Homestead Technologies

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Homestead Technologies
Founded 1997
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, USA
Key people Justin Kitch, Founder and CEO
David Wu, COO
Industry Web hosting service
Products Web services
Website http://www.homestead.com/

Homestead Technologies is the owner and operator of a paid web hosting service based in Menlo Park, California. It has existed in various forms since launching in 1998 as a free service. Since then, it has expanded to include WYSIWIG site building tools and e-commerce services [1].

Homestead Technologies was also home to Photosite, a web hosting service tailored to amateur digital photography. In March 2005, Photosite was sold to United Online [2].

Homestead's CEO, Justin Kitch, maintains a blog. It was the source of controversy [3] when Mr. Kitch stated that customers were its third highest priority [4].

On November 26, 2007, it was announced that Homestead would be purchased by Intuit in a cash transaction valued at roughly $170 million. [5]

References

  1. Steiner, Ina (2007-02-04). "Homestead Sites for eBay Sellers". Auction Bytes. http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y207/m02/abu0184/s03. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  2. Homestead Technologies (2005-03-28). "United Online Acquires Online Digital Photo Sharing Business from Homestead Technologies". Press release. http://www.homestead.com/~site/Scripts_LiveContent/LiveContent.dll?CMD=CMDShowUrl&Url=PR_Archive18_3446. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  3. e-Rod Tech Watch Blog » Homestead.com CEO says screw customers!
  4. Kitch, Justin (2006-11-16). "Maybe you should fire that customer?". http://ceounplugged.homestead.com/2006/11/maybe_you_shoul.html. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  5. Intuit (2007-11-26). "Intuit to Acquire Homestead Technologies". Press release. http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20071126005984&newsLang=en. Retrieved 2007-11-26. ""Joining Intuit will help us continue pursuing our dream of enabling every small business, entrepreneur and organization to effectively compete by leveraging the power of the Internet," said Justin Kitch, founder and chief executive officer of Homestead Technologies." 

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