It’s no secret that Dyn is proud of our New Hampshire advantage when it comes to scaling our business in the “Live Free or Die” state. Creating jobs, evolving our customer roster, and pushing forward our reputation as a worldwide Internet Infrastructure leader is exciting.
We’ve noticed a strong growing contingent of NH-headquartered software companies focused on the enterprise and are looking forward to celebrating that and more during the latest abi Founders Series event set for Thursday night.
There is a theme of niche service providers, whether in product strategy or vertical markets served. I wanted to highlight some that we are proud to call contemporaries as we bask in each other’s successes. To create a technology ecosystem, it takes several great success stories that serve as a beacon of light for the rest of the community and helps to drop seeds for future companies to grow with us along the way.
Here’s 10 that you should know about.
Bottomline has been recognized as a ‘best company to work for in NH’ since its inception in 1989. A leading global provider of payments and invoice automation software, they can be found on the NASDAQ: EPAY. They serve 75 of the Fortune 100 companies and are a force of success for the future of NH’s great software companies.
CEO Paula Long and her DataGravity team come with a pedigree unrivaled in NH. One of our state’s biggest technology success stories was the acquisition of EqualLogic by Dell for $1.4B in 2007. That created great experience and a few dollars to start this stealth big data startup backed by $42M from Charles River Ventures, General Catalyst & Andreesan Horowitz.
Success breeds success and I can’t wait for an upcoming lunch our CEO Jeremy Hitchcock and I have with Paula.
This is another Dyn spin out with roots in the NH-based startup scene. The former SendLabs (acquired by Dyn in 2010) is now led by CEO Richard Turcott, former CMO of Constant Contact, and is is focused on solving the challenges of high-volume email senders with an easy to use interface and consultative offering.
Funded by Dyn execs and some NH angel investors, Mill33 is poised to disrupt a category and serve an under-served market segment of small & medium enterprises for email marketing.
Founded by Jesse Devitte (Borealis Ventures), the Newforma team of former SoftDesk (and later AutoDesk) execs has quietly evolved into a NH software power. AutoDesk acquired SoftDesk for $72M back in 1996 and the seeds were born. The only company in NH that shares the same two institutional investors as Dyn in North Bridge & Borealis Ventures, Newforma provides project management information systems for the engineering and architecture industry.
Portsmouth, NH-based Newmarket provides scalable sales and catering systems, web-enabled applications and B2B ecommerce strategies for the hospitality industry. COO Shawn McGowan is a member of Dyn Nation and is very involved in the business landscape of NH. He and CEO Jeff Hiscox are driving Newmarket forward in each of their market segments.
Renesys provides products, services and easy to use intelligence on how business communications are operating. Since our move to Manchester, NH, in 2005, they’ve been a company we’ve enjoyed watching evolve. Focusing on key areas of Internet Intelligence the company is a staple at NANOG and RSA conferences around the world.
When I met with their VP of Sales three years ago, it made me realize two things: what we do isn’t nearly as confusing as what Renesys does (in a good way, of course!) and that the Internet evolution has a strong footing in the Granite State.
A veteran in the NH technology sphere, Scribe Software — led by founder Peter Chase and his team — is focused on data integration and data migration for the CRM industry. The list of clients and 3rd party CRMs they call partners is very impressive and outside Skillsoft and Dyn, they are the only company in this list that features such a diverse and name brand oriented client roster.
CEO Bob Goldstein and the Single Digits crew raised $10M in venture funding from Tudor Growth Equity last May and are a leader in technology services for the hospitality industry. Dyn senior management spent some quality time at Interop Las Vegas 2012 in the Foundation Room talking NH startups and they were a sponsor of the abi Innovation Hub’s annual ‘Live Free & Start’ fundraiser last May.
CEO Chuck Moran founded Skillsoft in 1998, took it public, merged with another company and then took it private again with private equity in 2010 remaining at the helm the entire time. When it comes to proven technology and business brains in NH, Chuck is unrivaled. When acquired by PE in 2010, the Elearning for Business and IT Certification Company came with a ticker price of $1.2B.
Our CTO Cory von Wallenstein spun this company out of Dyn (funded by Dyn execs), seeing a market need for mobile-based alerting and collaboration around unique company data sets. Salesforce.com, Google Analytics & Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, AppFigures, Shopify & Chargify are currently integrated into this Customer Lifecycle Monitoring company. Led by biz dev stalwart Ron Martin and co-founder/lead dev Ben Petrin, Trendslide is in the process of raising a seed round.
Travis Warren started WhippleHill for the K-12 marketplace back in 1996. As a 19-year-old intern, Travis and crew gave me my shot to contribute to their growing Internet company and I spent seven years trotting the country acquiring school customers for their communications, learning management & student information systems. Travis has scaled the company from a website design company to the leader in the independent school SaaS space — doing it all right in NH.
Other great technology businesses like Sitecore and Globalsign all also have major presences in our state. If we missed any, drop me a tweet and we’ll do a future post on them. Keep on rocking and as we say at the abi Innovation Hub, Live Free & Start.