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ZippyKid Relaunches as Pressable

Reporter with Silicon Hills News

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 11.52.45 AMPressable is the new startup at Geekdom in San Antonio.
But it’s actually one of the oldest startups at the downtown co-working space.
Vid Luther launched ZippyKid in 2010 as a managed WordPress hosting site.
On Thursday, the company rebranded as Pressable.
With the new name, Luther, CEO, plans to align the company’s brand with its growth.
Last summer, Luther bought the domain name and Twitter handle for Pressable. He wanted the name to reflect the company’s focus on WordPress hosting for Fortune 100 companies, startups, nonprofit agencies and professional organizations worldwide.
The company is also introducing a new pricing model. It currently hosts one website for $25 a month. Starting today, customers can host up to five websites for $25 a month.
“We commoditized WordPress hosting and made it available at a price that is more accessible,” Luther said. Pressable seeks to simplify publishing online for WordPress users.
Today, an estimated one in five websites on the Internet runs on WordPress.
The rebranding is the first step in expanding Pressable’s business, Luther said. Other changes will be unveiled early next year, he said.
Pressable is privately held company and has nine employees. It has raised $800,000 in seed stage funding from Rackspace cofounders Pat Condon, Dirk Elmendorf, Automattic, the company behind WordPresscom, DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg, Slicehost founder Jason Seats and 500 Startups.
Pressable with 1,200 customers is profitable and has revenue of more than $1 million a year, Luther said.

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ZippyKid Will Pay $3,000 & New iPhone for Employee Referral

Everyone knows by now that tech talent is in short supply nationwide.
So ZippyKid, a fast growing WordPress hosting site, is offering $3,000 and the latest iPhone to someone who refers the winning candidate for its job opening.
The company, based at Geekdom in San Antonio, is hiring a senior systems administrator. ZippyKid offers managed WordPress hosting to WordPress content publishers who don’t want to hassel with the technology behind their sites. It offers fast loading and top level security and it specializes in providing services to small businesses, a-list bloggers and entrepreneurs.
“We’re looking for someone who will help build one of the finest data center/ops teams in the world,” according to the job posting. “This means the ability to identify and hire top notch team members, the ability to identify gaps in the architecture and help us work towards closing those gaps.”
Vid Luther founded ZippyKid in 2009. The company recently raised angel funding from the founders of Rackspace, Slicehost and 500 Startups.
“ZippyKid has grown over the past two years by word of mouth,” Luther wrote in a post on Facebook. “Everyone we’ve hired, and every customer that has switched to has, has done it because a friend of a friend told them about us. So, with that in mind, we want to make the pot sweeter for this latest hire. This is a very important job at ZippyKid, and we want to reward you for telling your friends (who qualify) about it.”
To get the $3,000 referral bonus, the person hired for the job must meet certain goals for the first three months in the job. The total reward including the latest iPhone is worth $3,650.
To apply for the job, please visit this site and fill out the application. Make sure to say who sent you so they can get the referral bonus!

CallGrader Wins the InnoTech San Antonio Beta Summit

A self-described “motley crew of passionate developers, marketers, mattress testers, and professional eaters” took home the top prize at the fourth annual InnoTech San Antonio Beta Summit Thursday.
CallGrader, a 9-month old startup, won the three judges over to claim first place in the competition. The founders include Daniel Garcia, Ben Niemietz, Chip Mobley and Jonathan Dobbertin.
CallGrader has created a software application that allows companies to track the performance of advertising campaigns using its grading system. The software tracks phone calls to a designated number and then grades the quality of those calls to tell whether the advertising is on target and delivering the desired results.
CallGrader launched its beta version of its product in January and quickly signed up about 300 non-paying customers. It has focused on plumbers and heating and air-conditioning markets so far.
The team is currently finishing out building the platform. So far, they’ve bootstrapped their operations, but they plan to seek about $350,000 in venture financing within a few months, said Garcia.
ZippyKid, a WordPress hosting company, and SnappTours, a smartphone platform targeted at art museums, came in second and third respectively.
All of the top three companies reside at Geekdom at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio.
In all, six companies competed at the San Antonio Convention Center. They delivered eight-minute pitches. But the summit dragged on longer because of technical difficulties in loading up the computer presentations.
The other companies included BudgetDoc, a healthcare referral service, Making Sense, a mobile app developer and REDU Concepts, which makes a Kinect rehabilitation game aimed at those with traumatic brain injury and autism. REDU Concepts, formed by a group of University of Texas at San Antonio students, just advanced to round three of the Microsoft XBox/Windows competition.
“Today is all about showcasing innovation,” said Richard Perez, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. The winner received a one-year membership in the chamber.

SnappTours took home third place in the InnoTech San Antonio Beta Summit. The 18-month old startup has created a mobile app platform aimed at museums to share their art collections with visitors via a smartphone.

Hacking the night away at Geekdom

Hackers gathered at Geekdom Friday night to socialize, listen to a speaker and build stuff.
About 50 people attended Start-up Ignite’s second all night Hack-a-thon in downtown San Antonio.
The event kicked off at 7 p.m. with pizza and soda and socializing, followed by a candid presentation from start-up entrepreneur Vid Luther, CEO of ZippyKid.
Luther launched ZippyKid, a wordpress hosting site, in May of 2010, with three customers. He received his first round of angel funding this past April. ZippyKid now has more than 1,000 customers and Luther’s hired four employees.
ZippyKid just turned profitable, Luther said.
Luther told the crowd that he didn’t have a clue what he was doing when he started the company. In fact, he just did it as a hobby at first. He helped people with their WordPress sites during his spare time, while working a full time job for Pear Analytics. But he soon realized the value in providing personalized service to people who have WordPress blogs.
“I could charge $100 to fix a problem that took me five minutes to fix,” Luther said.
Some larger hosting sites didn’t always have time to provide the best help to non-technical WordPress bloggers, and that’s where Luther found his opportunity.
Luther encouraged the crowd to try their own ventures. He tried several other ventures and had some great ideas that didn’t pan out before he found success with ZippyKid. He attracted his angel funding through a blog post he did explaining his vision for the site.
ZippyKid competes with other WordPress specialization sites like WPEngine in Austin. But ZippyKid focuses on non-technical customers, Luther said. Since launching, ZippyKid has lost only 11 customers and half of those went out of business, Luther said.
Following Luther’s talk, the crowd dispersed and began working on their laptops in small groups.
Stephen Young, Igor Gregorio and Daniel Semmens created Start-up Ignite because they wanted to work with other like-minded people.
San Antonio lacked a catalyst to bring together its technology community, Gregorio said.
“We heard that there were more and more people in San Antonio doing start-ups but none of them were connected,” Young said.
A few people came from Houston and Austin to attend the event, Semmens said
“The focus is on getting things done and helping people,” Semmens said.
Building a strong community of people working on start-ups only helps make the existing start-ups stronger, said Young.
Young and Gregorio travelled to San Francisco earlier this year and when they hopped in a cab, the cab driver asked them if they ran a start-up and asked them for their pitch. Then he gave them his pitch. They want to see that pervasive entrepreneurial spirit in San Antonio, Young said.
“It’s possible,” he said
The next Start-up Ignite Hack-a-thon is Dec. 9th and features Dirk Elmendorf, co-founder of Rackspace, as its guest speaker. They have 100 people on the Start-up Ignite mailing list and they’re hoping to attract even more as word of mouth about the events spread, Semmens said.
“Bring what you have and come and work around like minded people,” he said.
Niyolab CEO Toyin Akinmusuru travelled from Austin for the event. He’s also co-founder of HubAustin, a co-working space on South Congress Avenue. He was seeking feedback on his new venture, Niyobooks, an online customized children’s book site for families.
“This is the perfect environment for people to come and get feedback,” said Gregorio.
Dan Stuckey attended 3 Day Startup last weekend and learned about Startup Ignite’s Hack-a-thon there. So he showed up Friday night to work on a new idea.
“This is the perfect place to meet people who code,” Stuckey said. “Coders are like the golden Unicorns. They’re hard to find.”
Tim Peters, president of MartFlash.com, an e-commerce site, that he plans to launch within 18 months, attended the event to look for talent for his new venture.
“The next step is putting together a team,” he said. He’s looking for 5 people and he found some potential employees at the event.

Today’s startup profile focuses on ZippyKid

Vid Luther started ZippyKid, which hosts and services WordPress websites.
Starting at $20 a month, San Antonio-based Zippykid provides fast and secure hosting on Rackspace’s servers.

Ten Questions with Luther, founder and CEO of ZippyKid.

1Q. Where did you come up with the idea for Zippy Kid?

A. Basically the idea came about because I was getting a lot of customers calling me and asking for help.

2Q, When did Zippy Kid launch?

A. The first version of ZippyKid launched in 2009. It wasn’t called that. It was called PSD2Live

3Q. Where did you get the ZippyKid name?

A. Wes Wilson runs a site called Brandstack and he put up weekly posts of the top domain names on the site. I saw ZippyKid and it reminded me of a customer comment. They said “my website is so zippy now I love it.” So the name seemed perfect.

4Q. What does ZippyKid do?

A. We are a WordPress hosting company. We only do WordPress as a content management system targeting 60 million users. We make sure your website is stable. We make sure your website doesn’t get hacked. People want a secure website. Lately, the number one thing people come to us for is speed. If your page loads slower than two seconds, you’re going to lose customers.

5Q. How many customers does ZippyKid have?

A. We have 1,000 from all over. We’re getting a lot customers from Europe. We’ve got customers from Australia and India. (Only 20 customers are from the local area)

6Q. Who are your customers?

A. We’ve got large enterprise customers and small individual bloggers and journalists. Virginia Tech is a customer. Anyone who is making money on the Internet they host with us. They don’t want to spend time managing their server.

7Q. What is your relationship with Rackspace?

A. We’re a partner with Rackspace. We handle all the server stuff for you. We do everything for you so that you can focus on your content rather than your server. Our slogan is “You post, we host.”

8Q. Who is your competition?

A. WPEngine in Austin and some others. But overall, Godaddy is my competition.

9Q. How do you market ZippyKid?

A. Our number one customer driver is actually word of mouth. We’re doing a lot of search engine optimization for when people are looking for WordPress solutions. We’re like a drug, people try us out and they get hooked. They can’t get enough.

10Q. What was the hardest part about launching ZippyKid?

A. Deciding to do it. Deciding to stop being passive aggressive and just go ahead and do it. If it fails, it fails.

ZippyKid has partnerships with other companies like Torbit. For $60 a month plan, ZippyKid’s customers get Torbit included. It also has partnerships with GravityForms, Woothemes and Backup Buddy. ZippyKid has six employees and is based at Geekdom. Luther applied for the TechStars Cloud program. That’s John Gray, ZippyKid’s Chief Technology Officer, sitting across from Luther.

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