About SimpleSite

From local vision to global company with a DNA of growth

SimpleSite was founded in 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by brothers Morten and Jacob Elk. They had a vision to create the most useful and user-friendly website building tool available on the market. They used a simple idea modeled from lean business principles to create value and opportunity for “Mr. and Mrs. Denmark,” non-experienced users who could benefit from putting their personal and professional projects online.

With a scientific approach to data, solid experience in agile development and an idea with an enviable scalability, the Danish target group soon became international. Only a year after setting up shop, SimpleSite launched its English-language site, targeted toward an American audience.

A combination of a rock-solid focus on the user experience and a rigid commitment to lean business principles has made SimpleSite the textbook example in international growth it is today.

Local language versions now exist in all of Scandinavia, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, England, the U.S. Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia - and more are coming.

The company's turnover exceeds €4 m and it has a fast-growing client base with 80,000 current subscribers from all over the world. An ambitious strategic plan for further expansion has been scheduled for 2014.

MILESTONES

2003

SimpleSite is founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, by brothers Morten and Jacob Elk. Morten Elk takes the position of CEO of Danish named “123hjemmeside.” (123homepage).

2004

The U.S. language site launches as SimpleSite.com. Thomas Petersen joined as CTO and partner in 2006, followed by Sebastian Engelbrecht in 2007, as CSO and partner. Sites are launched in Sweden and Norway shortly thereafter.

2008

Pia Skourup joins the company as CFO. Lars Mejding follows the same year as Head of Development and Communication. SimpleSite is launched in Holland in 2009 as 123website.nl.

2011

Preparations begin for launches in France, Italy, Spain and Finland. Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg, and are completed early in 2012. The new company website is launched as part of an ambitious plan for further international growth.

2012

Investment of €1.7 mio to accelerate SimpleSite's international growth. Behind the investment is IT entrepreneur Kaare Danielsen, whose business Jobindex is Denmark's largest job database.

2013

Launch in Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mindset

Our user experience ideal runs through every vein of our company. Our ideal is not perfection; rather, our ideal is play. Using our product should feel like playing – it should be easy, exciting and expanding. It is something to employ and to learn from – and working for us is the same.

We cultivate a culture where creativity thrives and specialist skills are welcomed. We have two physicists on the management team, and agile development models, knowledge and intelligence make up our daily currencies. We set high academic standards, but work as a team of friends.

We believe challenge is what makes work fun and that development and growth are goals in themselves. We have data in our hearts and usability on our minds. That's how we work.


Management

Morten Elk

Founder and CEO

Morten Elk holds a Ph.D. in Physics and has worked as a physicist internationally in Los Angeles and Munich. He is a serial entrepreneur with several IT successes on his CV and more in the making. His debut was in 1997 with ELK Interactive, now Creuna, a company he exited successfully in 1999.

Thomas Petersen

CTO and Co-Owner

Thomas Petersen holds a master’s degree in physics and mathematics, and worked as a physicist in Toronto. He has worked with web-based businesses since 1997 and is responsible for SimpleSite's technical development, operation and scaling. He loves data, stats and graphs, and keeps himself entertained by scaling our capacity to handle 50+ million page views per day.

Sebastian Engelbrecht

CSO and Co-Owner

Sebastian Engelbrecht has worked in online media since 1996. He started at Politiken, one of Denmark's largest daily newspapers, and then joined Jubii.dk, for years the most visited .dk site, where he advanced to become Portal Director. Sebastian joined SimpleSite in 2007 as Director of Sales and Marketing and is responsible for all partnerships, commercial relations and advertising.

The Board

On the board are Morten Elk, Thomas Petersen and Sebastian Engelbrecht, as well as Jesper Lohmann and Henrik Busch. Jesper Lohmann is a partner in the venture capital company Dico A/S and is on the board of directors of several IT and Internet businesses. Jesper has previously been a working Chairman of a Board of Directors of DIBS Payment Services. Henrik is CEO of Jubii.dk and sits on the boards of Preview Networks and advertising agency, Noergaard Mikkelsen. Henrik was previously Nordic MD of GoViral, which was sold to AOL in 2011.


Members of Staff

Sales & Partnerships

Sebastian Engelbrecht

CSO and Co-Owner

Luis Fich

Business Development Manager


Product & Communication

Lars Mejding

Product and Communications Manager

Vibeke Storgaard

Graphics and Concept Developer

Lars-Bo Sørensen

Web Coordinator

Mads Buch Stage

Senior Product Developer


Technology & Development

Thomas Petersen

CTO and Co-Owner

Lubomir Toshev

Lead Developer

Martin Jørgensen

System Administrator

Jonas Bjerregaard Nielsen

Growth Hacker

Dragos Chiotoroiu

Technical and Domain Support Assistant


Administration

Pia Skourup

CFO

Kathrine Pedersen

Customer Support Team Manager


Support

Katarina

Michelle

Eliana

Greta

Makia

Maya

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Robert

Paulo

Konstantina

Natalia