Two years ago today, Jon and I met at Old Chicago and committed to each other to start Torbit. It was a few weeks later when we formally signed the paperwork, but we think of October 10th as our company birthday. Our founding date has special significance to us. We started the company on 10/10/10. In binary, that’s 42. If you don’t get the significance, just Google “the answer to life, the universe and everything”.
We’ve come a long way over the last two years. We’ve moved the company from Boulder, Colorado to Sunnyvale, California. And more recently, we’ve found a home in San Mateo. The team has grown. We’ve launched new products. We’ve raised money from some incredible investors. More importantly, we’ve helped thousands of websites measure and improve their site speed. We’ve worked with everyone from multi-billion dollar corporations to top internet retailers to top 100 sites.
In April this year, we launched Torbit Insight. For the first time we made it possible for any website to quickly find out how much website performance is impacting their revenue. In the last few months we’ve seen website performance change from being a technical metric to a business metric. Our users are not just developers and operations guys (although we have plenty of those too!). We have C-level execs and VPs using our data to drive real business decisions for their companies. With Torbit Insight, we’ve helped our customers evaluate their CDN, pick locations for their next data center, catch issues when they deployed bad code and finally quantify how much speed matters for their business. Torbit is used by hundreds of brands you know and we measure billions of pageviews every month. In fact, if you look at our ratio of pageviews per engineer it’s at over 2 billion! Not even the internet giants have a ratio that high.
To appreciate this milestone, it’s good to revisit why we built Torbit in the first place. We started out with an audacious goal. We wanted to make the web faster. We have a clearer sense of purpose today than when we started. In spite of all the improvements in browser technology and higher connection speeds, websites are slower than ever. We’re passionate about making the web faster and it’s that motivation that drives everything we do.
The last two years have been amazing. I am privileged to get to come to work everyday with the best team in the world. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and what they have accomplished. I also know that we’re just getting started. Our best days are ahead of us and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the coming years have in store for us. Thanks for tagging along as we do what we love most — helping people go fast!