Stephen Iskrant (Harriton 1997, Yale 2001) founded MetaTechnical in 2004 with a handful of posters put up around community centers on the Main Line. As a kid he loved to take things apart and put them back together, and by middle-school he was installing floppy drives, configuring modems, and replacing hard-drives for family friends. In the years between the advent of the Personal Computer (PC) and the surging popularity of the internet, he ran a Bulletin Board System (BBS) from his parents' basement using a single phone line and dial-up modem. He began to receive un-solicted donations from happy users, which he promptly re-invested in more computer equipment.
In high school he became enamored with the Science Olympiad, winning medals in regional, state, and national competitions. It was there he learned the essentialness of a good team, and forged life-long friendships while learning more advanced technical and leadership skills. At Yale, he earned money on the side by fixing computers and setting up networks, while studying computer science, psychology, and philosophy. Since then he has been able to assemble a truly elite cast of co-workers with whom to serve a positive and productive role in the community. MetaTechnical has become a company where intelligent, well-intentioned individuals can make a difference by combining their love of gadgets, fixing things, and helping people better understand a fast-changing world.
Thanks very much for helping us, your prompt responsiveness, your know-how, and your can-do attitude. It’s always a pleasure to have you around.
Thanks again for your help yesterday. It is a pleasure to watch someone so competent and methodical!
Thanks, Steve, for everything, and for being someone whose advice I can totally trust.
I had no idea we'd be working with the amazingly talented Stephen Iskrant. Dude! Look what you've built. I think it's fantastic!
C. Falteich, | CFO LLC
Lei (pronounced "lay") Chen is the top tech at MetaTechnical. His skill-set, ingenuity, work ethic, and technical prowess are unequaled in the community – to say nothing of his extraordinary personality. He has the mind of a genius, and the disposition of a saint.
A tech's tech, Lei can do it all. With his finger constantly on the pulse of the industry, he has become a person whose time and advice are highly sought after, and highly acclaimed – even within the company. With exceptional diligence and intelligence, Lei Chen has brought MetaTechnical power and prestige.
Lei is such a big help, reliable, patient and very attentive! Thanks to you all!
Administrator | Ira Sheres, LLC
Lei was fantastic and I appreciate his prompt response.
CEO | Ryan Wade Group
Things are smooth now. Lei is fabulous.
CEO | Field Marketing Solutions
Lei walks on water around here.
Office manager | Capital Health Group
Daniel Thimot is a superb technician, and a wonderful human being. A consummate IT professional, he combines intelligence, education, enthusiasm, and a wide variety of experience in the field. He is not only keenly insightful, but wise beyond his years, and extraordinarily patient – a virtue as rare in IT as it is valuable. All of these good qualities are brought to bear in his many successful roles within the company: a technician, a manager, and a top-notch consultant.
Daniel holds a BS in Information Management & Technology from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. A Dean's List student, Daniel concentrated on Systems Administration, Network Administration, and Information Security. His skills and accomplishments read like a phone book. He taught himself HTML, consulted regarding deployment and hosting of web services & coding at the Penn Lock Corporation, designed & coded a donation portal for the AMSA Regional Wellness Conference (amsawellnessconf.org)…. He has worked as a User Interface Designer, consulted on Database/Web Applications, helped begin a company at Syracuse (receiving their classic Orange Tree Grant), served on the IT staff of a web retail firm, helped design an inventory management system in the manufacturing industry, and achieved the highest technical rank at a large BPO company.
Previous to joining MetaTechnical, Daniel traveled around the country on trade shows, where he worked with cutting-edge networking hardware, the original Microsoft Surface technology, touch screen media displays, and the next generation of ID scanners. In our interviews, he blew away his competition by a comically wide margin. A jack of all trades, and master of many, he has galvanized MetaTechnical from a small local company, into a full-service IT firm.
A thousand thanks -- Dan did a great job of getting us up and running.
Thanks a million for your help on such short notice… and, most esp., for sending me Daniel this afternoon. He has put me back on my feet and I am deeply grateful!
FYI, Daniel did contact me. He came to the house, fixed the problem and cleaned up the machine which is now running faster than ever. Thanks. –L. Davis, The Davis Group
L. Davis | The Davis Group
Just wanted to pass along a big ‘thank you’ to Daniel for all his assistance yesterday with my computer and getting me on track with my iPhone/iCloud. I can now appreciate my new phone […] contacts and calendars matching and working together!!! What a difference it makes and he is terrific as is the rest of your team.
A. Berke | Realtor
Shawn has just left - got here right on the dot. The whole visit was just great and very productive, and he is a great guy. Everything was covered just like I had hoped: iPad installation; transfer of Quicken; and then a lot of nitty-gritties about my other equipment. It was just what I wanted. You have scored once again with a new member of your team.
George Nofer, esq.
Over the past week Shawn has: installed a new hard… reinstalled windows…installed Open Office…determined what happened to my Asus all in one […] Throughout the entire process he was thoughtful, patient and professional. Congratulations on a great new hire. .
Shawn is so knowledgeable and patient. Please thank him.
Thank you so much, Shawn was fantastic!!!! … Great guy. Thank you! Have a great holiday!
Maya is a superb website designer, whose aesthetic sense is rivaled only by her technical ability. Her designs are beautiful & sophisticated, without appearing overly complex. She excels at keeping the big picture in mind, yet with an exquisite attention to detail. And she insists on modern concepts & design standards, but gracefully works with each client to ensure that they get more than they could have imagined on their own. On top of all that, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. A sampling of her impressive portfolio can be seen at MayaBayer.com .
She is also on the cutting edge of Content Marketing & Search Engine Optimization: fields which are constantly evolving, and require a highly intelligent mind to understand, and do well. A step beyond that is Social Media Marketing: a specialty service she directs, that we provide as a team. This category of services is invaluable to our small business clients who wish not only to succeed, but to expand.
Maya graduated from the University of Algiers (USTHB) with a BS in Physics, and holds a Diploma in Multimedia Concepts and Web Design from The Chubb Institute in Springfield, PA, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA (and perfect attendance). An artist and a scientist, she also studied Violin and Music Theory at the Music Conservatory of Algiers for 7 years, and is fluent in French & Arabic as well as English. … Our 10+ years of experience have led us to believe that she is the greatest web-designer this side of the Mississippi – and we are loathe to work with anyone else.
Maya's upgrades gave our site a much more professional look, and Dan has always been readily available to make our edits. Both of them are a pleasure to work with.
W. Babcock | Pennsylvania Innocence Project
We have received numerous compliments on its design due to the wonderful work of Maya. Her responsiveness is phenomenal and we appreciate her time as well.
A. Panazzo | Founder of SurvWellness
[Maya] took my three previous websites and combined them into one greatly improved website. I found her easy to work with, very professional, and willing to teach me what I wanted to know to add to the website as time went on.
Thanks for introducing Maya and she was a pleasure to work with. Excellent customer service.
P. Rosenwald | Founder & Principal of Leadership Recruiters
Janusz is our chief contractor, and a brilliant friend & neighbor. He is a structural engineer by education, and to hear of his skills and experiences, you would think he must be 1,000 years old. He designs & implements our security systems, audio-visual systems, and more. He also takes care of our circuit board repairs, soldering, wiring/cabling/crimping, generator installations, all engineering issues, and coordinates with our clients' architects.
Janusz heralds a more joyful pace of life--and one with a much greater focus on quality and integrity. He is as capable and trustworthy as he is mighty; for he is the great and powerful Janusz! He challenges our concepts of what is physically possible, and we have seen him emerge from crawl spaces holding snake nests in both hands -- with a big smile on his face, of course. But most importantly, he can repair just about anything, and does not look down upon, nor take advantage of, ignorance in others. He is a celebrated treasure in the community, making possible for the middle-class what traditionally only the rich can afford.