Below is an exciting message I sent to our customers today. Read on to learn all about our big news:
Greetings from Virbland—
Our customers (also known as: You!) are invaluable to us. It’s for this very reason that when big and exciting news strikes, we want you to hear it from us—first.
Today is a red-letter day in the story of Virb’s parent company, (mt) Media Temple, Inc. Media Temple has been acquired by GoDaddy, the Web’s largest platform for small businesses. I’m lucky to have been part of this process from the very beginning, and I truly cannot wait to see what the future brings for these two companies. But more on that shortly. First things first: What does this event mean for Virb, YOU, and your website?
Well, this changes absolutely nothing, while also changing absolutely everything.
After early meetings with GoDaddy, it quickly became apparent that we shared different visions for our website builders. So… I’m thrilled to announce, GoDaddy has decided Virb will be sold back to its original founder and investors, Brad Smith (that’s me) as well as Media Temple’s co-founders Demian Sellfors and John Carey.
This is a momentous day for Virb, and I’m so excited to personally share this news with you.
The dedication that I have shared with my team is now stronger than ever. We are, once again, at the helm of a product we have poured ourselves into for more than three years. More ownership of our company equals more incentive to work even harder. You = Win!
Since Media Temple’s first investment in Virb in 2009 and acquisition in 2012, Virb has continued to operate as an autonomous product and team. The separation of the two entities will be quite effortless for us and nearly invisible to you. Tomorrow morning, you will wake and realize that nothing has changed. The sun will rise and you’ll see that Virb is the same team and product you’ve trusted all along.
Our newfound (re)independence means we’ll have the freedom to be nimble and move quickly to advance our product, and my team is thrilled about that opportunity. We’re all energized by the new advantages these changes will bring about. We will continue to be committed to improving Virb. We’re not taking any breaks amidst these adjustments—in fact, just the opposite.
That said, I’d like to take a moment to personally thank Media Temple and its co-founder, Demian Sellfors, and President, Russ Reeder, for believing in me and my team for the past four years. I’d also like to thank GoDaddy and their CEO, Blake Irving, for this out-of-the-ordinary opportunity. Throughout my conversations with the teams at GoDaddy, it’s wildly apparent they are on a mission to transform the company with fresh thinking, new advertising, and an inspiring new strategy. It truly is a “new” GoDaddy. I cannot wait to watch (mt) and GoDaddy shine brightly together.
In the end, you may be asking yourself why we are so invested in Virb, and why are we so excited to take back ownership. It’s simple, really: We don’t just believe in our company. We believe in you and your ideas, and we want you to continue to have one of the easiest ways to create your own website.
As always, thank you for choosing Virb! My team and I are here to answer any questions you may have. Welcome to an exciting new chapter in the Virb story!
UPDATE @ 11:21AM PST — TechCrunch picks up the Virb news.