About Us

So, you’re probably wondering what we’re doing over here with Two Buttons Deep. It’s pretty simple:


We’re a news and entertainment website creating original articles and videos in a way upstate New York hasn’t ever seen before.

Two Buttons Deep consists of a handful of select writers and personalities in upstate New York. We publish interesting stories, original videos and event coverage about all stuff worth talking about. Consider us the Buzzfeed, VICE News or Barstool Sports of upstate NY.

We are proudly based and operating in Troy, NY.

So, that’s the what. But there’s a couple of other things you might need to know to really understand what we are here at 2BD. The obvious is what does Two Buttons Deep mean? Here’s a breakdown vid.

Starting to make sense? Ok, cool. And here’s a little bit more about the team behind it all.

Jack Carpenter, Co-founder and Producer


Jack is an upstate native who has been pursuing a career in entertainment for the past 10 years. After teaching himself the art of creating video for the web in middle school, he had surpassed one million views on YouTube by the time he finished his freshman year of high school. Continuing that momentum into college, Jack studied broadcasting at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. While there, he hosted a late-night talk show that aired across the state of Vermont, and even landed him an Emmy Award at the College Television Awards in 2014.

Jack also interned for Conan O’Brien and appeared on an episode of Jimmy Fallon along the way. After graduating in 2015, he took his production skills on the road for a college-based website, College Weekly, and toured the country for six months creating content. After that, he took what he learned (and what he learned not to do) in regards to running a website, and returned to upstate New York to start up Two Buttons Deep in Troy.

Taylor Rao, Co-founder and Editor in Chief


Taylor’s a trained journalist, and after 6+ years learning the ropes as a student, intern and freelancer at the Hearst Newspaper Group’s Albany Times Union, she teamed up with Jack to start Two Buttons Deep. With formal journalism training, editorial experience and an outgoing personality, it was time to get involved in a personal project from the ground up -with the goal to be as creative as possible and play by our own rules in this wildly changing media landscape.

And why do we do it?

We are doing this because we love what we do. We love writing, creating and entertaining, and Two Buttons Deep is all of those things. We do it here in upstate because we’re motivated to make change in an area with so much potential.

If you’re interested in contacting us, working for us, or anything else that you can send over email, send us an email: twobuttonsdeep@gmail.com