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Why did you start your own hosting company, what motivated you and what makes you special?

Why did you start your own hosting company, what motivated you and what makes you special?

PhoenixVPSPhoenixVPS Member
edited August 2012 in General

I started my hosting company (VPS Node Box) because I wanted to provide a superior hosting service for the Drupal community. As such my primary focus was high end shared hosting, but in a twist of faith I did not receive the warm welcome that I was expecting from the community, but instead the Drupal Association stretched their hand out and asked for ... a hand out in order to tell the community about us. My second reason was to provide simple to understand services without any BS or overselling attached to them. I was not financially motivated to start this as I didn't even know what to expect in the beginning. All I new was that me and my team could handle the challenges well. What makes us special is our commitment to what we do. This is not some cheap marketing line, and I would say it can be interpreted in the context of the following quote: "do what you love and you will never work a day" - and this would be working with Linux, coding, networking, playing with different virtualization technologies, web design and so on.

Now it's your turn. :)

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  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited August 2012

    I work as a web developer and force my clients to buy extremely overpriced hosting from me. They get hosting elsewhere, something breaks, I bill them a lot to fix it so they don't do that.

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  • @AsadHaider That wasn't the point of this exercise, but thank you ... I guess.

  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited August 2012

    @toratekdotnet Motivation: more money, What makes it special: Everything's kept maintained and shit doesn't break which is kinda important. I did outsource the hosting at first, but their services were pretty crap and things didn't always work on their servers.

    Also, Drupal sucks!

  • Real answer for 99% of the people on here:

    "I didn't want to flip burgers and starting a "business" with the $200 in my bank account sounded awesome! Now I get to call myself "CEO" and use the word "we" a lot, just don't tell anyone that "we" is just me and my dog!"

  • @AsadHaider Much better, thank you.

  • @subigo said: Real answer for 99% of the people on here:

    "I didn't want to flip burgers and starting a "business" with the $200 in my bank account sounded awesome! Now I get to call myself "CEO" and use the word "we" a lot, just don't tell anyone that "we" is just me and my dog!"

    Like yourself?

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  • @subigo That's really funny, but $200 won't take you further than the 1st month with a 16GB Xeon E3 server (you might get older equipment with 32GB for about he same if you're lucky), 1 month of WHMCS and 1 month of SolusVM. As far as the word "we" is concerned, it is over used and as a testament to that many companies don't even have an about us page or if they do, it's full of BS like "why us ?" type of stuff. Most of the time it's because the customer can't afford Linode or Rackspace, they take a chance on some random provider. And just because I don't want to fall short, "we" are a 4 man company: http://www.vpsnodebox.com/about-us - it's not big by any measure, but it's more than one.

    Even Linode was started by one guy, Christopher Aker (caker), so the motivation is more important than anything. He was aware of his unique skills at the time, so his 1st motivation wasn't financial, especially since he pioneered an industry.

    Always keep this in mind: any time you start or join a business with financial goals in mind you will fail because your brain won't be able to tell the difference between good and bad, right and wrong. The only thing your brain will tell you day in and day out is: I want more money, I want my commission, I want my promotion! Why aren't more people subscribing? I mean, look at people selling cars...

  • I didn't start a company yet :p But I do provide some free shared hosting for some of my friend. :D

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  • @subigo said: just don't tell anyone that "we" is just me and my dog!

    "We" don't have any pets.

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  • @Spencer said: Like yourself?

    Nigga. I don't do shit anymore. I sit at home and go hiking when I'm bored.

    @toratekdotnet said: Always keep this in mind: any time you start or join a business with financial goals in mind you will fail

    Possibly the stupidest thing ever said on this forum.

  • @ErawanArifNugroho @subigo I will do this for as long as it's fun :) I don't like to call myself CEO, or any other title, and when customers ask me who I am, I say "the owner". I don't sign myself with any title in my emails to my customers. If anyone wants to become their own boss because of self esteem issues than that has disaster written all over it (calling themselves CEO, use the word "we" allot, pretending like they are a big company with only 1 server, etc.). As far my friends are concerned, they can buy their own hosting, and if they ask for favors I give them 2 choices: you can have this for free, or you can go somewhere else. I don't mess up my friendships because of insignificant favors. @miTgiB That one's funny :))

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  • @subigo said: Nigga

    Im white ;(

  • @subigo said: Real answer for 99% of the people on here:

    starting a "business" with the $200 in my bank account sounded awesome!

    I spent $0 when starting my hosting "business".

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  • InfinityInfinity Retired Staff

    @miTgiB said: "We" don't have any pets.

    You're missing out bro guys!

    我是一个巨魔 (;

  • What is Nigga?

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  • InfinityInfinity Retired Staff

    @ErawanArifNugroho said: What is Nigga?

    Best not said.

    我是一个巨魔 (;

  • This was supposed to be a fun exercise, but I guess this discussion will slowly but steadily descend into oblivion...

  • @toratekdotnet said: This was supposed to be a fun exercise, but I guess this discussion will slowly but steadily descend into oblivion...

    You ain't seen nothin' yet.

  • While this thread has outlived its usefulness, I want to ask: How can I request a username change? Thank you.

  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited August 2012

    @toratekdotnet You could ask @Chief but unless he's in a super awesome mood, I doubt he'll get to around doing it.

  • @AsadHaider said: I doubt he'll get to around doing it.

    You just need to send him a round tuit image

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  • @AsadHaider Yeah, well it's for the sake of accuracy, since we don't call ourselves Toratek .NET anymore... I wanted to change it to vpsnodebox.

  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited August 2012

    @toratekdotnet Stick your company name and link in your sig :) No one's going to care what your username is anyway. You get used to recognizing people from their gravatars if you've been here long enough :P

  • @AsadHaider I didn't want to use my signature to advertise. I hang around here to engage others and sometimes bounce ideas of other people or get feedback from the community. Every 2 weeks I offer a deal just for the community here, but I don't know if I will keep doing it from now on since I started with 256MB VPS servers and now I am up to 768MB, so I think that this was the last time :) I appreciate your feedback do.

  • What is Nigga?

    @Infinity said: Best not said.

    Just found it in Google/WikiPedia. Will not use that word again then :D

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  • TazTaz Disabled

    @ErawanArifNugroho It differs from place to place. For example, here in the city, well call our buddies with N words. But I have stopped using it here.

    Time is good and also bad. Life is short and that is sad. Dont worry be happy thats my style. No matter what happens i won't lose my smile!

  • @miTgiB said: "We" don't have any pets.

    Too scared of getting hairs in your nodes? ;)

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  • @serverbear see how wrong this one went? I guess it's "a case of The Mondays".

  • @toratekdotnet said: I guess it's "a case of The Mondays".

    It's Tuesday here. Almost hump day!

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  • @serverbear I have no idea where you're located, I am in Winston-Salem, NC - USA

  • JackJack Member
    edited August 2012

    @toratekdotnet said: I have no idea where you're located, I am in Winston-Salem, NC - USA

    His an aussie I believe. :)

  • @Jack I like Australia :)

  • @Jack said: His an aussie I believe. :)

    Well, I'm Irish. But live in Melbourne, AUS.

    Which is apparrently, the worlds most livable city - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_most_livable_cities

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  • JackJack Member

    @serverbear said: Well, I'm Irish. But live in Melbourne, AUS.

    @serverbear do you still have an Irish accent or has it gone aussie now?

  • @serverbear You are lucky, it's beautiful there. I live in Winston-Salem, the tobacco capital of the U.S., and one of the most boring cities in the world. It gives me plenty of time to work, as there is nothing else to do here.

  • @toratekdotnet said: there is nothing else to do here.

    You are kidding, right? I am just south of Charlotte, in SC, and the Carolinas has so much American history to tour and visit it would take a lifetime to take it all in. Many major battles of the American Revolution and Civil War were fought in this area.

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  • @miTgiB I was talking strictly about Winston Salem. I am moving next year to Charlotte. The Carolinas are beautiful. By the way, I've been in Williamsburg, VA not to long ago here: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/?WT.mc_id=1801

  • @Jack said: @serverbear do you still have an Irish accent or has it gone aussie now?

    Only moved here when I was 22 (7 years ago), there's some study that you'll never lose your accent if you move to another country past a certain age (I think it's 14). My wife's parents are from Ireland, they've lived in Melbourne for 50 years & still got thick accents.

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  • @serverbear we pick up accents in our first couple of months, and then past like 14 we never loose them. But who cares? You're awesome, and like I've said, ServerBear.com is one of the best ideas I've seen in a very long time.

    By the way, some kind of objective metric for customer service would be awesome, just an idea.

  • @toratekdotnet sure, how about something that scrapes all web hosting forums and does a sentiment analysis on threads about particular hosts? ;)

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  • @serverbear While I understand the sarcasm, I was being serious. You could end up being the Google of Web Hosting. So much data nicely organized in one place is an extremely useful tool. I can see the potential of it.

  • @toratekdotnet said: could end up being the Google of

    Words, which when spoken, are an immediate sign of failure to come.

  • JarJar Member

    On topic...

    I had no idea the hosting industry was so large when I started, all I knew was that GoDaddy was running the show and I knew I could do better. I enjoy doing it. What makes me special? I'm not a logo, I'm a person, and my clients have a direct link to the person managing the server. That's true for a lot of hosts here, but it's still something I don't see enough of in the big picture. Too many vague hosts pretending to be something they aren't, overcompensating with fake professionalism, and too many freaking mascots.

  • @subigo nope, he will succeed, I would bet anything on it. I hope he will patent/protect his idea while he's ahead of the pack.

  • PhoenixVPSPhoenixVPS Member
    edited August 2012

    @jarland Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. We used to have a logo with wings, a mascot (a robot called Tek), and all that stupid stuff. The funny thing was that it all came from our computer hardware business, and since we had it, we used it for the hosting as well. One day when we decided to rebrand to VPS Node Box we stripped everything to a bare minimum and settled for a simple logo. A red box with an "L" on one side - that stands for Linux. I think it's an okay logo, and I hope it's representative of us.

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  • I do it because I enjoy it (money is not a motivating factor for me which is why I don't collect a paycheck). I enjoy answering tickets, troubleshooting problems, writing code, building servers, interacting with clients, interacting with other companies, and at the end of the day I enjoy doing a search for my company and finding good reviews out there. My partner and I enjoy watching the company grow faster than we ever planned for so it's always exciting for us.

    Originally I came up with the idea because I saw a need for a service that wasn't available (off-site backups, at the time BQBackup was the only provider talked about on WHT). We built a custom platform but it just wasn't taking off like I had expected. During one of our meetings I made mention of LEB.com and we ran some numbers and my partners (at the time there were 3 of us) decided to try our hand in the LEB market and it just took off. We scrapped our off-site backup plans and replaced them with backup VPSs instead.

    What makes us special? Consistency - While we are not the fastest or cheapest provider out there we are very consistent. From uptime to performance to support our goal is to be consistent so you never have to guess what to expect from us.

    Oh, and we have a dragon... that's pretty special. :D

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  • @KuJoe Thank you

  • RandyRandy Disabled

    @jarland , you are special in many ways :)

  • InfinityInfinity Retired Staff

    @toratekdotnet said: How can I request a username change?

    Drop me a PM.

    我是一个巨魔 (;

  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited August 2012
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