Geeks in the Woods

About twin Angel Investors and Software Engineers

Twin brothers from Seattle are experimenting with work/life integration while building and investing in software startup in Alaska. They are creating a diverse community of software engineers and creative professionals in Alaska, some of who work remotely for West Coast-based companies, where their work and life are seamlessly integrated. Seeds for this movement were planted long ago.

lee brown

Lee Brown

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

Lee Brown is on the front lines of high-growth and scalable software startups. From the early age of 11 years old, his interest in programming and internet technologies led him to build websites for local businesses. He boasts 20+ years of computer programming experience - particularly 8 years experience with cloud architecture and 6 years experience with GOlang.

Lee and his twin brother co-founded TUNE a decade ago to provide digital marketing technology as a service to marketers. Lee was the front lines of scalability and flexibility, spearheading API-driven data layers. As an early adopter of Amazon Web Services, his teams created new and innovative solutions that fueled business growth and established TUNE’s products as industry leading. After ten years at TUNE, Lee refocused his energy on leveraging his experience building software-as-a-service (SaaS) to launch Geeks in the Woods.

As part of Geeks in the Woods, the twins partner with entrepreneurs as their co-founders to build scalable SaaS startups leveraging GOlang as the core of their service offerings. As both software architect and engineer, Lee helps entrepreneurs in Alaska build tech as a strategic asset. While his twin focuses on the business aspect of each startup, Lee leads the engineering of software from prototype to production. Lee’s involvement and board member of Geeks Accelerator is focused on building jobs for tomorrow with Alaska’s community today. Geeks Accelerator is a non-profit that provides the best Alaska startup accelerator program for software entrepreneurs.

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

lucas brown

Lucas Brown

entrepreneur, product developer, growth hacker, creative thinker, software engineer, and loves building businesses from zero to one

Lucas Brown is focused on understanding the patterns and key components of building software-as-a-service companies that achieve both rapid growth and sustainability. 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 - launching their first successful startup as sophomores in college. This became a decade long journey, co-founding TUNE.

At TUNE, Lucas and Lee pioneered software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology for digital marketing. Lucas led the company to profitability growth, bootstrapping it for the first three years while growing the company to 75 employees and later raised $35M from Tier 1 VCs, Accel Partners and Icon Ventures. Lucas was influential in growing their company to 360 employees worldwide. He developed an expertise for understanding client needs and translating them into product designs to achieve rapid product market fit. After ten years at TUNE, Lucas and his twin brother transitioned to become bootstrapped entrepreneurs again co-founding Geeks in the Woods.

The twins partner with entrepreneurs to build and invest in scalable SaaS startups via the Geeks in the Woods' Geeks Venture Studio. His expertise in SaaS business models, product development, and user experience coupled with his constant drive for innovation makes him a cornerstone of software startups. As a board member of Geeks Accelerator, he wants to continue to inspire entrepreneurs and software engineers in Alaska. Geeks Accelerator is a non-profit that provides the best startup accelerator program in Alaska for software entrepreneurs.

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

Geeks in the Woods in the News

Geekwire story twin brothers launch startup factory in Alaska

Misunderstood and untapped: Alaska’s burgeoning tech industry spotlighted at conference in Seattle

Alaskan companies see Seattle as a potential landing point to scale up. Creative responses to a harsh environment continue to drive entrepreneurship in Alaska, a state that may be overlooked across the U.S. for its ability to come up with new ideas.

April 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

Geekwire story twin brothers launch startup factory in Alaska

A decade after founding Tune, twins leave Seattle to launch Alaska startup factory

Now they’ve relocated to the wilderness in Alaska, where they are launching a new accelerator and startup studio for Alaska entrepreneurs.

February 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

History of Geeks in the Woods

  • high quality of life with skiing and programming

    Growing Up and Ski Movies

    childhood

    The Brown 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 in 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 went on his first heliski trip deep in the Chugach Mountains. While in the air, they flew over the property and his guide mentioned it was for sale. Lee envisioned the location being the perfect as a destination for working remotely while also being a premier base camp for winter activities.

  • work life integration with sunshine and snow

    Property in Valdez

    July 2016

    Robe Lake surrounded by Chugach Mountains and Prince Williams Sound

    The incredible location set amidst jagged peaks jutting up from Prince William Sound, and its potential for working remotely, hooked Lucas and Lee instantly. They purchased the first 14 acres of what would become "Geeks In The Woods" in July of 2016.

  • innovation building lines of code for trial

    More Property in Valdez

    September 2016

    Sunset over Robe Lake

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

  • hiring geeks living working camping

    Living and Working in Tents

    December 2016

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

    Up until this point, the Brown Brothers still spent most of their time in Seattle. It was Winter, and development on the property couldn't begin until the ground thawed in Spring - but Lee was ready to begin the work-life integration experiment anyways. In the middle of December, Lee set up camp on the property with two Arctic Oven tents- a "bunk tent" and an "office tent" - marking the beginning of turning "Geeks In The Woods" into a reality.

  • hardware innovation building tech

    Trail to Robe Lake

    July 2017

    twin brothers building, iterating and learning

    Besides the driveway, which only gave access to the top of the property, the 14+ acres down to the waterfront was untouched wilderness with no paths or trails. The 200' elevation drop to the water made development a challenge. To start understanding the property and enjoying the lake, the Browns built their first trail, along with a little help from their friends. The path to the serene waterfront is 0.25 miles long and drops 200 feet in elevation.

  • geek building tech in Alaska with software engineering

    Housing for Valdez

    October 2017

    concept of smart Nordic living in Alaska

    Over the summer and into the fall, the brothers purchased three prefab tiny houses - 400 square feet each. To ensure they could install them as soon as the winter ground thawed, they began preparing the property for the arrival of houses right away.

  • geek with Hummer and new smart house

    Valdez Houses installed

    June 2018

    smart modern houses with tech in Alaska

    The three pre-fab houses arrived in Valdez via barge just in time for the annual 4th of July celebration on the Valdez property. The houses were set and hooked up to power, ethernet, and long awaited water and septic.

  • fiber server rack at geeks in the woods

    Fiber Internet in Valdez

    August 2018

    fiber internet at geeks in the woods

    The property had operated on two DSL connections prior to August of 2018. With the help of some amazing friends, and the shared vision to bring tech to Alaska, we were able to connect with Copper Valley Telecom who worked with the 51-50 Team to install fiber optic internet on the property.

  • Lee and Lucas at the top of Bonanza trail looking down onto Root and Kennecott glaciers outside McCarthy

    Property in McCarthy

    October 2018

    summertime from McCarthy property north of Kennecott up the Bonanza trail

    To increase future capacity of working remotely and connected, two acres of land was acquired near McCarthy. the property is 1.5 miles up the Bonanza trail from the historic Kennecott copper mill. While we have no official development plans, look forward to another exclusive destination where living and working are integrated.

  • Lucas and Lee pause from collaborating for photograph at Geeks in the Woods

    To TUNE and Beyond

    November 2018

    Founders of TUNE - Lucas and Lee - at Postback conference in Seattle

    After ten years building TUNE, including the first eight of driving innovation and product strategy, TUNE's two cofounders and majority shareholders end their employment to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities that leverage their bootstrap methodology, founders mentality and software engineering capabilities.

  • Founders Lee and Lucas celebrating launch of Accelerator in Anchorage wearing flannels and ties

    Launched Venture Studio

    December 2018

    Lee and Jeff coding GOlang from Valdez where remote and connected

    Lucas and Lee launch the Geeks Venture Studio, which partners with Alaskan entrepreneurs to build scalable web-based businesses.

  • Lucas and Lee pause from collaborating for photograph at Geeks in the Woods

    Launched Accelerator

    Feburary 2019

    Geeks Accelerator supports Alaska Dev Alliance to grow startup and tech communities

    To further the mission of building the tech frontier in Alaska, Lucas and Lee launch a non-profit accelerator to provide educational programs with a focus on technical leadership and startup entrepreneurs.