When ServInt was founded in 1995, there were less than 18,000 dotcoms in the world.
That fact, according to an article on CNN.com yesterday, is pretty jarring when you think about it. It truly emphasizes just how much of a frontier the Internet was for entrepreneurs. How so many companies, in the shadow of the giants (at the time) at Netscape, AOL, and others, got started by refusing to believe that innovation was purely a numbers game.
Nearly everyday there are seismic shifts in how we do business online. While the Internet certainly shrunk our world by opening up new, relatively inexpensive lines of communication internationally, it arguably also did the opposite in many ways. The Internet expanded, exponentially, the size and scope of the planet from an intellectual and communicative standpoint. No longer were we limited by continents and language, we were free to do and say as we pleased in a new network of ideas. New markets sparked by young ambition sprang out of tiny packets of 1′s and 0′s traveling at the speed of light. Borders became more and more irrelevant and a new kind of global technologically-centered culture began to flourish.
Yesterday, the dotcom Top Level Domain turned 25 years old. ServInt also recently completed our 10,000th turn-up. These are two very different events with very different scopes, of course, but they’re noteworthy for the exact same reasons.
15 years ago, I founded ServInt.
The odds were very much against us at the outset. I was 19 and I didn’t have any connections to the industry, much less the capital that would be necessary to start a company of our scope today. What I lacked in funding, I made up for with sheer, unadulterated passion for building a rock solid business on the web. In my mind, the only things we needed to be successful were a coherent vision and geek cred, and ServInt would have both in spades.
From the beginning, the difference between ServInt and the competition has always been our level of accountability. We wanted businesses of all shapes and sizes to be able to trust us to ensure they stayed up and running. The things that many folks take for granted, such as 24/7 support, were things we had to develop from the ground up…and when I say ground up, I mean me waking up at 3 am to update someone’s server in the next room. Ah, simpler times indeed.
Today, we have staff all over the U.S. serving customers from all over the world. More than 30% of our customers are in Asia, and we continue to have a dominating presence in North America and Europe, we are a truly global company. From our Managed Services Team in Virginia, to our network engineering teams in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and California, all the way to our Enterprise Sales teams in Michigan, it shows just how far we’ve come from the early days in ServInt’s infancy.
We’re a healthier, smarter, and faster company now than we’ve ever been, and these last 15 years have been a blast.
This year, we have a lot of really exciting projects we’re working on. In the coming months, we’ll have new products competing in new markets, paving the way for a future that further enables businesses to grow, and keep growing, with ServInt.
Traditionally, a 15th anniversary is represented by a gift of crystal or a watch. Both are symbols of longevity, rigidity, strength, and transparency. Like a crystal, ServInt has a clear focus that has been shaped and refined by our experiences in this industry. Like a watch, we have stood the test of time, and our product has an elegant complexity shaped by a combination of open source expertise and the attention to detail only true craftsmen could supply.
I think that image is fitting, and I want to personally thank all of you for trusting us with your business. You are, and will continue to be, an integral part of our success.
Here’s to another 15 years.
This has been an incredible year for ServInt. Despite one of the messiest economic downturns in history, we’ve been able to grow bigger, stronger, and more global, all the while maintaining the quality of service our customers have come to expect from us.
This isn’t always easy. Staying competitive in this industry requires a tremendous understanding of just how to properly create, build, promote, and launch a product or solution. Judging by the number of fly-by-night companies that started, and ended, in 2009; it serves as a powerful reminder that a good network, copious experience and open accountability are the most important aspects of any business and they are especially important to ServInt.
Here is a quick recap detailing a few of the biggest events this year for ServInt!
More after the jump…