although it was frightening, I figured I had almost nothing to lose.
It took my young instincts, drive, determination, caffeine, and lots of cocktails to get this thing off the ground and establish myself as a market leader in the area. At 21, I quit my job in the city, abandoned everything I used to do wrong, and decided to find and create a team that could help me do this project right. Luckily, my friend Shawn from elementary school and family friend Frank Hilgers (our current VP of IT) were willing to dive in feet first. They helped fuel the whole project, and on July 24th, Youtech & Associates was born.
July 24, 2012
“Creating something from nothing…is what I wanted to do.”
Little do most know, this wasn’t the first business I started. I had the itch ever since I was a ten years old playing computer games. I created a game server, started selling virtual items, and eventually, I had about 15,000 active users and made about $5,000 per week. The project was shut down when I received a cease and desist letter at my parent’s home
Creating something from nothing to be used to make a positive difference in the world was – and still is – what I wanted to do. Everything seemed perfect when it all began. We had visions of being successful and having everything we wanted in this world. Reality set in real fast, and I realized that we had no money, no connections, and most importantly, no customers.
On a personal note, starting Youtech also saved my life. At the time, I was in what you would call a rough patch. I was struggling to define who I was, what I wanted to do, or with who I wanted to surround myself. I have always been a person that liked to be busy, work towards a goal, and make things happen the way I thought they ought to. Life doesn’t work that way, and as I quickly learned, business doesn’t work that way either. I had to learn to let go. In the end, Youtech changed my life.
“In the end, Youtech changed my life.”
“In the first couple months, we would work 80-100 hours a week.”
When Youtech started, we began looking for anyone and any project, large or small, to build our client base. Our first clients were, respectfully, the previous company I worked for, and a small equestrian company referred to us by a family member of my buddy Shawn. We were chasing $500 websites, then $1,000 websites, and it continued to snowball from there.
In the first couple months, we would work 80-100 hours a week, day and night, to acquire new customers, advertise the Youtech name, and work towards more stable earnings. We took a leap of faith with the $2,000 we had saved up at the time to sign a lease for an office in downtown Naperville. It was a huge risk; we had no idea if it would last, nor did we have the funds to sustain us much longer. Within a week or two after the move, however, our risk was rewarded. The phones starting ringing from other business owners who saw and heard about our work around town. Before we knew it, we had some big clients and a list of businesses waiting for our services.
It didn’t stop there. A few months later, I decided we needed to add to our team on the web development and sales sides. We hired our current Chief Operations Officer (then a graphic designer) Lauren Urban and VP of Business Development Trent Anderson. They both bought into the vision and took risks in their careers to join Youtech. I knew I had a team that would stop at nothing until we got to where we wanted to be.
“I knew I had a team that would stop at nothing.”
“Youtech has hired 40+ employees between two offices in Naperville and Scottsdale.”
Fast forward six years. Youtech has hired 40+ employees between two offices in Naperville and Scottsdale, Arizona. We have rebranded our company, our image, our services, and now work with some of the largest companies and franchises in the United States. We came from $500 websites to million dollar deals in a matter of five years. What I am most proud of, though, is that we’ve done it the right way and created an environment wherein everyone brings value and feels like an asset to the company.
It’s the best feeling in the world to know that Youtech has been built from literally nothing. We’re also immensely proud that over the years, we haven’t taken a penny from outside investors or seen a red line of debt. We completely bootstrapped this business, and have become very good at it.
Youtech was ranked in Inc. 5000 in both 2017 and 2018, Top 10 in Web Design, and Top 10 in Search Engine Optimization throughout the United States. In that time, we have become a Premier Google Partner, grown our clientele to over 600, been featured on ABC 7, Forbes, and many other publications.
“Youtech was ranked in Inc. 5000 in both 2017 and 2018.”
“I hope the Youtech story helps the younger generations realize that the path to success usually isn’t smooth, but it makes the victory that much sweeter. The hardest part is to start. If you’re looking for a sign, this is it.”