If you have ever purchased a business or design magazine, it’s likely that you have run across one of 1and1.com’s print ads – some as large as 15 pages.
All of the promotion is paying off as the company is one of the web’s largest hosting companies with a strong presence in Europe offering telecom and consumer Internet services.
However, in America, the German-based company is still making inroads and it’s starting with the Philly area.
“We wanted a location between New York and DC in a flourishing businesses district,” says CEO Oliver Mauss of the company’s choice of centering its American operations in the King of Prussia area.
In 2003, the company moved into its offices in Chesterbrook to contain its American sales and marketing operations while opening a data center in Kansas.
The American business is not as large as its European counterpart but 1and1 is moving quickly to expand its presence here. In 2003, the company began offering services to small businesses new to the web and is looking to expand.
“We just recently doubled our office space in Chesterbrook,” says Mauss, adding that its looking to add higher-end back office business tools in the near future.
The office in Chesterbrook is home to a handul German expats who traveled to America when the office opened, and Mauss says that while its too early to tell if any of his Euproean employees are going to stay, he says he would personally like to know the area better when he visits from Germany.
“I haven’t engaged with the tech community [in Philadelphia] yet,” he says, “but I’d be open to recommendations”
Someone take the man the National Mechanics.