We had a big year in 2012. Our team in Hamburg grew from 75 to 125 people — we also have 10 people in San Francisco, 7 in Tokyo, and 5 in Shanghai. Having a bigger team allows us to keep up with Jimdo's tremendous growth. We're now able to work on all the features that you've been asking for, and we can answer your questions much more quickly. We didn't release as many new features in 2012 as we wanted to, but now all the pieces are in place to make 2013 a fantastic year for Jimdo.
In 2012 we changed the structure of our development team. We divided one large development team into smaller teams that work independently on specific aspects of Jimdo. That means one team is working on our design features, another is creating new elements, and another is making our servers more stable. We're especially excited about the store team, which is working hard to make Jimdo a robust e-commerce platform. The first feature that they'll release is discount codes, which you can use to give special deals to customers in your stores.
Since Jimdo started, we have registered more than seven million websites. In 2012 alone two million new websites were created with Jimdo, which was our best year yet. We hope that even more people discover Jimdo in 2013.
At the beginning of 2012, Jimdo was offered an eight-figure financing round, which we turned down. Taking money from investors would mean that we would have to sell the company someday, but we have so much fun working with the Jimdo team that we never want to do that. We're really happy with the decision we made. We have less capital than our competitors, but we remain an independent company. We get to work the same way we always have: Profitably. We finance our own growth, and we're building our own future.
We're proud of the entire Jimdo team. Everyone here is motivated to make Jimdo better for you. It's incredibly fun to work with such a great team, and we're so excited for everything that Jimdo will become in 2013.
Here we go.
The Jimdo Founders,