Mike Mella

Be Like Water

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


If you need a website, there are plenty of people who can make one for you.
If you need a Web professional with 20 years of experience; who specializes in nonprofits; and who will design and build an effective, custom solution just for you, you need Be Like Water.

I'm Mike Mella. I am a very experienced designer, developer, and strategist. I want the Web to be more beautiful and more usable. I have been creating websites since 1999. Before some of my competitors had yet discovered the Internet, I was already building websites on it. Today I work primarily with non-profit organizations.

Before starting my company, I worked as the Web manager for a large Canadian charity. I speak English and French fluently, and I have earned a certification in Google’s Tag Manager Fundamentals course.

I launched my website design company, Be Like Water, in 2009. Named for an Eastern philosophy, Be Like Water is based on the principle of adaptability:

“In expression, water is honest.
In confrontation, water stays gentle.
In governance, water does not control.
In action, water aligns to timing.”
- Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Like water, the Web is always changing. Be Like Water will help you stay current.



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  Member since January 30, 2020