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February 19, 2005

Six Apart, Makers of TypePad and Movable Type

Paul Kedrosky reads AP:

Infectious Greed: Profile of the Six Apart Founders: The AP has out a worthwhile profile out of Ben and Mena Trott, the founders of blogging software provider Six Apart, the maker of Movable Type and TypePad, among other products. While it may not have been the intent, I was (re-)reminded how timing, not technology, is everything in business: Blogger (and Groksoup) started in 1999, two years before Six Apart, and despite having broader feature sets had nowhere near the early growth of Movable Type:

Six Apart now has 7 million users, including a substantial number who pay fees that range from $4.95 per month for TypePad's bare-bones package to thousands of dollars for licensing Movable Type to install on their own servers.

The revenue stream, which the Trotts declined to disclose, has enabled the privately held Six Apart to expand from just six employees in early 2004 to more than 70 with the LiveJournal acquisition, making the Trotts darlings of the blogosphere.

Posted by DeLong at February 19, 2005 12:51 PM