A studio of battle-tested leaders

Balanced leadership between disciplines is rare.  Because of this balance, we have one of the most collaborative teams in the industry.

John W Ostler

Cofounder | Experience

Part designer, part technologist and part entrepreneur. John has been developing and founding web, music, and print productions for over 10 years. His work has garnered attention in USA Today, Brandweek, The Daily Beast, NewYork Times Tech blog, Mashable, homepage of Drupal.org, were featured on multiple CSS design blogs and achieved the coveted 'New and Noteworthy' nod from Apple.


Don Bora

Cofounder | Technology

Don brings 25 years of professional coding and entrepreneurial experience to the product discussion. From startup to enterprise and in between, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. Don is passionate about technology, collaboration and ensuring the Eight Bit Studios dev crew is an integrated and accessible team.

Don has been an outspoken advocate for women and girls in tech, seeking to bridge the technology gap by exposing the fun and creative side of programming. He frequently mentors both high school and college students who display an interest in technology and coding.



Steve Polacek

Cofounder | Design

Steve knows that great product design starts with empathy and ends with solving a problem. He leads the team down that path through design thinking and collaboration, leveraging over a decade of experience across industries and markets. Past clients include: Aerosmith, AT&T, Britney Spears, Field Museum, Hard Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kraft, MLB, Motorola, MSN, NBA, WNBA.