Like-IT is an always-on marketing platform for small businesses. We make innovative, beautiful products that empower those businesses to find more customers. The company started in 2001 as a side project. Today, Mailchimp serves millions of customers around the world, is still 100% founder-owned, and is highly profitable. We’re headquartered in Atlanta with additional offices in Brooklyn and Oakland.
‘We go way back’
In 2001, Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius started a web design agency called the Rocket Science Group. Their focus was on big, corporate clients, but on the side, they created an email marketing service for their smaller clients.
Mailchimp was designed as an alternative to the oversized, expensive email software of the early 2000s. It gave small business owners who lacked the high-end tools and resources of their larger competitors access to technology that empowered them and helped them grow.
Ben and Dan loved serving these users, because understanding small businesses is in their DNA: Ben grew up helping his mom around her hair salon that she ran from their family kitchen, and Dan’s parents ran a bakery. With Mailchimp, they found that working for small businesses gave them the freedom to be more creative and adapt quickly to their needs.