It is hard to believe that eight years have passed since Linode was launched. What is the old adage – “A man who loves what he does will never work a day in his life”? Or how about “Time flies when you’re having fun”? Well, I can certainly attest to the truth of both. I believe in this and want it for everyone – especially Linode employees. It is important to me that everyone on the team loves what he/she does – both for their personal well being and the benefit of the company. We’ve been very fortunate to find such talented, driven, and passionate people, all of whom share my enthusiasm for Linode. These guys all love what they do, and they do it for you.
When I started working on Linode almost a decade ago in late 2002, there was one thing I knew for certain: that it was going to be a success. My measure of success at that time was far more humble than Linode’s current reality, and it still is, which is why I find such amazement in what we have accomplished over the past eight years and how much change to employees’ lives is owed to Linode. People have moved here from across the country, founded relationships, have gotten married (including one ceremony performed *AT* the office) and started having children and raising families. I am proud of the personal and professional accomplishments our motley crew of teammates has achieved.
Over the past 12 months we have grown to over 40,000 customers and taken revenue to 140% over the prior 12 month period. That’s a doubling of revenue every nine months or so. We’ve doubled the number of employees. We refined our managed Backup Service, quietly released a completely revamped Linode Manager interface and API, upgraded our network capacity in all five facilities across the US and Europe, made significant progress in our IPv6 capabilities, been able to sponsor numerous Linux and F/OSS conferences, and built out our Linode Library documentation project to over 400 guides and how-tos. It is without a doubt that the momentum we’ve accrued and plans we have in motion will yield another bountiful list of accomplishments over these next 12 months.
Celebrating our success includes you, our customer. In honor of our birthday we are increasing disk space on all plans by +25%. This is available now to both new and existing Linodes. To take advantage of your new space you can simply resize your existing disk image by clicking on the image and entering in the new size.
Thanks for a great year and enjoy the upgrade!
Christopher S. Aker
Linode founder & CEO