Headquarters in Amsterdam
LeaseWeb was founded in 1997 by Con Zwinkels and Laurens Rosenthal in the “prehistoric age when people were still using dial-up internet.” Much has changed since then, not least the company’s size: LeaseWeb now incorporates 57 points of presence and 36 Internet Exchanges worldwide.
LeaseWeb in the Amsterdam tech scene
With more than ninety developers working for LeaseWeb who script and build their own products, “the startup DNA is embedded in the company,” say the founders. The developers work with the newest technologies: the recently launched beta version of an open source storage platform is just one example of LeaseWeb’s innovation driven approach.
The company is closely involved in Amsterdam’s tech scene, regularly opening its doors to host a tech Meetup. “The topics of these presentations are highly relevant to us, helping us stay on par with technological progress. Of course, it is also an interesting way to scout talent.” In the summer of 2015 the company organised its first, and successful, tech summit in Undercurrent, Amsterdam. With a technical and social component, the summit enabled knowledge exchange between companies and IT professionals. In February 2016, a second edition of the LeaseWeb Tech Summit will be hosted in Berlin.
Why LeaseWeb loves startups
“Startups have clear technological wishes and demands. They are used to taking risk, so they embrace our new technologies easily and eagerly. As opposed to big companies that need to prioritise stability.” This, the men agree, makes startups great clients to work with. Of course, there is also as sense of kinship: “Most startups are internet professionals: without the internet they don’t have a business model. The same goes for LeaseWeb. We like to take care of those who grow with the internet.”
LeaseWeb knows that although startups start small, they have the potential to grow big, fast. This is why the company prioritises performance and scalability. LeaseWeb has built its infrastructure so that it is simple to manage and easy to scale up. “We have set it up as a lean machine operation. We want to provide our client with the autonomy to operate their own services and to scale up when necessary. An administrator always has the lead.” With platforms in Europe, the United States and Asia, LeaseWeb can help startups grow to any corner of the globe and it's also attracted scale-ups like WIX.
Made in Holland
When asked what sets LeaseWeb apart from its international counterparts, the founders, perhaps surprisingly, point out the Dutch origin. They believe their company’s progressive nature, like experimenting with the latest technology, springs from Dutch culture. An important benefit for startups to choose a European IaaS provider like LeaseWeb is the legal aspect. With the EU data protection law, it is convenient to have a provider conform to regulations stipulated.
The men are proud to be headquartered in Amsterdam: “Amsterdam is an outstanding internet junction, with various international cable systems passing through. The region has a healthy entrepreneurial climate and is a neutral hub on Europe’s main land. We notice an upward and self-improving cycle in Amsterdam: as it keeps fortifying its international infrastructure, it draws in ever more international clients who take notice of the city’s outstanding connectivity and price-quality relation.”
More about LeaseWeb
Aside from its headquarters in Amsterdam, LeaseWeb has presence in Frankfurt, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Singapore and Hong Kong. Their data centres are located across three continents. LeaseWeb aims to “Delight customers by providing them with the right hosting solutions in order to save them time, money and stress..”