WordPress hosting startup Flywheel raises $1.2M from Linseed, others

OMAHA—Flywheel, the WordPress hosting and management service for designers, freelancers and creative agencies, has landed a $1.2 million seed round.


FlywheelOMAHA—Flywheel, the WordPress hosting and management service for designers, freelancers and creative agencies, has landed a $1.2 million seed round.

The round was led by Linseed Capital with participation from the Nebraska Angels, Ludlow Ventures of Detroit, and Lightbank and Hyde Park Venture Partners, both of Chicago.

“Once we had identified the lead funding, this round came together quickly,” said CEO and co-founder Dusty Davidson, who also co-founded Silicon Prairie News. “We’re happy we have some strong regional partners in this round.”

Flywheel previously raised an angel-funded round for an undisclosed amount in February 2013.

The startup also is announcing a new pricing model with bulk plans to better serve agencies with many clients. The new bulk pricing will offer 10 sites with 150,000 visits for $100 a month and 25 sites with 500,000 visits for $250 a month. Flywheel hosting plans for small sites begin at $15 a month for sites with 5,000 visits, according to a release.

“With the new funding, we’re able to provide additional features and services to improve the lives of our designers and agency partners as they migrate their WordPress sites,” Davidson said. “Additionally, we’re now offering bulk pricing, which allows agencies to manage and host all of their clients’ sites at an affordable price with a rock-solid infrastructure.”

Davidson says Flywheel has focused on product development, growing customer base and maintaining excellent customer service. Launched with the design workflow in mind, Flywheel can launch a new site in about 20 seconds and offers collaboration tools to help agencies. The funding has accelerated the launch of bulk plans.

Joe Olsen, CEO of Phenomblue and a client of Flywheel’s, says the company is reliable, speedy and has great support.

“But where Flywheel really shines is their deep understanding of the needs of agencies and design firms,” Olsen said. “They’re truly a great partner for Phenomblue and our clients.”

This spring, Flywheel grew to 13 employees and is looking to hire five more before the end of the year.

The startup will move to a new office in Downtown Omaha this month. They plan on having an open house this fall.


Disclosure: Dusty Davidson is a co-founder of Silicon Prairie News. Flywheel subleases desks in the SPN office in Omaha.


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