Austin Zitting is a high school dropout living in Colorado


Since dropping out of high school at 15, I've taught entire class curricula, built multiple online businesses, designed dozens of websites, and became the youngest employee in Ceterus history, all by 17. Now at 18, I run Delineation Media Co. as the Founder & CEO, and am a co-founder in ThreadWhale, an apparel brand.

Austin Zitting is a high school dropout living in Colorado


Since dropping out of high school at 15, I've taught entire class curricula, built multiple online businesses, designed dozens of websites, and became the youngest employee in Ceterus history, all by 17. Now at 18, I run Delineation Media Co. as the Founder & CEO, and am a co-founder in ThreadWhale, an apparel brand.

Why I Quit My Job at Ceterus and Moved to Colorado


How I Spent My High School Sophomore Year as the Teacher


How I Became the First Minor Hired at Ceterus


Latest Employment


Ads Team

2018


Using the Adobe Suite, I created advertisements for use on Facebook, where I oversaw the launching of the ads using Facebook Business Manager. In addition, I used our proprietary CRM software to create marketing campaigns and track results.

Sales Operations

2016 - 2017


I designed and oversaw Ceterus’ lead generation efforts and added 40k+ qualified prospects within their key-verticals to Salesforce. In addition, I handled all internal IT requests and administered the integrations between Salesforce, Pardot, and Outreach.

Intern

2016


I actively sought out and tested new marketing strategies, developed dozens of leads, and handled initial application reviews of Praxis applicants. I also organized and spoke at two outreach events for the program, and migrated their curricula to a new platform.

Ads Team


Using the Adobe Suite, I created advertisements for use on Facebook, where I oversaw the launching of the ads using Facebook Business Manager. In addition, I used our proprietary CRM software to create marketing campaigns and track results.

2018

Sales Operations


I designed and oversaw Ceterus’ lead generation efforts and added 40k+ qualified prospects within their key-verticals to Salesforce. In addition, I handled all internal IT requests and administered the integrations between Salesforce, Pardot, and Outreach.

2016 - 2017

Intern


I actively sought out and tested new marketing strategies, developed dozens of leads, and handled initial application reviews of Praxis applicants. I also organized and spoke at two outreach events for the program, and migrated their curricula to a new platform.

2016

Testimonials


Tim Chermak

CEO @ Platform

Austin showcases the characteristics that are unfortunately so rare amongst most employees today: he is conscientious, gets his work done on time, and, on top of all that, shows initiative! When we assign something to Austin, we don't have to micromanage him. We can trust him to get the job done right and done on time, and that's extremely valuable to our company.

Mitchell Earl

Chief of Staff @ Ceterus

Austin joined our team in a largely undefined role at a time when we were building out a critical part of our sales process. I can't imagine a more daunting challenge for a then-16-year-old. We could've hired a lot of "experienced" people that would've been a crapshoot. We wanted someone scrappy, someone willing to admit when they didn't know but simultaneously eager to jump in and figure out a scalable solution. Austin exhibits exactly that kind of work ethic. I'm confident he would be an asset to any team.

Isaac Morehouse

CEO @ Praxis

Austin is sharp, optimistic, and knows how to execute. In his time interning for Praxis, he took the reins and not only dominated the things we asked him to handle, but constantly sought and tested new ways to create value. Austin has everything you want in a colleague.

Tim Chermak

CEO @ Platform

Austin showcases the characteristics that are unfortunately so rare amongst most employees today: he is conscientious, gets his work done on time, and, on top of all that, shows initiative! When we assign something to Austin, we don't have to micromanage him. We can trust him to get the job done right and done on time, and that's extremely valuable to our company.

Mitchell Earl

Chief of Staff @ Ceterus

Austin joined our team in a largely undefined role at a time when we were building out a critical part of our sales process. I can't imagine a more daunting challenge for a then-16-year-old. We could've hired a lot of "experienced" people that would've been a crapshoot. We wanted someone scrappy, someone willing to admit when they didn't know but simultaneously eager to jump in and figure out a scalable solution. Austin exhibits exactly that kind of work ethic. I'm confident he would be an asset to any team.

Isaac Morehouse

CEO @ Praxis

Austin is sharp, optimistic, and knows how to execute. In his time interning for Praxis, he took the reins and not only dominated the things we asked him to handle, but constantly sought and tested new ways to create value. Austin has everything you want in a colleague.

Projects of Mine


Delineation Media Co.


Delineation Media is a web design startup I've built with the goal of mastering digital presence for small business, as well as offering a suite of digital services to help you stand out in an affordable way. Aside from web design, we offer scalable, secure web hosting solutions, powerful graphic design to express your brand visually, SEO plans tailor-made to your industry and targets, small business marketing to drive interaction, and copywriting services to gain online exposure and turn visitors into followers.

ThreadWhale


ThreadWhale is a crypto-based apparel brand started with the intention of growing the blockchain community with fun, crypto-themed merchandise. We encourage customers to make their purchases with crypto by accepting over 900 unique digital currencies on our site. ThreadWhale is formerly known as Ethereum Clothing, but I've since acquired the business alongside two partners with the goal of capturing the company's existing SEO and userbase and applying it to a broader market.

Projects of Mine


Delineation Media


Delineation Media Co. is a web design startup I've built with the goal of mastering digital presence for small business, as well as offering a suite of digital services to help you stand out in an affordable way. Aside from web design, we offer scalable, secure web hosting solutions, powerful graphic design to express your brand visually, SEO plans tailor-made to your industry and targets, small business marketing to drive interaction, and copywriting services to gain online exposure and turn visitors into followers.

ThreadWhale


ThreadWhale is a crypto-based apparel brand started with the intention of growing the blockchain community with fun, crypto-themed merchandise. We encourage customers to make their purchases with crypto by accepting over 900 unique digital currencies on our site. ThreadWhale is formerly known as Ethereum Clothing, but I've since acquired the business alongside two partners with the goal of capturing the company's existing SEO and userbase and applying it to a broader market.

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How I Went From High School Dropout To Who I Am Today


Having dropped out of high school at 15, I knew I had to defy expectations. I had no idea where to start, so I was passing the time with what I love; technology. I was known for this thing where I’d log in to unsecured modems in my neighborhood and set wifi names to something obscure, and in some cases just my name. One victim of my shenanigans happened to be the former principal and 'jack-of-all-trades' at a local homeschool co-op in my community. The school was in dire need of somebody to teach the Computers 101 class after the previously lined-up teacher backed out. She’d spent the past few days scouring Craigslist and social media for anybody willing to step up. The gig was completely volunteer work which made the role hard to fill. On the night before the first day of school, her husband recommended ‘that kid up the road who has been screwing with our router.’ After a short meeting with the board, I agreed to fill in until a replacement was found. A few months in, I was offered the gig for the whole year, as well as the opportunity to adopt the responsibilities of another class before I’d even be starting my own Sophomore year in high school. As a 15-year-old dropout, I taught both Computers 101 and Typing for the 2015/2016 school year. I came to live by the belief that you have to create your own opportunities in life, and that there's very little stopping you from doing so.

How I Went From High School Dropout To Who I Am Today


Having dropped out of high school at 15, I knew I had to defy expectations. I had no idea where to start, so I was passing the time with what I love; technology. I was known for this thing where I’d log in to unsecured modems in my neighborhood and set wifi names to something obscure, and in some cases just my name. One victim of my shenanigans happened to be the former principal and 'jack-of-all-trades' at a local homeschool co-op in my community. The school was in dire need of somebody to teach the Computers 101 class after the previously lined-up teacher backed out. She’d spent the past few days scouring Craigslist and social media for anybody willing to step up. The gig was completely volunteer work which made the role hard to fill. On the night before the first day of school, her husband recommended ‘that kid up the road who has been screwing with our router.’ After a short meeting with the board, I agreed to fill in until a replacement was found. A few months in, I was offered the gig for the whole year, as well as the opportunity to adopt the responsibilities of another class before I’d even be starting my own Sophomore year in high school. As a 15-year-old dropout, I taught both Computers 101 and Typing for the 2015/2016 school year. I came to live by the belief that you have to create your own opportunities in life, and that there's very little stopping you from doing so.