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About me | Online Portfolio of Israel Collazo, a Creative Freelance Web Designer, Programmer, and Online Consultant

About me

Lately I’ve been incredibly busy with large client work, personal projects and personal life so I don’t update my personal website as often as I should but here’s a bit about me.

Who / Israel Collazo
What / Creative Freelance Web Designer, Programmer, and Online Consultant
When / Since 2003, all day, every day…and some times weekends.
Where / Ontario, California
Why / It never gets boring and there’s always something new to learn.

Technology skills / XHTML, HTML5, DHTML, XML, cXML, CSS2.1, CSS3, Javascript, Ajax, jQuery JSON, PHP4&5, MySQL, Apache

Software skills / Sublime Text, Adobe CS5.5: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver

Since 2003, I’ve been designing and developing websites for many industries and organizations. I work on Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows 7. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my daughter and dog Ella, watching UEFA Champions League soccer, Photography, and reading. My favorite hang out right now is Eureka! Gourmet Burgers and Hand Crafted Beers in downtown Claremont.


What I am reading right now

Rework is a great book for business owner, CEO’s, and creative freelancers. I love Rework for its no non-sense no fluff approach on rewriting the rules of business. Authors Jason Fried and David Hansson of 37Signals pull no punches so be warned, you’re in for a reality check. You’re either going to love or hate this book.

This is my third time reading Rework and each time I read it reinforces some ideas for me. Rework is a bestseller in the US and UK and has been praised by people like, Mark Cuban, Tony Hsieh CEO of Zappos.com, Jeff Bezzos CEO of Amazon.com, Tom Peters In Search of Excellence. Highly recommended. You can pick up the book here.


Previously read books

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profit, Passion, and Purpose, is written by Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh. This book centers around the importance of a company culture and delivering happiness as a business model and achieving real happiness in your professional and personal life.

To be honest I didn’t actually read this book I instead listened to the audiobook when I heard that Tony Hsieh narrated it himself. I am glad I decided on the audiobook as it just added a whole new appreciation for Tony and his message on delivering happiness. Personally, listening to this audiobook has made me a better person in both my professional and personal life. Get the audiobook here.