With an expansion into the U.S. market and the hiring of former Pagely executive Sean O’Brien, managed WordPress hosting provider Kinsta is certainly laying down a marker for the competition to make note of.
With customers in 50 countries spread across 11 global data centers, Kinsta is already the largest managed WordPress hosting firm headquartered in Europe. With seemingly unstoppable momentum, it has now set its sights firmly on North America.
Growth certainly isn’t an issue for Kinsta – it is already serving four billion HTTP requests per month, is regularly a top performer in Kevin Ohashi’s tests at Review Signal, and holds the number one ranking for support on the popular HostingReviews.io site. With a seven figure revenue projected for 2016, the only question now is how big Kinsta can become.
Formed in London in late 2013, Kinsta set its stall out from the offset – focusing on the premium segment of the managed WordPress hosting market. Its exponential growth in such a short space of time is testament not only to founder Mark Gavalda’s intelligent identification of a lucrative market opportunity, but also to Kinsta’s unabated focus on stellar service and support; two qualities that are non-negotiable in the high-end hosting market.
Arguably Kinsta’s biggest move to date is now unfolding in front of our eyes, with the hiring of former Pagely executive Sean O’Brien as Chief Operating Officer and its expansion into the U.S. market. Sean served as the director of sales and marketing for Pagely during his tenure from July 2013 to July 2015, during which time he was featured on the BBC, CIO, and Yahoo. As is the wont of many present-generation startup executives, having succeeded at Pagely, he decided to enter temporary retirement for several months to travel and ponder his next move.
Prior to Pagely, Sean had a few startups of his own and was featured in a cover story for Entrepreneur as well as an Elevator Pitch column in Inc. He is a Harvard dropout and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with degrees in both finance and economics, along with a minor in information systems. He also holds a graduate certificate in marketing strategy from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
It’s not only Sean’s qualifications and experience that impress, however. No shortage of WordPress influencers have good things to say about him, including Kiko Doran, co-founder of Prestige Conference:
“Sean is a workaholic with the brains to match. He understands how to create and sell products that customers actually want. I expect big things from Kinsta in the near future.”
In his role as COO at Kinsta, Sean will be helping with recruiting, marketing, product development, fundraising, and sales. He also opened Kinsta’s new office on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, a move that is as symbolic as it is practical, giving Kinsta unfettered access to West Coast talent and capital.
Upon his appointment, Sean had the following to say:
I enjoy working for a firm that is truly global, both in revenue and culture. Having offices on multiple continents gives us an edge in overnight support for both U.S. and E.U. customers. Finding great talent to work night shifts is nearly impossible, and for some reason, bad things tend to happen in the middle of the night.
Kinsta’s ambitious move into the U.S. marks not only an evolutionary milestone for Europe’s biggest managed hosting provider; it can only be a good thing for the WordPress community at large. The bar has been raised for existing providers, who will no doubt be kept on their toes by Kinsta’s impending emergence as a major worldwide player in the WordPress hosting industry.