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Dyn’s 2014 Coming of Age

2014 was a year of milestones in our growth journey to make an enormous impact on the global Internet. In summary, Dyn’s 2014 was a ‘coming of age.’

From a dorm room open source project in 2001, cofounded by our CEO, Jeremy Hitchcock, to an IT services company, to a premium managed DNS company, to an IaaS company… we are firmly bullish in our vision for the future, emphasizing our commitment as an Internet Performance company helping companies monitor, control and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience.

I recently closed out our 2015 company kickoff meeting about this coming of age. Every startup fights like hell in its adolescence for relevancy. It’s not easy and demands a near ignorant conviction. Once relevancy is attained, it quickly shifts for the newly minted enterprise to impact – and how big and far-reaching that impact can become. Very few companies graduate from one to the next, they implode or sell, and staying there and delivering is a hot wire act, not for the faint of heart.

Every startup from founding to enterprise has an ongoing struggle with identity. Dyn is no different. With rapid growth there are casualties: past employees, past customers, past products, past campaigns, past shareholders, past positioning, past attempts at scale… there are things that work for periods of growth, things that don’t, and the only clear lesson is that scaling is hard, never perfect, and will never go as planned.

A company’s ability to adapt to growth and scale while realizing failures is what makes good companies great and great companies unicorns ($1B companies). The importance of leadership, self-reflection, evolution, team alignment, hard work, and a “we will succeed” attitude couldn’t be understated. If it exists at the top, companies will thrive through and through.

In the end, that desire for immense impact with a sense of urgency to deliver value-based products for customers, makes all the difference.

There is nothing more powerful than people aligned with the stakes for customers, employees, and shareholders on the grandest stage of them all.  The Internet. And WE ARE:

Internet Performance. Delivered.

The lights have never been brighter at Dyn, so I leave you with a quote from ‘The Kinks: Celluloid Heroes’ that inspires me to dream bigger, play the long game, and be as loyal as they come.

“Everybody’s a dreamer, everybody’s a star, everybody’s in show biz, it doesn’t matter who you are.”


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Whois: Kyle York

Kyle York is Dyn’s Chief Strategy Officer and has been a long-time executive, having joined in 2008. Over the years, he has held go-to-market leadership roles in worldwide sales, marketing, and services. In his role as CSO, Kyle focuses on overall corporate strategy, including: positioning and evangelism, new market entry, strategic alliances and partnerships, M&A, and business development. Outside of Dyn, Kyle is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and advisor in several startups. Follow Kyle on Twitter: @kyork20 and @Dyn.