Archive for June, 2011

It’s been a blast!!! Now its time to move on…

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

As I think back over the last 8 years, while I sit in my cubby in my bedroom, a big smile comes to my face. I can’t even begin to mention all the crazy things that have gone on in the Bluehost offices. Bluehost grew from a 4 person company to a 300 person company over the last eight years . Yet, somehow we managed to keep it fun and stay reasonably focused on just one thing – Shared Web Hosting.

It was the singularity of that goal to provide the best shared web hosting that we could that was the most important ingredient to our success. We never tried to be everything to everybody and that is why it worked. When competitors saw other opportunities and took their eye off the ball we stayed focused.

As I look to the future of where Bluehost needs to go and how it will get there I don’t know that I can be the one to continue to provide that kind of focus. I am 100% a techie through and though. Being a techie means that I am distracted by shiny new things :) Lately, I have had a lot of interest in lower level linux kernel system development. I have also built a data center that is now operational. In addition, for whatever reason I have become obsessed with building out/trading dark fibre to create my own nationwide and worldwide fibre network.

While the pursuit of all of those businesses can greatly benefit Bluehost, Hostmonster, and Fastdomain with lower costs, improved speeds, and greater reliability those goals also can’t coexist with my responsibility as CEO of Bluehost and Hostmonster.

To that end, this blog post will serve as my public resignation as CEO of Bluehost Inc and Hostmonster Inc. I am assigning myself to become a system architect within the company and will continue to work on the design and technical structure of our hosting platform. Dan Handy, our current COO, will take my place as CEO of Bluehost Inc and Hostmonster Inc. In reality Dan Handy has already been filling this responsibility for the past several months. This announcement is simply formalizing an already existing situation. Dan Handy is great and Bluehost is very lucky to have him. He brings structure, organization, and order from the chaos that tends to surround me. I can’t thank him enough for that!

I love Bluehost. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this company. I won’t let it fail. To this end, I have reserved enough control that when a few heads need to be knocked around to get important things done that I can still be the one doing the knocking if need be.

Lastly, I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of our customers. Sometimes we did a great job, sometimes we fell apart, but you stuck with us through all of it and made us one of the most successful hosting companies on the planet. You are the reason I get 4 hours of sleep each night. I hate the thought of disappointing you, and have always tried to do my best to live up to your expectations. THANK YOU!!!

This blog will continue on so that I can do some shameless marketing for some of my new ventures and continue to ramble on about technological changes and innovations, but I will change the link on our sites to read, “Founder’s Blog”, instead of “CEO Blog”. So if for some strange reason you have desire to visit again there will be some new content :) Thank you all. It was a privilege and an honor.

Matt Heaton / Founder / /