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WP Engine

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WP Engine is a privately held organization providing a WordPress digital experience platform on a managed hosting infrastructure.[1] WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has additional offices in San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; Omaha, NB; London, England; Limerick, Ireland; Krakow, Poland; and Brisbane, Australia.[2] As of October 2020, WP Engine has more than 650 employees worldwide.[3]

History[edit]

WP Engine was founded in 2010 by Jason Cohen and Co Founder Ben Metcalf in Austin, Texas.[4]  Heather Brunner, former Bazaarvoice COO, was appointed to CEO in 2013 with founder Jason Cohen assuming the role of CTO.[5]

On January 4th, 2018, WP Engine announced it raised a new $250 million round of funding from Silver Lake Partners. In total, WP Engine has raised more than $290M in funding from investors such as Silver Lake Partners, Guidepost Growth Equity (formerly North Bridge Growth Equity) and Silverton Partners.[6]

Acquisitions[edit]

  • In June, 2018, WP Engine acquired StudioPress and the Genesis brand.[7]
  • In June, 2019, WP Engine acquired Flywheel.[8]
  • In April, 2020, WP Engine acquired Block Lab.[9]

Products[edit]

WP Engine builds tools to better operate websites based on WordPress — an open-source technology used to build and manage websites and applications.[10] Its platform helps clients host, optimize and analyze those sites. (Source) The product that underpins its main line of business is the WP Engine Digital Experience Platform.[11]

Awards and Culture[edit]

WP Engine’s Digital Experience Platform has won multiple awards including:

  • The 2019 Digiday Technology Awards for Best Content Management Platform.[12]
  • Selected as a Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice in 2019.[13]
  • Rated as a PC Mag Editor’s Choice in Web Hosting.[14]

Additionally, the company was featured multiple best workplaces lists including:

  • #51 in Fortune’s 100 Best Mid Sized Workplaces 2019.[15]
  • #22 in Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women 2019 (Small and Medium).[16]
  • #8 in Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Technology 2019 (Small And Medium).[17]
  • #7 in Great Place to Work in Technology in the UK 2019.[18]
  • #18 in Great Place to Work in Ireland 2019.[19]

Other awards include The Stevie Customer Service Award 2019[20],  DMN Hall of Femme 2019[21], and others.

The company has been known for its stance on diversity and inclusion. Heather Brunner, WP Engine’s CEO is a participant in Fortune’s CEO Initiative, working collaboratively with other executives to better help business address pressing social issues, she was one of the original members of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and it was also among the first companies to sign on to the Obama Administration’s Equal Pay Pledge.

References[edit]

  1. "WP Engine, a managed WordPress platform, raises $250M from Silver Lake". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  2. Cronin, Mike (2018-01-04). "What WP Engine's $250M private equity deal means for San Antonio". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-10-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Cronin, Mike (2019-05-28). "WP Engine joins parade of companies expanding on north side". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 2020-10-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "WPEngine Inc - Company Profile and News". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  5. "WP Engine Appoints Heather Brunner as CEO". www.businesswire.com. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  6. "Silver Lake Takes $250 Million Stake in Startup WP Engine". Bloomberg.com. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  7. "WP Engine Acquires StudioPress WordPress Solutions Including Genesis Framework". www.businesswire.com. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  8. "WP Engine to Acquire Flywheel". www.businesswire.com. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  9. "The Block Lab team are joining WP Engine » Block Lab". Block Lab. 2020-04-20. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  10. "Silver Lake Takes $250 Million Stake in Startup WP Engine". Bloomberg.com. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  11. "WP Engine, a managed WordPress platform, raises $250M from Silver Lake". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  12. "Adobe, HYPR and Xaxis are among the Digiday Technology Award winners". Digiday. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  13. "WP Engine Recognized as April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Web Content Management". WP Engine. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  14. "WP Engine Web Hosting Review". PCMAG. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  15. "Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ 2019". Great Place to Work®. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  16. "Best Workplaces for Women™ 2019". Great Place to Work®. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  17. "Best Workplaces in Technology™ 2019". Great Place to Work®. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  18. "WP Engine Great Place to Work UK | Organisational Consultancy & Employer Recognition". www.greatplacetowork.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  19. "Ireland's Best Workplaces 2019 » Great Place to Work Ireland". greatplacetowork.ie. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  20. Cuda, Alyssa (2019-02-23). "WP Engine Sales and Customer Service Teams Recognized at The Stevie Awards". WP Engine. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  21. "Announcing the 2019 DMN Marketing Hall of Femme". DMNews. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2020-10-19.

External Links[edit]

Official Website


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