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Who We Are

We formed our Los Angeles system integration company in April 2001, and have worked with large Fortune 500 companies and medium-size businesses in many industries. To learn more about the principals behind 1969, please read our bios.

We differ from other Los Angeles system integrators in three ways:

  • We specialize in automating your business process at exceptional value.

    We evaluate your needs and build a custom application to integrate your legacy systems with your website.

  • Our rates are not burdened with expensive overhead.

    Our model has a mix of permanent and freelance resources with low fixed costs. This allows us to charge less than other shops, while servicing your business with a senior team.

  • We are a proven team of seasoned agency principals.

    Each of us had a successful career, before we entered the web integration business. We've been working in the web since its inception, and have streamlined our process over many years.

Our Experience

  • Software engineering in the aerospace and computer industries, before the dawn of the web
  • Exceptional problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Consumer marketing and advertising experience

The Team

Karen Zilles, Senior Technical Architect and Principal

Prior to co-founding 1969 Communications, I worked at Magnet Interactive Los Angeles. I created application frameworks and performed system-level programming on dynamic web sites. Whether creating portals with plug-in components for MyPersonal.com or managing credit applications for Nissan North America, my twelve years of programming experience were a real asset.

Prior to Magnet, I worked for Rhythm and Hues as a programmer on the PlayStation game, Eggs of Steel. The challenge was to showcase the incredible artistic talent of the 3D artists of Rhythm and Hues on the very limited hardware of the original PlayStation.

At Compulink Management Center, I programmed three-tier imaging applications, similar to the web-based applications I develop now. I was sending images and logic across networks long before Netscape even existed.

At IBM I worked in the Computer Aided Chemistry department at the Almaden Research Center. I designed algorithms to perform image recognition of chemical diagrams. To transfer information from massive chemical manuals into computer databases, I developed a technique that takes a scanned diagram of the molecule, identifies bonds between the atoms, and generates a binary representation of the chemical. IBM received two patents on the technique.

Samuel Goldstein, VP Technology and Principal

Before co-founding 1969 Communications, I was Vice President of Technology at Magnet Interactive in Los Angeles. I was responsible for directing the technical staff, researching emerging technologies, and designing high-performance distributed systems for our clients.

Before joining Magnet, I served as Director of Engineering at COW, and Lead of the Programming Department at BoxTop Interactive. Projects at these companies included development of reusable frameworks, web-based applications, and data-driven systems. Clients ranged from dot-coms to well-known companies such as Nissan/Infiniti, Quiksilver, National Lampoon, Stanford University, Guess?, USC, Kahlua, UPN, UCLA, Major League Soccer, and SegaSoft.

Prior to focusing on Internet technology, I spent seven years in the Aerospace industry. I worked as a member of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation, where I researched distributed systems and database technologies. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Pomona College in Claremont, California and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Stacy Burgum, President and Principal

Prior to co-founding 1969 Communications, I was Director of Client Strategy at Magnet Interactive Los Angeles. I helped new and existing clients to develop their business strategies. My work included both business-to-consumer and business-to-business accounts with diverse target audiences and media solutions.

In the four years prior, I served as Senior Producer of award-winning web sites, such as www.nissandriven.com and www.infiniti.com. I managed client services, production, and media buying for Magnet's largest client, Nissan North America. Additional projects included business-to-business sites for the advertising, financial, real estate, and retail industries.

Before joining Magnet, I worked in non-theatrical sales and distribution at Metro-Goldwin-Mayer. I have a Master's degree in International Business from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the College of William and Mary.