Australian tech success in US expansion

Australian tech success in US expansion

Messaging platform, Atmail, will open its first US office

Australian messaging platform, Atmail, is set for international expansion and will open its first US office in Santa Monica, California.

The US launch will enable Atmail to provide support and sales staff closer to the company’s biggest clients.

Having flown under the radar as an Australian technology success story, Atmail now has thousands of clients that use Atmail webmail and webserver software.

The company has also seen double-digit revenue growth in recent years.

Atmail now powers tens of millions of email accounts globally, including the inboxes of customers at major US cable and internet service provider Charter Communications, as well as GoDaddy subsidiary Media Temple.

Other major national US clients include Ethan Allen and LegalShield and public institutions including California Institute of Technology and Duke University.

Atmail chief executive, Zach Johnson, said, historically, at least 50 per cent of its business had come from the US and that he expected that trend to continue.

“In fact, we’re getting some larger customers in the US who have justifiably higher expectations in terms of service.”

The US launch will enable Atmail to provide support and sales staff closer to the company’s biggest clients.

The company offers on-premises and Cloud-based email for major service providers, with 24/7 support.

It also has experience with customers who have made acquisitions or mergers, as well as transitioning thousands of email inboxes away from legacy email providers, such as Zimbra.

Atmail was founded in 1999 by Australian entrepreneur, Ben Duncan, and has received $2 million in funding from Starfish VC.

Johnson said the Peregian Beach, Queensland, and Santa Monica, California, offices were the first of several international locations Atmail was planning to open in the coming years.

He said Atmail chose to open an office in Santa Monica over Silicon Valley, the traditional tech hub, in order to connect with new types of talent.

The company plans to hire five staff initially over the financial year, with bigger expansion plans to follow.

“The talent pool in Los Angeles, with the explosion of its tech commuunity, is quite attractive, and there is currently a spotlight on the area given some of the recent major acquisitions by the likes of Apple and Facebook,” he said.

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Tags Duke UniversityCalifornia Institute of TechnologyAtmail chief executiveZach Johnsonsanta monicaEthan Allen and LegalShieldBen Duncan


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