Here From Day 1: Talking to the 'Five-Year Five'

Five years, 60 months, 1825 days - that’s how long Jimdo has been around. It's also the length of time some of our team members have been with us. Svenja, Janina, Soenke, Martin and Boris have been here since we set up shop – and helped ’teach Jimdo to walk’, if you will. Our 5th birthday is reason enough to sit down for a tete-a-tete.

1. Describe Jimdo in five words or less:


Soenke: The world’s best website builder!

Svenja: Whirlwind world-dominating website...wellness!

Martin: Professional, funny, forward-looking, likeable, friendly.

Boris: Best job in the world!

Janina: Simply build individual websites – fast!


2. Can you remember anything about your first day of work?


Soenke: Classic! I was late for work. I wanted to get in at 9:00 but got stuck in traffic. So I whipped out my mobile phone and called to say that I’d be 5 minutes late. On the other end of the line was Christian Springub, who just let me talk and said something along the lines of “See you when you get in”. Little did I know that he simply didn’t care (and still doesn’t). But a better story was the night we went out for dinner after I signed the contract to start at Jimdo, a few months before my first official day. There, live in the flesh was Scooter - or at least the frontman, HP Baxxter. You can imagine the looks on the faces of my new bosses when I said “What up, HP” – you see, they didn’t know Scooter. :-)

Svenja: I remember it like it was yesterday. :) Martin and I started on the same day - Janina came two days later. Meeting the team was a rather quick affair (there were only seven of us in total). At any rate, it took me longer to figure out how to work the coffeemaker than it did to remember names of people in my new team. We all went out for lunch together at an Italian restaurant (we should try that again - that would be a funny sight), and by the next morning I already knew I was in the right place.

Martin: It started with a trial work day or two, just to see if I could cut it as a trainee. I was extremely shy and inexperienced, but I was curious and very motivated after my disastrous time at college. The day or two turned into two weeks, and before I knew it I was a trainee here – everyone was happy with the situation. Back then, you could count the number of team members on both hands. The atmosphere was relaxed and very collegial – it’s really incredible that we’ve been able to keep up this kind of working atmosphere over the years.

Boris: We’d arranged to meet that day at 9. I called ahead to say that I was going to be a little late. On the phone Fiona tells me that Spring, Fridel, Matze (“the bosses") and Soenke are on their way to Cuxhaven to “hack” something together. A little later I had Spring on the phone, who said he had no idea that I was coming in, and asked me if I wanted to join them. Back in those days, my house was on the way to Cuxhaven. Before I knew it, they came by to pick me up. That’s how my first day at work started – on the farm owned by Fridel’s mom. Right there where everything started. It was unforgettable.

Janina: I remember – that was in the old office in Gas Strasse. The whole gang was in great cheer and chaotic in a good way. I felt at home right way!


3. What was the greatest moment for you in the 5 years you’ve been at Jimdo?


Soenke: The single greatest moment? That has to be my visit to the San Francisco office.

Svenja: It’s impossible for me to go with one single moment. Some pretty great times were had at our “school trips” to Neuwerk, including mudflat walks and sleepovers in the hay loft with the entire crew. And one highlight from the last few years, anyway, was to finally get JimdoTV off the ground.

Martin: For me, the absolute moment of glory was finishing up my training. Strutting into the middle of the office with a huge grin after final exams and plopping down a crate of Astra; my team members hugging me and cheering all around me - that was a pretty cool feeling.

Boris: Ah, there were definitely several. One of the greatest moments was when Jimdo decided to part ways with a very important business partner because the “cultural chemistry” just wasn’t right. That was a very brave move.

Janina: There have been a lot of really crazy ideas that actually get carried out, just for our benefit – which is great. Two of the latest ones are Sam, our chef, and the Jimdo van bought by the 3 founders for us to use!


4. What does Jimdo mean to you?


Soenke: In a way it’s like a child that I helped raise somehow.

Svenja: It’s more than just a place to work. Sure, it's a job that I like doing and which gives me a lot of personal freedom - but even more than that I always find myself smiling because this space and the Jimdo team feels more like a family than just an office.

Martin: For me, it’s like a multi-colored playground where I can give my creativity free reign and simply make cool stuff.

Boris: I think Soenke hit the nail on the head. Another thing: working at Jimdo and the people here has had a very positive influence on my life.

Janina: Working together with a lot of creative people, and having a lot of fun doing it.


5. Finally, what do you want to wish Jimdo for its 5th birthday?


Soenke: Dear Jimdo, I hope you stay successful and stable - and hack out a ton of great features! Now for the bosses, Fridel, Matze and Spring: you guys have really built up one of the coolest companies in the world. It's a lot of fun working here and an honor to be a part of it.

Svenja: I wish Jimdo all the best on this birthday - stay the way you are and keep it up, and nothing can go wrong!

Martin: Here’s hoping the coming five years are at least as incredible as the last five. Go Jimdo :)

Boris: Dear Jimdo, I wish you even more success and to keep the wisdom and courage to make the right decisions at the right time and to keep doing the right things.

Janina: Jimdo, I wish you all the best, health and success, lots of new friends - and a huge birthday cake! Keep those creative juices and great ideas flowing!


Comments: 7 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    metronsupportservices (Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:45)

    Having an idea five years ago is one thing...assembling and creating the team and culture allowing your idea to flourish will lead to many more birthday celebrations for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Other businesses can certainly benefit from them. I know I am!

  • #2

    Rene Arndt (Thursday, 23 February 2012 22:58)

    I like it - It is personally and funny. Thanks for sharing it. Rene /New Zealand

  • #3

    petportraitsinoils (Friday, 24 February 2012 08:24)

    I am the supreme luddite, yet with I was able to develop my own website.... and go on to help a friend develop her website, too.
    To build a website, one must be tenacious, determined, focused, and have as a partner! Thanks.

  • #4

    Olga Romanova (Friday, 24 February 2012 09:56)

    I am a beginner here. I only want to say:"Happy Birthday Jimdo!"
    I like to be here.

  • #5

    simlicious (Friday, 24 February 2012 12:02)

    Happy birthday, jimdo!

    When I first started with my jimdo page, I couldn't believe how simple it was to set it up and still have so much freedom to create your own designs and to customize the site! Then, the only thing that was bothering me was that I wasn't able to put elements next to each other. A few months later, Jimdo introduced the columns feature and I literally screamed of joy! Now the only thing for me that is still missing is to be able to have more sub-levels in the menu. Three is just not enough for me ;)
    Keep up the great work, Jimdo!

  • #6

    Orchid Row (Friday, 24 February 2012 16:23)

    Happy 5th Birthday, Jimdo! I've joined Jimdo about 2 years ago, and I have NO regrets. What I love most about Jimdo are the friendly support staff who have always been SO incredibly helpful and quick.

    I wish Jimdo many more birthdays to come. Well done, Jimdo team!

    - Victoria, Brunei Darussalam.

  • #7

    Rachel Cohernour (Sunday, 26 February 2012 05:11)

    I am a beginner here. I only want to say:"Happy Birthday Jimdo!"
    I like to be here.Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Other businesses can certainly benefit from them. I know I am!