Flywheel, an Omaha-based WordPress hosting and management platform, celebrated its fifth-anniversary last week and announced the hire of their 100th employee. Flywheel supports over 100,000 users and does it all from what is seen as a typically non-traditional startup setting in the heart of the Midwest.
Over the past five years, Flywheel has expanded from three founders to their current team of 100 engineers, support staff, marketers, salespeople and more. They’ve grown from a small office in a co-working space, to building out over 12,000 square feet of office space within two historic buildings located on the western edge of Omaha’s Old Market.
“The growth of Flywheel is largely built upon assembling an incredible team. Omaha is a place where you can stand out from the crowd and cut through the noise,” said Flywheel CEO and co-founder Dusty Davidson. “There are lots of exceptional people who are hungry to be a part of something that’s challenging, fast-growing, and where they can make a huge impact. ”
The tech startup’s milestone is a proud one since statistics show that approximately 50 percent of all new businesses fail within their first five years. Flywheel’s success can be attributed to their knack for differentiating themselves from other WordPress hosts, becoming a part of their customer’s everyday workflow, and sourcing exceptional talent within the Midwest.
“For us, it’s a philosophical difference when it comes to how we think about building products and solving questions for designers and agencies,” said Davidson. “We’ve built WordPress sites and been in the shoes of our customers. Our goal was always to build something more than a hosting company and create products that dramatically improve the quality and simplicity of building a WordPress site.”
Everything Flywheel offers is crafted from the ground up, making their products easy to build, launch, manage, and scale. Their Flywheel hosting platform offers an intuitive dashboard, agency workflow tools, and other standards such as nightly backups, security, fast speeds, and an impressive uptime reputation.
The startup launched in 2012 with a simple mission to help designers do what they love. Flywheel’s fifth anniversary comes with the announcement of a new, elevated mission: to help creatives do their best work.
“We can say with great certainty that, five years in, we truly build relationships with our customers and are a part of their work each and every day,” said CMO and co-founder Rick Knudtson. “I’m more excited about the future of Flywheel now than I have been at any other point.”
“We’re aiming to be an indispensable part of the workflow of creatives all around the world, through the products we build, the service we provide, or any of the other ways we connect with them,” echoed Davidson. “Additionally, we’re focused and committed to building an impactful and remarkable technology company in the Midwest. One where people of all backgrounds and skillsets can build amazing things, and truly do their best work as well.”