March marks our third birthday here at Wikispaces, a time for reflecting on where we’ve been and where we’re going. First, we’re tremendously grateful to the hundreds of thousands of passionate members of our community who have taken the time to get to know and use our service, tell us how they feel about what we’re doing, and spread the word. We would be literally nowhere without those who call Wikispaces home.
We also thought this birthday would be a good opportunity to talk about our philosophy as a company as well as share some statistics that tell our story in numbers.
We set out in March 2005 with the idea that people might want to easily host their own wikis for non-profits, classrooms, community groups, businesses, and their friends. We tested our theory by getting Wikispaces out in front of real people, asking for their feedback at every opportunity, and building what they needed. To our surprise, the first few months went amazingly well — a large influx of new members, great content, and most importantly feedback on what we should do next.
With some early success and a strong feeling that we could provide real value to our customers, we raised $125,000 from a group of angel investors in September 2005. This allowed the three of us (Adam, Dom, James) to work full-time on Wikispaces out of our little San Francisco office. Rather than try to “get big fast” by raising a huge amount of money and hiring a small army of people, we thought we would first build a profitable business by charging our customers reasonable prices for our services. We’ve done that and are growing quickly and organically as we had hoped we would. Bisma joined us in July 2007, followed by Sarah in September 2007. And we’re currently hiring designers, developers, and support gurus.
Along the way, you may have noticed that we operate a bit differently than some startup companies. We don’t have a PR firm or issue press releases, and we tend to worry a lot more about our members than about publicity. We work hard to make your experience on Wikispaces as positive as we can, and hope that you’ll tell a friend or two about us. This is our marketing strategy in a nutshell — making our members happy and productive.
As you have been a large part of getting us to where we are, we’d like to share some Wikispaces numbers with you that show how we are growing. At the moment, we have just over 920,000 registered members and over 390,000 wikis. In the last thirty days, over 1.7 million people visited wikis on Wikispaces.com and our Private Label sites. Wikispaces served 26 million pages last month and nearly 200 million pages in our third year of operation. This growth is primarily due to word-of-mouth from people like you. So give yourselves a hand, it’s been a great three years of growth!
Year four at Wikispaces is shaping up to be our best yet. From a much-improved user interface to more powerful ways to manage your pages, files, and users, we’ve got a great set of new features coming. But most importantly, we have big plans for improvements on our core mission: helping you get work done with your group quickly and easily. Like everything we do, we improve Wikispaces based on what you tell us. So keep the feedback coming, both here on our blog and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
920,681 registered members
Year Three – 12 Month Total *
10,865,066 unique visitors
30 Day Total *
1,766,296 unique visitors
* Stats are from Google Analytics and are through 15 March 2008.