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Meet Ivan Vislavskiy of Comrade Web Agency

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivan Vislavskiy.

Ivan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The story of Comrade Web Agency is really about circumstances and a little bit of luck.

Before coming to America, I lived and worked in Russia. There, employed at a restaurant, I was asked by the owner to build a website for him. Equipped with my educational background in computer science, my equally talented friend Stan and I set out and developed the restaurant’s site from the ground up. For what it was worth at the time, we produced a clean, functional website together. Realizing the potential that our friendship had when it came to business, Comrade Web Agency was born. We made our way to the US to begin working on our vision.

We were young, fearless, and living the dream of working with amazing brands, implementing unconventional ideas and always being surrounded by creativity. While we were never short of challenges, we always moved forward, constantly working on our craft.

Today, Comrade boasts well over 300 web projects spanning dozens of industries, earning CWA a seat among some of the top Chicago digital web agencies.

What we enjoy most is the challenge of helping small and medium-sized businesses grow, and that is because we ourselves have experienced the same hardships they do. Breaking into the business world is hard, but creating a truly respectable name and presence for yourself is perhaps the most difficult part. We love to take a brand and help them express their value in the best way possible. It is never an easy journey but certainly worth taking.

Comrade Web Agency was created with the intention of helping businesses accelerate and look good while doing so. Ten years after our formation, we continue these practices each day, always working to outperform ourselves. A comrade can be defined as a companion or an individual who shares an activity with someone. And that is what we have always done from day one: partner up with businesses and earn them quality results.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It wasn’t a smooth ride for us at all. We were very young when we started, very patinated about what we were doing. We were full of ideas and absolutely fearless, but at the same time none of us have had a true life and business experience. That played a low-down trick with us. At one point, I remember, we were trying to expand our services and presence and failed quickly. Reasons? We didn’t have proper systems in place, nor recorded strategies or processes to sustain and develop predictable work flow. Under those circumstances we had to let go some of our key employees and customers and start everything all over. It was a tough period in our lives. But I’m sure whatever happens, happens for the best. We learnt the business lesson. We had to reconsider our work approach completely and realized that if we’re hiring people – we had to be responsible for each team member, for each client and for our families as well.

That’s why I always advise young entrepreneurs not to be afraid to make mistakes, since only through trial and error method you can grow and make it!

Comrade Web Agency – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Comrade Web Agency is an integrated Web Design & Digital Marketing Agency. We specialize on following services:


Here at Comrade Web Agency we love solving design, technology, and marketing challenges that help propel our client’s success to their next level!

We Achieve It By:

– Exceptional Teamwork
– Proven Processes
– Industry-Leading Knowledge

We Believe:

Any company (regardless of size) with a good product (or service) can compete and win against larger enterprises—so long as they have the right team to back them.

We’re proud of being included in the top Web Designers and SEO Companies in Chicago:

We were also featured by 10 Best Design Network, Clutch and Yelp. We won awards, partnered with Google, HubSpot and other relevant organization and have proper certifications.

We are different from other companies because we have:

– Fully integrated: Web Design & Digital Marketing
– Great experience in Local SEO and eCommerce, Legal, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Construction industries
– We always achieve top SEO results for our Clients
– We optimize conversion rate to achieve more leads / customers from the same traffic
– We follow Agile Approach

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.

The best markers of success for us is our contented clients who want to return to us, who want to keep on cooperating only with us, since they trust Comrade Web Agency and see that we’re a team of patinated professionals who in love with what they’re doing.

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