In late 1998, while attending a child's birthday party at a Chuck E. Cheese in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Vince Mayfield and Louis Erickson began sketching out ideas on a napkin and laying the groundwork for a technology company. A company rooted in a strong positive culture that would foster the growth of the individual employee and also raise the bar for other technology companies.
In 1999 at the height of the DotCom boom, Vince moved to Austin from Fort Walton Beach, Florida with his two Labrador Retrievers. He moved in with his best friend Louis Erickson and his five cats (yes five cats.) For most of the first year, Vince and Louis worked out of their living room in Austin, Texas. During this time they both agreed it would be best to move the company back to their hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. And in 2000 they moved the company just a few blocks from where Vince grew up in Shalimar, Florida. Bit-Wizards had its first official physical office (pictured above.)