The theme for NGH#8 was “Tools & How To Use Them” and is connected to the stories about how important processes can be supported by the right tools.
Watch videos from the event on our YouTube channel here
Our DevOps Team just got more power in the form of is Andrei Mahu. Andrei will work on infrastructure development and maintenance coupled with tasks and processes of automation and scripting. The aim is to create an environment where building, testing and releasing can happen more rapidly, frequently and reliably.
Andrei has an AP degree as an IT Engineer and just graduated with a BA degree as a Technical Project Manager before joining the DevOps team at SimpleSite.
The theme for NGH#7 was "business models". We got new insights into how Unity got their software onto 2.4bn individual handsets and keep growing their revenue; how Tradeshift made it to a $600m valuation; and how Siteimprove sustained 50% CAGR over the last 5 years – and much more.
In less than a year, Airtame nine-folded its number of units sold via Amazon, and OrderYOYO increased its customer base with 7500 % in 12 months.
At Nordic Growth Hackers #6, four remarkable speakers gave a bunch of actionable tips on how to grow a customer base.
Read more about the event here.
We are happy to welcome Brian Lund Larsen to the SimpleSite team. Brian is our new Head of Infrastructure and Operations and his main objective is planning and operating a stable platform that scales to meet SimpleSite's growth.
Brian has 18 years experience working in the Danish IT sector, primarily for ISP and Telecommunication companies including, Telmore, TDC, Avaleo/KMD and Dagbladet Børsen.
SimpleSite’s new Growth Hacker Willi Carlsen joins the Growth Team to strengthen the company's data driven growth.
Willi is an Experimental Laser Physicist from Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen.
SimpleSite received the Red Herring Global Award 2015 last night in Los Angeles, USA. Our CEO, Morten Elk, represented the company at the ceremony after a two day conference, where he presented the company’s business strategy to international investors and Industry experts.
As the only Danish company among the world’s 100 leading IT companies, SimpleSite participated in this year’s Red Herring Global award. The participants had been selected among more than a thousand tech companies around the world.
more about the Red Herring Award here.
Dan Buhr is SimpleSite’s new Full Stack
Developer. Dan joins the Development team and will use
his technical skills to develop the next generation of
our product – both frontend and backend.
Dan previously worked as a consultant for a wide
range of companies and has a great passion for
‘elegant’ algorithms and architecture.
SimpleSite CEO and Nordic Growth Hackers
initiator Morten Elk participated in the TechBBQ 2015
at The Opera in Copenhagen. Here he talked with Steffen
Frølund, CEO of Bownty, and Jasenko Hadzic of
Copenhagen For The Win about what the prerequisites are
for initiating rapid growth.
You can watch the interviews
Marco Calabrese is SimpleSite’s new Frontend
Developer. Marco joins the development team where he will
make use of his engineering skills to build the next
generation of the SimpleSite product.
Marco has worked for several successful startups and
helps small startups with their technology stack.
SimpleSite is one of the winners of the “2015 Red
Herring 100 Europe Award.” CEO Morten Elk just travelled to
Amsterdam to give a presentation and receive the prize.
Since 1996, the Red Herring award has recognized the 100
most promising start-ups from around the world. The Red
Herring Europe Award is given to the top 100 private
cutting-edge companies in the European region.
Winning the award is a fantastic achievement. It shows
that SimpleSite’s exceptional growth has not gone
unnoticed in the international business world, and we are
all very proud to be part of this triumph.
Joen Sindholt is SimpleSite’s new Full Stack
Developer. Joen will work on most areas of the product such
as API’s, Frontends and Backends.
Joen has previously worked 10 years as a web developer
building a wide variety of web solutions. In many of these
projects Joen has had the role of team lead with
responsibility for all technical aspects.
Dmitry Kozhemyakin is SimpleSite’s new UX Designer.
Dmitry will join our Product development & Communications
team and work hard on developing the design and interface
of our product.
Dmitry started crafting interfaces and websites more
than a decade ago. He has worked for startups, ad agencies
and consulted several businesses on design and development
Santi Roc Castells is SimpleSite’s new Online
Marketing Coordinator. Santi is a recent graduate with a
MSc in Economic and Business Administration and will join
our Sales & Marketing department and will be working on
optimizing our online marketing channels such as Google and
Facebook. Furthermore Santi will work on maintaining and
developing our affiliate network.
Michael Svendsen is SimpleSite’s new Chief
Architect and Head of Development. Michael will work to
secure progress in product development and designing a
scalable architecture for accepting millions of new
Michael previously worked 4 years in the online payment
industry with a special focus on online fraud detection.
Michael was co-founder of a large scale search engine
company that provided high-end document search solutions to
intranets and websites.
Michelle is a well-known member of the SimpleSite Team
as she has been doing our Dutch customer support for 4
years. Now she feels it’s time for new challenges and has
taken on the task of securing and developing our company’s
organic growth and Search Engine Optimization.
Michelle holds an academic degree in Multimedia Design,
as well as a Bachelor and Master degree in Communication
Studies. The technical and creative competences she has
gained through her education and experience at SimpleSite
make her well-prepared for the task of increasing our
Data-Driven Growth Innovation is the foundation of our
SimpleSite business. We would like to exchange experience
and ideas with others who are also interested in how to
create growth in an online business. This is why we have
launched Nordic Growth Hackers. Nordic Growth Hackers will
host four events a year, where we invite others to join us
for a debate and discussion based on actual growth hack
cases. The first event will be on the 1st October 2014 and
will feature speakers from some of Denmark’s most
successful digital growth companies, including a
presentation by SimpleSite’s own Growth Hacker Jonas
You can find the program for the day and register
for this event at nordicgrowthhackers.com here.
You can also follow us on Twitter here.
In may SimpleSite presented the session "International
Growth for Digital Business Models" that besides
SimpleSite's CEO Morten Elk featured speakers from some of
today’s most interesting digital growth companies:
Peter Holten Mühlmann, Trustpilot
Nicolai Kærgaard, Stylepit
Ulrik Bo Larsen, Falcon Social
Tine Thygesen, Everplaces ApS
You can watch a video from the conference
SimpleSite will present the session "International
Growth for Digital Business Models" that besides
SimpleSite's CEO Morten Elk features speakers from some of
today’s most interesting digital growth companies. The
conference "Børsen IT Value" will be held in the Copenhagen
Bella Center on the 14th and 15th May 2014.
You can read about the speakers and sign up for the
Christian Stautz is the most recent addition to the
successful growth team at SimpleSite.
Christian is a recent graduate in Information Technology
from the IT University of Copenhagen and has worked with
several different technologies in both the private and
SimpleSite’s Growth Hacker Jonas Nielsen has with just
one of his projects helped to create additional annual
revenue of €480.000. The Danish newspaper Berlingske found
that very interesting, so they sent a journalist over to
talk to Jonas and CEO Morten Elk about how to create growth
by analyzing customer behavior. The article (in Danish)
can be downloaded here or read on Berlingskes website here.
SimpleSite got great reviews on
top10bestwebsitebuilders.com which is a website that review
all website services and web hosting solutions. We got
voted among the best website builders available by both
users and the editor of top10bestwebsitebuilders.com.
Click here to read the reviews.
Morten Elk (CEO) will be giving a presentation on the
20th September at the ITB Top Executive Conference. The
conference focuses on new advances in IT management,
business and technology and will include presentations from
many international top executives and leading experts.
Morten will speak about the use of metrics and measurements
as a method to create growth innovation. You can download the programme here.
These are indeed busy times for SimpleSite and
Radoslav Todorov is a very welcome addition to our
technical team. Radoslav’s primary focus will be
development on our top priority projects, and he will be
responsible for the day-to-day dialog with our office in
Bulgaria. Radoslav holds a Master’s Degree in Computer
Science and Engineering from Technical University of
Denmark. For the past 6 years he has worked as a Software
Engineer at Dataflight Europe.
14% of SimpleSite's influx of customers
currently comes from Brazil. The national newspaper
Berlingske found that so interesting that they sent
a reporter and a photographer over to our
Copenhagen Head Office, to interview Morten on how
SimpleSite has created the rapid international
growth, and explosive customer influx in Brazil.
The article (in Danish) can be downloaded here or
read on Berlingskes website
CEO Morten Elk will be speaking at the Digital
Days Conference on September 25th. The two day
conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel
in Copenhagen on the 24th and 25th of September
2013. The conference will also feature
presentations from IKEA, Maersk, TV2 and Vestas.
The main focus of the conference is on Digital
Platforms and Morten has been invited to share
123hjemmeside’s international and very successful
SEM (Search Engine Marketing) experiences with the
conference participants from the online industry.
In his presentation, Morten will, among other
things, explain how 123hjemmeside uses SEM to
create a high and profitable volume on new
customers and how to optimise cost per click
prices, cost per lead prices and customer
SimpleSite is growing! With further
expansion earlier this year, we're right up there,
competing with some of the world's sharpest
startups within website solutions. That's why we've
hired one of Denmark's sharpest talents as our
Senior Product Developer. Mads Buch Stage will
ensure that our product development continues in
the highest gear, with his keen hawk eye firm on
developing new, groundbreaking solutions. Mads has
worked with Marketing and User Experience for 10
years, with Danish internet portal Jubii and as
co-founder of digital agency SeMor. So all eyes are
on you, Mads – no pressure!
Lean business principles are part of our DNA. We
measure everything, analyze vigorously and optimize
non-stop. To help us strengthen that effort we have
hired a Growth Hacker! Physicist Jonas Bjerregaard
Nielsen is the man for the job and will keep the
reigns tight between our users' needs and desires
and the optimization of our products, basing every
move on data driven experiments and analysis. Jonas
studied Physics at Aarhus University joins us from
The Geological Survey Centre of Denmark, GEUS.
It's no secret that we aim to be the best in
customer service. With an aim to be the easiest
website solution in the world, we must excel in
offering our users any help they need to get
started or develop their online presence. Kathrine
Pedersen has joined us to supervise our service
team and keep performance high. Kathrine holds a
degree in Business Economics and Process Management
and previously worked with HR and Accounting with
On May 1st, 2013, we launched SimpleSite in
an additional 10 new markets: Poland, Czech
Republic, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Brazil, Canada,
Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia – in 8 new
languages! That means SimpleSite is now
available in a total of 18 languages in 24
countries. We invested roughly 13 M DKK at the end
of 2012 to be able carry out the effort as a
collective launch. And we're truly proud of both
the process and the result. With the new markets,
we can set an ambitious growth goal for the future
of 30-50% per year measured on both revenue and
With our comprehensive growth scheme it is
essential for us to run a tight ship in the
technical department. So we've hired Dragos
Chiotoroiu, who has a background in web development
and design to add more power to our Technical
Division and Domain Support. Dragos came to Denmark
from Romania in 2012 to study IT technology at KEA,
the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.
It's all about added value in the world of
startups – and our users are definitely getting
some. From February 1st, 2013, all SimpleSite
users get free access to our full online shop
module. That means that anyone with a
SimpleSite subscription can now add products
and services to their virtual product catalogue and
immediately get a comprehensive overview of all
their payments, shipping and invoices. They can
even accept payments directly on their
SimpleSite! We're really looking forward to
all the activity.